Weight Loss Surgery Success Story: William Hennessee

William Hennessee after bariatric surgery William Hennessee after bariatric surgery

If you follow the rules, this works.

— William Hennessee: Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery, February 2009

In 1994, William Hennessee gained 100 pounds. It was his first year after leaving the Army. While he used to run with ease, William now felt out of breath after just walking from a building’s parking lot to its entrance. His weight eventually climbed to 314 pounds.

Seventeen months after William got an adjustable gastric band, he reached his goal weight of 175 pounds. He feels better, looks better, and has more energy. William’s cholesterol level has also improved and he’s taking 75 percent less blood pressure medicine than he did before he lost the weight.

William Hennessee before bariatric surgery William Hennessee before bariatric surgery

William’s shirt size has gone from a size 3X to size large; his pant waist size has decreased from size 44 to size 32. And William can again wear the belt buckle his daughter gave him when he was in the Army. In fact, he can also fit into his old Army greens!

As you’d expect, William’s lifestyle has changed. He now eats two-thirds less than his previous diet. He says he used to go to an all-you-can-eat buffet and get his money’s worth; he can’t do that anymore.

William also rides his exercise bike faithfully for at least one hour a day, seven days a week. And when he goes out of town, he looks for an exercise room. If one is not available, then he walks for exercise.

William recommends adjustable gastric band surgery. “If I had this to do all over again, I'd do it in a minute... if you follow the rules, this works.”


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