I started my weight-loss journey in April of 2015, when I attended an information meeting. I knew that gastric sleeve surgery was for me. I met Dr. Adkins shortly after the meeting. He was recommended by another gastric sleeve patient at my place of employment. Dr. Adkins was very kind at our meeting. He explained everything and answered all questions to my satisfaction. I am very pleased with my surgery and post-op course. Dr. Adkins has been a steady and experienced presence during this time. My surgery was in September 2015 and to date I have lost between 120-125 pounds.
– Wayne Lobell, Gastric Sleeve
My name is Suzie and my journey started in 2008 when I decided I needed to finally make a life changing decision for the sake of my health and my quality of life. I have always been a “stress” or “emotional” eater as some would say:( I had the lap band put in place in Nov. of 2008. The lap band worked really well for about 2 years at which time it slipped or moved and all bets were off. I gained all of my weight back but more troubling than that, I began to have so many issues with reflux which eventually caused me to have several episodes of pneumonia that I decided I needed to have it removed. I met with Dr. Adkins (Dr. Adkins did not perform my lap band in 2008) and discussed my options, he explained that the bypass would be my best option at this point due to my history of reflux so we got the ball rolling. The staff worked on getting all of my insurance information in place (insurance paid for this procedure) and we moved forward with my procedure in November of 2015. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Dr. Jonathan Adkins, about 3 weeks post surgery, I had complications (not caused by anything he did, I had scar tissue from the lap band that had been put in in 2008). I spent the next 2-3 months dealing with these complications (not life threatening) but they did make me a bit miserable. Dr. Adkins literally called or texted me almost daily throughout these complications. He came in during his family vacation to check on me at one point between Christmas and New Years. Dr. Adkins decided it was in my best interest to have the scar tissue removed and we did that in March of 2016. Things have been amazing ever since. I started this journey at 248 lbs., I am currently 165 lbs. Dr. Adkins continues to check on me if I don’t make my appointments at Transformations and anytime I have an issue he responds immediately. While I would love to say I lost this weight because I suddenly decided “crossfit” was my best friend, I am not that person. Some of us need additional tools to help us stay on track. This surgery was and continues to be a tool. You have to put in the effort but its so worth it in the end. I am no longer taking medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and am no longer pre-diabetic! I have so much more energy and my quality of life has improved dramatically. I can’t thank Dr. Adkins and his staff enough for this gift:)
-Suzie McDowell, Gastric Bypass
“I lived with GERD for about nine years.”
“It was horrible, you couldn’t enjoy the foods that you really liked to eat, and as soon as you ate it, you knew that 25-30 minutes later you were going to be struck with horrible heartburn, chest pain and reflux. When my GERD got so out of control that I could barely function at work, I could barely function at home, it was affecting not only myself, but my husband and my daughter, my mom and my dad. I just knew that we needed to make a change and make a change very quickly.”
“I feel a thousand times better. I’m not on any medications. I never use antacids, PPIs, or anything like that anymore.”
“LINX was definitely the best decision I’ve ever made, for my health. It’s not only increased my activity, it’s increased my well-being. I want to do more things outside of work because I feel better. Walking the dog, going to Pilates, skiing, playing soccer, those are the things that I really enjoy doing and I can do it now.”
Jodi–LINX (Gastric Reflux and Augmentation Surgery)
“I first learned that I had acid reflux in 2008.”
“I had been treating myself with over-the-counter medicines, but they were not too effective. I had a constant sensation in the back of my throat. It was always burning.”
“After having the LINX System installed, I can immediately tell a difference. The burning sensation in my throat eased and eventually, completely disappeared.”
“I have no problems eating any foods that I want. The acid reflux symptoms are completely gone and this happened without having an invasive surgery that I would have had, if I had chosen other methods.”
Wayne–LINX (Gastric Reflux and Augmentation Surgery)
“I had the LINX reflux surgery in February of 2018 and since the surgery I have had NO reflux. No heartburn or indigestion. I had been on reflux medication for 1.5 years and it had gotten to the point the medication did not help. I was having to sleep sitting up. I was aspirating which led to pneumonia and bronchitis. The quality of life I was experiencing was terrible. I would highly recommend the surgery to anybody faced with reflux.”
G. Harris- LINX(Gastric Reflux and Augmentation Surgery)
Weight has always been a problem for me. I weighed 3 lb’s 11 oz at birth. During the first years of my life, I was always encouraged to eat. I was a skinny child so I was always offered seconds. Once I hit puberty, the pounds started to pile on. That is when my family’s attitude changed from wanting me to eat to “you need to lose weight.” I got very depressed. I tried every diet you can think of.
I would lose a few pounds and then regain those pounds and more. I hit my high weight limit of 285.4 lb’s. My health was getting worse. I developed diabetes, hypertension, asthma and hypothyroidism.
I got to where I had to ride a cart to even buy groceries. I could not shop for Christmas. I was very discouraged. But then I went to a St. Dominic Health Fair and saw a brochure on Bariatric Surgery.
I immediately scheduled a session to learn about my options. I was very impressed with the information I was given. I started the program and on August 18, 2014 I had a gastric bypass. That day changed my life forever. As of now, I have lost 100 lb’s. I am not where I want to be, but I am so much better off. I was taking 5 insulin shots a day. Now I am just on pills. I can walk and shop as much as I like. If it wasn’t for Dr. Adkins and the Bariatric Staff, there is no telling what my life would be like now. St. Dominic’s Hospital has given me a new lease on life. I am frequently asked, ” If you had it to do over, would you have the surgery again?” My answer is always the same. ” I would do it in a heartbeat. I have also been participating in Healthy Lives for several years, attend the wellness events and work with one of their coaches to help me stay on track.
B. Chennault- Gastric Bypass