One of our Lap Band patients, Patty, has allowed us to chronicle her weight-loss journey. Below you can read about why and when she decided to have bariatric surgery. Then we'll provide updates until she meets her goal of losing 100 lbs. Come back regularly to read more about Patty's Journey>>
Patty's Story of Weight Loss with Bariatric Surgery
Patty Fredericks is no longer hiding behind the struggles of weight loss after turning 50 this past year she decided it was time to do something. "I want to tell people to come out of hiding. I did and it's the best choice I've ever made in my life," explains Fredericks.
Finding Bariatric Surgery
After years of spending money on diets and trainers, nothing seemed to work. "I've tried it all and as the years went by my weight continued to go up along with my blood pressure," says Fredericks. Feeling hopeless towards getting her health and life back, Fredericks (pictured right prior to surgery) turned to medical help and was referred to Dr. Richard Tillquist at Swedish. "I had a family member who did a lap-band surgery and she lost a lot of weight. I figured if it worked for her than it could work for me too," explains Fredericks.
Selecting Lap Band Surgery
After meeting with Tillquist, Fredericks was excited and ready to make the choice. "Dr. Tillquist was great. He really explained everything to me and made sure I understood it all," Fredericks says. She was a perfect candidate for the lap-band surgery and would receive it robotically. "I thought how cool a robot! It looked like a bionicle or something," explains Fredericks.
Tillquist is the first surgeon in Colorado to perform the lap-band surgery using the da Vinci® robot. "Doing a lap-band surgery with the da Vinci allows me to more easily work on sections in the abdomen because of the motion of the robot," explains Tillquist.
Robotic Bariatric Surgery
During surgery Tillquist has full control of the robot and uses 3D imaging and magnification for more precise placement of the lap-band. He says it's also safer and allows the patient to recover quicker with less pain. Fredericks was back to work in just days and on vacation within a week. "Everything with the surgery went really well and I can remember waking up afterwards and it felt like Christmas. It was the best present I could've gotten," says Fredericks.
Patty's Successful Journey
She is down 30 pounds since her surgery and continues to do monthly check-ups with Tillquist. "It's great to see Patty doing so well. She's so motivated now," says Tillquist. She is on a portion controlled diet and exercises daily. Her goal is to lose another 100 pounds and run the Bolder Boulder race in May which she is currently training for. "I can't wait to run across that finish line and meet all the goals I have," says Fredericks (pictured above after surgery).