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Well cared for

My husband and I were amazed how smoothly everything went, it certainly took away a lot of our stress, knowing that I was well cared for!

“B”

So happy!

So happy overall with my experience. Couldn’t ask for anything better.

Colleen

Reassurement, no pressure

I had the best experience ever, from the initial consultation to the numerous doctor’s phone calls to discuss, reassurement, no pressure and my list goes on. I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience and even aftercare so far has been amazing! Never feel alone, always available to answer my questions! I’m so glad I made his life decision and you were a part of it.

Nadine

Forever grateful to SmartShape

I will be forever grateful to the SmartShape staff and Surgeon for everything. Your excellent and compassionate care has put me back on the right track to good health and happiness.

The SmartShape Surgeon is an honest and empathic man who sincerely cares about the well-being of his patients and goes above and beyond to ensure their comport and safety. You cannot imagine how highly I think of him.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely, Amanda

Lap-Band was life-changing

I had my Lap-Band installed 3 years ago yesterday. I weighed 293 lbs before surgery, 275 lbs the morning of surgery and I was 230 lbs this morning, for a total loss of 63 lbs.

In 2016 I had been as low as 218 lbs, and I decided not to weigh myself weekly. Over the next 6 months I actually gained 12 lbs. The gain was gradual, and since my pant size did not seem to change, I didn’t think I was gaining. Since last October, I have been weighing in weekly again, and I have now stabilized my weight.

To say the Lap-Band was a life-changing experience would be a major understatement. This device motivated me to completely change and improve my eating habits. Portion size is almost a joke now compared to my old habits. I use small utensils, e.g., salad forks and teaspoons, and small salad plates for all meals. I chew and chew and chew. I sometimes leave food on my plate, something I would never do previously. I stopped all diet pop, all desserts including cookies, tarts, pastries, muffins, chocolate bars, chips, pies, and ice cream – in short, anything with sugar in it. I also avoid anything with aspartame. I have not had one sugar treat since starting the pre-surgery fluid diet, and I do not miss eating those things.

I thought I would really miss those large BBQ’ed rare steaks, but that also is something I do not miss in the slightest. Who knew?

I’m still very active, though I’m not really much for the gym. I will go reluctantly, but prefer walking or some other activity. This winter, I curled 3 days a week, delivering the rock conventionally with no need for the stick I used when I was heavy. I can easily slide half-way down the sheet, which makes it way more fun! I joined a local ski club this winter and went downhill skiing with my grandsons about 30 times. I also went to the mountains to ski for 4 days.

I’m 70 years old now, I experience few aches or pains, I can walk the golf course – which I’m going to do this afternoon, first of 100+ rounds for the year – and overall I feel great.

So, was it worth it? Silly question! I will never be really heavy again, I know I can maintain these habits. I also believe I can still lose some excess weight, but I also have patience, there’s no urgency.

Pass along my sincere appreciation to your colleagues.

Cheers,

John