After Surgery Advice

After Surgery Advice
Many patients have been successful at losing weight, eating healthy and exercising after having bariatric surgery through the Turning Point Surgical Weight Loss Solutions program, offered jointly by St. Francis Health Center and Tallgrass General, Vascular and Bariatric Surgery. Find out what helps them keep off the weight.

What advice would you give someone wanting bariatric surgery?

"Be ready to make the life changes. Surgery is not a quick fix, and it’s not going to solve all your problems."
— Stacy Schreiner

"Surgery is not a cure-all. You have to change your whole lifestyle because if you’re not going to change, then surgery is not going to work for you."
— Richard Monnich

"If you want to be successful, you have to have a change of mind and determination. You have the power of choice to be slimmer."
— Carol Jacob

"Make sure this is what you want to do and not what everybody else wants you to do. The surgery taught me everything in moderation."
— Terri Parry

"It is a mindset. Surgery is only a tool and not the cure. If you’re not committed, you’re wasting your time. You have to learn that you can enjoy food in moderation."
— Wade Hannah

Why have you been successful?

"I retrained my thinking. I still enjoy food but I eat more now to live than I live to eat."
— Schreiner

"I’m a stubborn person, and when I make a choice, I stick to it."
— Hannah

What positive results have you experienced besides weight loss?

"I no longer have diabetes, my eyesight is better and I no longer use a C-PAP machine for sleep apnea."
— Susan LaMastus

"My whole life has changed. There’s nothing I don’t do now. I go anywhere I want to go. I can travel on airplanes again, ride roller coasters and find clothes that’ll fit me in every store. My job is better. My skin is better. My sleep is better. I have no more joint or back pain."
— Schreiner

"It’s fun to be able to share clothes with my daughters. I wore a bathing suit for the first time in years, and eventually I want to skydive for the first time."
— Parry