For me, the choice to have weight loss surgery was about quality of life. I am an active person who enjoys riding my bike and skiing.
“For me, the choice to have weight loss surgery was about quality of life. I am an active person who enjoys riding my bike and skiing. Despite my lifestyle, I was on cholesterol medication, blood pressure medication and medication for pre-diabetes. Although I felt pretty good now, I didn’t know what my health would be like in 5 to 10 years if I didn’t do something different.
I decided to look more seriously at weight loss surgery after a close friend mentioned it. I met with one surgeon prior to meeting with Dr. Donkor. I liked Dr. Donkor’s approach to surgery and felt comfortable with him. When I asked how I would get in touch with him after the procedure, I was pleasantly surprised when he said, “I’ll give you my cell phone number.”
I was fully committed to surgery, and began to change my nutrition to prepare. I started eating less packaged foods, salty foods, carbs and “crap”. I lost 5 to 10 pounds before surgery, and felt great.
My procedure was on January 30th, and I have since lost 10 to 15 more pounds. The care team at Plantation General Hospital was amazing. A team member who had also had the surgery talked to me and put me at ease. From Robin the dietitian to anesthesia to radiology- everyone was great. I was up walking around within an hour after surgery. I had a few minor challenges after surgery. Dr. Donkor was available via text and responded to my questions quickly.
The surgery was a tool I chose to reset my life and ensure I have many healthy years ahead to watch my 14 and 18 year old daughters grow up. I’ve been able to go out and eat with friends, but I focus on protein and vegetables at meals. I’m now about 45 pounds away from my goal weight, and feel great. I look forward to getting to my goal in a slow, steady, sustainable way.”