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Patricia Dropped From A Size 28 To A Size 14 After Gastric Band Surgery

Life is a pleasure again after my gastric band*

Gastric band story - Patricia's after photo
After
Gastric band story - Patricia's before photo
Before

*Weight loss surgery results and benefits differ for each individual. Results cannot be guaranteed

Procedure of choice         Gastric band

Starting weight                  16st 1lb

Current weight                  10st 0lb

Total weight loss                6st 1lb*

Trigger for weight loss      Health & mobility


My story

For the last 40 years I have been a yo-yo dieter and have tried every diet under the sun. Most of the time I lost weight successfully but I was never able to keep the weight off. I tried Weightwatchers, Slimming World, Cambridge Diet, cabbage diet and diet pills and probably more that I can't even remember. I was always on a diet of some sort. 

I was over 16 stone and had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and with a family history of stroke, coronary heart disease and diabetes, I was desperate to lose weight. I could not climb stairs or get socks on without a struggle. I had no social life and hated having to buy new clothes, preferring to do it online so I didn't have to go into shops. I was too embarrassed. 

A gastric band was a last resort. I had researched it for over a year before taking the plunge. I chose Healthier Weight because I liked the idea of a support group and follow up clinics, I was not just going to be left to deal with it myself. The operation in Sep 2007 was carried out on my 61st birthday and it was the best thing I ever did*. 

I have now lost over 6 stones and have dropped from a size 28 to a size 14*. Although I am now 63, I feel 20 years younger and can now walk for miles, climb stairs, play golf and life is a pleasure again*. I have just returned from a holiday in Australia and for the first time in years, I was able to fit into an aeroplane seat comfortably and was able to eat a meal easily without the tray sticking into my stomach*. 

I have reduced my blood pressure medication and hope to stop it completely soon. My cholesterol has now dropped to a level where I don't need medication any more*. I look and feel better and have much more energy.  People who haven't seen me for a while don't recognise me now.  I am now taking pride in my appearance and wear make-up every day. I also enjoy clothes shopping now because I don't need to shop in outsize shops.

I am healthier now in every way and I am so glad I had the gastric band*.  I would do it all again tomorrow.

Patricia (May 2010)

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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits differ for each individual. Results cannot be guaranteed

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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits vary and are different for each individual. As such, Healthier Weight cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals.