Date of surgery: 2/28/05
Total Weight Loss: 100 lbs
Ruth underwent a Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in February of 2005. She has lost over 100 pounds and 75 % of her excess body weight. Her BMI went from 43 to 27. Her diabetes and asthma improved drastically, while her high blood pressure, esophageal reflux, sleep apnea and joint pain resolved.
"Before the surgery, I had multiple health problems, including diabetes, sleep apnea and joint pain. I wanted to be healthy and wanted to be able to see my grandchildren grow up and have children.
I had a best friend that died at 64, and I was following right behind her. The surgery saved my life, and I will always be grateful to Dr. Z. and his team of wonderful supportive staff. They treat you like family.
I had done every diet known to man. I had lost 63 pounds and gained it all back soon after. Here it has been two years and two months, and I have managed to maintain the same weight. I no longer have to take insulin and no longer have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or asthma. I also don’t need the sleep apnea machine. I can walk up and down stairs, which I couldn’t do before.
Now I’m the same size I was in high school, and I’m 56. What a treat! It’s not the easiest decision I have ever made but by far one that I will never regret. I recommend the surgery to anyone in need of a change of life."