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Our First Featured Success Story

Posted On : May 16, 2014

Patricia Welborn

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In 2002, I weighed 336 lbs. I have been heavy all my life, no matter what diet I did I would gain it all back and more. In 1981 after living on pain pills and shots for my gall bladder, no one wanted to do surgery on me because at the time I weighed 450 lbs. The doctor, besides taking out my gall bladder, also did gastric stapling on me. I did get down to 225 lbs, but never lower.
In 2001 I had a friend tell me about a doctor in Delano that was doing a surgery called Duodenal Switch (DS).  I knew that I could out eat the RNY Gastric Bypass, which is when I met Dr. Keshishian; he gave me all kind of tests and said he believed the Duodenal Switch would help me.
On Jan 7, 2002, I had the surgery that has changed my life forever. When I had the surgery I could barely walk across the street and back without being out of breath. When I got down to 199 lbs I cried with Dr. Keshishian. He asked me what was wrong. I told him I just never believed I would ever weigh less than 200 lbs, considering I was a revision case,  he had told me that I might only lose 100 lbs.
As of this date, I have lost 195 lbs I am smaller than I was in the 8th grade. I really feel if I had not had the DS I would not be alive to meet my 7 beautiful great grandchildren. You are the only one to take care of yourself. This procedure is a tool and if you are not ready to take care of yourself, don’t have the surgery. You will be on vitamins and calcium for the rest of your life. I just know without this surgery I would not be alive today. I could have out eaten any other surgery. As far as I am concerned the DS is the Platinum of weight loss surgeries. What is really neat is Dr.Keshishian will be my doctor for the rest of my life, he cares about his patients. Thank you Dr.Keshishian for giving me my life back!

2 responses to “Our First Featured Success Story”

  1. Thank you so much for posting your inspiring story, Patricia! Finding Dr. Keshishian has changed all who have met him: not only is he a superb surgeon, but he also cares for his patients throughout their lifelong journeys. So glad you are getting to enjoy your grand kids, and life in general… so happy for you!

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