My mother passed away at a young age due to complications from diabetes. So when I was diagnosed with hypertension 10 years ago and diabetes more recently, I knew I didn’t want to suffer from a similar fate.
My family and the desire for longevity played heavily in my decision to have bariatric surgery, although it took me two years to finally decide to go through with the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. This was new territory for my family and me. No one had undergone weight loss surgery and some of my relatives even tried to dissuade me from having it done — but at 235 pounds and 43 years of age, I knew something had to change.
I thoroughly researched bariatric programs and surgeons in the area before making my decision because I wanted to be sure I found someone who was not only truly skilled but also compassionate about his/her patients. I wanted to be treated like more than just another number. It was also important to me to find a facility that was reputable with a staff that understood my unique needs. I got all of this and more at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
My bariatric surgeon and the team of nurses and employees on staff are truly there for patients. My feelings were always addressed and taken into consideration throughout the process. In addition, my husband was included on all consults with my physician so that he could be on board from the beginning. I guess this is what one should expect from a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.
I have lost nearly 88 pounds so far through the Texas Health Dallas Bariatric Program, and I feel like this is the best decision I have ever made. Gone are the diabetes and high blood pressure medications. I feel great, I have more energy for my grandkids and I’m back to riding a bike with my husband!
— Sherry Davis