Elena L. - My Story

Gastric Bypass  |  2015

My Life Before Bariatric Surgery

I taught in a high school where breakfast, lunch, and snack foods were readily available. I did not have many pre-existing health conditions, but I was not able to run around with my two small children. I lead a very sedentary life—going out to eat was our main form of entertainment.

Making the Decision

The final straw was when I was unable to find a dress for my best friend's wedding. She asked me to be her maid of honor and nothing fit. I was embarrassed and knew I had to make a change. About the same time, I started a new job and a co-worker showed me pictures of her transformation from gastric bypass. We became friends and she was my biggest support system through the process.

My Barix Clinics Experience

At Barix, I have never felt like I was a number. I met with the surgeon individually during the initial consult. He answered all my questions, made me feel at home, and discussed different surgery options—just an honest discussion. He took the time to put my husband at ease when he was apprehensive about the surgery.

My surgeon has kept that same open, honest, non-rushed approach during post-op appointments too. He reviews my lab work and makes recommendations, we talk about family and running, and then we have an honest discussion about how far I have come and exceeded both of our expectations. He truly listens and never rushes through an appointment.

The entire staff is very friendly and professional. The nurses at Barix in Langhorne are awesome. They take their time and help get you moving even when you don't want to. Even the front desk staff has been pivotal in my care. They are accommodating with my appointments and always made sure referrals were handled before my appointments. The Facebook support page, monthly newsletters and tips have been great support resources for me.

My Life After Surgery

I remember walking in the hospital halls the first night after surgery, seeing the success stories, and hoping to be as successful as previous patients—and I am.

Life is so different since surgery. I monitor my food intake and have a social life, but I have learned balance. The gym is my new "high" versus going to meet for dinner and drinks. I run 6 days a week. I have completed 2 half marathons and am considering a full marathon. I no longer sit on the sidelines in a folding chair, but participate with my kid’s sport activities. I was overweight for 20 years and to be in single-digit-sized clothing and be called “skinny” by my daughter is mindboggling.  

To Some Considering Surgery

Surgery is not a quick fix. It is a lifestyle change. They operate on your stomach, not on your mind. You have to make some changes and always keep in mind the reason you had surgery in the first place. I wouldn't change it for the world-- I have added years to my life!

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