Corin's Story



Since my gastric band I have enrolled full time in college, started working at a local primary school and gained much more confidence and energy. I have lost 7 stones in six months and my weight is continuing to go down.

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Rebecca's story

Having my operation was one of the biggest decisions I have ever made, I attempted on several occasions to book my operation but ‘chickened out’ twice! Big mistake!! I had my Gastric Bypass operation on 8th January 2014 and I can categorically say it has changed my life beyond belief. Prior to my weight loss I was a size 28/30, lived in stretchy old fashioned ‘comfortable’ clothes and ate non-stop, I was diagnosed with sleep apnoea and had to use a CPAP machine at night time. Food dominated my life. I am a manger of a preschool and couldn’t sit on the floor to support the children. I am the mum of three boys, 17,15 and 10, they are all very active and I wouldn’t, or rather couldn’t join in with their antics, I could feel my life draining away in front of me.

In December 2013 my husband asked me what I would like for Christmas, my response was “I don’t want to be fat and 40, I want to be thin!” this conversation was the beginning of the rest of my life!

The next day I phoned the Bariatric Group, made an appointment and booked my operation. I had the full support of my family, friends and colleagues and was excited about my future.

I was treated so well during my stay in hospital, the staff were amazing and were there for me the whole way through.

I won’t lie, having the bypass hasn’t been a walk in the park, bad habits to break, having to turn around a lifetime of faddy diets and eating on the hop, however I now have a healthy, tasty and nutritious diet, I have energy, and a renewed passion for life. I am now a size 10, can shop in fashionable clothes shops, my sleep has improved as I no longer have sleep apnoea, I turned 40 in April 2015 and I was not fat!!!

Having my bypass was positively the best decision my family and I have made!

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John's story


I believe that the decision I made to have a gastric band fitted was very important one which has resulted in a major life style change for me and has resulted in a dramatic improvement in my overall wellbeing.

For this I shall always been grateful to:

Ali Fry and all the office staff at the Bariatric Group, Jane Wilkinson Tancock the Bariatric Nurse and Mr I Finlay and the medical team at the Duchy Hospital. The professionalism of this group of people who provided me with advice, and support all through the procedure provided me with the confidence and determination to succeed in controlling my weight at last.

THE WEIGHT LOSS CONTINUES!!!!

Background

I have had difficulty controlling my weight for many years, particularly since I gave up playing rugby. Many diets had provided temporary success but in the long term failed to provide long term weight management. During July 2014, I read about gastric band and did some research on the internet, before contact the Bariatric Group for more detailed advice. I spoke at some length to Ali Fry who provided much needed practical information about how the band worked and after some enquiry into my medical history, we made a mutual decision to take things further. The discussion with Ali Fry was very important element in my decision to proceed as she provided a very clear picture of the whole procedure.

Initial consultation at the Duchy Hospital Truro

I met the consultant surgeon Mr I Finlay, he gave me very specific details of the operation I was contemplating. In addition he indicated how much weight I need to lose before the operation could be guaranteed, as far as possible, to be successful. This consultation with Mr Finlay gave me great confidence and I was happy to proceed without any anxiety. The operation was subsequently set for the 1st October.

The Operation

On the 1st October I went to the Duchy Hospital early in the morning, and met Mr Finlay and the other medical staff who would look after me. Once again their professionalism was the source that provided me with considerable confidence, to the extent that I can honestly say I felt no anxiety. After the operation I found myself recovering fast and experienced no pain at all, this continued to be the case, indeed the whole procedure caused me no pain at all. This may seem surprising but is absolutely true. I stayed in hospital overnight, although I could have gone home the same day I had chosen to do so.

Aftercare

Things proceeded quite normally for 6 weeks as I followed the immediate dietary advice I was given. I then saw Mr Finlay once more and then had regular monthly appointments with Jane (the Bariatric Nurse) to monitor my progress and provide moral support and valuable advice. Gradually the gastric band was inflated to its optimum level (over several months). Weight loss was steady and continuous.

It is 11 months since the gastric band operation and my weight has fallen from 24st 9lbs to 18st 9lbs and still falling. My blood pressure is now normal and my cholesterol level is now low (it was formally very high).

I have only praise and thanks to the team who helped me, Ali Fry and the team at The Bariatric Group and the medical team at the Duchy Hospital. I would recommend this procedure to anyone with weight problems for whom such a procedure is possible.

