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Surgeon TestimonialMichael Felix, M.D.As an RN I probably am more critical about a physician that the general public. In Dr. Felix's case from my first appt. on I knew God had led me to His choice for me. Due to unusual circumstances and the need for extended care since my surgery in April 2007 I have come to realize how knowledgeable, compassionate and kind Dr. Felix is. I must add that his partner Dr. Wilcox is equally all these things as I had priviledge to be cared for by him as well. As other patients have commented the Staff is superb, starting with the smiling face of the receptionist and all of the support staff. My advice to future patients to either Dr.Felix or Wilcoxrnbe compliant to the before and after care and you will have a great outcome and meet goals you have set for yourselves. These 2 men know what they are talking about- so LISTEN. The risks of surgery are mapped out and explained at the required workshop you need to attend before your lst visit, Take notes and ask questions-it's your time-you must be an informed patient. Hope Bariatrics has an excellent program and it is all provided for you. Bedside manner should not out weigh a surgeon's skill, but in Dr. Felix's case I would say \"Superior\" in both areas. Patricia Patton Uniontown PA
- Animals - I absolutely love sheep! Especially lambs...I collect them ( not live ones! )
- Books & Literature - My recent favorite book is The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
- Musical Performance - Music is my passion- I love Celtic Woman, Josh Groban and I love my XM radio!
- Meeting People - My kids tell me I could talk a hind leg off a mule! And I would talk to anyone!-
- Mentoring - I love my support groups and to relive thru new GBer's their journeys
- Christianity - Christ is my EVERYTHING!
- Road Trips - My other passion is to drive and I I love my CRV and will go anywhere in my car!
- Grandchildren - I am blessed with 2 granddaughters Amelia (5) and her sister Ava (3 1/2)
- Shopping - Hated it before and Now at a size 8 Dress Barn
- RN - Nursing is my life! Hospice now but working toward Bariatrics!
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I could not look at myself in a full length mirror, I refused pictures because it would confirm what I knew was true.
Long over due update on December 17, 2011 1:29 pm
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Well, its been several years since I have put a post and blog on. I am now close to 5 years out from my surgery.. I continue to maintain my weight at 144. I recently had a lower body lift and it went terrific. The complications I had been plaqued by early on are resolved including the feeding tube being gone. I eat well now and am well hydrated which was longtime coming. If there is anyone out there having difficult DO NOT GIVE UP! I am a walking example of resolutions and miracles.
2 years and doing terrific! on May 4, 2009 11:55 am
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On April 23rd I celebrated my 2nd anniversary since my original gastric bypass. It has been a wonderful 2years yet they have been the hardest 2 years of my life. I had numerous complications since my original surgery that left me with the inability to eat more than a few bites. I could maybe get 30 ounces of fluids in during the day. I have had 13 hospitalizations and 8 major surgeries not to mention outpatient testing and or procedures. There were many days I thought that this would be how things would be for the remainder of my life. I depended on a feeding tube for nourishment, constantly battling dehydration and protein malnutrition which wrecked havoc in my body. But, amazing as my God is I still worked both my jobs and functioned as best as one could under the circumstances. I have terrific friends and family who came to my side and supported me , prayed for me and loved me. I also have an amazing Bariatric Team in Hope Bariatrics out of Sewickley PA. My surgeon Dr Micheal Felix and his partner Dr. Geoffrey Wilcox stuck by me, supported me and did everything they could to improve the situation. The past 6 months were filled with the knowledge to save my life a reversal might be the only option. I had long talks with Dr. Felix and he knew this was something I did not want to do, but in my heart I knew I would to stay alive. But, he promised me that he would do one more exploratory surgery and then if this was ineffective to find the cause I would have to resolve myself to a reversal. Feb. 19th 2009 I went in to surgery not knowing what the outcome would be but, "I had trusted my unknown future to my ALL KNOWING GOD". I had prayed with a friend the night before surgery that God would literally "smack" Dr Felix in the face with the problem and that there was no mistaking it and that it would be fixable. And my awesome God heeded the prayer of this undeserving woman and did answer that prayer exactly how I prayed... The small bowel was twisted, the pouch had shifted over and was embedded into the liver cutting of the anastomosis...my sweet dear friend Dr. Felix was able to undo the bypass and reconstruct it again. It is now almost 11 weeks since the surgery and I am now able to eat everything in small amounts. The feeding tube is the next to go and I am hoping this will be by the end of the summer when I am truly stable.During this time the word HOPE became my lifeline. You must hang onto HOPE. Even if the siutation on Feb. 19th did not turn out successful, I would still have HOPE because I have an awesome GOD.And He would have carried me through as He has for the past 2 years to continue to live with the limitations I had.He would never leave me or would He ever forsake me...He promised that in Joshua 1:9 I have had an incredible journey...if there is anyone out there struggling please feel free to write and I will try and lend you some encouragement....You guys out there in Pittsburgh know that Dr. Felix and Dr Wilcox are the best as well as their team esp Cindy and Denise....I am indebted to all of them....
