Leslie Lydon spent most of her life struggling with her weight. She tried everything from protein shakes to diet pills to help shed the pounds, but nothing worked. Then, after her mother, father and sister all came to BIDMC for weight loss surgery, Leslie decided she would follow in her family's footsteps.
Leslie and her family got the LAP-BAND® surgery, a procedure that helps to control your food intake by the placement of a silicone band around the top of the upper part of the stomach. This band can be adjusted to shrink your stomach, thus allowing you to feel less hungry. The benefits of LAP-BAND versus more traditional gastric bypass surgery include less chance of complications and a shorter recovery time.
Having the surgery was not just a way for Leslie to lose weight, but she also wanted to become healthier. People who opt for weight loss surgery often receive health benefits they may not have been expecting. Those with type 2 diabetes may find that their diabetes is more in control after the surgery. Weight loss surgery can also improve cardiovascular health, reduce or eliminate sleep apnea, GERD and other ailments.
As with any surgery, there are risks that should be carefully weighed before hand. For Leslie, the decision to have the procedure has changed her life.
After losing just the first 25 pounds, she had more energy and was able to keep up with her two small children and perform routine activities that used to leave her feeling tired and out of breath. Since her procedure, Leslie has changed careers and is focused on her goal of leading a happier, healthier life.