Real People.... Real Results

Alexis Williamson

Weight Loss Success… The Real Story

Meet Alexis Williamson, a licensed practical nurse who works in Jonesboro and lives in Ruston. Alexis, 26, has lost 118 pounds since her gastric sleeve surgery at Louisiana Center for Weight Loss Surgery in December 2012.

“I had struggled with obesity for approximately five or six years prior to surgery. I would overcompensate by telling jokes about myself before anyone else could. I told myself it was ok for me to be a big girl, even though I wasn’t ok with it on the inside. Thanks to the weight loss surgery, I am now a better mom, wife and nurse. I am a better, healthier person since having my surgery. I have participated in three 5K races in the last six months. I exercise at least three days per week, and I can run for a full mile.”

Q. Tell us about yourself.

A. I had struggled with obesity for approximately five or six years prior to surgery. I would overcompensate by telling jokes about myself before anyone else could. I told myself it was ok for me to be a big girl, even though I wasn’t ok with it on the inside. Thanks to the weight loss surgery, I am now a better mom, wife and nurse. I am a better, healthier person since having my surgery. I have participated in three 5K races in the last six months. I exercise at least three days per week, and I can run for a full mile.

Q. What motivated you to have bariatric surgery?

A. I was extremely overweight. I was totally miserable and uncomfortable because of my weight. Prior to surgery I could maybe jog 15 feet. I could not bend over and tie my own shoe or play tennis without stopping. Now I can do all of these things and more.

Q. Why did you choose Louisiana Center for Weight Loss Surgery?

A. Two of my co-workers chose this facility and had great experiences with their gastric sleeve surgeries.

Q. What health conditions did you have prior to surgery?

A. I would get up numerous times during the night, and I would snore a lot. I was always hot. My blood pressure was starting to rise, and I took an ibuprofen every day for knee pain. Now, I no longer take ibuprofen. I don’t have any of the health problems I experienced before the weight loss surgery. My husband sleeps in the bed with me again because I no longer snore or toss and turn.

Q. Tell us about your proudest moment following your weight loss success.

A. The moment for which I am most proud is when I ran my second 5k and beat my time by 20 minutes. I felt so accomplished. Some small things that made me feel better were when I could bend and tie my shoe, paint my toes, and walk up the hill to my house without having to rest under my carport. It means so much to me now that my husband can hug me with his arms actually wrapped around me like he did when we were 19.

Please call 866-821-LIVE (5483) for additional information or to make an appointment for your bariatric consultation today.  It could be the best decision you have ever made!

The Louisiana Center for Weight Loss Surgery is a partnership between Dr. Walter Sartor, P&S Surgical Hospital, and St. Francis Medical Center.