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Half the man I used to be, following a gastric bypass*

Gastric bypass testimonial by Lloyd - Post-surgery photo
Gastric bypass testimonial by Lloyd - Pre-surgery photo

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

Procedure of choice         Gastric bypass

Starting weight                  31st 5lb

Current weight                  15st 5lb

Total weight loss               16st 0lb*

Trigger for weight loss      Fed up of yo-yo diets

My story

Before I went to Healthier Weight in Birmingham I was very down and disheartened. I had tried so many different diets to lose weight but would get to around 29st then put it all back on again. I had thought about a gastric bypass for a while and had spoken to my doctor about it. She said that she referred me to the NHS three times but to this day I've never received a consultation.
I think that my family were more nervous about me having the operation than I was. I had researched it well on the internet and the meeting with Dr. Ashton at Healthier Weight dispelled any nerves that I had. He said that if I had any questions before making my decision whether to go for the operation or not then just give him a ring. That really put my mind at rest.
On the day of the operation in February 2009 my surgeon and all the staff were great. We had a laugh and joke and everything was very calm. I weighed 198kg (over 31st) on the day of the op!! 2kg more and the operation would have been cancelled as the table could only hold a max of 200kg. Apart from that little scare everything else was fine. Before I knew it I was back in the room and up and walking about. I did not suffer any pain. Even the nurse commented that I was not using the morphine pump and eventually replaced it with a paracetamol drip.
Now one year on I have a pile of clothes that are too big. I started at a 58 - 60 US waist and a 7xl top but can now fit into a large top and 36inch waist trousers*. If you had asked me a year ago if I thought that would be possible I would have laughed!
Now I am so much more confident*. I came off my blood pressure tablets more or less straight after the operation and have not been on them since*.  One year on, I have lost 16 stones so have nearly halved my weight and my BMI, I have even lost 2 sizes off my feet!*

Everyone says how young and handsome I now look, in fact a couple of people have told me I should put on some weight, that’s something I've never heard before!  

I have so many more options now, even something like going to the cinema is possible again because I can fit into the seat. I can ride my mountain bike now and want to take up the gym again if I can find the time*. I hope eventually to get out of my job as a full time head chef and into my new career as a computer engineer. Ideally I wanted to be out of the kitchen before the operation but working around food all day has not been as challenging as I thought it would be. I am just so pleased to be rid of all that weight.  

My gastric bypass has literally given me back my life*.


July 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.