Another great verse is this Jeremiah 29:11 " For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord."They are plans for good and not for diaster,to give you a future and a HOPE!" It doesn't get any better than that...trust me...there was never a diaster here...I have grown spiritually, professionally and personally.
Life after Weight Loss Surgery on August 1, 2008 2:55 pm
I haven't updated my profile in 3 months and thought this would be the perfect time. I am now 15 1/2 months out from my surgery and have maintained my weight loss since June 9th. I had gotten down to 146 after a recent hospitalization for dehydration and malnutrition and have come back up a little to 150-151. Although, my situation has not been ideal or common I feel so very blessed to have gone through the trials and experiences. I have met so many sweet folks along the way...especially the wonderful nurses and staff at Sewickley Hospital. I have been a guest there 10 times since my original surgery- the most recent between 5/14-5/22. My surgeon( Dr. Michael Felix) and his partner( Dr. Geoffrey Wilcox) are phenomenal and I thank God for them and all the hours they have poured over me to help in acheiving good health. I feel the best that I have felt since the surgery. I no longer feel I need to be horizontal and 6 feet under, I have taken the coroner's number off my speed dial... I say that jokingly now but, there were several times over these past 15 months that this was almost a reality and I was seriously ill enough to die. I still have my struggles and my feeding tube but, hey I have my life and my health has greatly improved. I would not trade one minute nor have I regretted ever having this surgery. I would do again in a heartbeat ! So, much good has come out of this for me as a person... I have a deeper abiding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whom I love and He has sustained me through all of this. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose!" I hold that as my life verse and stand by it. I was able to start a support group in my community and have met so many sweet people who have been liberated by this surgery...how great is that? I have become a better nurse and have used each aspect to tell my patients lst hand I understand. I am available to them if they ever need more than a nurse...I can be their friend or advocate or shoulder. The days ahead are still somewhat uncertain for me but, I trust the Lord will bring into my life whatever He thinks is best for me. I am grateful for OH and all the great friends I have made even though most I have not met face to face. But, the journey is the same, except some paddle a little harder and face different waters getting to our goals.It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...Be encouraged. I was so touched by Randy Pausch the professor from CMU here in Pittsburgh...his book is awesome and he asked...are you a Tigger or are you and Eorye? I had asked that many times before I ever heard Randy say that in his last lecture...I am definitely aiming toward being a Tigger! I know too many Eorye's and I don't want to be miserable over things I have no control of. I want to Trust and HOPE...life is short as Randy can attest to..succumbing to pancreatic cancer at 47 yrs. old and with 3 small children. As a Hospice Nurse I am amazed at the strength of some of my patients and they inspire me... And others who had this surgery and share their stories and lives so openly I thank-you...we have an unbreakable bond....Patricia Patton
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I've reached my goal weight! on May 6, 2008 4:39 pm
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It is hard to believe it but, I finally have seen my goal weight of 150! I have lost 170 lbs total and my BMI is 23.5 down from 50.1...I am so grateful for this past year and the future it now lends me...Be encouraged!...Patricia
I am half the person I was ! on March 31, 2008 7:03 am
Another milestone today and this makes the weight loss at 160 lbs off and my weight is 160 lbs. I am half of my former self. My BMI is now 25.1 and 1 more pound off and I will be officially listed as having a Healthy Weight. I still have 10 lbs until my goal and it is doubtful I will reach this by my 1 year anniversary date of April 23rd, but that's ok...I have come along way baby! What a difference a year makes. For all those anticipating your surgery who read this...it will happen for you...we have all been where you are now. Be PATIENT and set goals that are realistic and strive for them. That waiting period will be over before you know and you will join the ranks of a post-op patient. You wil no longer be hoping to have the surgery but, recovering from it. It's a great day in the neighborhood !
