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Patient testimonialsJim Cree, Minot, ND
Not only does Cree say he had a really good experience. "I recommend it to anybody. Three of my friends have had it done since I did."
The surgery has given him energy and saved him money. "I got rid of my two diabetes pills, two high blood pressure pills and a cholesterol pill," Cree said. He estimates that this cut in medications saves him $400 a month. "Now, all I take is a Flintstones vitamin, Tums and a vitamin B pill."
Teri Schuh, Dickinson, ND
Today, Schuh is a new woman. So far, she has lost 205 pounds. She no longer needs oxygen or the multiple prescription medications she once took on a daily basis. Gone are her diabetes-related vision problems and numbness in her feet. Her blood pressure and cholesterol levels are in normal ranges.
"I really appreciated the whole Sanford Health staff. They treated me like a person and didn't talk down to me," Schuh said. "You absolutely understand everything that is going to happen by the time they're done with you. They give you the tools to help you succeed."
Her newfound determination to find a solution led her to weight-loss surgery at Sanford Health in Bismarck. "I didn't want to fail one more time. I wanted a life-long solution that I could live with and my family didn't need to make exceptions for," she said.
Lewis would go on to lose more than 140 pounds after the November 2005 surgery. What's more, her blood pressure has dropped from an alarming 172/89 to a healthier 132/72 and the chronic pain from carrying too much weight has disappeared.
Lewis, who now eats the foods she enjoys, but in smaller portions, says, "I always felt like I was living to eat, and not eating to live. Eating is not a sport to me anymore."