Brittany celebrates life without diabetes, hypertension after gastric sleeve surgery

Tired of sitting on the sidelines, Brittany changed the course of her life with the help of weight loss surgery at the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute (BMI). 

Taking Charge of her Health through Weight Loss Surgery

I have struggled with my weight since childhood and health conditions since age 20. I was tired all the time, had poor eating habits, and my legs and feet hurt a lot. Even just walking a short distance was taxing on my body. 

I decided to have gastric sleeve surgery at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (BMI) to help me have better control over my health and weight and a better quality of life. 

Side by Side Photo of Brittany Before and After Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery

Impeccable Experience

Dr. Samuel Bledsoe, my bariatric surgeon, gave the most wonderful and caring experience I have had in a long time. Having a doctor pray with me before this life-changing surgery meant the world to me. He made my fears go away before surgery, and I am grateful for him. 

My entire weight loss surgery experience at Arkansas Heart Hospital was impeccable. After surgery, my nurses were so patient, kind and professional. Jackie, CNA, kindly pushed me to drink the fluids I needed and to get moving so I could heal properly. The staff and doctors were available to me if I needed anything. 

I will tell anyone considering bariatric surgery to go to BMI at Arkansas Heart Hospital. I have successfully recommended two of my family members including my father, and six of my coworkers and friends. 

A Whole New Life

Life now is how I always thought it would be and more. My health is better than it’s ever been. I’m no longer diabetic; my A1C went from 10.8 to 5.2. I no longer have high blood pressure and my symptoms from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are so much better. 

I can move easier, and I have more energy. I enjoy traveling without being exhausted and getting in my backyard to play with my dog, Bandit. 

Going into surgery, I set three non-scale goals: sit cross-legged, cross my legs in a chair and fly without a seatbelt extender. I have accomplished them all! 


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