Allison, Bariatrics Patient since 2017
My husband and I made the join decision to have weight loss surgery together. WE were both sick and tired of being overweight and exhausted. WE each have different reasons as to why we were overweight, but I will tell you my story. When I was 39 I found out that I was pregnant with our youngest child. That child is now in high school and I had been carrying around my extra weight for 15 years. I have treid every diet plan on the market (Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Medifast, Adkins to name a few) with very little success. My “enough is enough” came when I was diagnosed with full-blowen (no longer “borderline”) Diabetes type 2. I discussed the possibility of weight loss surgery with my general practitioner who strongly recommended Dr. Sheetal Patel. I went home and had a discussion with my husband (who had also been researching weight loss surgery), and we made a joint consultation appointment the very next day.
Dr. Patel eased our surgery fears and led us through discussions of the various weight loss surgery options available. Together we determined that gastric sleeve would be the way to go. We met several times with a nutritionist, and attended several bariatric support group meetings in order to prepare for our lifestyle change. I had my surgery in June and my husband went in December. Dr. Patel is absolutely amazing! We highly recommend her to anyone considering weight loss surgery options. To be honest, weight loss surgery is the toughest thing we have ever done but the best thing we have ever done. Every day we ask each other, “why did we wait so long to do this?”
I am proud to say that within 7 months of surgery I was off all my medications my diabetes was reversed and my high blood pressure is under control. In those 7 months I lost 65 pounds. Best of all, I get to walk right past the plus size department as I now fit into the “cute clothes.” As for my husband, he is also off all medications and has lost 80 pounds within two months of surgery. We have much more energy and we are doing more things outside in the world with our kids. We have also noticed that we actually get cold at night and area no longer lowering the thermostat. Hello, lower energy bills!
Lisa, Bariatrics Patient since 2016
I love Dr. Sheetal Patel. She is the best. I knew she was the right surgeon after I attended her weight loss seminar. I like how she explained each surgery and then allowed potential candidates to ask questions. I like that before the seminar is her bariatric group meeting in which anyone is welcome to attend to get valuable suggestions and information from bariatric patient perspective. I like how she express her expectation for her patients so we can achieve our goal.
I have attended several weight loss seminars and Dr. Patel program is outstanding. I think multidisciplinary team approach is necessary with weight loss surgery. I like that a counselor, dietician, registered nurse and Dr. Patel is available by phone or email. Everyone is so personable, warm, genuine and caring from the office staff to Dr. Patel herself. They make you feel like your part of their family. I can’t thank Dr. Patel and her team enough for saving my life. I highly recommend Dr. Sheetal Patel
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Thomas, Bariatric Patient since 2015
Most of my adult life I was overweight. At age 72, I decided to do something about it. With sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and 43% body fat, I needed to lose a lot of weight and adopt a healthier life style. After counseling with Dr. Patel and her capable team, I decided to have the gastric-sleeve procedure. Once approved by Medicare, I was ready for a better and healthier way of life.
After the surgery on January 29, 2015, I followed a regimen of eating much healthier food and a lot less of it under the direction of Dr. Patel’s medical associates. I also joined a group in my VFW Post called “Project Counterbalance” that helped direct my exercise routine.
Since my surgery, my weight has reduced from 257 lbs. to 155 lbs. and my waist reduced from 48 inches to 34 inches. My shirt size is now a medium instead of XXL. My only regret is that I didn’t have the surgery sooner.
Debbie, Bariatric Patient since 2014
A little over two years ago, I came to Dr. Patel with my heart functioning at only 20% with severe Congestive Heart Failure, cardiomyopathy, and a severely enlarged, damaged heart. My waist size was 56” and I was in severe physical pain from the fluid in my abdomen pressing against my heart and lungs. I could barely breathe and had spent much of 2012 on oxygen, in the hospital, and unable to work. I was very unsure of my future or even how long I would live. At one point, I had considered going on disability because I was so sick – but I could never bring myself to do it, because I was scared I would see myself as disabled and give up.
According to the American Heart Association, “70% of women who are diagnosed with congestive heart failure will be dead within 5 years.” I decided early on that I would not be part of that 70%!
After meeting with Dr. Patel, conferring with my cardiologist and internist, and going through many surgical clearances, I had sleeve surgery in March of 2014. I’ve done everything the cardiologist and Dr. Patel have asked of me – and then some. I have gone from having to take 27 meds in the morning and 13 at night, to 8 in the morning and 4 at night. My diabetes medication has been reduced by more than 50%.
The most amazing part of this is that my heart function has MORE THAN DOUBLED (I’m up to 45% from 20%!!!) and MY HEART IS NO LONGER ENLARGED AND HAS RETURNED TO NORMAL SIZE!!! Weight loss surgery played a huge part in saving my life…and this is SOOOOO much bigger than the number on the scale!
I just reached my 5 year post diagnosis mark for CHF. Not only am I alive, but I am thriving!
Weight loss surgery is NOT the easy way out. You still have to do the work. But it’s an amazing tool that can not only help you lose weight, but regain your health in so many other ways. Dr. Patel and her team are AMAZING. They are so accessible, so knowledgeable, and they make sure that you go into surgery with eyes wide open and armed with all the knowledge you need to be a success story.
