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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hundreds of Middle Tennesseans have decided to go through weight loss surgery to help them shed their unwanted pounds especially since the medical surgery continues to improve.
In part two of our special Lap-Band surgery series we continue to follow our own NewsChannel5 employee Mitzi Gargus during post surgery to find out how she coped with her new lifestyle.
At 24-years-old, NewsChannel5 Plus director and producer, Mitzi Gargus knows about dieting.
"I've had some success at times. I'd lose maybe 15 pounds at a time, but it never lasts" said Gargus.
After working on a Medical Monday program about weight loss Gargus decided to make a lifestyle change.
"There's no cheating, it's not an option. You know, there's no reason to half way do it. If we're doing it, we're doing it," said Gargus.
In December of 2008 Gargus had Lap-Band surgery. A small device was placed around the upper portion of her stomach in order to restrict the amount of food she can eat. One Patient's Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Charles Morton performed the operation.
"If she'll be diligent, if she'll stay focused, you know we'd like to see a pound or two a week I think that first year," said Morton.
At her post-surgery follow-up in February she had lost 20 pounds. At the visit, she got an adjustment placing saline in a port hidden under the skin causing the lap-band is tightened.
"It's a little bizarre to feel the saline going in and you can feel it go into the band, and it's a little bizarre feeling but not bad," said Gargus.
The adjustments Gargus received restrict how much food she can have every day. Dr. Morton wants Gargus to have eight glasses of water everyday.
When Gargus first got the lap-band she could tolerate maybe a cup of food and now she is at a 1/2 cup to fill her up.
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