“I weighed 355 pounds. I had diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. I couldn’t get around. If I tried to walk someplace, I’d have to stop to catch my breath. My wife would get on me about eating right. But that’s just the problem. Eating right is hard for someone who weighs a lot. You can’t help yourself.
After the surgery, that’s all changed. I weigh 225 pounds. My diabetes and sleep apnea are gone. My blood pressure is normal. My energy level is two or three times what it was. This morning I walked three miles around my neighborhood—I’m even outpacing my wife who outpaced me before the surgery and weight loss. Retraining your behavior is the toughest part. I like to say it’s 90% mental and 10% physical. That’s why the psychiatric evaluation is so important prior to surgery. You have to be mentally prepared to eat differently.
The thing that convinced me to have the surgery at Geisinger was their size and experience. I knew they would do it right.”