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Deborah's story


Where do you start when you're trying to explain how much of your life has been completely centred on food? Food for me was never just about being hungry physically, even though I justified that it was. As a child, food was a treat, a comfort and a sedative. Believe me I tried every diet in the book. As soon as I started to eat semi-normally I began to put on the weight I had lost, and more!

Genetically my family lean heavily towards the large size! There is a family history of depression, diabetes, angina, knee and hip replacements, asthma, arthritis, back problems; you name it we seemed to have it! After 14 years divorced with two young children, and constantly insulating my body so that I felt protected from everything but myself, I'd had enough. Genetically I could see my life mapped out and having met a man who I really wanted to live life to the full with, I was scared of missing out. Luckily he did not care about my size, just the fact that I was so unhappy.

I discounted surgery because it was such a huge financial investment, but eventually took the plunge. My only real regret now, is that I did not do it sooner. I have so much more energy and lust for life. My confidence is second to none and I do not feel deprived in any way. I feel that I have shed my skin so to speak, and the real me is constantly emerging.

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Janet's story


In Sept 2003 my life was totally changed by having Gastric Band surgery. I have gone from 26 stone and wearing size 32 clothes to 11 stone and size 12. What a relief it was, after years of feeling a complete failure at dieting, to meet the team from The Bariatric Group who told me "We have a treatment to offer you." Naturally, I had some doubts about putting myself through an anaesthetic and operation when I was not actually sick, but it was very straightforward, just a one night stay in hospital and the operation itself was not painful.

Over the subsequent months my band was adjusted regularly, creating my small stomach pouch. With the dietitian's help, I have learned good eating habits and as I ate less my weight dropped steadily. I am happier and more confident than I have ever been and have heaps of energy. As a result of my weight loss I am a lot healthier too - I no longer suffer swollen ankles or snore, and have said goodbye to the chronic back pain that dogged me for years. I have been at my ideal weight for 12 months now and recently enjoyed my 50th birthday. Fit and fab at 50 - goodbye and good riddance to the former fat and frumpy Janet!

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Pauline's story


I have a lovely family and have been successful in many areas of my life apart from one failing - I just couldn't control my weight and was fed up with yo-yo dieting. When the scales nearly tipped the 22 stone mark, and having just come back from a 'beach holiday', I knew drastic action was needed if I wanted to see my children grow up. My health was rapidly deteriorating; I was breathless, sleeping badly, falling asleep during the day and gradually get more and more depressed.

With the full support of family and friends, my Gastric Band was fitted two years ago. It wasn't an easy decision to make and isn't without its difficulties (such as getting used to new eating habits), but I am so glad that I chose this option. I couldn't be happier with the results - I am 10 stone lighter whilst some of my friends are still struggling with their weight. I feel the fittest I have been in 30 years and love shopping with my daughter for clothes in 'normal' shops. I also thoroughly enjoy doing outdoor activities with my children that I just couldn't contemplate before the operation - I even went ice skating!

I am so grateful I took notice of the wake-up call my body was giving me and conquered my weight problem. The supportive and experienced team of The Bariatric Group have really helped me get my life back on track.

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Tanya's Story


Being a full-time community midwife and mother of four young children I found it hard to fit dieting into a busy schedule. When I did stick to a programme I was successful enough but got so demoralised when the weight inevitably crept back on. At the age of 38 I realised my extra weight had really caught up with me; I was less able to help mothers during the delivery process, got tired so easily and did not want to join in with the family activities.

So in September 2006 I had a Gastric Band fitted. Overall I lost over 12 stone with my band but was one of the unlucky ones and had two band slippages: one at 18 months and the second at almost three years after my band was inserted, leaving me slim but hardly able to eat or drink anything. Clearly my band needed to be removed, which it was in August 2009. I was amazed and dismayed at how quickly I gained weight again without my trusty friend. But two months later, in October 2009, I had a Gastric Bypass. My weight is stabilising again and I am getting used to the completely different eating experiences.

For a while I really missed the security of restriction that I had with my band. Having weight loss surgery has also opened up a whole new career for me and I joined The Bariatric Group as a bariatric practitioner in early 2009. I am delighted to be able to help clients, both from a clinical perspective and drawing on my own experiences.

