Lasting Results Require Lifelong Changes
Daniel’s mother-in-law suggested that he see board-certified bariatric surgeon Val Prokurat, MD, DO. Dr. Prokurat talked with him about the surgery and the changes Daniel would need to make to lose weight safely. To ensure he’d be able to commit to a healthier lifestyle, Daniel ate a low-carbohydrate diet leading up to his surgery, losing 30 pounds.
He had robotic gastric sleeve surgery with Dr. Prokurat and his partner, Michael Kammerer, MD, board-certified bariatric surgeon, in November 2020. A portion of Daniel’s stomach was removed, leaving a smaller stomach in the shape of a sleeve that restricts the amount of food he can eat. The portion of the stomach that is removed is also responsible for the production of hunger hormones, so Daniel feels less hungry. Because the procedure was performed robotically, Daniel experienced less pain and recovered quicker than if he had traditional surgery. He was back to work a week later.
“Bariatric surgery isn’t a silver bullet,” explains Dr. Prokurat. “Success requires discipline. You must build new habits and change your lifestyle, but we help and support our patients along the way.”
Daniel is now more than 100 pounds lighter. In addition to sticking to a healthy eating plan and working light exercise into his daily routine, he attends a monthly bariatric support group that combines educational lectures with personal reflections. He still speaks about recognizing and recovering from PTSD—now with an even more personal perspective. And, he has forged a new love of food, making and sharing healthy recipes with friends.
“Losing weight has added energy to my life,” says Daniel. “I’m the person I want to be now. It’s been a complete life changer.”
For more information about bariatric surgery at CentraState, visit centrastate.com/bariatrics or call 866-CENTRA7 (866-236-8727)