Hear from patients who have had weight-loss surgery at the Surgical Weight Control Center.
A Cheerleader for Better Health – Tysha Jones
Tysha Jones, a nurse who lives in Las Vegas, weighed 378 pounds at her heaviest. She made the decision to have surgery after she attended a seminar at the Surgical Weight Control Center. Tysha did so well with weight-loss surgery, she inspired her husband and 10 others to begin their own journeys.
Losing 95 Pounds Was Like a Dream – Mary Swannie-Ryan
The day Mary Swannie-Ryan underwent the gastric sleeve procedure by Surgical Weight Control Center marked the first day of her new life.
Swannie-Ryan had always battled her weight. Her blood pressure was high. Her energy was low. And she wasn’t getting around as well as she wanted to. But with the help of James Atkinson, MD, FACS and Darren Soong, MD, FACS, all that changed.
“After attending the seminar and learning about the gastric sleeve and its potential possibilities, I knew this would be a turning point to the rest of my life. It was and still is a journey that I never thought possible for myself. For the first time in my life, I feel “normal” in the way I eat and relate to food.”
Taking Control of My Life – Sam Kaufman, CEO of Desert Spring and Valley Hospitals
Sam Kaufman, CEO of Henderson Hospital, had weight-loss surgery in April 2013. Sam decided to share his story with the hope of inspiring others who struggle with obesity.
Before (12/2014): BMI and Weight: 51 / 335 pounds.
Today (12/2015): BMI and Weight: 32 / 210 pounds
Type of Surgery: Sleeve
Eric: I have always had a weight problem. It started for me at the end of high school and really escalated around age 23. As my wife and I had kids, I worked hard to provide for them. My wife stayed home with them so I was always on the run, working and going to school. I didn’t take the time to eat right or exercise, so the pounds just kept adding up. Before I knew it, I had ballooned from 230 pounds at 23 years old to 355 pounds at 44 years old.
I tried different diets and exercise routines, but they weren’t cutting. I felt discouraged and saddened by the possibility of an unhappy, overweight life, or worse.
I wanted to be around for the future weddings of my three daughters and their grandchildren, however I was scared I wouldn’t get there.
In 2014, I took the steps to begin the process of weight-loss surgery. I met with Dr. Soong at the Surgical Weight Control Center, and the rest, they say, is history.”
Tracy: “I have struggled with my weight since I can remember. I tried countless diet programs, all of which helped me lose a couple of pounds, but I gained it all back and then some. I hated looking at myself from the neck down. Me being overweight put a big strain on my marriage. I felt that since I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror neither would my husband.
I was always self-conscious about what I wore and what you could see – my legs, my arms, my ‘back-fat’ rolls.
A few years prior, I had the privilege of watching someone go through the same thing and transform their life for the better. He was a patient of Dr. Soong and had multiple complications going into the program. Though I did not suffer from the same issues, I knew I needed to change something or I would end up in the same place as him. He gave me the courage and hope that if he could do it, so could I.
In September 2015, my entire life changed. I weighed 226 pounds on the day of surgery. Although that doesn’t seem like a lot, I was considered morbidly obese for my body frame and my height.
I am proud to say that today, I weigh 174 pounds and went from a size 18 to size 10 in three months. I found my confidence, I found my joy and, most importantly, I found my life again.
This journey has been amazing. Almost every Sunday, our family goes to the park and I actively participate with them rather than just sitting on the side. I have energy and I now want to do things.”