John Bille’ had always been successful at losing weight. Unfortunately, he was more successful at gaining it back. At 400 pounds, John often felt “out of breath,” had no energy and suffered from sleep apnea. After seeing one of his close friends succeed at losing weight and keeping it off John learned that his friend had undergone Bariatric Surgery, and his interest was piqued. After researching his options, he began attending classes at Frederick Memorial Hospital to learn more.
After attending a bariatric surgery seminar, John decided to have Gastric Bypass or Roux-En-Y surgery. “This surgery was my only choice for the amount of weight that I had to lose.” Gastric bypass is the most commonly thought of procedure when bariatric surgery is mentioned. The bypass restricts food intake by creating a small pouch with a portion of the top of the stomach. It also decreases how food is absorbed because the lower portion of the stomach – the duodenum – that is involved with some of the absorption of calories and nutrients is bypassed by connecting the small intestine directly to the newly formed pouch.
On June 10th, 2011 John’s surgery was successfully performed at Frederick Memorial Hospital and John started to notice changes in his health almost immediately. Within the first week of surgery his sleep apnea had subsided and he no longer required the use of a CPAP machine while he slept. Not long after surgery, while on a family vacation, John left most of his clothes at the local Good Will instead of bringing them home, as they no longer fit!
While John noticed big changes in his weight and overall health, he also noticed changes in his way of life. Gastric Bypass surgery at Frederick Memorial Hospital has given John a new lease on life. Understanding the importance of diet and nutrition, and incorporating an exercise program into his daily routine, have allowed John to maintain his new healthy weight for two years. “I never thought I would be the type of person to enjoy going to the gym every day, but now I feel bad if I miss a day.”
Within the first year post surgery, John lost 175 pounds; the last 25 pounds were lost through regular exercise and a healthy diet. Today, John has reached a healthy weight of 200 pounds, losing 50% of his overall body weight. “I would recommend the FMH bariatric surgical team to anyone. I feel reborn!”
To learn more about the FMH Bariatric Surgery Program and to see a list of surgeons who perform bariatric surgery, visit: fmh.org/bariatrics.