Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
LOSS -YEAR 1:
At my highest weight and lowest point in my 28 years of life, I weighed 352 pounds and found myself having to be wheeled around Disney World because of the excruciating pain in my feet and legs. I knew I needed help and support and found that with Dr. John Cheregi. A friend of mine who had bariatric surgery with Dr. Cheregi the year prior couldn’t stop saying how wonderful her experience had been with him. This prompted me to book my first consultation with him.
At first, I was still undecided if I really wanted surgery and if Dr. Cheregi would be the person I chose to help me lose the weight. But after that first meeting, I knew I didn’t need to consider other surgeons. Unlike many of my previous experiences with doctors, I felt like Dr. Cheregi respected me and my past efforts at trying to lose weight. He praised me for having the courage to seek other options and didn’t pressure me to have surgery, nor to choose him as my surgeon. He explained my options and patiently answered all my questions. Throughout the process and now over a year later, Dr. Cheregi continues to show true investment in his patients’ success and wellbeing through his accessibility, kindness, and his willingness to listen to his patients. The tipping factor came when he told me about all the resources he provides his patients: support groups, free gym memberships, required meetings with a nutritionist, medical coordinator, etc. This was the reassurance I needed that Dr. Cheregi was the doctor that would not only help me finally lose my excess weight but would be helping me acquire the skills to keep the weight off for good.
My overall experience with Advanced Bariatrics was painless and stress-free. Going through a major medical procedure can be daunting and overwhelming, but Dr. Cheregi and his assistant Kiersten walked me through the entire process step-by-step, even scheduling important pre-operative appointments for me. They also dealt with insurance and approvals so I didn’t have to worry about anything but showing up at my appointments and focusing on changing my life!
To say that having bariatric surgery changed my life would be an enormous understatement. I feel like a completely different person; I feel like the person I always wanted to be but couldn’t become because of my weight. Fast forward a little over a year later, and I have lost 155 pounds (and still losing). I will also soon begin training to run a full marathon in October! Food no longer controls me, nor do I fear it. The weight (figurative and literal) has been lifted from my shoulders and I feel freer and happier than I ever have before.
My advice for other patients considering choosing Dr. Cheregi would be to do it! Don’t wait, call today. My only regret is waiting so long. If you have tried many times to lose weight, without long-term success, and if you are unhappy with how your weight is affecting your life, schedule a consultation. If you take the first step in changing your life, you won’t regret choosing Dr. Cheregi to guide you. If I had to rate my overall experience with Dr. Cheregi on a scale of 1-5, it would undoubtedly be a 5+.
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