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Testimonial

Bariatric Surgery Leads Woman to Healthier Lifestyle

When Nancy Henderson developed sleep apnea and became borderline diabetic, her primary care doctor told her she was eligible for bariatric surgery and asked if she was interested.

Nancy started researching her options and decided to reach out to the UT Health Tyler Bariatric Center. She went into her first appointment with Dr. Hugh Babineau wanting to have the sleeve gastrectomy. However, due to her other medical conditions, Dr. Babineau said she needed to have the gastric bypass procedure instead, which was not something she previously considered.

Dixie McInnis

At 74 years old, Dixie McInnis didn’t think she would be dancing the night away, but since having bariatric surgery in October 2017, she has been moving better than ever. She’s living her life without her health holding her back.

Deciding to get weight loss surgery is a big choice, but McInnis’ health kept declining. Her family physician recommend bariatric surgery and said it could help her get off all of her medications.

Suzanne Strickland

Suzanne Strickland Before and After Photo

Why did you decide to have bariatric surgery?

I made my decision to have bariatric surgery after being put on three different medications for weight-related health issues and gaining even more weight. I made this decision not because of vanity but because of health issues and daily fatigue.

What is the best feeling of accomplishment you have experienced since your surgery?

Since my surgery over 4 years ago, not only has my health improved and my energy returned but I feel that I have a new life. Now I understand what people were talking about when they referred to their “surgery birthday”. It IS like having a second chance at life. The energy and eager anticipation at the beginning of each day that I thought was long gone is back! It’s almost like being in my 20s again! People ask me if I would do it again and I always say “Most definitely!” Life is good again!

Johnny Brown

Johnny Brown Before and After Photo

Procedure Type: Gastric Bypass

Why did you decide to have bariatric surgery?

Before the surgery I had all types of medical problems. High blood pressure, sleep apnea, acid reflux and the list goes on. I had to do something to improve my health or the alternative was not a pleasant one to think about.

How much weight have you lost since the beginning of the process?

I lost 210 lbs overall.

Cathy Brown

Cathy Brown Before and After Photo

Procedure Type: Lap Band Surgery

Procedure Date: July, 2018

Why did you decide to have bariatric surgery?

I wanted to be healthier and feel better. I tried every diet there was with some success, but would gain the weight back and then some. It became a never-ending battle to try and lose the weight.

How much weight have you lost since the beginning of the process?

I lost 110 pounds and have maintained for 10 years.

Michael Dickerson

Michael Dickerson Before and After Photo

Procedure Type: Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Procedure Date: November, 2013

Why did you decide to have bariatric surgery?

My health was getting worse due to being morbidly obese which affected my knees and heart. I tried other weight-loss methods but was not successful.

How much weight have you lost since the beginning of the process?

I have lost 160 lbs since starting the journey. My heaviest weight was 375 lbs and now I am currently 215 lbs.

Jared Butler

Procedure Type: Gastric Sleeve Procedure

Procedure Date: September, 2016

Why did you decide to have bariatric surgery?

I had trouble climbing stairs at work and stayed out of breath.

How much weight have you lost since the beginning of the process?

80 pounds.