Franciscan Center for Weight Management
Gastric Bypass Success Story: Mike Strom
Read about Mike Strom’s experience with gastric bypass surgery. He’s rediscovered health and regained his active lifestyle.
Gastric bypass leads to long-term weight loss
By the time Mike Strom turned 30, he weighed more than 200 pounds. When he topped out at 292 at the age of 46, he knew he needed help. That help came in the form of gastric bypass surgery at Franciscan Center for Weight Management.
At first, bariatric surgery worried Mike’s wife. But with psoriasis (a painful skin condition), arthritis, elevated liver enzymes and a possible diabetes diagnosis, Mike was ready to feel better. “It felt like my head would explode when I reached down to tie my shoes!” Mike says.
Today, at age 50, Mike has maintained a healthy weight of 184 for several years - a weight loss of nearly 110 pounds. His psoriasis is all but gone, and he’s cut his arthritis medication in half. He has more energy to run his computer business and go on hikes with his wife. His liver enzymes are normal, too.
Maybe most surprising to Mike was the way his appetite decreased. “We went on a cruise three months after surgery, and I just didn’t want to eat,” he says. “I can get out and enjoy life a lot more — and it’s great.”
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