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Trying to lose a little weight is hard enough. But when your weight climbs up to more than 100 pounds over your ideal weight, it becomes almost impossible for many people to lose it. That’s when some people turn to weight loss surgery.
Kim Roberts, 45, has already lost more than 100 pounds since she had surgery ten months ago. She says the surgery has given back her life.
“I have so much more energy. It’s incredible,” Roberts said.
That wasn’t the case before the surgery, when Roberts says she had become so heavy that her size and joint issues were affecting her lifestyle.
“Definitely a lot of mobility issues at 391 pounds. It came on gradually, and the next thing I knew I had put on a lot of weight over the years, and I thought how did this happen to me?”
She says her weight even made simple things, like sitting on an airplane or in a restaurant booth, very difficult.
Roberts has fought weight problems since she was 16, creating a cycle of losing and gaining. She says she knew she needed help, and turned to weight loss surgery for a more permanent solution.
“I couldn’t face another failure of diet. Because I had been successful in losing weight, but not keeping it off, and it was depressing and discouraging”.
Weight loss surgeons decided that the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy was the best solution for Roberts. Dr. Don Balder from Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport says they use tiny incisions to remove a major portion of the stomach.
“It involves taking out 80 to 90 percent of your native stomach permanently. So people eat much less food and are satisfied with a lot less food.”
He says during the surgery, doctors remove “the curvature of the stomach, and people aren’t hungry. It impacts the hunger drive in your brain.”
Roberts has lost 130 pounds since the surgery, and says she feels full after eating for the first time in her life.
“I can eat anything I want, just small portions and I’m perfectly happy with that.”
Balder says weight loss surgery is a good solution for many people who are 75 pounds or more overweight, and who have tried and failed with diet and exercise programs.
“Nobody morbidly obese wants to be that way.”
And he says the number of obese and morbidly obese people continues to grow.
“Morbid obesity has been recognized as a medical illness for over ten years. It’s the biggest epidemic in Mississippi. It’s the biggest epidemic in the country.”
Roberts thinks after nearly 30 years of fighting excessive weight gain, weight loss surgery has finally given her a long term solution.
“I’m ready to start living my life. My weight was holding me back from living life.”
Roberts lost seven pounds just last week, and plans to lose about 50 more pounds. She says she was back to work one week after her surgery.
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