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Ann's Story


I started out as a normal teenager, being very slim and active, but when I got married at 18 the weight started to creep on. After having three children my weight went up to 12 ½ stone and my marriage broke up. I moved to Devon and gradually put on more and more weight until I reached over 19 ½ stone. I struggled with all sorts of diets, but was still fairly active having young children and dogs to walk, but could not lose the weight. When you are overweight it is not just about appearance, there are practical things like when flying, having to ask for an extension for the seat belt, not being able to put down the tray when food comes around, worrying if you can fit through turnstiles and having weight restrictions on certain things, which is really embarrassing.

I thought about having a gastric bypass and spoke to my GP, but unfortunately I was not in the right area for it to be done on the National Health. However, my children offered to pay for the operation as they knew how important it was to me and my health. We booked a consultation at The Bariatric Group, I was given lots of advice and in the end decided that the gastric bypass would be the better option for me. The operation went really well and I started to lose weight quickly, which was amazing. I was a regular customer at the local charity shops as I was going down through the sizes so quickly!

I have no regrets about having the operation. I have got so much more energy and still enjoy eating socially. It is just a case of having small treats; you don't have to refuse invites to go out. My family and friends are amazed at the difference the operation has made to me and are so pleased for me. I have lost over 8 stone so far!

I know that I must not become complacent and get back into bad habits, but I know I have the tools and support to help me. I am looking forward to a future of not being overweight!

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Doreen's Story


As a baby I was bonnie. A toddler it was puppy fat and I would grow out of it. So they all said. I never did. As an adult I was fat or the medical term obese, topping the scales at 18 stone and size 24. I tried everything from fad diets to supportive weight loss groups, nothing worked for me. I was desperate there I was in my late 50s struggling with my health problems high blood pressure on medication for my type 2 diabetes and it not been well controlled. But mentally I was unhappy with myself with no self-esteem and lacking in any confidence.

It all came to a head when I had to think of starting insulin for my diabetes. I knew that I had to do something I would not enjoy my retirement that I had just started. It was a good friend of mine who heard The Bariatric Group was having an open evening so I went down that was the start of a journey that has changed my life.

The open evening was informative and the staff knowledgeable and gave me all the information to be able to make an informed choice. What choice I made was to have a gastric bypass. Six weeks later I had the operation.

The operation was painless in hospital 2 nights the nursing care superb I should know I am a nurse. The next six weeks I gradually started to eat a normal diet by December 2011 I had my Christmas meal although it was the size of a child portion that did not bother me the strange thing was that I did not miss food. The next 6 months gradually I lost the weight. The wonderful thing was I did not want to overeat if I did I was to suffer from abdominal discomfort from my small stomach stretching and also feeling nausea. For the first time in my life I was losing weight without all the grief that usually comes with dieting.

It now coming up to eighteen months I have stabilised my weight I have lost a total of 9 stone. Size 24 to 8. More importantly I am off all my diabetic medication and feel wonderful. I still keep an eye on my weight on the scales twice a week. That's just me.

If you are thinking of this big step, go and see the bariatric group ask questions. It will change your life it did mine for the better.

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Matthew's Story


On 29 February 2012 Mr Welbourn performed Gastric Bypass surgery on me.

Since then my life has been transformed. Not only am I no longer morbidly obese, but as my BMI is now 23, most people would now describe me as slim. As someone who was an overweight child, a fat teenager and obese as an adult for all of my adult life to date, I had never thought this was even possible.

Being told that on average people only lose 40-70% of their excess weight with this kind of surgery, my expectations were low and I had assumed that once my transformation was complete, I would still be overweight. I am more than happy not to be average and to have lost ALL my excess weight. The hospital in Taunton is fantastic, I would not have changed a thing. The first 2 days post op were very uncomfortable with all that gas in your abdomen. I was so glad not to be on an NHS ward and to be in a much more pleasant surroundings. I'm sure I would not have coped so well if I had been on a ward full of other sick people. I don't know if it was my positive mind set from the start or whether the surgery had psychological effects on me, but my post op journey has been plain sailing. My weight dropped massively at first and then slowed as predicted. I reached BMI 25 by my one year anniversary and now in my second year not only have I maintained my weight I have even lost a little more.

