Every day, we’re inspired watching our patients take charge of their health and their lives, and are privileged to help guide that transformation.
Read about our patient success stories below and view pictures of their amazing results.
Sharon P. lost 108 pounds to date!
“This surgery gave me a second chance at life."
Weight Loss: 108+
I struggled with my weight since the birth of my first child in 1980 at the age of 21. My weight was up and down constantly over the next 30 plus years. I lost weight numerous times, only to regain it and each time with additional pounds added on. In 2014, I had reached my highest weight of 259 pounds. I was tired, depressed and very unhealthy. I had high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. I knew if I did not do something to help me permanently, I would not live a full life. That's when I made up my mind to have weight-loss surgery. I knew this was my only chance at controlling my weight forever. I had my gastric band surgery at the end of May, 2014, and as of June 2016, I have lost 108 pounds. Not only do I look 100% better, I feel 100% better. I no longer take blood pressure medications and have far less problems with my arthritis and fibromyalgia. This was the best decision I ever made in my life. I only wish that I would have done it sooner.
Advice: My advice to others struggling with being overweight would be not to wait until you are in your 50's to take back your life. Make up your mind and do it now. Many thanks to Dr. Wesley Girod and his staff and to Merit Health Wesley for helping me to get my life back.
Patrick McDonald lost 120 pounds to date!
Weight Loss: 120
Occupation: Offshore Captain
I first began experiencing weight problems after high school. I've always been a fairly active guy with a solid build. However, after high school, I became inactive and started gaining weight. In my early 20s, I went through a series of fad diets, only to lose weight and gain even more back. I had reached a whopping 350 pounds and had a variety of health problems, including hypertension, border-line diabetes, and low testosterone levels. I felt sluggish, depressed, and my self-esteem was at an all-time low. I was also informed that my occupation had implemented a new requirement...a body mass index of less than 40, and I was well over that! I knew I had to do something! In March 2015, I had the gastric band surgery at Merit Health Wesley. I've lost 120 pounds. I no longer have health problems, I'm more active and energetic and confident! I feel like a new me!
Advice for someone considering surgery: If you've struggled with roller-coaster dieting and health issues and you want a way of losing weight and maintaining it, then bariatric surgery is a great alternative. I am grateful to Dr. Wesley Girod and his staff for their continued guidance and support in my weight loss journey. I couldn't have done it without them!
These individuals’ stories are an inspiration; remember that you, too, can have life-changing success.
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