My Weight Loss Journey
I had tried every diet out there to lose weight and nothing helped – I actually continued to gain weight when on diets. I was at a crossroads between a long, happy life and a shortened miserable life, so I chose to live life to the fullest and become healthy again. Through a lot of research and speaking with several people on social media that had previously been in my shoes, I didn’t hear one bad review regarding Dr. Carlton and his practice. I set up a consultation and after meeting with Dr. C and his team, I knew that this was the place for me!
Before surgery, I honestly didn’t realize how much pain I had pushed through to be able to do things until I got help and lost weight. I thought I felt normal because I have always been a rather large individual. However, looking back now I know that I was miserable and just didn’t know what feeling good was like.
My pre-op experience was the best experience ever! The team answered any question I had. They even called to check on me a few weeks after my initial consult because I had gotten Covid-19 and was hospitalized for 10 days. That in and of itself was an eye opener that spurred me on to make a change.
Some of my pre-surgery concerns were how surgery would affect my life, as well as some of the things that I enjoy to eat and drink. I like spicy foods and have heard that those kinds of things were a no go after surgery, but that was ultimately a risk I was willing to take to live a better life.
When surgery day rolled around, I was nervous to be put under but very excited to finally take charge of my life and live a happy and healthy life! Post-op was absolutely AMAZING! DR C. called me on his personal cell on a Saturday about a month out after I left a voicemail on the office phone regarding what I thought was a complication (it turned out to be a gout flare due to the high protein diet I was on). Now, I can enjoy myself, go on walks, even run. I am going to the police academy next month and that is something that I was beginning to think would never happen, because I couldn’t walk around a store without back pain let alone run a mile+ at a time. I used to have to use a 4 wheeler to get from my deer camp to my deer stand. But, this past deer season I walked to and from my stand 2 times a day, everyday that I was out there. The path is about a mile of very steep hills. I am much more confident in everything that I do.
Dr. Carlton and his entire team are the absolute best team out there! Hands down I could not have asked for a better experience! This has been a long journey but one that I will never regret! I cannot thank Dr. C and his team enough for helping me change my life for the better. Weight loss surgery is often times known as the “easy way out”. But I’m here to tell anyone that is considering this path, that is not the case at all! Weight loss surgery is simply a tool, not a miracle worker. This tool will help you as long as you are ready for the lifestyle change. I am an open book and will speak with anyone that ever has any questions regarding surgery!