You might be surprised to hear that Mariangela from Belford, NJ weighed only 230 pounds before her vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) weight loss surgery. But at five feet four inches tall, her BMI and weight-related health issues qualified her to undergo bariatric surgery.
“I knew my health problems were serious and it was all because of my weight,” the field representative for a regional newspaper explains. Mariangela was taking multiple medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis.
Equally frustrating, she had difficulty getting up and down the stairs and keeping up with her five grandchildren.
“There was a point in my life that I just stayed at home in my basement, not wanting to go out,” she recalls. “I was always too tired and just didn’t like how I looked.”
Dr. Robert Penney, Mariangela’s OB/GYN, recommended she consult with Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri about a bariatric weight loss solution.
After meeting with him and attending his New Patient Seminar at Raritan Bay Medical Center, they mutually agreed the gastric sleeve would be the best bariatric procedure to meet her lifestyle and weight loss goals.
A New Birthday
“The day of my surgery was a new beginning for me,” Mariangela says with a smile. “In fact, I decided to call it my new birthday.” Even before her operation, she worked with Dr. Adeyeri and the Sterling bariatric nutritionists to lose 25 pounds and begin to see food in a new light.
“One of the many things I like about Dr. Adeyeri is that he tells you everything that is going to happen beforehand, so there are no surprises,” Mariangela explains. “As a result, I felt prepared for all the phases of the process, which helped calm my nerves and plan ahead.”
From 230 Pounds to 150 Pounds in Seven Months
Mariangela has lost 55 pounds since her surgery for a total weight loss of 80 pounds. She is working toward losing about 20 more pounds to achieve her goal weight. “I can’t begin to tell you the difference this operation has made in my life.
My job is very physical, and I’m now able to complete my job about 40 percent faster, now that I can move more easily and not need to rest.”
She also uses an elliptical machine as well as a universal weight machine which are conveniently located in her basement.
“Now that my blood pressure and cholesterol levels are normal, I’ve pretty much replaced all the prescription medication I used to take with daily vitamins.” (Mariangela still takes medication for her rheumatoid arthritis).
The busy professional, wife, mother and grandmother says having weight loss surgery has given her a new lease on life. “I have so much to live for and now I will be able to enjoy the people I love for a long, long time to come.”
Dr. Adeyeri Weighs In
“Mariangela is an outstanding example of someone who does not need to lose 100 or 200 pounds, but is still suitable for weight loss surgery due to her comorbidities,” Dr. Adeyeri explains. People with weight-related medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or heart disease, can be considered for bariatric surgery if their BMI is 35 or higher.
“She is no longer hindered by carrying the extra weight or the reliance on many medications to manage her medical issues. I have no doubt she will achieve goal weight by the end of this year.”
Do You Have Medical Issues Related to Your Weight?
If your BMI is above 35, a bariatric weight loss solution may help lessen or even alleviate many chronic diseases.
To learn more, call Sterling Surgicare at (732) 217-3897 or attend one of Dr. Adeyeri’s free Information Seminars held each month at a hospital near you.
Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri is a board-certified advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgeon on staff at several central New Jersey hospitals. He is the medical director of Sterling Surgicare, Holmdel; medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss, Raritan Bay Medical Center; and co-medical director of Central Jersey Bariatrics, Freehold.