In her own words
I was 33 years old and have been overweight most of my life and am sure there were a combination of reasons for my weight problem (genetics, eating out of boredom, eating for emotional reasons, yo-yo dieting…) I had tried every diet heard of from weight watchers to herbal supplements. I would lose a little weight; not as much as I wanted, and would get frustrated and give up. Then I would gain the weight back plus more. Exercising became harder and I would dread any major physical activities (outdoor parties with sports, dancing…). It was a vicious cycle, the more I gained the harder it became to exercise and I would get depressed and eat. I developed arthritis at a young age and currently have joint problems. The excess weight made the pain even worse.
After much research on gastric bypass, I found out about the Lapband procedure. I researched that and found it less invasive and far less medical risks than the other surgeries. I researched doctors in my area and found that the Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco had already done many of these procedures. This made me very comfortable, especially since it was a fairly new procedure for the United States. I met with Dr. Cirangle and knew that I wanted to proceed. He answered all of my questions (and he asked many of his own). Dr. Cirangle really made sure I knew what I was getting into. The surgery is not a magic bullet to solve all problems. It is an aide, a tool to help someone lose the weight. After discussing the surgery with Dr. Cirangle, I realized going into this that I was going to have to change my eating habits drastically and forever. I also knew that I would need to exercise regularly. Dr. Cirangle is excellent. Any questions I have, I just email him and he gets right back to me. The whole staff at Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco is wonderful. Everyone is helpful, supportive and so nice.
I am so glad that I had surgery. I have made the commitment to get healthy. I have lost around 95 pounds. My personal goal was 100 pounds, but my body seems to like the weight I am at. I have maintained this weight for about 6 months now. I still do not eat sugar, bread, pasta, or any flour products. It is hard, but the reward is so much better. I feel much healthier. My joints ache less and I actually like and want to be more active. Regular exercise is still work, as is eating well, but I look and feel great so it is worth it.