Natalie: LAP-BAND Surgery

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!


*Surgical weight loss results vary between individuals depending on initial weight, existing medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bagnato about the results you can expect.


7 Responses to “Natalie: LAP-BAND Surgery”
  • Erika says:

    Natalie – YOU LOOK AMAZING!! I’m so proud of you. Keep up the great work! We’re here whenever you need us.
    Palmyra Surgical

  • Pam says:

    Congratulations!!!!!! You look great!!! Dr. Bagnato is the best!!!!

  • Jennifer Moore says:


    Your story seems so much like mine yet I am afraid to embark on this journey. I would love to chat with you and ask you some questions if you do not mind. I too have attended one of Dr. Bagnato’s seminars but I am still very afraid.

    If you are willing and able to speak to me please contact me at the email address above. Thanks. Jennifer M.

  • Lakeesha Taylor says:

    Hey Natalie, your story is the same as mine too. I’m willing to try this new experience with the lap band because I’m ready to see a new healthy ME!!!. If you don’t mind I would like to ask you some questions since you’ve had the surgery and if your willing to share any info please please contact me. You look amazing and I know you feel a whole lot better 2. Keep up the good work:)

  • Kathy Green says:

    Your story is sooooo inspiring and you look AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing your success with the the rest of us…it encourages us to continue our weight loss journey.

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  • Deborah Davis says:

    Amazing, and you do look great. I am just starting to do my research and have struggled the later part of my mid thirtes and am tired of fighting the gain. What a great story!

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