Growing up in a family where obesity was the norm and she was always “a heavy kid,” Jennifer Read had seen her mother, grandmother, and aunt have bariatric surgery. By age 24, she had failed at more diets than she could count, and at just shy of 400 pounds, suffered from edema and high blood pressure. She couldn’t walk short distances without being short of breath.
In addition to being physically and mentally prepared for weight-loss surgery, it’s important to be financially prepared as well. The cost of a procedure will vary depending on the patient’s specific needs, what kind of surgery they are getting, and any post-operative complications they experience.
It’s easy to imagine that Hollywood A-listers all come by their perfectly slim physiques naturally—or at the very least, with the help of personal trainers, chefs, and nutritionists. That’s not always the case, though. File this under “Stars, they’re just like us” news, but plenty of well-known celebrities have achieved lasting weight-loss success through bariatric surgery. Their stories can be inspirational if you’ve ever considered a surgical procedure to help with your own obesity issues.
Losing a large amount of weight via bariatric surgery comes with a lot of victories, big and small. Many of them have nothing to do with the number on the scale or inside your clothing. Patients might be surprised to learn that one of the areas they may see improvement is in their love lives.
As patients begin exploring the benefits of weight-loss surgery, they may discover that they have more surgical options than they know about. The Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program offers a range of surgical options which, coupled with a healthy lifestyle, can help ensure lasting weight loss. Surgeons will discuss these options with their patients to determine which surgery is the best fit for their individual situation:
When you’ve got one hundred or more pounds to lose, it can be difficult to believe it will ever be possible. These amazing before-and-after transformations prove that it can be done successfully and safely, with bariatric surgery.
Anyone who has a weight problem has likely heard their fair share of supposedly helpful (and, often, so not-so-helpful) advice about diets, doctors, and eating disorders than they care to. So it can be difficult to broach the subject with someone you care about who struggles with morbid obesity. There are several good reasons to make the effort, however.
Losing weight can sometimes be a lonely and isolating process; especially as food often comes into play in social situations. (Really, who wants to be the only person having celery sticks instead of nachos at a party, or passing up dessert when dining out with friends?) Bariatric surgery, however, is one weight-loss tool that you won’t have to struggle through alone. The Penn Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program offers a comprehensive support staff before and after the surgery, including a team of dedicated nutrition specialists.
Lisa Harris, a software administrator and mom of two living in southern New Jersey, knows firsthand how living with obesity can affect even the most minute details of day-to-day living. However, until she had bariatric surgery in May 2011, she didn’t realize how much losing the weight would transform her, physically and psychologically.
If you’ve been considering bariatric surgery after struggling with different diets for years, the most important thing to feed yourself is information. The Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program makes it easy with free information sessions several times a month at all three of its hospitals as well as satellite locations.