Posted: Jan 08, 2011 5:06 PM CST Updated: Jan 08, 2011 5:06 PM CST
A new year brings a new them. Patients of gastric bypass and the gastric banding procedure were celebrating their success at Bailey Medical Center in Owasso today. The hospital invited back all their patients from 2010 to report about their weight loss success. The journey to bariatric surgery can take several months or longer. So today's event gave patients the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments.
"It's changed my life. The weight dropped fast. My diabetes is gone. I can get up and do things with my daughter, I come home from work and don't lay on the couch and go to sleep," says Crystal Thayer of Muskogee.
All patients were invited to weigh in. Thayer lost a total of 73 pounds since having the surgery in April of last year.
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Posted: Jan 08, 2011 4:15 PM CST Updated: Jan 08, 2011 4:17 PM CST
OWASSO, Oklahoma -- Bariatric weight loss patients got together Saturday to recommit to their lifestyle changes and celebrate weight loss. The gathering took place at the Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center in Owasso. Patients who have had a gastric bypass or banding procedure in 2010 got together for the "bariatric graduation."
Heila Newman, who has lost 108 pounds since her procedure in May, 2010, discussed her journey to improved health. Newman is an Operation Desert Storm veteran who is 80 percent disabled after injuring her back during service, she said."I came back from the war and gained a lot of weight," Newman said. Unable to exercise, she turned to bariatric surgery."I would recommend it to anyone who's struggling," she said. "It's the best thing I've ever done for myself."
Dr. Brandon D. Varnell, Bariatric Surgical Chair for the Center, said the get-together helped further "the long-term involvement in lifestyle change that everyone's committed to."
"They command a huge amount of our respect for the commitment they've made," Varnell said.
For more information about the Center for Bariatrics, visit www.baileybariatrics.com.
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