City: Renton, WA
Weight Loss Surgery: Sleeve gastrectomy
Percentage excess weight loss (%EWL): 58%
- Shortness of breath
- Sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
- Metabolic syndrome
- Hip, knee, ankle & foot pain
- Migraines & headaches
In Chris’s Words:
“Unlike many, I spent a large portion of my life quite slender. I graduated high school at 6’1” and 148 lbs. After high school and in a previous career I had a very physically demanding job under very cold conditions. I was consuming a large number of calories and building a lot of muscle but shortly after changing careers to something more sedentary I found myself in my early thirties and hovering around 300 lbs.
Like anyone else who has found themselves in this situation I did all the typical diets and other fads that came along. My weight fluctuated up and down. I hit a peak of 367 lbs. roughly summer of 2011 and prior to starting my pre-op diet had been pretty stable for a while at 357 lbs.
Over the last 10 years of being overweight I had developed pretty severe sleep apnea along with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. The diabetes was reasonably well managed without insulin but my glucose numbers were slowly working their way up. My blood pressure was somewhat managed but even with medication was slightly too high. Back hurt chronically, knees hurt, ankles hurt and my feet ached continuously. Having once been a very active pilot I found myself having my medical certificate suspended because of the co-morbidities associated with my weight. I found myself for many years making excuses for my weight and trying my best to “look” as happy and as healthy as I could. But I knew I was slowly losing the battle.
Surgery was on a Thursday morning. Friday morning was a few tests including the always fun and tasty barium swallow and then after getting the all clear I was out the door and headed home. Pain was very slight and easily controlled. Gas-X was my friend that day though as the gas was still working its way out. After a quiet remainder of the day at home I hit the sack. Saturday I woke up pain free, full of energy and feeling pretty normal. I got up about 7:00 a.m., showered without assistance and drove myself to the store for some chicken broth and sugar-free jello.
Sunday I was feeling pretty near normal and that Monday I worked a full, normal 8 hour day along with a stop by Dr. Srikanth’s office to have my incisions checked. I walked in with a smile on my face, looking, feeling and appearing as if nothing happened. The staff was mildly surprised, Dr. Srikanth joked with me about it. But I truly felt great. No pain meds, no pain, no discomfort, not bad for just 4 days post-op!
While I know Dr. Srikanth is not only a highly skilled surgeon but truly a gifted surgeon, I cannot help but think the addition of the surgical robot assisted in the precision of the procedure but that the reduced invasiveness it offers helped to reduce discomfort after the procedure and speed up recovery. I never slowed down after that. The only work I missed was that Thursday and Friday, a normal weekend off and from Monday on it was life as normal, well except for the food!
I am now 6 months out from my surgery date. Diet is reasonably normal albeit very small. I can comfortably eat about 5 ounces and I’ve learned to recognize my new feelings of being full. As expected the weight loss has slowed down a bit but I’ve lost over 100 lbs.* and I am within 20 lbs. of my goal! Really this is pretty amazing results for only 6 months!
I’m now able to run and jog at will, though a series of knee injuries from sports in my youth still make that a bit difficult. I can touch my toes, something I couldn’t do for the last 10 years. I can jog up or down a flight of stairs without breathing hard or losing my breath. Walking for miles down the beach is easy! In late February the family and I went to Disneyland and I was able to keep up for 12 hours in the park each day and could actually go on any ride I wanted to without worrying about whether I would “fit” or if the belt/harness/bar would work.
But at the end of the day the numbers along with the before and after images are the best source of proof of the success of this. Down 109lbs, I’ve gone from a size 48/50 inch waist to needing a belt to hold up a pair of size 34 pants! I’ve gone from a size 4 XLT (needing the tall to have enough to tuck in) to wearing just a good old XL size shirt, with room to spare! Being able to shop in the normal sized clothes and in the middle of the normal sized clothes is a joy unto itself!
Any regrets? Nope not a one, well admittedly when a Zeke’s Pizza ad comes on the radio I cringe, still miss that at times, but other than that, nope, no way! This has been a very fast, very effective, very efficient and very positive experience every step of the way. No not every single moment has been all unicorns and rainbows but a very few minor moments usually following food based holidays like Thanksgiving and Easter have been the extent of my discomfort. The positive so vastly outweigh the very limited negatives that I can’t imagine why I waited so long. Plain and simple this procedure works, it provides a very useful tool and gives you what you need to make permanent lasting changes that simply work!” – Chris
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Emily & Austin
“My husband Austin and I have been married since 2009 and we have battled obesity since our childhood. Diabetes, sleep apnea and health issues are found on both sides of our family.
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“I went from a size 24 to 14 in pants, 22 top to 12 top (or 2xl to M/L), so far! My sleep apnea has resolved and I have a lot less joint pain (if I'd stop falling, it would help).
“For years I struggled with my weight. I would spend most of my waking hours thinking about food. If I wasn't eating, I was thinking about eating. Food consumed my life.
“Unlike many, I spent a large portion of my life quite slender. I graduated high school at 6’1” and 148 lbs. After high school and in a previous career I had a very physically
“Before consulting Dr. Srikanth, I weighed 338 lbs. In the 6 months before surgery I lost almost 50 lbs. by following a strict diet laid out by Dr. Srikanth. I got the sleeve gastrectomy
“[My husband and I] went to a seminar that Dr. Srikanth presented in the spring of 2012 and felt immediately comfortable with him, his sense of humor, his honest informative attitude