Three years after vertical sleeve gastrectomy, Cara has lost over 115 pounds and kept it off!
"My journey began almost 15 years ago after I gave birth to my son. I tried several diets, including prescription medications and exercise programs, to try and get the weight off, but nothing ever stuck. I would have some success but would always end up gaining the weight back."
In the two years leading up to Cara's decision to have surgery, she had become morbidly obese. Cara began to have knee pain, feet pain, fatigue, hypertension and was generally unhappy with her health and appearance. That is when she decided that she needed to do something. Cara researched online and decided to make an appointment with Dr. Rekkas.
"The staff at Manatee Weight Loss Center was so friendly and helpful from the time I made my appointment. They made me feel so comfortable and reassured me that I was making the right decision."
Since surgery, the pain in Cara's feet and knees has completely gone away. "My blood pressure is normal, I have more energy, confidence and I feel overall happy in my life. Losing the weight certainly made me feel better about my appearance, but the health benefits are what was most important."
Some of her secrets to success? Cara focuses on eating protein and vegetables, loves to cook and find new healthy recipes, drinks plenty of water, stays away from packaged or boxed foods and tries to stay active.
"There isn't a day that goes by that I am not thankful to Dr. Rekkas and his staff for how my life has changed. The choice to undergo weight-loss surgery is one of the best decisions I have ever made!"