New Dad Drops 200+ Pounds After Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)

Donald Raymond of Middlesex County started considering weight loss surgery in late 2014. When he learned that his wife was expecting a baby, that sealed the deal.

“I needed to make sure I would be around for my daughter,” says Don, age 35.

Bariatric Surgery Decisions

Weight was an issue his entire life. When he investigated weight loss surgery, he weighed 464 pounds. Don decided sleeve gastrectomy was the right solution for him, because it would leave him with a full digestive system.

Don heard good things about Dr. Adeyeri through his work with a local ambulance company that transports patients to Raritan Bay Medical Center, where Dr. Adeyeri serves as medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss.

These two men turned out to be a great team as Don recently posted on his Facebook page:

“One of the best bariatric surgeons in the state did a great job on me, and I can’t thank him enough–and all my friends and family for being a rock through it all.

If you’re in need of it, this is the man to go – the best decision I ever made in my life.”

From Size 62 Pants to Size 44 

In just eight months since his sleeve gastrectomy (performed at Raritan Bay Medical Center in September 2015), Don has lost a whopping 205 pounds. He now tips the scales at about 275 pounds and doesn’t want to lose much more weight.

“I’m a big guy, 6 feet tall, with 56-inch shoulders,” he explains. “Below 200 pounds, I would not look right.” He’s now wearing size 44 pant, down from size 62, and his shirts are between XL and XXL.

No More Sleep Apnea

Since his surgery, Don has much more energy and exercises regularly. He goes to the gym four nights a week, plays softball once a week and attends football practice. He no longer uses his sleep apnea machine. Even before his surgery, Don played football, but was “nowhere near as active as I am now.”

Post-op Changes

Don says his wife was his rock before and after the surgery. “The first two weeks were the hardest.

It was smooth sailing after that,” he says. During those first two weeks, he drank liquids; watching other people eat regular food was tough. By week three, he graduated to yogurt, and the week after to pureed meals.

By the fifth week, he could eat normal healthy meals, just in smaller volume.

These days, Don steers clear of junk food, not because his stomach is smaller, but he prefers to eat high protein foods such as Greek yogurt, fruit, veggies and protein shakes. When he dines out with his family, Don often orders off the children’s menu.

He drinks water, coffee, juices and protein shakes.

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Don’s Advice to Future Weight Loss Surgery Warriors

When asked what advice he would give to people considering weight loss surgery, Don replied that each person should look into the options and decide which of the procedures will work best for their weight loss goals and their long-term health.

He also stressed the importance of surrounding yourslef with supportive people, if possible.

His best advice?

“Listen to the doctor. That’s how I achieved these results.”

For Personal, One-on-One Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support in Central New Jersey

Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBSDr. 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 in Holmdel; medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss, Raritan Bay Medical Center; and co-medical director of Central Jersey Bariatrics, Freehold.

If you are considering a weight loss surgery solution, call our friendly team at 732-217-3897.