Before surgery I was a real foodie. I loved to cook and eat and would spend lots of time thinking about, planning and cooking etc... Happily for me this has not changed. I just eat far less and try (mostly) to stay away from the things that are likely to trigger a dumping episode. I have learned to embrace my bypass. I even embrace the rules. No fizzy, no eating and drinking at the same time etc... Even dumping syndrome can be viewed in this way. It's there to remind me that my old patterns of eating were unhealthy and no good for me. It's amazing that even 2 years on, I still sometimes need reminding that I need to eat slowly or that if I want to eat cake, that I should only eat a very small amount.

Really it does feel like I have had 2 operations. One on my stomach and the other on my head. I know there is lot of research going on about gut hormones and their effect on the brain in connection to hunger, but the mental effects of this operation are really powerful and at least as important as the physical restriction. Not only have I changed my relationship with food, but I now experience satiety after eating that lasts for hours not minutes. Before surgery, even after a large meal I could always eat more if I wanted and I only had to wait an hour until I was hungry again. Now when I have lunch, I feel full until dinner time. This is a new experience for me and I love it. Diets never worked with me as hunger always triggered a lot of anxiety which I find very unpleasant. When I was hungry my anxiety compelled me to eat in order to feel full and no longer anxious. It was a cycle of obesity that would have got worse and worse over time. I really was in a trap.

I no longer have type 2 diabetes, my last hba1c was 4.3. I no longer need a breathing machine for sleep apnoea. Yesterday for the first time I bought a lovely pair of size 28" waist jeans. They were actually the smallest pair in the whole shop. I really had to pinch myself. After a lifetime of obesity, low self-esteem, ridicule and illness I now feel completely free to be me.

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Denise's Story


My first diet was aged 6. I lost some weight and then put it back on again. This was to be the pattern for the following 35 years of my life. It got to the point where I convinced myself that I was meant to be fat and that I was happy. The truth was I was severely obese and desperately unhappy.

After being told I had high blood pressure and cholesterol I realised I was heading to an early grave and the only person that could change that was me. I had to accept that my size wasn't due to "being like my Dads side of the family". It was what I was putting in my mouth.

It took just one conversation with Ali for me to decide 100% that I wanted a Gastric Bypass and a few weeks later I was in the hands of Mr Noble having my life changed for the better. Now, just over 5 months on I am over 5 and a half stone lighter and embracing my new life. I have never looked back and never had any regrets. My expectations have been exceeded more than I could have ever imagined.

The Bariatric Group are amazing. The support and treatment they give is second to none. I feel extremely privileged to have been given this new lease of life and it's all down to them. I am now wearing size 10 super skinny jeans which I haven't been able to do since I was actually 10!

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Sharon's Story


I hate the way I look; my size 22 trousers are tight, I'm 18 stone and plan to go back to Weight watchers for 3 weeks. I know I will lose 1lb and gain another 31lbs. This is pretty much the pattern I follow. Over the course of 22 years, I have lost and regained 6 stone. I've learnt nothing. Maybe it's time to do something different.

All I can think about is weight loss surgery. I have decided I want a gastric band. I went to see my GP, but the answer was basically no. After a 3 week sugar bender, I decided to take matters into my own hands and self-fund the gastric band. I phone The Bariatric Group and my operation date was booked. Finally I am on the road to recovery.

My operation was simple and painless. The results have been beyond my expectations; from a size 22 to 14 in fourteen months. I consume half the amount of food I once did. I have increased confidence, lower cholesterol, lowered blood pressure and amazingly better job prospects. My general outlook on life is 100% improved.

A few months down the line and I pretty much know what food I can and can't eat. I follow the 20/20 rule, but it's not always easy. My weight when I started was 18 stone 14 oz and a size 22. I'm now 11 stone 13 oz and a size 14. All the clothes in my wardrobe fit, with my new self-found respect, it is important to look my best now. It has all been worth the effort. I envy those starting the journey, what an amazing ride! The Bariatric group has saved my life!

Regrets? NONE

Determined? ALWAYS

Happy? DEFINITELY!

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Marilyn's Story

My story will be very similar to those who have spent most of their adult life battling with a weight problem.

Endless cycles of yo-yo dieting, slimming clubs, periods of acceptance and then the hopelessness of finding the slim person within – The person that I really wanted to be.

In August 2011 – I weighed -17stone. In June 2012 – my weight was now 17 ½ stone and 6 months later in January 2013, my weight had increased to 18 stone 4lbs. I needed help, as the numbers were going in the wrong direction.

