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95 lbs. Healthier
 
It taught me a whole new way of life. My new line is ' I don't live to eat, I eat to live.' They have taught me to do that.
 
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Interviewer: What made you consider weight loss surgery?

Georgia: The reason why I decided on weight loss surgery is two fold. One ó my momís side of the family. There is a history of heart disease, stroke, as well as high blood pressure and diabetes. I didnít have any of those factors, yet I knew that if I continued the way I was as far as how heavy I was, if I didnít make a life style change and have someone help me make that lifestyle change, that I would be going down that path as well.
"MBS was very honest and told me the risks and the benefits. Once I made that decision, I knew that I had to work hard at it as well because this was going to be a tool."

Two ó I was having chronic back and knee pain from the weight. Being 27, I thought that was way too young to be dealing with any type of pain in your back and knees that was chronic. So I decided to go to MBS because I was told about Dr. Georgen and Dr. Wasco being trauma surgeons; and I heard such wonderful things. I actually considered doing it 6 years ago with the Bariatric Treatment Centers of America in Illinois. The doctors were not informative and, I felt, not very honest. Based on when I went to the informational meeting, MBS was very honest and told me the risks and the benefits. Once I made that decision, I knew that I had to work hard at it as well because this was going to be a tool.

Interviewer: What was your weight prior to surgery?

Georgia: 241 pounds.

Interviewer: Take me through your decision making process to have weight loss surgery.

Georgia: Honestly, I was against it at first. I thought that it was an easy fix for anyone that just did not want to diet and was lazy. Of course, I was doing the same thing. I was trying to diet, exercise; trying to do everything healthy for myself to try to lose weight, and that wasnít working.
"I was trying to diet, exercise; trying to do everything healthy for myself to try to lose weight, and that wasnít working."


A couple of people at work had had the surgery and recommended MBS to me. I decided to go to an informational seminar in October of 2003. During the seminar, I was told what the procedures are, the options, risks, and both the doctors and the office manager very honestly stated what we needed to do after surgery to be successful. I had to think about that for a while. I decided to first go with the lap band, because my biggest fear was the risk factors of the roux en y. Once I got myself educated, from going to the informational seminar, I began researching the different surgeries. I found the roux en y was the best decision to make. The MBS website and obesityhelp.com were great resources to help educate me about the different surgeries and what they can do. And, of course, what you need do to make them successful. I decided to go with the roux en y. Dr. Georgen was doing this laparoscopic procedure. I was concerned about scars and pain. It was not as invasive as if it was open, but he was very honest with me, telling me that I may be open, and he wouldnít know that until surgery. I started the main process in January 2004, and I was approved by March 2004. I scheduled my date for May 2004.

Interviewer: What was your experience with Dr. Georgen and Dr. Wasco?

Georgia: I mainly saw Dr. Georgen. I met Dr. Wasco once. They were very honest with me and professional. Again, I felt very comfortable with both. They had very high credentials; not just being bariatric surgeons, but also having experience as trauma surgeons; the best at Theda Clark. When I first met with Dr. Georgen, I thought, ďWow, he is very blunt and is telling me what I need to do and how I need to do it.Ē He was very specific to tell me that this is going to be a tool to help me and the other 75% is me working hard at success. I got, what I call, ďthe Bible;Ē the binder, which I still carry with me. When I got that, I read through it all, and I kept that with me always. Going through everything, I was really able to educate myself. Dr. Georgen and Dr. Wasco would sit down and listen to my questions and answer those questions honestly and openly.
"Dr. Georgen and Dr. Wasco would sit down and listen to my questions and answer those questions honestly and openly."
I felt very comfortable and very honest with them on how I was feeling and my emotions, and they were able to help me work through that with me. They were very comforting to my family. When I had surgery, Dr. Georgen came out and sat down with my family and explained everything regarding the surgery. He was very personable. That meant a lot not only to myself but also to my family. They felt very much at ease with the surgery and what I went through. The staff at Theda Clark was fabulous. The nursing staff, Jen and Betsy, were fabulous. They were very comforting to my emotional status when I walked into the hospital. They were very professional, very easy to talk to, and very honest. Again, I didnít feel like I was doing the wrong thing. I didnít feel like I had any doubts when I walked in for surgery and afterwards. I tell everyone that MBS gave me a chance to live a life that I want to live. Of course, I worked hard at it, too, but Dr. Georgen gave me that chance to start living again a new life. It feels like Iím living again ó a new life.

