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Shirley loses 10 stone with a gastric band*

Gastric band success stories - Shirley after surgery
Gastric band success stories - Shirley before surgery

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

Procedure of choice         Gastric band

Starting weight                  21st 1lb

Current weight                   11st 1lb

Total weight loss                10st 0lb*

Trigger for weight loss      Socialising became difficult

I had my gastric band fitted in February 2006 and in 3 years I have lost 10 stones so far*.

I had been desperately unhappy with my weight for years. I was the fat girl that always made the fat jokes about herself but only to make sure no-one else could. I was always the life and soul of the party but inside I was dying and it soon got to the stage that I just didn’t bother going out anymore. Going on holiday abroad soon became difficult because I couldn’t put the tray table down on the plane - my stomach got in the way.

I had tried all the weight loss diets and pills known to man but nothing ever worked, I lost a pound here and there but soon put a couple of stones back on.

I was refused critical illness cover on my life insurance because of my weight. I went to see my doctor who helped me research the best provider and we decided the Healthier Weight clinic in Birmingham was perfect.

I went to see Dr Ashton on the Friday where he spent at least an hour going through the weight loss surgery options available with me. I was very upset to learn that I weighed over 21 stone and that I had a BMI of 44. I decided to go for a gastric band and received a call from the clinic on the Tuesday telling me that I was booked in for the following Tuesday.

I went in for my op and felt surprisingly well after. I came home the next day and went back to work on the Monday. I work as a registered Manager for a healthcare company looking after terminally ill patients and disabled children so my work is very physical and demanding. Before my op I really struggled to do my job but after the wounds had healed and I started to lose weight I felt amazing, I could even run up the stairs where before I had struggled to walk. I have dropped from a size 26 to a size 14*.

People who I have not seen since my op have walked past me in the town because they don’t recognise me.

When people ask how I lost so much weight I’m not embarrassed to tell them I had weight loss surgery. I’m proud of what I have achieved and would recommend Healthier Weight to anyone, the staff and doctors are amazing*.  


Sep 2009

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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.