"We all have our reasons for starting anything in life. For sometime I had contemplated starting my journey to pursue weight loss but due to the possibility of failure, I kept putting it off. One morning I woke up and decided, sink or swim I am gonna do it!
I discussed options with my primary physician and she had a specific surgeon in mind. She was concerned that this surgeon and I would lock horns and duke it out since we were both stubborn and hard headed. I told her sounds like the perfect surgeon for me. I need a stern individual to help guide me as well to focus on the task at hand. And this is how Dr. Craig Chang entered my life.
In 2014 I had my appointment with Dr. Chang and his staff. I had to complete 6 months of weight management with my primary physician and prove that I could make necessary lifestyle changes. Each time I came in for an appointment I was educated on different and better options regarding food choices, exercising and even stress management. At the time i did not realize how important these tools were. After my gastric sleeve, I entered a phase that I referred to as hell but yet it was dream was coming true.
By no means was this an easy Journey. I have worked hard and still try my best to utilize the tools and knowledge given to me by Dr. Chang. Without his knowledge and willingness to provide Bariatric Surgery to our community, I truly feel a successful Weight loss would not have been possible. For this I am eternally grateful.
Nikki Type of Surgery: Gastric sleeve
"Well I guess to start out before I met Dr Chang in 2010 I had weighted my highest at 399 and started to loose some weight and when I started with him I believe I was 367 and with bcbs
insurance I had to loose 10% and I was 336 the day of surgery. I have RNY gastric bypass. I believe in my first year I went down to a low of 220. Then after a long plateau I went under 200 lbs and now kinda go between 185 thru 198. I did just have my stomach skin removed in may. I have gone from a waist size of 56 to a 33 now. I do get a little upset when people say I took the easy way out. Because with gastric bypass it's just a tool. You still have to work hard and keep your physical exercise up too kee your weight off. I'm 6&1/2 years out and have seen many people do awesome and some don't. I have to say to the ones that fail, they think it's a magic pill. Or a magic surgery. This is something you stilll have to work on and never give up."
Victor Type of Surgery: Gastric Bypass
"On Dec. 3, 2015 I had the sleeve surgery. On the day of surgery I weighed 214#, slept every night with a cpap, I was diabetic and had high cholesterol. I had low back pain on a daily basis, folding clothes was painful. I tried dieting, exercising, and even did phentermine at one time. Yes, I lost weight, at one time 60#. Each time I gained back what I lost and more. I was tired, depressed, and unhappy with myself. I hated shopping for clothes because I had to find something to cover up my growing middle! In July I went for my annual woman exam and my Dr. suggested weight loss surgery, specifically the sleeve. Honestly, I laughed at him, I told him I loved food too much and really didn’t think I would qualify. I told my husband about it and he said something that made me think long and hard about it. He reminded me that our oldest son, who had gotten married in 2014, would be having kids some day and did I want to be around for that? Wow! Talk about a wakeup call. I had my first appointment with Dr. Chang in August. I barely qualified weight wise, but I had two co-morbidities and that helped me qualify. I had to quit smoking, which was hard, but doable. I had to learn a new way of eating and not gain and most importantly not lose any weight. I made it through all the pre-surgery requirements for Dr. Chang and my insurance and had the surgery.
I am 1 year out and as of today I weigh 118#. That’s 96#. I work out lifting weights 3-4 days a week. I eat 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks that include protein in order to maintain. I have more energy than I could have imagined. My first grandson was born in October and I have a granddaughter due in March!! I was told by a couple of people I took the easy way out. Really? There was nothing easy about having surgery and having to change my eating habits. If it was that easy I could have made that change and kept the weight off. No drinking before, during, and 30 minutes after I eat. I love carbs! But I have to make protein a priority and I do. I am no longer diabetic nor do I have sleep apnea. My cholesterol is down. My back doesn’t hurt every day. Being healthy is way more important than any food I think I miss. Being there to hold my grandbabies and see them grow up is more important than bread and pasta.
I thank God that I decided to have the surgery and that I chose a great Dr. with an awesome staff!"
Jeri Type of Surgery: Gastric sleeve
"I battled with being overweight since I was 10 years old. I was always teased, I became withdrawn, and so food and chocolate became a great comfort for me at a very young age. I tried all the diets before: Jenny Craig, SlimFast, Fen-Phen and Atkins among them. I would lose weight, but then gain it right back times three. I began to suffer from many illnesses I was on almost 12 medications and was told I was getting close to being put on insulin that's when I knew I had to make a change. If it wasn’t for my primary care physician Dr. Cindy Jacob, I would have never met Dr. Chang. We all worked together to make this life-changing decision for my health and wellbeing. The entire staff at His clinic are very professional, encouraging and gave me the necessary information I needed in order to make the best decision of my life! From beginning to post-op, all the work I have done has improved my health, my self-esteem and the relationship with my family. After surgrey, I went from a size 24 to a size 5-6. I sleep better at night, I make healthy food choices to keep my new stomach healthy and I have an abundance of energy and strength. Shopping is no longer a bad experience – I actually enjoy it because I can purchase the clothes I like. My children are happy because their mom looks healthy and because I have the energy and motivation to do things with them. My biggest motivation is the fact that I am on no medication anymore. All my panels for health are perfect within a years. I am truly thankful to Dr. Chang and his team for putting the biggest smile on my face. I recommend this surgery to anyone who is tired of being unhealthy. Now, here I am 13 months post op and I couldn’t me be happier with myself and my health. Dr. Chang and his staff team along with my PCP Dr. Jacob, were so supportive and informative through the entire process. This new tool helps me to think about what I’m putting into my body nutritionally and helped me achieve weight loss that I could have never imagined. I know for a fact I would not be where I am today without this amazing tool and the amazing team of people that helped me get here. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat. Best decision I’ve ever made Do the research, follow the program plan and commit to this life changing experience! Andrea"