Over the course of four years, Ronnie Burbank gained about: 100 as he recovered from many cancers and was cured of colon cancer.
“As I was getting heavier, it started to cause physical problems,” Burbank said. “I had a lot of hernias in my abdomen.”
Burbank, a 59-year-old banker and vice president of commercial lending at United Bank of Wilmington, said that his health problems, combined with other stressful situations, had a profound effect on him at the time. “It was a difficult time for me,” he said. “So I was in pretty bad shape physically and mentally.”
Need for change?
Because the weight was hampering her ability to treat hernia, Burbank said she realized something needed to change. “I started paying some attention to bariatric surgery back in 2011,” he said. “The more severe it became, the worse the hernia got. ‘There was no way for Duke Duke doctors to repair it because it would not give such severe treatment.’ It will just keep pulling on the muscle. So my doctors suggested, “Hey, are you losing weight? Come back to us, we’ll see what we can do.”
Burbank said that in order to avoid the operation, he tried to lose weight and get fit on his own, but failed. “At the age of 50, it became problematic,” he said. “It just wasn’t there,, my weight was still about 300 pounds.”
In 2017, Burbank met with Dr. V. of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Hooks helped Burbank begin his successful weight loss journey. “We gathered in his office and started exploring the possibility of surgery,” Burbank said. “At that moment, I decided I wanted to have a better life for the rest of the planet.”
Burbank underwent gastrectomy in October 2017 and lost more than 100 pounds. “In all honesty, Dr. Hooks changed my life. I think he can save my life,” Burbank said. “I think he added 10 years to my life by doing what we did. He’s been incredibly fantastic all this time. “
“Generally, bariatric metabolic surgery is for people who have a BMI (body mass index) above 40 or above BMI over 35 with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes,” said Hooks.
Hooks said the bariatric surgeries recommended by the NHRMC have helped patients lose significant weight. “If a healthy lifestyle continues, weight loss will last a long time, it can last a lifetime,” said Hooks. “The two main procedures we do here are Roux-en-Y gastric bypass gastrectomy. “A gastrectomy is a procedure in which we remove about two-thirds of the stomach, creating a long, narrow tissue.”
The new, much smaller stomach left after the procedure limits the amount of food that individuals և makes people feel full after eating small amounts.
This limited surgical weight loss procedure is usually performed laparoscopically, which involves inserting a thin tube through small incisions in the abdomen with a small camera.
Burbank said after the operation that he was able to be more active. He walks, runs, swims and enjoys the campaign. “At 300 300 I do not walk eight miles in the mountains. “I do it all the time now,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. My blood pressure dropped, I stopped taking medication, and I had no problems with my cholesterol. There is a huge improvement in terms of health. Not only does it look better, it also feels better; there is mental clarity. “I have a job that’s stressful. I can handle it as differently as I did four years ago.”
After the operation, Hooks noted that Burbank had adopted a new way of thinking about food and had succeeded. “I have had many patients who have said that the procedure has dramatically improved their mobility and overall health,” said Hooks.
The success of the procedure also meant that Burbank could receive treatment for her hernias. “In 2017, after surgery, I lost 110 pounds, I look, I feel fantastic. It could not have been better for me. “
Motivation և Dedication
While some may think that surgery such as a gastrectomy is an easy way to lose weight, Hooks բ Burbank says that is not the case. Hooks said it requires patients to be motivated and ready to make many changes. “It can work for anyone who is motivated,” said Hooks. “I often tell people that this is not the easy way out. It’s really the hardest way, because it requires a lot of organization, lifestyle change, and dedication. ”
Some of Burbank’s motivations included his family, his hopes for a better quality of life, and his longevity. “I wanted to be for my children, I hope to see my grandchildren at some point,” Burbank said.
“One thing Dr. Hooks dug into my head was, ‘If you’re doing it just to look better, you’re probably doing it for the wrong reasons,” Burbank said. “If you are going to fulfill this obligation, you really need to change your life. You need to learn how to eat, how to manage your intake, how to manage what you eat, how you eat, and what you drink. You learn to cook, you learn to eat from another window. I have not cooked in my life,: it happens that I think I am a pretty good cook at this point in my life, because I have to cook myself if I am going to cook the right things. ”
Burbank said he had to make a lot of changes, make some sacrifices, but would do it again if necessary.
“Was it scary to get into that?” Yes. Fear? Yes. “But it was worth it,” he said.
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