Dan: 8st with a Gastric Sleeve
"The last year has been amazing!"*
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The last year has been amazing!
My life has changed so much and I have to thank NOSC for helping me to do this.
I had my gastric sleeve operation on the 12th of April 2015 and it is now a year later.
I can`t believe how my life has improved. I was weighed two days before my procedure and I weighed 22st 2lbs. Just one year later I am down to 14st 1lbs!
I’m now living life rather than just going through life moaning and feeling depressed about my weight.
I have been thinking about having a procedure for a couple of years and always came up with a reason why I couldn’t go ahead. I would say…… “I can do it by dieting”. That would work for a month or so and then when I came off the diet I would put more weight on because I went back to my normal ways. The years when I didn’t do it (have the op) are years wasted.
My weight didn’t just affect me; it affected my family as well.
Looking back I feel sorry for my wife because on holiday, I would never lie by the pool sunbathing with her because I was so self-conscious about the way I looked. If I did sunbathe with her, I usually kept my T-shirt on. When we got back from holiday, people used to joke and ask if I had stayed at home because I was just as pale as when I left and my wife was tanned. It must have been a lonely time for her. Going out for meals I`d feel uncomfortable, always thinking people were looking at me (probably only in my head).
I made the decision that I couldn’t live like that anymore. I sat down with my wife and had a chat. She has always supported me and she really understood what I was saying and feeling. So I started looking online for something I could do. I rang a couple of companies and asked some questions. They just seemed to answer my questions, none of them asked me what I wanted or needed.
Then I spoke to NOSC. They asked me what I wanted from the procedure. They asked me questions and then told me about the Gastric Bypass and the Sleeve Gastrectomy, which was a newer procedure. It really gave me food for thought and lots to think about. They didn’t pressure me at any time. I looked into the Gastric Sleeve and the NOSC hospitals. The surgeons are all ranked up there with the best in their fields.
So I rang again for some more information. They said it would be better if one of the NOSC patient advisors spoke with me. I made a phone appointment and had a long chat. The advisor went through everything with me and put me totally at ease. She was very knowledgeable about everything I asked and she told me all about my nearest hospital.
After a week of thinking about it, I decided that I wanted to go for it. So I rang NOSC again and they made it all so easy for me. They arranged my appointment to see the surgeon at the hospital for my consultation. Before I even saw the surgeon, they sent all the information about the procedure and the aftercare and support I would receive.
All went well with my consultation and a date for my procedure was set. The week before I went into hospital, NOSC rang me to ask how I was feeling and to check that I was happy with everything; they asked if I had any questions I would like to ask.
Then the day came. I turned up early for the op and the staff were amazing. The hospital was top quality. All went well and I was in hospital for three days as expected. The care I received was second to none.
The day I went home I had a call from the NOSC support team. They called within an hour of me arriving home, just to see how I was. For the first week they called every day to check on my welfare. I was also told that if I had any problems I could call NOSC anytime.
Over the following month they were calling me regularly. As I felt better each day, I told them there was no need to ring me on a regular basis because I knew that if I needed them I could call them at any time.
I would like to thank NOSC so much for their help with changing my life. It`s the best decision I’ve ever made and I only wish I had done it sooner!