Dionne Stephens: Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery was the best thing I could have done for myself. Before surgery, I had irregular menstrual cycles, sleep apnea, joint pain and was taking diabetic medication. Within one month after the operation, I had NONE of these symptoms. I also dropped from 272 pounds and a size 24 (3X) to 146 pounds and a size 8. Everything I was unable to do before the surgery became possible, from little things like crossing my legs and fitting comfortably into restaurant booths, to major accomplishments, like getting fit.

Sticking with the post-operative prescribed diet and exercise is essential. I have, and I've never had to go to the hospital or emergency room for any complications due to the surgery. If you have had gastric-bypass surgery, congratulations, and if you are considering it, please do your research, get as much information as possible, and start making healthy choices now.