I went to see Dr. Eid back in 2017 and let me tell you it was the best decision I’ve every made. The whole entire staff was extremely amazing. I was 31yrs old and 278lbs at that time. I was super young with so many health issue. I felt like it was time for a change and change I did. Dr. Eid and his staff gave me my life back and I am forever grateful.
When I started my journey I was pushing 300lbs. I was having trouble breathing, sleeping, working and even exercising. I would start to sweat for no apparent reason. I decided to talk to my wife and my doctor about what I could do to try to lose the weight. It was suggested that I should think about weight loss surgery. It was not one of the easiest decisions to make but, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I would like to thank Dr. Ewing and his staff at Hackensack Hospital and everyone at the Advance Laparoscopic Associates office. I would also like to thank Nadia, Jennifer and everyone in the Bariatric Support Group. Without y’all, I don’t think I would be where I am at today. Once again, thank you all!
My first visit to Dr. Trivedi was in 2016 when I wanted to remove my lap band which was put in by another doctor in NYC. I wanted to remove band and have the sleeve done on the same day. He said NO that's not what I do. First I will remove band, wait a few months to get your scar tissue to heal. Finally after the insurance approval and all that comes before surgery, I had my surgery November of 2017. From a size 16 to size 6. Surgery is a tool, you must listen to your body adjust to changes. Do some type of exercise and adjust your life style to reach your goal.
Dr. Hans Schmidt and his team performed surgery on me in December 2012. Over the next year, I lost 73 pounds, which changed my life greatly for the better. I was able to tie my shoes without becoming short of breath. Pain in my lower back that I had suffered with for years disappeared. My blood pressure came down, enough so that I no longer had to take blood-pressure medicine. Over the years, I've kept off most of that weight loss, and am grateful for the enhancements to my quality of life that I continue to enjoy. My thanks for Dr. Schmidt and the folks at Advanced Laparoscopic Associates!
I had my surgery on August 31, 2020. On the day I had the surgery I was able to discontinue Glyburide all together! Then, I no longer needed my Insulin and my Metformin dose was cut in half. Now my diabetic meds are one pill of Metformin and 1000mg HS, and my A1Cs are below 7 as they should be. I take daily supplements (liquid calcium, women’s 50+ multivitamin, and B-12) and my levels are still normal. The biggest news is I’ve lost 106lbs since August 2020, down from 256lbs to 150lbs! I am thankful to ALA for all of my progress.
In 2013, I was at my heaviest, mosy sedentary, and so unhealthy. I decided to make a big change after so many failed attempts to lose weight on my own. I had sleeve surgery on May 1st, 2013 and fast forward to 2022, I have kept the weight off and work the program every day. I am studying nutrition at Purdue and I will be starting a master's in health and wellness. Thanks to Advanced Laparoscopic Associates for the awesome tool to get me back on track and the best version of myself.
When you hear of a roller coaster, you immediately think of the bumpy ride. That’s what I would have to compare my weight loss journey too. I recall the day I was flying home to visit family and tussled with the buckle on my seatbelt as it just wouldn’t click. With the help of a passenger next to me… I still couldn’t get the buckle to click. Disappointment helped me get the big picture to “click”! That it was time to take control of my weight. Some may call it a plane ride; I refer to it as a rollercoaster. Quite like a roller coaster, the weight loss journey started out slow, but steady! I returned home from travel and knew that I had to make a call! Dr. Trivedi and the team supported me during the whole process. From the initial consultation to recovery. I felt as if I was ready for the next journey… Maintaining the weight loss. After the initial consultation and speaking with several providers, I was more so confident in proceeding with Dr. T! I do not regret it. Like all roller coasters, there were bumps and times I thought I would fall. There were flips and fast turns, and the only thing I could do was close my eyes and trust the driver. My favorite part of this journey was when you hear the breaks slam, and all of a sudden, the roller coaster starts to slow down. You can finally open your eyes again and realize you made it. That is the feeling that this fantastic team left me with. Now, I’m more confident than ever, I can comfortably sit in any room or seat of my choice, but overall I am now vulnerable. This journey was full of dramatic flips and turns. I struggled with the thought of “Is this the right choice for me?” I have no regrets. This journey taught me to trust the process. This journey inspired me to be vulnerable. This journey taught me how to love myself and others. This journey taught me how to cry when it gets tricky, but most importantly, I learned through it all… that I was never alone. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU