Transformation Tuesday: Jessica

LAP-BAND patients don’t have to start with us their weight loss journey with us. We will have a thorough consultation with your previous LAP-BAND doctor to assure we get all your medical logistics, then we make sure we understand your goals, your journey, and where you started. Jessica came to us 8 years into her LAP-BAND journey and since, we’ve worked at providing her with the proper tools to continue her weight loss journey. Today, we’re proud to be part of Jessica’s story! 

1. Why did you choose the Lap-Band system over other bariatric treatments?

I was only 21 when I choose to get a bariatric surgery. As I was young and wanted something flexible and not very invasive. I still wanted to have children and the other surgeries available at the time were very permanent and scary to think about. The Lap-Band was just the perfect system for me.

2. What has been your biggest change since lap band surgery?

My biggest change is my confidence level and how I carry myself. Having lost so much weight it is hard to really see it sometimes because when you are that big you don’t see just how big you are. I kept one pair of pants from when I was at my largest. I can fit into one leg of them now. Also I work out. I think about what I eat. But I am also way more active, and go and do more things. It is very liberating!

3. What has been your biggest non-scale victory? (less medications, not needing a seat-belt extender on planes, more energy, etc.)

I have a few victories. One big one is that I was able to go to a theme park last year and ride every ride I wanted to! I have never really been able to do that in my adult life. It was scary at first, afraid I just wouldn’t fit into the seats. After getting on the first ride no problem I was elated and had an amazing time! Another victory is being able to shop anywhere I want for clothes. It is a new experience to not have to always look for the plus sizes. Having to go to special stores. Another victory for me was working out. I am able to run whole miles. In losing the weight and working out I have far less back and knee pain.

4. What advice would you give someone thinking about lap band surgery?

My advice would be, prepare yourself to work. It isn’t easy, but when you do it, it is amazing and worth every little fight you have to have with yourself. Know there will be set backs and times you just can’t do your best, but always try again the next day. Know that all the little changes are worth it and add up to help you change. And don’t be impatient, this change is worth it but takes time. 

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