Meet Steve Scholar, Bariatric Patient

Meet Steve Scholar, Bariatric Patient


(gentle music) – I had gastric bypass in January of 2011. Had gotten tired of being morbidly obese and getting stuck in booths in restaurants and that sort of thing. So I decided that was the route that I was going to take. And so I came to the
info session at Memorial and began the process and
actually had the surgery in January of 2011. It was a good experience for me. Probably the worst part
of it was waiting so long to have it done. I feel like it’s given me my life back. I don’t have to go to
the big and large part of the store anymore or
order my clothes online. Plus, it really got rid of all the comorbidities that I had. I had high blood pressure. I was a type 2 diabetic. I had sleep apnea. All those things have resolved themselves in part because I’ve lost over 200 pounds. So it’s been a godsend for me. I did have some plastic surgery and had some excess skin removed. So it just seems like I’m a new person, and I’m active, and I’m doing things that I just wasn’t able to do before. The staff here have been great. The nurses and the doctors have been there when I needed them, and there
were times when I needed them. It wasn’t a trouble-free surgery, but I kept my eye on the prize and achieved what I wanted. But every time I needed
something, they were there. Whether it was medication
or just an office visit for a followup, they were there. I think what I would tell someone who was thinking about it is
don’t think about it, do it. It’ll change your life. You’ll be a new person. You’ll feel better about yourself. You’ll look better. I don’t pay much attention
to the numbers on the scale. It’s all about how I feel, and I think that anybody considering it should do it now. Don’t wait. Get it done. (gentle music)

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