September Patient Of The Month Thomas E. Steele

September Patient Of The Month Thomas E. Steele Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

In April 2015, I came to Dr. Bilof as a 5’10”, 269 pound man. I was on medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol and my primary physician told me that in 3 – 5 years I would be diabetic if things didn’t change. I had a mild case of sleep apnea and suffered from arthritis in my knees that was exacerbated by working out. I tried everything to lose weight on my own including running, tennis, lifting weights and prepared a majority of my own meals, but a new position that kept me sedentary, age (not responding to weight-loss efforts like I used to) and other unknown factors caused me to gain 10 pounds a year for the past four years.

After meeting with a Nutritionist for three months, I was approved for a Sleeve Gastrectomy, which I underwent on August 10, 2015. At the time of my surgery, I was 254 pounds, wore a 52L coat, 40 waist pants, and XXL shirt. At the end of August 2016, I weighed 189 pounds, wore a 42L, size 34 pants and a L shirt. Without medication, my cholesterol levels are at the low end of normal and I am now on the lowest dosage of my blood pressure medication. There is no trace of sleep apnea, and I haven’t had to take any pain medication for my arthritic knees in the last eight months. I continue to prepare most of my own meals and to work out; I am now able to complete a 5-mile run or play tennis for hours without pain.

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