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Date of Operation: October 17, 2007
I began this journey weighing 252 pounds and wearing size 22 jeans. I was being treated for high blood pressure, I had aches and pains in my feet, knees and sometimes my back, and I was so unhappy with myself, so ashamed of my size. I called my insurance company to find out if they covered gastric bypass surgery. Not only did they cover the gastric bypass surgery, they gave me a few names of doctors they recommended and both Robert Davis and Garth Davis were on the list.
I went to Dr. Robert Davis's seminar and the process began. I remember after his seminar I was so excited! I knew this was for me, and I could not wait for my first appointment with him. I had to go through the steps that my insurance company required, including meeting with the dietitian for three months (which I have to say I thought was silly because I had gone to dietitians before, as well as tried every kind of diet you can imagine!). Little did I know how helpful these meetings with the dietitian would be, as she taught me many things that were extremely important after the surgery, as well as to help make sure my journey would be successful.
I could not wait for the surgery to be done. I was never afraid, I never had any worries. I had 100 percent faith in Dr. Robert Davis. I knew he knew what he was doing, and Ihe had been preparing me for surgery without complications. I went into surgery with a smile on my face and woke up in recovery the same way. I never thought I would lose the amount of weight I did in the time frame that I did.
I remember I used to hate going to the doctor's office, as I did not want to get on the scale. After my surgery, I could not wait to go to the doctor's office and get on the scale. It felt great to hear them compliment me for the amount of weight I had lost.
I now weigh 135 pounds and I wear size 4 jeans. I no longer take medication for high blood pressure and I do not have the aches and pains any more. I feel good about myself; I am no longer ashamed of my size. I am proud of myself!
I am so blessed to have met Dr. Robert Davis. I believe both Robert and Garth are the most caring doctors I have ever met. They care about their patients, they understand what it means to be heavy, as well as how important it is to help us be a success story. I consider these to doctors to be angels! I recommend this surgery to anyone, as it has changed my entire life in such a positive way!
Date of Operation: August 18, 2005
I felt hopeless. I had tried so many diets! I had lost hundreds of pounds, only to gain them all back. I had sleep apnea, and I had to sleep with a breathing machine at night. I had uncontrollable diabetes, and was on 11 prescription medications. I couldn't do anything without laboring to breathe. I had a beautiful grandson that I couldn't play with because I was simply too fat!!
Then one day, I decided I had to do something.
Gastric bypass seemed drastic, but I was in a drastic situation. My husband told me to call Dr. Robert Davis and see if he did gastric bypass surgeries. He had removed my husband's gallbladder a couple of years before. Lo and behold, he did do them. At that time -- this was in 2005 -- he had done over 300 of them, and Dr. Davis was someone we trusted.
He cared. I soon felt at ease with the whole thought of having weight loss surgery.
He totally prepares you for it, and while it hasn't been an easy journey, it's a journey that has added years to my life.
My diabetes is now dormant. Instead of 11 prescription medications, I am only on two now. I can walk and climb stairs without panting. I can roll in the floor AND get back up with my grandbabies. I have added years to my life and I thank God for helping me find Dr. Davis. He was a miracle in my life.
I lost a total of 148 lbs and I lost that in the first eight months after surgery. I just celebrated my fourth year since surgery, and I have kept it all off. I still struggle with eating, but I am happier, healthier, and thinner!
Before surgery: 282 lbs.
Current weight: 136 lbs.
Date of Operation: March 18, 2008
My weight loss story is one of mind over matter. "If you don't mind, then it don’t matter."
For many years, that was my mantra. I weighed around 400 pounds and, around the year 1990, I lost over 100 pounds through exercise and improved eating habits. I even started refereeing basketball for several years.
In 1996, I encountered several very stressful situations in my life. I developed a blood clot in my leg in January and was hospitalized for several days. My father lost his battle with lung cancer in March, and my wife passed away in November. No excuses, just some history. At that time, I weighed around 270 pounds.
My weight increased slowly at first, and then finally, I was back up to 400 pounds. My primary care physician suggested I consider bariatric surgery and gave me Dr. Garth Davis's card. She stressed over and over that I would have to have my mental attitude right for the surgery to succeed.
