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Getting Started on Your Weight-loss Surgery Journey - Patricia's Story

| Date Posted: 6/2/2016

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Broadway resident, Patricia Walthour, knew it was time to lose weight when her excess weight became debilitating. “I knew that I had to take control of my life and health,” she says.

The control is what she got, having lost more than 90 pounds since having gastric bypass surgery at the FirstHealth Bariatric Center. “It has been the best kick-off to getting my life back! Though it has been hard work, it has been the place to start.”

Read more about Patricia's story below:

Why did you decide to have bariatric surgery? I knew that I had to take control of my life and health.

Did you have the sleeve or bypass, and why did you chose your option over other options? I had the bypass. I had to be radical with my weight loss.

What was life like before surgery? I was tired and ill all of the time. My health issues were becoming debilitating.

What are some things you are able to do now that you were not able to do before surgery? I am able to play with my grandchildren, travel and have a social life. I am traveling to Belize this year and am looking so forward to swimming with the dolphins!

What impact has losing weight and living with a new diet had on your household or immediate family? It has been a journey to help my family become healthier. Now when I choose food and snacks, I am more conscious of the nutritional value. My husband has lost more than 25 pounds, also, during this process.

How has your health improved? I no longer rely on 10-13 pills a day!

What other medical conditions have been resolved or reduced as a result of the surgery and of losing weight? I no longer suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, neuropathy in my feet, or severe joint pain.

What would you tell someone considering weight-loss surgery? It is the best “kick-off” to getting your life back! Though it is hard work, this is the place to start.

How was your experience with the FirstHealth Bariatric Center? They were supportive from start to finish. The staff was ALWAYS available to answer questions and share success stories and resources. They were my personal cheerleaders! I would definitely recommend FirstHealth to anyone who is considering this venture. It saved my life!

 

Let FirstHealth help YOU begin YOUR journey!

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and Pinehurst Surgical have established a comprehensive Bariatric Surgical Program in the mid-Carolinas. The program offers Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and adjustable gastric band surgical approaches to significant weight loss and maintenance for those suffering from morbid obesity. The FirstHealth Bariatric Center is staffed by an interdisciplinary team who provide quality education and support, before and after surgery.

Attend one of our mandatory weight-loss surgery information sessions to learn more about the benefits of having bariatric surgery, surgical treatment options, hear from our bariatric surgeons and bariatric surgery patients, and more.

FirstHealth offers in-person and online information sessions. Choose the option that's best for you.

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