My name is Christina and I have been banded for a little over two years. I've always struggled with my weight, and tried just about every diet and diet pill out there. The truth is - I would lose it and gain it right back. Being overweight meant constant lower back pain, and achy joints. I was to the point of having physical therapy at least twice a week. I also had no energy.
I was always feeling tired and would literally fall asleep in minutes after just sitting down to watch TV. Crazy, I tell you! I remember getting my annual check-up when my doctor suggested I look in to getting the Lap Band. I did the research and decided to do it. This by far has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.
I do not have any regrets. Bariatric surgery has given me my life back! I have lost a total of 75 lbs. I went from wearing size 20 to size 10...so close to my goal of wearing a size 8! I now have tons of energy and feel great about myself. I now enjoy shopping when before it was frustrating, and depressing. My band is my tool, my will power.
I chose weight loss surgery because I was miserable. I was small and athletic growing up and I am unsure what went wrong or how I gained all the weight. I went to a personal trainer for a long time and lost some weight, but it came right back. Enough was enough and I needed to do something permanent!
I chose Yuma Regional Medical Center because a friend had her surgery there. She told me about the monthly informational meetings and I attended. Everything got started quickly.
My experience was great. I was back to work in one week. I have never gotten sick or had food "stuck." I love everyone there. They are friendly and extremely helpful. I will never find another surgeon like Dr. Candice Jensen and a support team like Rebecca and Carmen.
I have so much more energy now! I can go to the gym and not feel uncomfortable with my body. I can work out and not have problems. I have asthma and rarely use my inhaler now, which is awesome! In addition, my self-esteem is better and my husband has said that I am not as negative. He said he felt like he was "cheating" on his wife when he came home from deployment because I was a very different person.
When my husband got home from deployment, we went on vacation and I hiked up several mountains. I used to hike a long time ago, but stopped because I got so big and it was too hard. This one mountain kicked my butt last year and was extremely difficult for me; well I tried again this year and I had no problems at all. I wanted to hike another. It was an awesome feeling! I have lost 75 pounds after 12 months and I'm still losing weight.
On February 18th 2010, I had lap-band surgery at Yuma Regional Medical Center. I weighed in at 297 pounds and was taking a handful of medications. Additionally, I had the usual obesity related illnesses: heartburn, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint pain, etc. Over 20 years, I dieted, lost weight and then gained it back plus more...a classic yo-yo dieter.
Thanks to Yuma’s Bariatric Surgery Program, today I weigh 200lbs and take no medicines. My energy levels are up and I enjoy playing with my children again. Lap-band Surgery was the best decision I ever made!