WHAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY
My name is Misty, I am 39 years old from West Monroe, La. I had the Bariatric Gastric Sleeve surgery on November 29, 2015. I was 38 at the time of my surgery and weighed 285 pounds. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Lupus and was taking daily medications such as anti-inflammatory and steroids. I tried loosing weight and always felt like a yo-yo. I could never lose enough weight to amount to anything. I was in pain everyday and had shortness of breath and severe acid reflux. My child would want me to run and play or get on the floor to play and I would always have to tell him no because I was hurting or could not breath. Since having the surgery, I have lost 121 pounds, I have way more energy than I have ever had and can run and play with my child. Most of all, I came completely off all my daily medications, such as my Lupus, reflux, and blood pressure medicine and feel great everyday. I am no longer over weight and have a healthy life ahead of me to spend and can take care of my son. Not only am I extremely happy with the outcome of the surgery, but my body is happy to. I want to thank Dr. Henry Zizzi, his office staff and his Bariatric Coordinator Charlene Smith for their wonderful help and guidance through this life changing event. My life has been changed and I have become the new me.
My name is Rachel Lindsey and I am 28 years old. For years, I had tried every type of diet, diet pills, nutrition program, etc. to lose weight. You name it and I tried it. Nothing seemed to work for me. It was very difficult for me to lose any weight, much less keep it off when I did. My decision to get the gastric sleeve was one that I took very seriously. I put in days and weeks of research before deciding to have the surgery. I wanted to make sure that this was the right procedure for me. At the time of my surgery I was the biggest I have ever been, weighing 240 pounds. I am excited to relay that as I write this 11 months later, I have lost 85 pounds so far. I am extremely happy with the results! Overall, I am a much healthier version of myself. I feel so much better physically and mentally. Now I can exercise without being out of breath and miserable, and I actually want to go to the gym now! Before, I was embarrassed about being around all the “fit” people. Not only do I enjoy exercising now, but I also make better choices when it comes to eating healthy. My portion sizes are significantly smaller compared to the amount of food I use to eat before the surgery. Since I can only eat a small amount of food before I am full and done with my meal, I make sure it is healthy food choices that contain the nutrients that my body needs! Having the gastric sleeve surgery has given me the motivation and determination to continue working on my overall health and wellness. For me, the surgery wasn’t just a quick fix in my pursuit of weight loss and wellness, it was the beginning to this quest, and the jump start I needed to get my life back. I will always recommend this procedure and Dr. Zizzi for anyone that is considering having bariatric surgery. It will change your life.
I have struggled with my weight all my life. I noticed back in 2015 that I had gained a lot of weight when I asked the clothes handler at Maurice’s for a medium shirt and she looked at me funny and discretely handed me a 1x size shirt and it fit. I told myself that day I have to do something I tried dieting and weight loss pills it all failed. I then heard from a friend who had the gastric band surgery with Dr.Zizzi and she lost tons of weight, so I decided to make an appointment with him and see what this we weight loss surgery thing was all about. The staff was so friendly and Dr.Zizzi was also very nice and explained the different weight loss procedures, how he would perform them. I decided on the lap band surgery and let me say it has been a blessing in my life. After having the surgery and leaving the hospital Dr.Zizzi called just to make sure I was okay. I would highly recommend him for your surgery. Dr.Zizzi and his staff, I have to say hands down are the best people to have before, during, and after your procedure.