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John D. Husted, M.D.
Dr Husted moves around a lot and I knew that at the time of my surgery so I wasn't that upset, but it would be nice if he would contact former patients and leave a forwarding telephone number in case we have a question sometime or want to refer people to him for surgery!
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Hello I am new here this month (8/09) and am seriously considering a DS- which would actually be a conversion from a VBG (Fobi pouch) from 1985. I lost half my excess weight (from 360 to 240) within a year and then stopped. I decided that was it for me and married someone who liked a BBW.I maintained for 12 years and vowed never to diet again. I dont remember even being given a food plan & Fobi's office staff had heavy African accents I couldnt understand and I gave up trying to call them. I never even went back for a follow up- ever! I remembered he told me to eat what I wanted but I wouldnt be able to eat much. I do recall the first year I did have problem eating bread & mashed potatoes. I pretty much ate what went down without coming back up and I stayed with soups, milk, chips & dips and I couldnt eat anywhere close to normal ever again. I really couldnt eat much meat and sadly even fruits & veggies plugged me up so I was not eating a good diet. I found ice cream & cookies went down quite well. I could eat sushi tho and that became my all time favorite thing. I could eat a slice of pizza, or half a sandwich over a period of an hour or so. I did drink a lot of milk and I didnt even take supplements so I believe that really saved me.
In 1997 after my Mom died I gained 50 pounds back & was horrified. I immediately went to Weight Watchers and lost it and also I spent over 4 years at a gym very dedicated & ambitious many times a week and I loved it. It actually reshaped me from pair shape to hour glass. I never thought I would quit. I built a lot of muscle and a smaller waist and very solid and very fit and energized. I never lost more than the 50 tho at Weight Watchers and discovered it was because I had a raging sugar addiction. The gym didnt help the weight loss efforts. I really did give it all for several years there until I noticed the sagging skin was much worse the smaller I got from losing inches. My doctor told me about conversion to RNY and I almost had it but marital issues caused me to cancel. They are resolved now and I am ready again to try to tackle this long term problem - since age 5.
I had been on so many diets & lost hundreds of pounds- 110 once on a protein sparing fast all meat diet (with strict doctor supervision & supplements ) in 10 months but that went back on in a few years as well as 60 more. I felt hopeless and depressed when I got the VGB. I felt that way again also the last few years since taking early retirement. I have been on anti-depressants for a few years and I knew deep inside it was consciously from the unresolved weight problem.
Finding out about the DS has just made the sun come out again and I feel more hope for the future. I have been smoking for years- but off & on for years but when I try to quit I gain weight so I keep smoking. Now with the DS I will gladly quit. I know I would love to get back to the gym as now with weight coming off all my hard work will finally show. Tho I quit going years back the new shape and appearance of muscle has not left me. And I hear it comes back quicker when you have done so much before. I was literally waiting to die from the smoking or a heart attack or developing diabetes or some weight lrelated early death until I discovered the DS and really felt this was for me. I havent done a consult yet but am starting the process. I have been researching the boards and making progress. I know I can be fully compliant this time as I understand now the need for protein, water & mega supplements. I am excited and I hope getting approved doesnt take a long time.