Real People.... Real Results

Kathy Roberts

Weight Loss Success… The Real Story

I was overweight when I married my husband 13 years ago, but I had never let it get in the way of traveling and enjoying vacations together.  When we would scuba dive I would feel bad that he would have to carry my equipment.  I also had a brother in New York who always took everyone that visited him hiking in the mountains but I was never able to go because of my weight.  My job at the time required frequent traveling and then walking and carrying heavy equipment.  It was starting to get difficult to continue this job.  The last straw was flying home one night and needing a seat belt extender.  I realized that I needed to make a change to better my health and lifestyle.

I remembered conversations I had with Dr. Walter Sartor when he first returned to Monroe and started his practice which included Bariatric Surgery.  What drew me to Dr. Sartor is his bedside manner with his patients, his knowledge of bariatric patients and their aftercare, and that he is a local surgeon.   I approached him first about Lap Band, but after discussing my concerns with him about my work schedule and traveling plans, I realized that the Sleeve Gastrectomy was a better option for me.  Sleeve Gastrectomy is a laparoscopic procedure where the surgeon removes 2/3 of your stomach, leaving a “sleeve” shaped pouch.  The down time is minimal.   I had my procedure on September 2, 2008 at P&S Surgical Hospital.  I could not have asked for a better nursing staff from the moment I walked in the door until I was discharged.

My husband and my daughter both have been a source of support for me since I had surgery.  My daughter, being a nurse, was one of the ones that encouraged me to take this step.  My husband initially had some concerns about the safety of the procedure, but after researching it and meeting Dr. Sartor, he also encouraged me in this journey.

The support I received from Dr. Sartor’s staff and the staff of The Louisiana for Weight Loss Surgery could not have been better.  From the preop explanation and consult to the aftercare program, I felt like they listened to my concerns and made sure all my questions were answered.   I had access to the staff even when I was traveling.

Since surgery, I have exceeded my initial expectations and lost 105 pounds.  Prior to surgery I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol and reflux.  All these conditions have resolved and the only medication I take is my vitamin.  I have gone down in size from a 24 to an 8.

I look forward to continuing to travel with my husband, only now I carry my own dive equipment.  I will visit my brother this fall and hike in the mountains with him.  I also plan to walk/run the 5K in the Race for the Cure. This has also helped my husband’s health because we are both eating healthier.  When we eat out, we can share a plate.  I have learned not to deprive myself of food, but to enjoy smaller portions.  The best advice I received from the nutritionist with Dr. Sartor was to eat my protein first and I continue to do that.  This helps keep my energy levels up and my skin, hair and nails healthy.

Advice I would give to someone considering bariatric surgery is do it for you, not for anyone else.

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.