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My story is not unique and I hesitated even writing it but, I have encouraged so many others to express themselves through journalling to find the hidden reasons why we as obese people eat and why we take such comfort and refuge in it, I needed to do it myself. I did my story privately when I made my decision to have the gastric bypass in October 2006. I shared it with my 2 daughters who cried to see what pain obesity had brought me during my lifetime struggle and it indeed has been a lifetime...My upbringing has certainly been key in how I used food over the years to comfort and console myself or to celebrate and socialize with others. I remember as a child if I fell and skinned my knee the solution was "here's a cookie", if I brought straight A's home well, wow we have moved up to the big time with an entire cake. My mother was a fantastic cook and we ate heartily and we hardly ever had leftovers. All 4 of my parent's children are obese. My mother herself never weighed more than 100 lbs and my father is a small man as well never tipping the scales over 160. So, where in the world did they get us from is the question I have? It was hard being a disappointment to my very petite mother who could not dress her only daughter in the frilly dresses a mother wants for her daughter. It was hard to hear my mother say, after I had my lst daughter , "you're the little girl I waited for..." I do not think she ever knew how that cut me to the quick and live with that still ringing in my ears.Just like all of you I could write a book on dieting, exercising and weight loss. I have successfully lost 100lbs and gained it right back within a few years. But, my gastric bypass was done for more than a cosmetic reason although honestly it played a big role in my decision .But, seriously my health was the biggest issue at age 51 when I decided to go through with it. I was 170 lbs overweight, mobility was almost non-existent, fatigue was my middle name and well not being desireable to look at. But, one very important issue to me was how I was being hypocritical to my profession as a nurse. I would have to counsel people concerning their weight and eating habits and here they were looking back at a 320 lb nurse not taking her own advice. I think that played a tremendous role in my exploration of having the gastric bypass done. The final straw though was when we took our 2 granddaughters Amelia and Ava to Idlewild Park for their lst amusement park experience ( ages 2/1) and I was forced to sit on a bench pretty much the entire day because of the inability to keep up, SOB and faitgue. They will never remember the experience but, I will never forget or have a pleasant memory about it .At my lst appt with Dr. Felix and his dietician Denise I had already lost 10 lbs since the workshop they presented on October 16 ,2006. That was the day I officially started my new life. I worked hard to get 45 lbs off before the surgery to be in the best health for it... it proved to be a life saver for me. I have encountered numerous set backs and complications all which are presently resolving themselves but, I would not have changed my decision at all to go forward with this surgery knowing what I would go through and the toll it would take on me physically and emotionally. How can there be any complaints from me. I am down 140 lbs as of today, I can exercise my socks off, I can ride a bike 10 miles and hopefully this summer further. I wear a size 12 down from a 30/32. My triglycerides went from 611 in June 2006 to 118 on my last blooddraw this month. I feel over all fantastic ( not so bad looking either!) Dr. Felix said to me just last week" I know 2008 will be a better year for you"...I said to him "2007 has been a fantastic year and there are no complaints on my part!" and there are not. I thank GOD I live in a day when things like this surgery are available to people who otherwise would remain a prisoner to themselves...barring getting hit by a bus, my goal is to live the 2nd half of my life healthy and trim...and I will work at promoting that to my patients through my job as a nurse and my community with the support group to be started on March 3rd...Patricia Patton