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As a caterer I'm still losing weight with a gastric band*!

Luisa after her gastric band
Luisa before her gastric band

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

Procedure of choice         Gastric band

Starting weight                 17st 3lb

Current weight                  13st 1lb

Total weight loss                4st 2lb*

Trigger for weight loss      Health concerns

My story

I decided to have weight loss surgery after growing concerned about my long term health. I was depressed and fed up of being stared at in public places, especially restaurants, and I was always made to feel frumpy because of the clothing range in my size offered on the high street.

I was anxious about the consultation, I didn’t know what to expect or even if I would qualify for surgery. I was happy to learn I would be able to take the next step and finally take control of my eating habits without another thought of my previous continual yo-yo dieting.

Mr. Patel, my surgeon, was very good and made me feel at ease throughout the whole process both leading up to and after the operation. He was considerate and informative as to what I could expect afterwards, in the respect of physical feelings and pain. Before the gastric band operation, I was apprehensive about whether or not I would be able to cope with such a strict eating regime. This was overcome by my confidence in Mr. Patel, and the comprehensive guidelines and support that Healthier Weight offered post-operatively.

The hospital was a clean and accommodating environment, which I felt met my standards and needs. The surroundings were pleasant and relaxing, and the staff were friendly and helpful. Had I needed someone at any point I felt confident they were there to assist me.

Since surgery I am feeling much more happy and confident about the future*. I would recommend gastric band weight loss surgery to anyone who feels they need serious weight loss or has a high obesity level*. I found it particularly hard working in a catering unit, being surrounded by food and not being able to eat normally was a real test for me! I am overcoming it with determination and with the support of my fellow colleagues.    

On the medical side of things, the IBS I have suffered from in the past has greatly improved with my new diet*. Back pain was also a daily problem, but since weight loss surgery this has eased considerably*. It’s definitely changed my life for the better, and given me a new lease of life*. I have currently dropped one dress size since January 2009*, and I feel positive with this progress. My goals for the future are to learn how to dance and to travel abroad!


March 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.