I am a 57 year old man who was suffering badly from obesity and associated health issues, till I made the decision 2 years ago to have gastric surgery.
Michael Booth and his competent team advised me about the options for surgery. This would not be a miracle cure, more a tool to achieve the weight loss I badly needed.
When I came to you three years ago, I was the biggest I had ever been. I was 120kgs and my BMI was 47. I had recently had quite a serious breakdown and was on a whole heap of medication and had gain 50kgs in less than five years. My self esteem was at an all time low and I wondered how I was ever going to get through life the way I was.
I first came to see you about gastric surgery nearly 5 years ago. You asked me why I thought I needed it, my answer was that my life was shit. I tried to loose the necessary weight to make me eligible but my mind was not in the right place. Roll on a couple of years and I was back and had thankfully been granted another opportunity for the operation. This time I was able to show that I was worthy.
This is a very small thank you letter- the inverse of the
gratitude I actually have for you and your team. I am now
literally less than half the woman I used to be: down 53 kgs
from my assessment weight, down 73 kgs or 160 pounds from my
largest. I have from a size 24/ 26 to a 10/ 12.
David - Gastric Bypass
Dear Mr Booth,
By the time you get this letter I will have lost 40 kg's in
weight, heading towards 50 kgs - not very far away from my goal.
Hardly a day goes by without my thanking you quietly for what
you and your team have done for me. I put my weight loss surgery
amongst the important stages of my life. Recovery is "slowly but
surely" and has been pretty straight forward.
Christie - Adjustable Gastric Banding
This has changed my life. I wish I had known about this
operation 10 years ago
as it has been one of the greatest things ever to happen to me. I
am a new
person. It has ultimately changed my life for the better, both
physically and mentally.
Barbara - Gastric Bypass
I am a 50-year-old woman teacher. I am 157 cm tall and when I
Michael Booth at the end of October 2003 I weighed
125.6 kilograms. I am a
type 2 diabetic and at that time in
October was taking 850 mg of Metformin
twice daily as well as a
total of 62 units of insulin in 2 injections daily.
Beth-Maree 31 - Gastric bypass
I was morbidly obese, suffered from chronic illnesses,
depression and low esteem when I decided to go ahead with a
gastric bypass. I weighed in over 156kgs, wore size 30 clothes
and was only 163cm tall. For years I struggled to lose weight
all sorts of diets but only ever put more on.
Sharlene - Gastric Bypass
I'm 34 years old, single and for most of my life I've been overweight. I had
tried various diets, you name it - I've tried it! I finally came to a huge decision
in my life and decided to get my stomach stapled (a gastric bypass) and was referred to Dr Michael Booth who was very supportive and is a very nice man.
The day of my operation I weighed in at 108kg, and after 3 months I now weigh 86kgs. I have lost a whopping 22kgs so far. I feel great, have more confidence
in myself, have heaps of energy and most of all I am happy with myself for the
first time in a long while. The good thing about this procedure is that I'm getting healthier and slimmer, the bad thing is finding the extra cash to buy new clothes!
I absolutely have no regrets in getting the operation and I know I'm going to look back in 10 years time and think, "Yes, I'm glad I went through with it."