Christmas was gone and I had put on more weight and I was dreading the oh so familiar New Year’s resolution (which I knew would be broken within a few weeks).

In February 2013 I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my feet. Every step was painful and I was facing a future with poor mobility and probably more joint problems. AND THEN IT BECAME VERY CLEAR.

My feet were supporting over 18 stone of me and they had every right to complain.

I was approaching my 63rd birthday and decided that the best gift I could give to myself was the Gastric Bypass surgery that I had been considering for some time.

I had proved that I could not do it on my own but far from feeling a failure for the first time I knew that the surgery would give me the tools I needed to do the job. I would be supported and it would work.

I went to my Doctor and told him that I wanted to be referred to a Bariatric Team. My mind was made up. I was going to make it happen. A feeling of liberation and positivity enveloped me.

I did not consider the surgery to be an easy option and I was not going to sit back and just expect it to happen. I was determined to work with the process all the way. I felt safe and no longer on my own. I would not fail.


The BIG decision is to have the surgery – the rest is just a clear pathway to being healthy and within the normal weight range for me.

I respected the investment and was determined to do the best I could along the way. My Gastric Bypass was booked for 22nd May 2013.

Before surgery – these were my statistics: •Weight: 18 stone 2lbs

•BMI: 40.7

•Bust: 53"

•Waist: 48"

•Hips: 56.5"

I wanted to address the potential problem with loose skin, so I joined a local spa rather than just a gym. I committed myself to 3 mornings per week and the gym sessions were designed to tone only – to increase flexibility and strengthen my underused muscles. I could not afford to burn too much energy with my lowered calorie intake. What I did learn about myself was the ability to inch forward with each session both in time and stamina. A swim would follow each session and I was soon able to swim 60 lengths per week. The sauna and spa were a reward for a job well done and the coffee shop latte became my “19th hole”.

The results kept me motivated and my changing shape became noticeable. Wearing smaller clothes was not my priority, although going from a size 26 to a size 12 has its benefits! My wardrobe used to be mainly black, loose fit and comfortable. Now it’s colourful, fitted and still comfortable! My friends walk passed me these days and I find myself shouting – “Hello – it’s me!” I feel and look 20 years younger.

I have swapped food volume for food flavor and I am one very happy person!

And the pain in my feet…. Hardly noticeable! They are very happy feet now!

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Sasha's Story


I researched The Bariatric Group before I made my decision on having a gastric band.

The team have been amazing, especially nurse Jane and have been informative and supportive every step of the way. The hospital nurses Jackie and Nan were amazing and took great care during my stay.

The follow up support has been faultless by the Bariatric Group and I can honestly say it's the best thing I have ever done!

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Deborah's Story

When I took the decision to have weight loss surgery I wanted to shift the excessive weight that I have carried round for decades. Food had always controlled me and I was addicted to it. Chocolate, crisps, snack, salads, vegetable and fruit. You name it and I used it eat it IN MASSIVE QUANTATIES. Not just the “bad for you “stuff but everything.

The day after my surgery I knew me and my band would need to work together, so I called him Geldof, because he would be my Band Aid ? Geldof and I took a while to get used to each other, but I wouldn’t be without him now. He has helped me loose over 9 stone so far, I have gone from a size 26 to a size 14. I have lost 15 inches off my tummy, 11 inches off my chest and a further 14 inches off my waist! I can run further than 5 miles without feeling like I would need to call an ambulance, I go to 3 spin classes a week and in September 2016 I will be cycling from London to Brighton in a day to raise money for Prostate Cancer.

I would never have been able to think about, let alone accomplish any of these things without Geldof. Weight loss surgery is not the easy option, but when I chase my 9 year old son on the beach after the dogs and enjoy it, its 100% worth it.

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Kerrie's story


I have struggled with my weight for years and years. Attending slimming clubs etc and I would go up and down. I phoned The Bariatric Group in Taunton and spoke to Ali three years ago and then it took a further year for me to go ahead and book a consultation due to not wanting to go on holiday looking like I did. Within two weeks I was booked having the operation of a gastric band. I have lost 7 stone in a year and I have gone from a size 24 to a 12.

I want to say a massive thank you to Ali who has been incredibly supportive and treats us as individuals, to Daisy who has always been cheerful and again seems to know us all and to the staff who looked after me before and after the operation including the lovely Jane, and who continue to do so. I would recommend The Bariatric Group without hesitation as this year I work a bikini for the first time in my life!

