When you weigh a quarter of a ton, everyday life is a lot of work. Onathan Ward, 46, of Cleveland, Tennessee, has always wondered how far he can go with knee pain, how much space he will need wherever he goes.
Special tools were needed for basic self-care. He could not wear socks without help.
Today, Ward spends less time planning his days, more time enjoying them. Ward lost 300 kilograms, the last 128 after a weight loss procedure through the Parkwest Benevolent Surgery Center. He says it was the tool that helped him finally achieve his ultimate goal of making weight loss permanent.
“It improved my quality of life, my ability to get out of life a thousand times, to enjoy life,” Ward said. “Amazing is the difference in what I do.”
The moment that changed everything
In the late summer of 2019, Ward’s father died after years of health problems that worsened due to being overweight. This made Ward take a closer look at his own health. “It was so traumatic in my mind, in my soul, in my soul that I decided. “I was going to make that change,” Ward said.
Raising the scales in his doctor’s office, Ward came face to face with the fact that he weighed more than 500 pounds. When he expressed his desire to work hard to change that number, the doctor did his best to help Ward develop a diet and exercise program. The pounds began to fall, but after a while the progress stopped. It became tedious to eat food every day, to repeat the same food.
Ward fell into old habits, ը his weight started to become yo-yo, which was the same as before when he went on a diet so many times. Depression began to take hold. The alarm sounded when his doctor said.
Always open to the option of weight loss surgery, Ward decided it was time for online research to find the right person for the job.
Dr. Robert Williams specializes in minimally invasive general surgeries at Parkwest, including weight-loss surgeries that have been radically life-changing for years. Ward liked what he read about Dr. Williams, especially the many positive reviews from former patients.
“I decided to go to an information session where he presented everything, all the procedures he performed, the pros and cons of each one,” Ward said. “After that I consulted with him.”
Together, they decided that bile duct diversion (BPD / DS) was the right choice for Ward. Dr. Williams says BPD / DS combines gastric bypass և limited gastrectomy.
The process took place in July 2020. In April 2021, Ward returned to his doctor’s office in Cleveland and stood on a scale. He weighed 200.6 pounds.
“I never thought I would be able to lose all this weight,” Ward said. “I never thought I would get 200 200 again.”
He plays golf, walks in the smoky mountains, long walks. Ward no longer bears the burden of limiting his weight. The weight loss program offers postoperative intervention, and Ward has been able to continue training even on difficult days. The sacrifices made along the way bring him a better quality of life.
“I wouldn’t be able to live on a pension if I retired if I didn’t do something right away,” Ward said. “Weight loss surgery was the only way to help me not only lose weight, but also to maintain it.”
Knowing that many people struggle to lose weight like he did, Ward encourages. “Do not wait for the wake-up call for a lost family member; do not despair,” says Ward.
Considering weight loss surgery?
The Parkvest Pediatric Surgery Center is run by Dr. Robert Williams, who holds a Certificate in Bariatric Surgery. He has set a record after performing more than 1,500 bariatric procedures in the past decade.
It’s not just about weight
Bariatric treatments at Parkwest do not change the appearance of patients. They can change and even save lives. Dr. Williams explains that overweight people often have health problems as well.
“Weight loss surgery has a major impact on metabolic disorders such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, relapse, and even mechanical problems such as arthritis, back pain, and stress incontinence,” says Dr. Williams.
In some cases, it is more difficult psychologically than physically, because abrupt weight loss leads to such a drastic lifestyle change. Parkwest offers a support group և follow-up with the help of a dietitian և physiologist. This support system is one of the reasons why patients at Parkwest Bariatric Surgery are successful in the long run.
The information is free
The first step in weight loss surgery is to be well informed. The Bariatric Surgery Center offers free seminars online ամբ in Parkwest to explain procedures պատասխան to answer questions.
Visit TreatedWell.com/Bariatrics for information on bariatric surgery options or to register for a free information seminar.
Information provided by Covenant Health Marketing.