I am a walking, talking, BREATHING miracle and I thank God every day for the second chance at life.
Lynda, Bariatric Patient since 2015
My name is Lynda Christopher. Dr Patel performed my Gastric Sleeve surgery on May 27th 2015. My highest weight was 350. So far I have lost 160 lbs.
Making the decision to have the surgery started me off on an active journey making fitness a pivotal aspect of my life. Before I suffered from high blood pressure, I was pre diabetic and I was sore all of the time. I couldn’t walk .75 miles in under 22 minutes. My body fat percentage was greater than 50
(meaning it was too high to register) and my BMI was 53. Today, I am off my blood pressure meds, I am no longer pre diabetic and I am training for a half marathon. My body fat percentage is 36.2 and my BMI is 30.5…almost out of the obese category!! The best part has been keeping up with my kiddos!
Dr Patel has been my lifesaver. She has always been supportive, truthful and real. The entire bariatric staff has been fun, accessible and motivating! They never made me feel bad about where I was and always encouraged me about what I could look forward to. I always felt like we were partners in my journey. The sincerely cared about my success!
I am no longer the girl I was when I walked in their office the first time. For the first time in my life I am not on a “diet”. I have changed my life and the way I view food. I still enjoy occasional treats with my family. I enjoy life, my husband, my kids, taking pictures, seeing my reflection, buying clothes…the list continues! Weight is no longer holding me back! The half marathon is my 40th birthday gift to myself. My new beginning.
Janice, Bariatric Patient since 2014
I decided to have my gastric sleeve due to my worsening arthritis. I was on elevated blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride medications. I was taking large doses of anti-inflammatory medications daily and prescription pain pills 4-5 times a week. I was taking four large shots of insulin daily and oral medication for my diabetes.
Since my surgery and weight loss I am off all my meds except one of my diabetes medications. I am now able to shop 2-3 hours without riding a cart or stopping to rest due to pain. For me this was the right decision for my health. I am planning to retire in the next two years and I am now looking forward to an active retirement.
Desiree, Bariatric Patient since 2011
Dr. Patel gave me a second chance for a healthy life with the gastric sleeve surgery. Prior to surgery, I attempted numerous weight loss programs on my own only to gain the weight back plus more. With a family history of diabetes, cholesterol issues, and heart disease, I wanted to break the chain of those illnesses. The highest weight I reached was 360 pounds. With those 360 pounds came high blood pressure, and agonizing back and joint pain. My debilitating ailments kept me from having a healthy lifestyle with my family. Coaching my five year old son’s basketball time even wore me out for the day.
The deciding factor to have surgery was when my blood pressure reached a number that was high enough to have a stroke or heart attack. I knew that I could not let something of that magnitude happen to me that could potentially prevent me from seeing my son graduate from college one day.
I attended an event where Dr. Patel spoke about healthy eating and how she used the Da Vinci robot for her bariatric surgery. When it was emphasized that the preciseness of the Da Vinci would make for a smoother recovery; I knew I wanted to have my surgery at the Bariatric Surgery Institute. The staff members at the Bariatric Surgery Institute supported me with my journey from day one and continue to do so today.
Four months later, I have lost about 70 pounds, have gone down five dresses sizes, have more energy, and no longer have issues with blood pressure or back pain. The only regret I have is not doing the surgery sooner! 2014
2016 – Two years post surgery update: I am now a size 8 down from 26. I weigh less than I did in high school. I’m embracing my new life style change, and working out is a fun activity for me. My fitness age is 21, but my actual age is 30. I reversed years on my life by getting healthy!
Kristie, Bariatric Patient since 2014
I had the gastric sleeve procedure in July 2014. Since then I have been able to come off medications for diabetes type II, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. I am down from a size 22 – 24 to a size 14 -16, and do not experience joint or back pain despite becoming active.
Elizabeth, Bariatric Patient since 2014
This was a life- saving decision for me. Thank you Dr. Patel for the information to make the decision to have sleeve surgery. Not only do I have more energy but also self-confidence and higher self-esteem. My life style has change in what I eat and I live my life for the better. Having the ability to use to knowledge of your staff also has made a huge difference in how well my head (thinking) and my nutrition has changed for the better. The therapist and dietitian have been very supportive in my recovery. I am a very, very satisfied person (patient). Thank you, thank you for doing and caring about your patients surgery and recovery.
Kevin, Bariatric Patient since 2011
Dr. Patel performed gastric bypass surgery on me on September 21, 2011. One year later I have lost 250 lbs. I have not once regretted or second-guessed my decision to have the surgery.
Steve, Bariatric Patient since 2011
With the help of the surgery and the post-operative support of Dr. Patel and her staff, I lost 110 lbs and have kept it off since that time. Prior to surgery I weighed 278 lbs and was plagued with numerous issues related with obesity such as sleep apnea, diabetes, high cholesterol and chronic joint/muscle pain. The journey started with the surgery, and continued from that point forward. Healthy eating habits, regular exercise and the support of my doctors, friends and family have become essential for my continued success. It is wonderful to be healthy again! My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Patel and her wonderful staff!