I was an obese person from when I was teenager. And even though I had
never felt happy with my aspect, Some years ago, my weight became
a real threat to my health,. to my life and also to my happiness.
It was then, when my over-weight and helath problems
related to it stopped me from continuing my caesarean sessions as
part of my professional practice in
gynecology and obstetrics. It´s dificult to express the impact
that caused that desicion to my life. Anyway, I had no choice. as
a doctor, I knew I would develop more health complications in the future, even worse ones due to my over-weight problem. Even though, In july, 1999, that decision got out of my hands when I was discovered an ulcer in my foot. During 8 months I was unable to work.
I couldn´t practive medicine. I was disabled from doing what I most loved. That in which I had trained for more than 10 years.
Some things went from bad to worst. While I recovered from my foot, I gained over 22 kilos at my house. I felt so lowered. A pain in my back had appeared which couldn´t be stopped by nothing, I had to take insuline to control my diabetes.
My legs were afected and my blood preassure was elevated. Unexpected things appeared too.
I thought that the people arround me didn´t took me seriously. I discovered how, with frequency, I hated people in public. The idea of just sitting in a chair of an airplane or in almost all restaurant sits, That made my vacations become more of a annoyance than a pleasure..
The worst was how my weight affected my career . When I went back to work I couldn´t stay standing up for long periods which were necesary to perform surgeries. The pain in my legs and back were just too much. As a result I had to stop doing caeserean obstetric and gynecology sessions to my patients. My situation got to such a critic state and it didn´t seemed it would get better.
For many years I traid various diet and excersice programs. Though, even if I knew everything about the science of weight loss, I also thought it was almost impossible to obtain longing results.
In the best case escenario I could lower about 1 or a half kilos a week. and then I would gained them again.
Then, when an orthopedist surgeon which I knew sigested me a bariatric surgeon, I decided to investigate on my own. I participated on a conference about weight-loss.
There were bariatric surgeons able to answer questions about these procedures. It took me another year and a half to be able to take that desicion. The procedure I had performed on me was the "Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y". Dr. Titus Duncan, from Atlanta
(Georgia) was my bariatric surgeon.
From what I heard of, My recovery was excelent to what was expected. I didn´t had any serious problems during my surgery nor my recovery. I went home after 3 days and went back to work in 5 weeks.
And even though I had been told that I lost all the weight it was expected, I still can´t believe it.
For me, it´s a miracle. I lost 43 kilos. ¡43 kilos! My family and friends are astonished. The patients that I hadn´t seen me in a long time didn´t even recognized me.
The most important thing from all is that I had never felt so good in my life. The weight-loss surgery overcomed my gratest expectations. I don´t have back pain anymore,
my blood sugar level has been the at best for 15 years. My diabetes has gone way better and I only need very little insuline.
And what´s most important of all is that I could practice my caeserean surgeries again. I feel like a complete medic. I don´t regret this at all, Even though I didn´t lowered more kilos, I gained back my health and i`m doing all the things I have always liked. I do alot of excercise,
I ride my bycicle and it´s easier enjoy the meals I love than I used before. With smaller food portions and, in spite of the fact that I cannot consume red meat yet, I can still get the recomened amount of proteins needed.
¿If there is something I would like to say about the weight-loss surgery? Of course. It`s the best thing I could had ever done, As physical as emotionaly.