Thank you!

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Christine's story

I was 58 years old and had spent the whole of my adult life on a diet. With each failed attempt at the ‘latest’ diet, I became more and more depressed. I hated getting out of bed in the morning. I wore a size 26 and weighed 19 stone 2lbs. I felt so tired all of the time. My health was also suffering; I had been diagnosed with diabetes, my cholesterol was 6.9 and I had been taking medication for 15 years due to reflux. What else could go wrong?

I was sat watching television when an advertisement for The Bariatric Group appeared. I picked up the telephone and gave them a call. I was offered a 1:1 consultation free of charge and this was really useful, as it gave me the opportunity to get answers to all of the questions that were rushing around in my head. That day changed my life; I booked in to have a Gastric Bypass.

I had my surgery on March 18th 2009. Two weeks after surgery I was able to stop taking the medication that I had been prescribed for reflux, three months later my diabetes had resolved and my cholesterol was reduced to 3.2!

I cannot tell you how much this weight loss surgery has changed my life. I have so much energy now and cannot wait to get out of bed in the morning to see what the day is going to hold.

A year later, I now wear a size 16 dress and weigh 12 stones 9lbs. I am so much happier and am well on my way to my target weight of 11 stone 5lbs.

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Graham's story


I was a professional dieter for 25 years. You name it, I had tried it. Yes I lost weight well for a few weeks, but then it all came back on again. Then came the miracle I was hoping for! 20 months ago I saw an advert for The Bariatric Group, which shook me to the bone. They could help me!! I didn't think twice. I had consultations with some fabulous understanding people and, sorry to say, at 23½ stone I fitted the criteria for surgery.

I chose to have a Gastric Band fitted and the day it was the book of my life opened a new chapter. With my dietitian's advice I have learned to eat nutritious foods and cut the portions down. Bye-bye junk food. My weight has steadily dropped (now 16 stone - only 2 more stone to go now) and in its place I have more confidence, happiness and energy. I can now walk for miles rather than having to stop after a couple of hundred yards to catch my breath. I have always loved stand-up comedy but being able to make a move into it professionally has been the fulfilment of a dream - move over Tank Sherman, hello Slim Wit-Man!

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Jocelyn's Story

So many people who have weight issues will understand me when I say that when I was overweight I felt that my life was on hold. I used to think to myself, one day I’ll go swimming with the children, one day I’ll play football in the park with my son, one day I’ll lose weight and then my life can start.

As the years crept by I didn’t lose weight, in fact, I continued to put on weight, even though I tried numerous diets, because I could never stick to them. As the mother of three beautiful children, I felt I was denying them, my husband and myself, the life we truly deserved. I never liked going to restaurants, hated shopping for clothes, didn’t go out with friends and generally hated myself and the way I felt and it was at this point that I realised that I needed to take more drastic action. I researched various options and decided that Gastric Bypass surgery would be the best option for me.

With the full support of my family I underwent the surgery and I cannot explain how much my life has changed for the better since then. Although I love the fact that I look good in my size 12 jeans, and it’s true I do now love shopping for clothes, but that was not really why I had the operation in the first place. It’s all about being a wife and mum who enjoys life again with confidence. Playing on the beach and swimming in the sea, running in the park and not feeling self-conscious are just the most amazing feelings. I feel that I am now complete and can stop putting my life on hold and start living!

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Sarah's Story

If you’re reading this, then you’ll understand me when I say that I think that my weight was what defined me for many years. I had used food as a crutch for so long that ignoring the weight issue had become the habit – not the food.

I can’t tell you how many fitting rooms and shop assistants saw me in tears as I tried to squeeze into size 24 jeans but, somehow, I managed to justify it by going on another failed diet. I have two fantastic children and a wonderfully supportive husband who thankfully loves me whatever shape I am. But I also have a job that puts me in front of the public on a regular basis and my confidence was getting crushed more regularly to the point when it was getting easier not to put myself in certain situations. I dreaded getting on to planes as the seats felt so small. The summers were a constant battle between being hot and not wanting to strip off the layers and the kids loved swimming but there was no way I was getting in a pool in my condition.

