Patient Of The Month Laura Fragapane

Patient Of The Month Laura Fragapane Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

Initially, I had only thought about going for stomach surgery. I decided to attend Dr. Bilof’s presentation on the different types of surgeries available to lose weight. Two of the three friends who went with me decided to go for it. I decided to wait. I was a little apprehensive at first, but after one year and seeing the results my friends had, I bit the bullet and went for it.

So on January 12, 2015, I had the gastric bypass surgery. Unlike most people, I had some minor complications that were immediately addressed by Dr. Bilof and his staff. I had to stay an extra day in the hospital; I had more scar tissue than originally seen; and I had to go home with a tube on my side to collect the extra fluid that was filling my stomach. It wasn’t the piece of cake that others had experienced at first, but after several weeks of support from Dr. Bilof and his staff all the issues were resolved and I was able to go on with my life.

I can tell you with absolute certainty that this was the best decision I could have made. It has made such a difference in my life. I have lost a total of 65 lbs. since that day and I have more energy than ever! I am no longer wearing plus sizes and when I do shop for clothes, I no longer become disgusted with the face and body staring back at me in the mirror. I have stopped most medications; no longer have to sleep with my sleep apnea machine; my knee pain has improved and I bowled for the first time in 20 years!

I want to thank each and every one of you at the Garden State Bariatric for your kind words, lasting support and patience for making my life the best it has been in a very long time. For those of you who feel that you want a new lease on life take the first step and go for a consult and let your new life begin!

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