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Life-changing surgeryWeight-loss surgery helps Powers Lake man
find the fun in his active lifestyle.
A man who believes in setting goals and accomplishing them, Gunderson lost significant amounts of weight several times. Unfortunately, he also regained it every time. He battled weight even as a child. As a college football player, he still remembers his dismay when the season was over and he stepped on a scale one day.
“I just about fell over. I’d gained 40 pounds,” he said. “I couldn’t believe I could have gained that much that fast. I’d drop up to 80 to 100 pounds over the years, and then I’d gain it back.”
In 2001, a friend had gastric bypass surgery. Gunderson began doing internet research and talking to people who had undergone surgery. Intensive research led him to the conclusion that he preferred the Fobi Pouch method to the Lap Band procedure and if he had surgery, he wanted to go to Medcenter One because of the doctors' extensive experience and positive patient outcomes.
Still, Gunderson delayed, thinking that he should be able to take off the weight with lifestyle changes. “Even though I stayed physically active, I kept gaining,” he said. “It seemed like no matter what I did, the weight just wouldn’t come off any more.” Tipping the scales at 342 pounds, Gunderson attended a free informational meeting at Medcenter One and followed up with an initial consultation. Although Gunderson had no medical problems related to his weight yet, he knew that it was only a matter of time. Two knee surgeries related to sports injuries were already behind him, and he knew the extra weight was putting a lot of stress on his joints.
On Sept. 24, 2008, Gunderson underwent weight-loss surgery at Medcenter One. Two weeks later, Gunderson refereed a high school football game in Powers Lake, where he and his family live.
“It was mentally important for me to get out there and get back on track,” Gunderson said. “Once I did that, I knew everything was going to be fine.”
More than a year after his surgery, the number on Gunderson’s scale is still dropping. In addition to changing his food consumption to “focus on quality choices,” Gunderson continues his physical regimen. His idea of fun is to drive to the Minot YMCA where he uses the swimming pool and weight room. He’s looking into buying snowshoes or cross-country skis to help him stay active outdoors during the winter.
“I’ve always enjoyed being active but it’s so much more enjoyable now,” Gunderson said. “Everything has gotten better. I’m more flexible and faster.”
Gunderson’s only regret? “Truthfully, I wish I’d done it back in 2001 when my buddy did. My life has improved that much.”
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