Patient Testimonials

Best Friends Get Weight Loss Surgery Together

Weight Loss SurgeryScales don't lie and neither does a true friendship. So seven months ago, when Lisa Reynolds and Dianne Pearson decided it was time to get serious about weight loss.

"Just one flight of steps, I'd be so out of breath that I couldn't even talk by the time I got up there," says weight loss surgery patient, Lisa Haman. The dynamic duo decided to get bariatric surgery done together.

"We ate together. That was something we did - a lot. We went out to eat. We would eat lots and drink lots. So this was something we decided to do together," says Haman.

"I would eat when I was bored, I would eat when I was stressed, I would eat when I was sad, I would eat when I was happy, I would eat when I was celebrating," says weight loss surgery patient, Diane Pierson. So when the two finally decided it was time, there was plenty of pre-procedure work they needed to go through.

"This is an operation to help you get healthy," says Dr. Brandon Helbling, CHI St. Alexius Health. "Being thin doesn't always mean that you're healthy. Being healthy means a well-balanced diet, exercising and making good lifestyle choices." So how does the surgery actually work? Well surgeons say they remove a big portion of the stomach and they actually resize it to shrink the organ down.

"So instead of the stomach being a big pouch that holds all the food, now we're shrinking it down into a small tube," says Dr. Helbling. By removing that part of the stomach, we're affecting the amount that it can hold so you get full faster, so that's one sensation that we feel. And that's exactly what has happened to Lisa and Dianne.

"We go from eating an appetizer, a huge plate of food, drinking several drinks with it, to we can eat a cup of food at the most in a sitting right now," says Haman.

"It's going to be a lifelong challenge that you have to deal with continually," says Dr. Helbling. And a challenge is right - especially at the beginning.

"You felt like you were full from just a drink of water," says Haman. "So, it's the hardest thing I've ever done."

So how are the two dealing with that challenge seven months out? "I feel much better," says Pierson. "I feel healthier, more active, I'm just happy to be where I'm at right now and when I look back, I don't like what I saw."

So sometimes when it's time for the body to go through something as life changing as weight loss surgery, it's a little easier to make weight with a buddy by your side.

Mark Charter, Reporting


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