Weight Loss Surgery Success Story: Kim Price
Whenever I talk to people and they tell me they know someone who had bariatric surgery and is not losing weight, I tell them the band is a tool, not a cure-all. You have to use your tools correctly.
— Kim Price: Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery, October 2007
“After the death of my sister, I gained 100 pounds over four years. I didn’t have any medical conditions or illnesses other than obesity. My weight had increased to about 340 pounds and I had an infant granddaughter that I wanted to see grow up."
In October 2007, Kim had adjustable gastric band surgery using the LAP-BAND® system. During the next 12 months, she lost 90 pounds, dropping from her pre-surgery weight of 320 pounds to 230. She lost another 60 pounds in her second year after surgery and now weighs 170 pounds — a total weight loss of 150 pounds.
“This is the least I have weighed in over 30 years!
“When I dress up, I can now wear heels, whereas I used to wear flats because I didn’t trust my ankles and knees. In the past, I would ache for three days after Thanksgiving from being on my feet cooking all day. This year after Thanksgiving, I noticed that I didn’t have the extended recovery time. My husband and I moved into a two story house and I now go up and down the stairs many times a day. This is something I never could have done before. At the church where my husband and I are pastors, I used to take the elevator to go to the basement. Now I take the stairs there, too.
“Whenever I talk to people and they tell me they know someone who had bariatric surgery and is not losing weight, I tell them the band is a tool, not a cure-all. You have to use your tools correctly. I don’t snack, I drink my water and I exercise. I wait until an hour after I eat my food to drink the water. If I want something sweet, I have one bite-sized piece.
“I highly recommend the Scott and White bariatric program. I have great respect for Paulette and her candidness and openness. She told me the pros and cons of the different types of bariatric surgery so I could make the decision.”