Natalie: LAP-BAND Surgery
Hello my name is Natalie and here’s my lap band journey. At an early age, I developed a weight problem. The older I got, the more weight I gained. As a result of my weight, I often felt shy and insecure. I appeared happy on the outside, but was very unhappy on the inside because of my weight and how I looked. I used food as a way to make me happy. As a result, I tipped the scale weighting as much as 356 lbs, wearing a size 28/30 in jeans and 4 and 5x shirts. I began to think about my health risks due to my weight such as high blood pressure and diabetes, all of which runs in my family. I wanted a better quality of life and most of all I wanted to prolong my life for the sake of my son.
Working as a Family Nursing Practitioner, I knew that in order to educate my patients about the importance of diet and exercising, I first had to conquer my own weight problems. I’ve tried several diets in the past but all only had temporary weight loss results. I’d heard about the LAP-BAND and had attended one of Dr. Bagnato’s Lap Band seminars few years prior so I began to due more research on the internet. After seeing the amazing results others had had with their lap band, I contacted Dr. Bagnato’s office and on June 28, 2010 I received my lap band surgery performed by Dr. Bagnato.
The LAP-BAND was what I needed to change my life! It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. By going to the bariatric center monthly, exercising almost daily, and eating a balanced diet I’ve lost 150lbs in about 18 months. I am healthier and fitter. I feel better about myself emotionally, physically, and mentally. The LAP-BAND has allowed me be more sociable and participating in physical activities with my son is much more enjoyable.
After years of struggling with obesity, I feel more self confident than ever before. I still can not believe this is “my new slim body” when I look in the mirror. I receive compliments daily. I have recommended Dr. Bagnato to one of my friends and she’s also had the LAP-BAND done herself. I want to thank God, Dr. Bagnato, and his wonderful staff for all they’ve done to help me improve my life!