Then came a moment in my life that opened my eyes for ever: the Mirror Moment. One day, I just didn’t recognise my reflection. This was it – I needed help. I had seen this website and knew that I had to give it a try. I do believe that a lot of things in life are down to mind over matter, but I knew I was doing the right thing as soon as I met the staff at the clinic. Everything was factual, to the point, and it all made sense.

The operation went well and I felt fabulous so quickly. It felt so right. I lost a lot of weight very quickly and was ecstatic. Then things slowed down while my body adjusted – oh no! My impatience was getting the better of me. I knew this was going to work for me – I just wanted it now! Then I realised that slow and steady really does win the race and within a few months I was in a size 16. I know - who’d have thought it?! I bought my first pair of size 16 jeans since I was at school! And I celebrated with a very small piece of chocolate and didn’t want any more! It wasn’t long before the chocolate came out again, when I bought my first size 14 and then size 12!

Now I have reached my target and beyond. When I was 16 stone, if you would have told me that I’d reach 11 stone, I would have laughed at you. I’m now nine stone three pounds and a size 10 and I’ve been there for a while now.

My life has begun. I feel fantastic. I can keep up with the kids. I like exercise (yeah, I know!), I enjoy eating and drinking with friends without the total panic of calories or points – I am in control. My confidence is sky high. I find myself in front of a crowd of people and I’m smiling. I’ve even been snowboarding with Graham and the kids. Who’d have thought it?! One operation, lots of support and a mirror, and I can be here for my children and live a long and exciting life with my husband.

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Victoria's Story

My story started at the end of February 2011 when at age 28 and 6 foot tall I topped the scales at 21 stone. I can literally say I woke up one morning and decided I was going to lose weight, but this time I wasn't going to allow myself to fail and put the weight back on after losing it.

On visiting my GP we decided that I was going to give myself a month to lose what I could and during that time I was going to research various bariatric surgeons/groups and opt for a gastric band. I felt this was the only way I would succeed at keeping the weight off long term.

This is where I came across The Bariatric Group, I found their package was comprehensive and competitive when comparing them with their competitors. Also, the hospital was relatively close to my home address, which is pretty vital to me with my busy schedule for follow up care.

So how did I do? I lost one and a half stone by myself on the slim fast diet in the 4 weeks leading up to the operation and another half a stone on the pre op diet in the last week prior to the op. I had 8 stones to lose in total and with determination and the help from The Bariatric Group, I reached my goal weight 9 months later in January 2012.

Throughout the whole process I found The Bariatric Group to be thorough and supportive and I can honestly say the decision to have a gastric band was the best decision of my life.

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Joanne's Story


I had a gastric band op on the 14 January 2013 - performed by Mr R Welbourn.

Being treated at the clinic at Musgrove and eventually having the op was the greatest decision I have even made. It has been life changing for me.

Over the last 15 years my weight had crept up by over 9 stone, and to be honest I was in terrible condition. I could hardly walk without back pain. I was on a high dosage of Omeprazole for acid reflux and was constantly having endoscopies for issues and problems related to the reflux. I also had raised cholesterol and was on statins. I was told I was glucose intolerance and hence, pre-diabetic. I also had signs of this intolerance with my skin (acanthosis nigricans) all around my neck region. I also had severe eczema all over my feet which made exercise or walking painful. And at the age of 42, I was seriously ashamed of myself and felt so unattractive and constantly frumpy. I believed that was all I ever would be. I hated going out and I hated clothes shopping.

At my largest I was 19 stone 7. I lost weight with the clinic in just over a year before my op. At my op date I was 17 stone 3, and to day I am 12 stone 13. I still have a way to go as I'm only 16 month post op, but have lost 74 % of my excess weight. I have gone down from a size 24 to a size 14 and although my weight loss has slowed down, I am hoping that I will eventually get to a size 12.

Today I feel attractive, I have an abundance of confidence and I love shopping for clothes! I feel fit and I have energy. I no longer take any medications and my blood sugars are back to normal. My cholesterol is lower and I no longer take statins. In all - I feel a different person.

I have kept a Tumblr blog, josieweightloss, and this helped greatly.

This was the best thing I could have ever done, I have my life back and I feel young again.

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Alison's Story


I am now 62 years old. I weigh 9st 12lbs and am a size 10/12. From the age of 15 years I started, what was to become, my life's pattern of weight loss followed by weight gain! In the years that followed my highest weight was 16st 4lbs ... not massively overweight you may think ... however I had lost and gained the same 6 stones over and over again. It is hard to be exact but I guess I lost, and regained, in excess of 50 stones over a period of 45 years.

