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Todd Patrick Penner
My 5 Star rating is for the entire bariatric team at Toronto Western Hospital. I am 4 Days post op and feeling awesome. I have followed the pre-op program and post instructions to the letter of the law and that has made all the difference. Doctor Penner and the surgerical team were incredible. Their bedside manner and natural caring approach made the first class technical work they did even better. I did this surgery to change my life and to add longevitey for myself but more importantly for my wife and children. I have a heartfelt debt of eternal gratitude to all the doctors and nurses who participated in my surgery and post recovery, and to the team at TWH Bariatric program for giving my family the greatest gift. Doctor Penner is an All-Star, thank you!
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A new lease on life
December 20, 2011 Doctor Penner and the team at Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) performed my RNY Weight Loss Surgery.
Like many overweight people my battle with weight and genetics has been life long. After trying just about every fad diet, seeing nutritionists and an exercise regiments that consisted of 6 days a week, RNY was my answer.
It’s incredible what this procedure makes possible. Dr. Penner explained to me just before surgery that my body was going to go through an unexplainable change, what an understatement!
I am writing this for the curious, the lurkers and those on the fence about the benefits of RNY. The process is long and appointments are plenty, but it’s 100% worth it!
I’m so thankful for the program, the Bariatric Team and the Ontario government. I am the healthiest I have been in my life. Down more than 100 pounds, no weight-related issues like diabetes, HBP and high cholesterol.
Before my RNY journey I had many of the lifestyle tools already in my everyday routine like exercise and eating right. Now, food and eating do not dictate my days.
Since my surgery, I've rappelled down Toronto’s city hall, climbed the ropes course at Blue Mountain and become a runner. These are things I would have never attempted before.
After surgery the journey does not end. There are tough days, but with time it gets easier. I learned how to manage to my new lifestyle. It takes courage to do what we do, strength to see it through and passion for life.
For anyone on the fence, scared or with questions, I want to give back!
Thanks again to everyone at UHN, especially the Bariatric Team at Toronto Western.
~ Harold Chizick