Lucia’s Gastric Bypass Testimonial – 11 Years after Surgery

Wow! Looking at the before picture below, I hardly recognize myself – LOL!

Since my surgery my whole life has changed physically and especially, emotionally. If I hadn’t had to go to work every day, I would have hidden myself away back then. I dreaded meeting new people and I especially dreaded meeting friends and family that knew me back when I was normal sized. Even though they wouldn’t say it out loud, I knew they were THINKING how heavy I had gotten. I imagined everyone discussing my obesity behind my back and it hurt. My self esteem was in the toilet.

gastric bypass patient before after

Now, almost 11 years after gastric bypass (10 1/2 of those years under a size 6 –I am a size 4 now) I have an entirely different outlook on life. I shop in the regular stores and go right to the small sizes. When i would say to obese or even just overweight people that I understood how they were feeling when they talk about their weight problems, I often got a nasty look and they would ask me what would a skinny little thing like me know about what they were  going through. When I would tell them I weighed 239 lbs. at one time they just wouldn’t believe me. New friends can’t imagine me being “fat.”

When I look at the extremely few pics taken of me when I was obese (mainly because I ran from every camera around or hid behind people) I don’t recognize myself from back then.

I wear sexy clothes now and more importantly, I FEEL sexy. Physically I don’t ache all over, especially my feet, and standing up isn’t a chore like it used to be.

I go out and meet people and instead of being painfully shy, which is what I became when I was obese, my natural outgoing personality came back and I have FUN and I feel ATTRACTIVE, and I ENJOY life. No more wearing jackets on hot days and having a skinny person come up to me and ask me if I am not too hot in that jacket? I would say I was fine but I really WAS too hot. And I would think that that person had no clue. Well, I am the skinny person now but I DO have a clue and that is why I want to write this. I want every obese person to get out there and do this surgery.

I will be 60 years old in a couple of months. The pic of me that you see here in a flirty maid’s costume I took on my 59th birthday for my husband. Imagine! I am old but I can do now what I couldn’t do when I was 40.

My point being everything being equal, and your health allowing, it is never too late to do this surgery and feel attractive and desirable.

I paid for the surgery myself by taking out a loan and I paid the loan back. As I often tell Dr. Oliak when I see him; we buy cars more expensive than this surgery and they depreciate when you drive off the lot. My body is my PERMANENT car and as I lost the weight my “car” GREW  in value, got healthier, and I appreciated in value! HA!

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David Oliak, M.D.

Dr. Oliak is a board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive (laparoscopic and robotic) weight loss surgery. He has been in practice in Orange County, California, since 2002, has completed more than 3000 weight loss operations, and has a track record of excellent patient outcomes.*

Dr. David Oliak is the founder of the Oliak Center for Weight Loss. He started the Oliak Center because he wanted to provide weight loss surgery done right. His commitment has always been to provide the kind of care that he himself would want to receive. Dr. Oliak is affiliated with only the best bariatric hospitals and surgery centers in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

* Individual patient results vary. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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