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Jeff was tired of “yo-yo” dieting. He had always had weight issues, with his biggest problem being portion control, so he would fight back with constant dieting only to regain any weight he had lost each time. Lifestyle also played a part in Jeff’s weight issues, as like many people today, his weight gains were usually prompted by stress, work-related travel and long hours.
Jeff was also becoming increasingly concerned about his weight-related health issues which included diabetes and high blood pressure.
Once Jeff had decided that he wanted to do more than just another diet, he spent time thoroughly researching all bariatric procedures extensively, and determined that the Mini Gastric Bypass (MGB), and a commitment to follow the post-surgery protocols accompanying that procedure, meant the MGB would be the perfect procedure for him.
Along with his extensive research on bariatric procedures themselves, Jeff also researched his options for where to have his procedure. He was impressed with the vast experience of the Surgeon at SmartShape, and after contacting SmartShape to learn more about the MGB and the team there behind the procedure, he found everyone to be experienced, technically able and in general very helpful with any questions he had.
Here, in his own words, is how Jeff felt once he had the MGB procedure done at SmartShape, including how the Surgeon went above and beyond regarding a serious health condition discovered during Jeff’s surgery:
“Margeaux was particularly helpful with my nutrition and blood sugar issues prior to surgery. The rest of the staff were all very helpful, kind and considerate throughout the day and night both, with making me as comfortable as possible. As for the Surgeon, again nothing short of spectacular. He was very helpful with some pre-operative issues and questions I had (to the extent of personally calling me), was very reassuring before and after the surgery, and just had an aura about him of “you are in good hands – relax and look forward to your new future.” Also, the doctor found a large tumour attached to the exterior of my stomach wall and went ahead and excised it and sent it to pathology. He would have been entitled to stitch me up and just let me know that I had a tumour that needed dealt with, but he went the extra mile and possibly saved my life.”
Since Jeff’s Mini Gastric Bypass surgery with SmartShape, he has been able to ask additional questions of the Surgeon, and has also had correspondence with the nutrition team. He was also impressed that the nursing team was so caring, “in particular Tina, who made the effort to call me post-surgery and ask how I was doing!”
With respect to his diabetes, Jeff is no longer insulin dependent and has cut his oral medication in half. He still has a few issues to resolve – his A1C level is still higher than normal at 8.1 but this is a dramatic decrease since before the surgery. Is his diabetes gone completely yet? No. Is it dramatically improved? Absolutely. Does he feel it will complete disappear? Jeff would have to say yes, with a little more vigilance on his part. He is still mastering the delicate balance of food intake which has a big impact.
Overall, Jeff feels that the SmartShape Surgeon “has assembled an educated and great team and should be very proud of each and every one of them.”
As for the surgery itself, Jeff is so happy he made the decision – since his procedure in March 2017, Jeff has lost 102 pounds, 16” in his waist size, and 3” in his shirt neck size. He feels great both physically and mentally to have lost that much weight, and can now do things that were on his long-forgotten bucket list. As a side benefit, the Goodwill has gained hundreds of pounds of clothes that Jeff was swimming in!
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