Surgeon: Thomas R Brown
My name is Audrey, I am a 44 year old female.. I had gone through alot of test, and alot of doctors.. Finnally I was sent to Dr. Brown by a gastro doctor in Denver.. I was sent to Dr. Brown due to the fact that my intestines and stomach was in such horrable trouble..
I had sever Acid reflux that it had trully done reaversable damage.. I had degenative Joint desease.High Colostrol, sleep apnea so bad that If I was to be layed on my back that I would quit breathing in a matter of seconds!!
I started my journey for the gastric bypass in March of 2001...
I had tryed to get the gastric bypass by several doctors and was getting no place.. It seem to the fact that they would lead me on and send me for more and more test.. and in the end, they all denyed me for this reason or that..
It wasn't untill Dr.Jones approched me that it was now or never for me. and he sent me to see Dr> Brown that I was treated with respect and degenity..
Dr. Brown and I talked in length about how he did his proceedures and what type he did that he felt confident that I was a good canadite, and he could preform the Laperscopic gastric bypass on me..
We all knew that with my breathing problems and sleep apnea this was going to be really one of the true test to operate on me.. He knew ahead of time that this was going to be one difacult test for him to undertake..
SO the morning of July 21,03 at 10 am I was wheeled into the operating room at PSL.. Dr. Brown preformed my surgery. and I survived.. at approx 8 weeks post op I started getting ulsers and bleeding, I started a rare leak, it was from lifting very heavy boxes at home, It didn't take Dr. Brown but a minute to fix me right back up.. I was put on eating strained baby food for months.. And so many people ask me if I regretted doing this surgery.. Well of course I always told them I would do it all over again, even if they was to tell me a head of time I would have these problems, it wouldn't of stopped me..
Dr. Brown gave me back my life..
I was pre op at 5'1 and weighting in at 327 pounds.. this gave me a BMI of 61.7.. I couldn't even walk to my own bath room in my own home !! I was unable to do any hygene on my self.. I had to have a nurse come and bath me.. I had an aid that came and cooked meals for my son and I.. I could NO longer drive myself to any doctor appointments. I was wearing morphine patches that the nurse changed every other day for pain..
I am now 7 months post op.. and I am down 135 pounds from my first visit to Dr. Browns office.. I now wear a size 16 loose fit blue jeans.. I can put on and tie my own shoes.. I can dress myself!! I can now drive a car again!! I even went for a walk with my son tonight.. Would you believe this?? He was so excieted that his mom could go for a walk with him for the first ime.. Now how many 17 year old guys do you know that would brag to his friends about this?? After we got home he took the phone into his room and called a couple friends.. and said hey guess what I went for a walk with my mom !! My Mom and I walked a mile together!! He was SO excieted !!
Would If I had the chance to do this all over again, would I ?? If for nothing else in this whole world I would jump at the chance just to hear My Son say them words!! I feel mighty bless that I had the chance to have my gastric bypass, and that I had Dr. Brown do this for me, for my family.. 2/9/04
WOW I am now 10 months post op.. When I went in for my 6 month visit Dr. Brown has told me I have done really well.. I have MAYBE a tablespoon of saggy skin on both arms, and a small amount on my tummy, as well some on my inner thieghs.. I guess it is time to really step up the streching exercises now.. My plan is to Not have any plastic surgery done, as a matter of fact Dr. Brown says that I will not even need it.. lol However I do have one thing I would still LOVE to have done, and this is my boobs. hehe I nursed my children, and was VERY HUGE in that area, and it has always been a dream of mine to give myself the one thing I have NEVER had.. haha Little Bitty tittys.. Ya know the ones that are so small you never haft to even think about wearing a bra ?? YEPPERS this is what I want ..lol HUGS.. 5/28/04
WOW how time flys when trying to get on with a normal life ..
I am now exacually 2 years post op !! I am now what they call NORMAL !! I weigh 133 pounds !! yes that is right ! I have a BMI of 23. It has taken me 2 years to hear them words!! Words that I never thought I would ever hear !! I am of normal weight !! I am in the process of trying to figure out now what to do !! I no longer fit into the groups of WLS Support,( trying to get to goal) I don't have any problems so those groups are out for me .. I will haft to try to find out where I acually belong now !!
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