"My life was fairly sedentary before the surgery. I'd go to work, come home, sit on the couch, watch a lot of TV, and play on the computer. I didn't do anything physical and go outside much. Now I'm happy. I'm content. I have a lot of energy and I do feel a sense of accomplishment."
- Laura Nesta
I work at a community hospital that doesn't do bariatric surgery, so I understand a lot about quality, benchmarks, reviews, commentaries and what Center of Excellence means. When I went for the interview my husband's big question was whether or not anybody died during the surgery, and Dr. Floch hadn't had any mortalities. I also, coincidentally, was born in St Vincent's hospital so I thought it was good karma.
My life was fairly sedentary before the surgery. I'd go to work. I'd come home. I was always busy and I didn't do much of any activity. I sat on the couch, watched a lot of TV, and played on the computer. I didn't do anything physical and go outside much.
I had high blood pressure. Now, after the surgery, I don't have to take blood pressure medication. I lost 124 pounds in a little less than nine months. I'm much more active now, and I look forward to doing activities. Whenever we have a family activity we try to do some sort of exercise. Last night was my sister's birthday, so instead of just having dinner and sitting, we had dinner and then we went for a walk. I'm involved with the Boy Scouts and we have a trip to Washington D.C. that I'm looking forward to. Before my surgery, I wouldn't have been able to keep up with all that walking. Now I'm taking a kickboxing class, which I never would have done, before the surgery.
Everybody at the practice has been very kind and wonderful. They're very responsive, always returning my calls, and following up on my lab work. They're very thorough in terms of the preparation and understanding the diet and nutrition. I read a lot on the internet about other people and it doesn't seem that they are as prepared as this practice has been. I just find that they are very kind.
I'm very pleased that I had the surgery. I thought about it for years. Sometimes I think I should have done it 10 years ago. I don't know if I was ready 10 years ago. I think you have to be prepared for a significant lifestyle change. The beginning was very difficult. I didn't feel as well as I would have liked to. It was a little bit of a shock to your system after eating everything you want to, and then making a significant change. For the most part, now when I go out to dinner, I eat what I want. Certainly, my portions are much different and the pace at which I eat is much different, but there are really very few restrictions. But, you have to be prepared because it doesn't just happen.
Disclaimer: All before and after photos on our website show real patients who have lost weight through Fairfield County Bariatrics. These results are typical but not guaranteed. Your individual results will vary in terms of weight loss amount and duration to achieve the weight loss.