Interviewer: How much weight have you lost?

Georgia: Iím at a total of 95 pounds. Iím 6 months out from surgery. I have only about 15 to 20 pounds to go to meet my goal weight.

Interviewer: Have you had any complications after surgery?

Georgia: No. The only thing I had was just a little bit of frothing. You need to really have a good support system and you really need to follow what the doctors and nurses are telling you to do. As far as eating and exercise and how to eat. It taught me a whole new way of life. My new line is ďI donít live to eat, I eat to live.Ē They have taught me to do that.
"It taught me a whole new way of life. My new line is 'I donít live to eat, I eat to live.' They have taught me to do that."


Interviewer: What would you say the most challenging moment in the process was?

Georgia: I would say 3 weeks after surgery, staying at home on disability was very hard emotionally. I think I was starting to go through a period where I started to realize I couldnít eat like I used to. I used to eat when I was happy, when I was sad. I used to eat just because or when I was board. I knew I could not do that anymore. It just felt like I lost a security blanket. When you have a lot of time to think about what youíve done and what you have to endure, you need that support system there as well as the doctors and Betsy. I called numerous times. I wasnít afraid to ask those questions because, again, they made me feel so comfortable. After a couple of weeks when I started feeling more energy and seeing the results, it took off from there, and I havenít felt that emotional drainage again.

Interviewer: When did you attend you first support group meeting and how was it beneficial to you?

Georgia: My first support group meeting was one month before surgery, it was very beneficial because most of them were post op, some recent and some about a year out. It was beneficial because you can see and hear what people have to say who have been through the surgery, and you can ask some questions. It wasnít just a nurse or Betsy talking; it was real live people who had gone through this and had felt what you are feeling now. It really opens up your eyes to the lifestyle changes that you have to make and also the dedication that not only MBS instills, but also what the patients instill upon themselves. I think that helped make me successful.

Interviewer: What is the best thing about having weight loss surgery did for you?

Georgia: It has erased all of my bad habits of eating prior to surgery.
"It has erased all of my bad habits of eating prior to surgery."
I had to start all over again and learn how to eat right; learn how to eat for my health and eat in portions. With that in itself, itís amazing. Upon waking up from surgery, I felt like I had a whole new lease on how I was eating; starting over like as a newborn. You just donít pick up those bad habits again. Itís very important that you stick to what the doctors and nurses tell you to do. I am healthier now. I dealt with a lot of acne and my skin has no acne. I never drank water. I really am starting to enjoy foods that are good for you, but they are tasteful, too. Being able to experiment with those, too. It was an eye-opening experience.

Interviewer: Did you do a lot of physical activities when you were heavier?

Georgia: I did in my teenage years. Towards surgery, no; I was having a lot of back pain and knee pain. Now I do a ton of physical things. Iím doing more now than what I did when I was 16.

Interviewer: What advice would you give someone who is considering bariatric surgery?

Georgia: The best advice is to do this for your health. I cannot tell someone to do it, but I would tell them itís not just to look good on the outside, but you need to be healthy on the inside. Educate yourself and make sure you have a good support system at home as well as a good group of doctors and nurses and their staff to help you through the process. That is what MBS did for me.

Interviewer: Would you recommend MBS?

Georgia: Oh yes! I have tons of people at work that are signing up and going to seminars. Iím a walking billboard. I donít mind telling anyone that I had surgery. I tell them if you think itís easy to do this by itself, if you think this surgery will fix everything it wonít, but it will definitely help you and if you utilize what the potential of what this tool can do for you, you will be successful.

Interviewer: Anything else that you would like to add?

Georgia: I think MBS is phenomenal!
 
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