Weight Lost: 198 Lbs*
Excess Weight Loss: 70%
Procedure: Duodenal Switch
I had a duodenal switch, which is the most extreme surgery you can have. At the beginning of my journey, I weighed 421 pounds. Currently I weigh 198 pounds, which is around a 200 pound loss.
Hi, my name is Ellen, and this is my four-and-a-halfth year of my journey to weight loss. I had a duodenal switch, which is the most extreme surgery you can have. At the beginning of my journey, I weighed 421 pounds. Currently I weigh 198 pounds, which is around a 200 pound loss. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done, and… I’m sorry. Before I had my surgery, I was so overweight that I could not enjoy life. I struggled with a variety of medical issues. I had sleep apnea, I had high blood pressure, I had an enlarged heart, I had acid reflux disease… I had a lot of things that were going on. In addition to all the medical issues that I had, I was also extremely ashamed of how I looked. I was afraid to get out into society, to create a life for myself. I essentially became a prisoner in my own home, which was one of the saddest things that I ever did to myself, which I really, really regret – that I didn’t pursue getting bariatric surgery sooner.
For several years I had considered having bariatric surgery, and for every reason I could think of to have it, I could find 19 things why I didn’t. I was visiting with one of my doctors, and he had suggested that I have bariatric surgery, and I kind of sat there and thought “Well maybe this would be a good thing.” He happened to have one of Dr. Ganta’s business cards, and so after a few weeks of thinking about it, I got the courage enough to call the office and set up an appointment with Dr. Ganta. Before I came to see Dr. Ganta, I researched his background, his education and his expertise, and he was A+ all the way. I was so impressed with his education and his extra training in bariatric surgery, and that told me he was the one that I should consider having do my surgery because this was a life-altering decision and I needed someone that really, really had an upper hand on how to do the procedures.
The first time I went to see Dr. Ganta, I’ll tell you I was very, very nervous because I was not sure how he would react to my size and my weight and my medical conditions, but after talking with him for just a few minutes, he put me at total ease, and he showed that he was very, very compassionate and very, very, very much in tune to what my needs were going to be. We discussed lots and lots of different options. We came up with the duodenal switch, being that I was so overweight, that he needed to do a procedure that would have the biggest punch for what I wanted to get and would be the most lasting, and so that’s why we picked the duodenal switch. I’ve been working with Dr. Ganta for about four and a half years, and he’s been with my every step of the way on my journey along with his staff at AIBL. He is compassionate. He is strict. I will not lie – he’s strict – but he only does it for your benefit. He has made my life so much different now than what it was. I’m more accountable to what I do, what I eat, how to take care of myself, and with that accountability, I think that has been why I’ve succeeded in what I’ve achieved. He gave me the tools, and he’s also taught me how to use those tools.
Having the decision to do bariatric surgery will be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. In most cases, bariatric surgery is not reversible, so you’ll live with your decision. I would definitely say if you’re battling obesity, I would definitely consider using Dr. Ganta. Again, he is compassionate. He is very passionate about what he does. He is up-to-date on all of the latest medical trends. He strives so much to please and make your experience positive. I would definitely say at least give him a chance to explain himself and to present what he has to offer you and your family because a weight loss journey’s not just you, it’s your family, and he has totally changed how I relate to my family and how my family relates to me, and again, it was the best decision of my life. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Having bariatric surgery was one of my most profound, and also one of my scariest decisions I’d ever had to make in my life. Dr. Ganta and his staff have personally helped me through this journey the last four and a half years. He has taken me from an individual who had multiple health issues and has brought me full-circle to a person that’s happy, healthy, enjoys life and is eternally grateful for his work. Again, I cannot express how wonderful Dr. Ganta is. He has been an angel that has been sent to me, and every night I say my prayers, and he’s on the list of those I want to pray for. Thank you.
* Results may vary.
* Please be aware that all results may vary. To learn about specific clinical outcomes please visit the New England Journal of Medicine’s website to view the newest peer-reviewed journals published. [Read More…]
1. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has also produced a guide to bariatric surgery that can be viewed on their website. [Read More…]