Steve Loses Medications, Finds More Time with Grandchildren After Gastric Bypass Surgery

Tired of feeling miserable and motivated to watch his grandchildren grow up, Steve chose gastric bypass surgery at the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute to change his life. Read his story.

Frustrated but Determined

I struggled with weight on and off for the last 30 years. I would lose weight with diets, but when I stopped dieting, I would gain it back plus some. It was very frustrating.

At 70 years old, I weighed 315 pounds and was on high blood pressure, cholesterol and arthritis medications. I struggled walking long distances, and any strenuous work forced me to take breaks. I was disgusted with the way I looked and felt all the time.

I decided to have surgery because I was miserable, and I have eight grandchildren I wanted to see grow up and do activities with.

Easy Experience

In July 2022, I underwent gastric sleeve surgery with Dr. Samuel Bledsoe, bariatric and general surgeon, and he and his team took good care of me. My hospital stay was better than expected. Everyone was courteous and very helpful. It was the easiest surgery I have experienced as far as pain.

New Life

I’ve lost more than 120 pounds and I’m off all medications. I’m back to my old self, doing things around the house. I don’t feel tired after a walk or strenuous work, my legs don’t get heavy and my joints say, “thank you” every day. I have fun watching my grandchildren grow up, hunting and just enjoying my back porch.

I thank the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at Arkansas Heart Hospital for this tool that let me live my life again.

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