I had the surgery in March of 2008. I now weigh 210 pounds! I went from a 54" waist to a 38" waist; from a 4X shirt to an XL! My Type 2 diabetes was cured instantly and I no longer take cholesterol or blood pressure medications. Dr. Davis did an excellent job with the surgery and support through the process, and my primary care physician was absolutely correct about the mental aspect of this journey. It is a life-changing process and I had to be willing and able to change with it. I haven't had any sweets in over 18 months. I miss that to this day, but it is an essential part of the process. The other part of the process is my mental attitude about myself. It took me a long time to realize that I didn't have the same body that I had before and people no longer stare at me because I am huge. For a good while, I still thought of myself as the big person, even after I had lost almost 200 pounds.
Bariatric surgery is a tool for the person that wants to build a new life. Dr. Davis and The Davis Clinic staff will provide you with the opportunity to use that tool for your benefit.
Date of Operation: November 20, 2007
I’ll never forget Dr. Garth Davis say to me during my pre-op visit, "Eventually, you’ll be able to eat something sweet -- now and then -- but most likely, you won’t even want it." And I remember saying, "But you don’t know me. Once I eat a bite of pie, I eat the whole pie!" And I remember thinking to myself ... I also eat the whole gallon of ice cream or the entire pan of bread pudding or the whole bag of cookies or the big bag of peanut M&M’s! My decision to have gastric bypass surgery didn’t come via a revelation or an "ah-ha moment."
Over several years, I watched my now-deceased Daddy -- who I adored -- develop heart disease, type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, and liver cancer. As his health declined, I also watched him have no choice but to sell his share of his beloved company and give up doing the work that he loved best. Even though I was headed down the same path, it took me several years to get to a place where I was so "sick and tired of being sick and tired." Finally, I was ready to try ANYTHING.
By luck, I clicked the remote and landed on an episode of BIG MEDICINE. I feel lucky that the ANYTHING that I found was BIG MEDICINE, Dr. Garth Davis, and The Davis Clinic on the TV. Deciding to look into gastric bypass surgery was just the beginning. I attended the information meeting, read everything that I could get my hands on, asked probing questions of acquaintances that had both successful and unsuccessful gastric bypass surgery outcomes, etc. I was under no illusion that my gastric bypass would be the panacea for all my woes, but I did think that it would be a permanent “tool” that would help teach me to listen to my body in a way that other diets had failed.
By the day of my surgery, I was both physically and emotionally ready to be compliant and was determined to make my new “tool” work!
And it did work and it continues to work. I had a successful career, a good marriage and a happy life before my gastric bypass surgery, but my new stomach has been the underpinnings for making my life better in so many ways. Loosing over 100 pounds has made me feel good, and feeling good has amplified everything!
My sleep apnea is gone, so I sleep through the night without interruption. I step out of the shower, dry off and get dressed without being soaked with perspiration before getting out the door. My asthma is gone, so I can walk my dogs without panting. I no longer have to wait for an elevator; instead, I take the stairs to my 2nd floor office without being out of breath. The inflammation and pain in my joints caused by the rheumatoid arthritis that I have lived with for over 20 years is finally manageable and quiet. I have pep in my step, I have a brighter and bigger smile, I wear my cowboy hat and western clothes with pizzazz, and I “strut my stuff” in great looking high heels that make me stand up straight and feel confident, lean and tall. Finally, I am the ME that I longed to be and I am loving life!
November 20, 2007 weight: 254 lbs
May 14, 2009 weight: 143 lbs
Date of Operation: March 18, 2009
I had gastric bypass surgery on March 18, 2009. Five months later, I'm down 93 pounds and still losing. My goal is to get to 140 pounds. At this time, I feel great! I exercise six days a week and have tons of energy. The before photo was taken in December 2008 at my 50th birthday party. At that time, I weighed 305 pounds. The after photo was taken in early August 2009. I'm currently 212 pounds. Thanks, Dr. Garth! The shrinking woman--Rhonda F.
Date of Surgery: May 2011
My life changed the day I walked in The Davis Clinic. I struggled with my weight all my life. I am a proud mother of 3 beautiful children. I always put them before my needs and wants. However i knew if i didnt do something about my weight at 434 pounds I would let my kids down. I took control of my life and today I feel that getting the Sleeve procedure was the best gift i ever gave my self. It brought much joy into my family life. Dr. Garth made me feel so comfortable through my whole experience. I tell my story every chance I get.