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I had been struggling with my weight since I was about 18. I spent the last ten years trying every diet and weight loss method there was - low calorie, high protein, milkshakes, insane exercise. Basically, you name it and I had tried it. In the end I decided to have a sleeve gastrectomy, because I found myself thinking, “I’ve been trying to lose the weight for ten years and I can see myself doing it for another ten years.” I also have a family history of diabetes and related illnesses, so that played on my mind.
The staff at Adelaide Bariatric Centre were really great, from the very first appointment. I grilled them about everything and they were happy for me to ask as many questions as I wanted. They go over everything with you and really tell you how it is, so you know exactly what you’re in for. My surgeon, Jacob Chisholm, was fantastic. He and the rest of the staff there really go above and beyond the call of duty to help you out and make sure you’re fully informed.
In my mind I had exhausted every other option, so I wasn’t too nervous about the surgery itself. The recovery afterwards was easier and quicker than you would probably expect. I was a bit tender at the start, of course, but I only needed to take the occasional paracetamol. I just made sure to be cautious and follow the rules, so it was fine.
I had the surgery done just over a year ago and in that time I’ve dropped from 94kg down to 62kg, so I’ve lost more than 30kg in weight. Before the surgery I thought I’d be glad if I just got down to 70kg, as I hadn’t weighed 70kgs since I was a teenager - so to have exceeded that is just great.
I’ve maintained the weight loss by not eating and drinking at the same time, sticking to nutritious food and exercising regularly. I didn’t really feel like exercising for the first couple of months, but as I began losing weight and feeling more energetic I started walking and outdoor training. The main thing after the operation is just to eat well and exercise.
If you ask me, my experience has absolutely been a success story. The surgery has changed my life and is the best thing I’ve ever done. I certainly recommend it to any prospective patients who might be reading this - just do it! Everyone I know says I’m like a completely different person. I feel like it, too. I don’t just look completely different, I have a whole new outlook. The best bit is definitely the mental side; I’m more energetic, more motivated, more engaged and a lot happier. I’ve received a boost in self-confidence.
Being able to go shopping and find more clothes that fit me is pretty good, too!
If you’re thinking about gastric surgery, make that first appointment and see if it’s suitable for you. The staff at Adelaide Bariatric Centre are fantastic and will answer any questions you have. It’s not about being skinny - it’s about being healthy.
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