By Kerry F., Florida
Being overweight my entire life I thought I finally found the answer when I had my gastric bypass surgery in July 2001 at the age of 24.
I was 354 lbs at 5’9” and lost down to my lowest weight of 192 lbs. I kept that weight off for six years, but due to my previous surgeon’s lack of information about vitamins (I needed an iron transfusion in 2004 due to malnutrition) and my ignorance of proper eating, I ended up gaining 150 lbs back in just three years from my intestines reabsorbing and a stretched pouch.
I felt like a complete failure, embarrassed and angry. I turned to a website about putting lap band over bypass—a new procedure. Dr. Keshishian reached out to me and messaged me about the Duodenal Switch (DS) and how it can help lose the weight and keep it off permanently through adherence of diet and vitamins.
I felt at ease with Dr. Keshishian immediately upon our first talk on the phone. (I live in Florida and his practice is in California). I sent him all the paperwork and labwork and we discussed the options. I wish I had known about this procedure in 2001 as I never would have chosen the RNY I did.
I made the decision to go back under the knife for a revision with one of the BEST revision doctors out there in the Weight Loss Surgery community, Dr. Keshishian. I flew to California and spent two weeks recovering from a very difficult procedure which came out flawlessly!
Three years later I was down to 193 lbs and looking to remove the extra skin and took the leap of getting my plastic surgery done.
Now, after all my procedures I have gone from a high of 353 from my revision surgery weight to 165 lbs after plastics — from a 30/32W to a 10/12 regular.
I feel amazing at the age of 37 and thank Dr. Keshishian for giving my life back to me AGAIN and always telling me from day one that I was NOT a failure — the RNY was — and to believe in myself, follow the plan, and be proud of my accomplishments.
And I am!
My advice to all: do your research, know ALL of your options, make the best decision for you, and if you want a DS revision go with one of the BEST — Dr. Keshishian won’t steer you wrong!
I am living proof!
The office of Ara Keshishian, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is located at 1808 Verdugo Blvd. #413 in Glendale. For more information, call 800-816-6647, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit dssurgery.com.