Gastric Sleeve Surgery Allows Patient to Get Off Cholesterol, Diabetes Medications

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For years Victor was suffering from high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. He knew he had to get off his medications for good, but traditional weight loss options were not successful.


At a weight of 442 pounds, Victor was suffering from high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. He tried for years to lose weight to improve his health and get off his medications but was unsuccessful.

“I had tried several weight loss programs and was not able to maintain the weight loss, so I was looking for a more long-term solution with the hope of reversing my cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes,” he said.

After researching his medical history, he learned about weight loss surgery options and eventually, the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (BMI) at Arkansas Heart Hospital. In December 2021, Dr. J.D. Fuller, bariatric and general surgeon, performed Victor’s sleeve gastrectomy.

“Dr. Fuller was very professional with a great bedside manner,” he said. “He explained everything in layman’s terms so that I could understand.”

Victor says his experience was pleasurable from start to finish, and he would recommend the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute to anyone considering weight loss surgery.

“Everything about the experience was great,” he said. “From the beginning of the process and all the way through. The entire BMI staff has been wonderful.”


Victor conquered his goals after surgery and has achieved non-scale victories he didn’t think were possible.

“I have since been able to discontinue the cholesterol and diabetes medicines and I’m working on the blood pressure,” he said. “I feel better, sleep better and am not in much pain these days. I get right out of bed and start walking, and I can cross my legs, walk longer distances, sleep without snoring and sleep longer.”

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