Gastric Sleeve – Patient, Krista

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Krista had her sleeve in October 2017. She lost 100 pounds.

“Weight loss seemed like an unachievable rollercoaster after having our 6 kids.  I’d repeatedly try to fad diet, only to find the scale never tipped in the right direction.  This always led to me just giving up.  After visiting with the staff at WLIA, I decided that the Sleeve was my best option for significant weight loss.  I look back at the decision as the best tool I could have ever gotten to help me on my journey to a healthier me!  I’m down almost 100 lbs, and I have so much more energy and longevity throughout the day!  It took what I didn’t realize as “binge” eating into a feeling of self control and being able to be full and satisfied.  I just finished a half-marathon, and when I crossed the finish line I teared up thinking where I am now as opposed to where I had previously been.  I am forever grateful to Dr. Orris and the staff for the newer, healthier, energetic me, thanks to the sleeve!”

LAP-BAND® Patient, Jessie

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“For a couple years prior to weight loss surgery I did not have much of a life. I spent the majority of time in bed due to severe back and knee pain. I was headed for a wheelchair. In fact if I wanted to do anything such as visit a museum or go anywhere that required walking, I had to use a wheelchair. I avoided going into stores because the pain was so severe. Car trips left my knees swollen and throbbing. Walking from my bedroom to my kitchen often pushed me to tears. I was walking stooped over all of the time and avoiding movement as much as possible. The only time I did not have pain was while lying in bed, so that is where I was most of the time.

After losing weight, my knee pain totally disappeared and only occasionally do I have a twinge of pain. I still have back pain and sciatica, but it is only about 10% of what it was. I cannot walk long distances without rest, but can go to the mall, on outings, etc. without severe pain. My pain meds actually work now and did not really help before weight loss. I have a social life and get out often. I was able to return to work at my business if not full time, at least some hours each day. My depression was lifted and I have an entirely different outlook on life.

I am totally happy I chose weight loss surgery. I had always been able to lose weight in the past but could never keep it off. I never got my weight as low as I did after LAP-BAND surgery. My friends and family have reacted well to my lower weight, though it’s a bit of a change for family members to get used to seeing me thin. I feel like having the surgery was the best investment I ever made!” *

Gastric Sleeve – Patient, Larry

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LARRY LOPES WAS GENERALLY fit through early adulthood, but an autoimmune disorder diagnosis threw his healthiness for a loop. “I ignored it and powered through it,” the Phoenix father of two says. His lymph nodes became swollen, so doctors took a biopsy in 2015 and diagnosed him with sarcoidosis, a growth of inflammatory cells that affects the immune system. Doctors put him on a steroid, which treated the sarcoidosis but caused significant weight gain. The dramatic change in his body mass caused his muscles, bones and ligaments to weaken. These medical issues came to a head when he blew out a tendon in his knee almost two years ago. “That’s when I really started thinking, ‘What can I do to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again?’” To prevent further damage, Dr. Michael Orris at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona recommended a sleeve gastrectomy, commonly known as gastric sleeve surgery, in which the stomach is reduced to about 20 percent of its original size. At first, Lopes struggled with the decision. “The thought of having my stomach cut really bothered me, and it really was my wife saying, ‘If this is what you have to do to be here for your kids, then this is what you have to do.’” In July of 2017, Lopes had the surgery. Within months, he had lost almost 100 pounds and significantly reduced the amount of steroids he needed to treat his sarcoidosis. “I feel like a new person,” Lopes says.

LAP-BAND® Patient, Sue

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“I had my Band unfilled after 2 years because I have reached my goal!! Yipppeee! I went from a size 22 to a size 10. I look and feel GREAT! Thank you Dr. Orris – you changed my life! The Band really works. Be patient and keep the end goal in mind – it IS worth it!” *