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Annmarie's Weight Loss Success Story

Annmarie

Annmarie

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Age
47
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Type of Surgery
Gastric Sleeve
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Weight Before Surgery
108kg
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Total Weight Lost
45kg

Q&A with Annmarie

My Journey

I had been a big girl all my life. I had my first knee injury when I was 13, and from there, I ended up having several knee surgeries. Specialists would advise me to lose weight and yes, I could lose weight, but I was unable to keep it off due to other health conditions.

At my heaviest weight of 115 kilograms, my knees and health were feeling it. I got to the point where I was only able to walk any distance with the aid of a walker, and that was my turning point to looking at losing weight.

When I met Patrick for the first time, I was nervous. However, it quickly became apparent that I had nothing to be nervous about, as he made me feel so comfortable and listened to my story.

Thanks to Patrick and the NEWLS team, I am a healthier and happier woman. Without them, I don’t think I would be here today to share my journey.

Why did you choose to have your surgery with NEWLS over other clinics?

My mum recommended Patrick because 20 years ago she had a Gastric Bypass, and Patrick was the surgeon who conducted her post-op reviews, making her feel comfortable with him.

What barriers did you face that put you off inquiring about weight loss surgery at the beginning of your journey?

For many years, I wanted to undergo surgery. However,  my mental health at the time was not where it needed to be and I feel like I would not have succeeded if I went ahead with the operation.

Any tips that you would like to share that helped you post-surgery?

Have a supportive network, take it slowly and don’t rush.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about having weight loss surgery?

The most important thing I can say is to do it for yourself and no one else - you have to be the one who wants to take this journey!

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