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Gastric Sleeve Bypass Success Story: Teresa (Terri) Parton
Gastric sleeve bypass surgery changes course of family history
Gastric bypass surgery improves chronic health problems
Obesity ran in Terri’s family. Her father weighed about 400 lbs. when he died of complications of diabetes and heart disease. She watched her mother struggle with her weight all her life. “As a staff member of Franciscan Center for Weight Management for five years, I kept seeing patients come through with great success,” Terri says. “I decided I wanted that, too.”
Terri had gastric sleeve surgery with Dr. Anwar in April 2014. “I was up and walking like they wanted and did 72 laps around the unit,” says Terri, admittedly an overachiever. “I was back to work in eight days.” Two years after surgery, Terri’s BMI has gone from 39 to 27, and she has maintained her weight loss within one pound. She credits rigorous adherence to follow-up appointments with Dr. Anwar. Arthritis was another family legacy; Terri had both knees replaced when she was just 46. Today, her arthritis and asthma are gone, her blood pressure and cholesterol have improved, and she is happy to lead an active family life. “I used to have to sit on the sidelines. Now I participate. I can ride bikes and walk the mall with my teenage daughter.”
Her husband’s health has even benefitted from her surgery. “He has diabetes,” she explained. “We ride bikes now, and even take nine-mile walks. He’s lost weight and his blood sugars are better managed.”
Now 50, Terri wears a size eight — and a huge smile. “I’m healthier at 50 than I was at 40! Feeling this good is worth the surgery. The weight loss is a bonus.”
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