I was addicted to dieting. With each new diet I was always totally committed at the start and filled with great enthusiasm that I had at last found the diet which was going to work long term! I had done every diet in the book, some for many months and others for just a few days. The weight came off but always returned and the feeling of failure just made me eat more.

In the autumn of 2011 I made the decision to enquire about gastric bypass surgery. A friend of mine had undergone the operation a few years earlier and I had seen the positive changes to her life. I had reached a stage where I was utterly miserable and mentally exhausted with the years of dieting, losing and regaining weight.

Following my initial consultations with The Bariatric Group based in Taunton I was booked to have my operation on 14th December 2011. I weighed 15½ stone and was a size 18-20. My BMI was on the verge of entering the severely obese level.

By the summer of 2012 I weighed 10½ stone and was a size 12, and 12 months after the operation I was down to 9st 10lbs and size 10/12.

The ongoing support and care I have received, from all members at The Bariatric Group, has been absolutely first class. I cannot praise them highly enough.

This operation has made a remarkable difference to my life. I am no longer obsessed with my weight and no longer starting yet another diet. I can eat small amounts of most foods and am still a size 10-12. I have more energy, I feel healthier and I'm slim!

Buying clothes is at last enjoyable. I no longer feel I have to wear clothes to hide under. No more long cardigans and big jackets on warm days!

And no more wondering which diet to start next!

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Sadie's Story


After trying every diet out there, it was time to do something about it as I did not want to be a fat bride. I would always put the weight back on after stopping every diet- and did not want to be on a diet for the rest of my life. With the gastric band, I am not on a diet and I lead a normal life- at work and at home, and eat what I want in moderation. As soon as my fiance proposed, I decided to have a gastric band. I went from a size 22-24 to a comfortable 12 in 12 months, and dropped 9 stone. People do not recognise me!

I am so much happier, healthier, confident and more myself!

I highly recommend a gastric band to anyone considering one - my BMI Is now NORMAL which it hasn't been since being a child.

It has changed my life around, I can now be a slim bride and I am now a healthy mum to me. I will be able to do everything a mother should be able to do with her young children, and not have to worry about my weight or size!!

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Marion's Story


I had my Gastric bypass on 28th April 2014. I have lost 10 Stone. My M.E/CFS had got so bad and I couldn't move around anymore so the weight was piling on.

I went to The Bariatric Group and met the most caring people they put me straight at ease. I lost weight on the pre op diet 14 days before Operation date. I didn't have any worries about having it done it was a straight forward procedure and was not in much pain at all.

I came home 2 days later and the rest as you say is History. My M.E/ CFS is still really debilitated for me so I have done the weight loss with no exercise at all.

Feeling Fabulous. Got into my Wedding dress which I wore 37 Years ago this March!!!

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Chelsea's Story


After struggling with my weight and loving food too much throughout my childhood I really struggled keeping weight off. I tried all different slimming clubs and diets and could never keep the weight off.

I have wanted a gastric band for years before I finally decided to ring The Bariatric Group where I first spoke to Ali. She is amazing! She put my mind at ease and supported me through the whole process. Being so young and having this done was a scary thought but it was the best decision I ever made!

I am so much more confident and happy with myself now while I am still young. I went from a size 26 to 14 in 18 months loosing 9 stone. Even now The Bariatric Group is still supporting me and I would recommend them to anyone!

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Wayne's STORY


I have found my weight loss a lot easier than I expected.

In the first months I was not sure how successful the gastric band surgery would be, but after a number of adjustments we found the right spot! I can now move easier and regularly walk 5-6 miles most days.

Before surgery at 33 ½ stone I could barely walk to the car and now I have lost 11 stone. The backup and ongoing care has been very good. Even if it's an email/phone call or hospital visit.

Thanks to the whole team at The Bariatric Group.

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Chris's Story


For as long as I can remember I have battled with my weight. I have tried every diet imaginable, from sensible eating plans and exercise regimes, to extreme faddy diets, and even hypnosis! I always put on a brave face, and tried my best not to let my weight bother me, but I was just ignoring the problem and in denial about the seriousness of my weight. There was only so long I could pretend everything was alright and I was happy. I used to dread going to new places, always worried about if I would fit into chairs, or even worse - if a chair would take my weight. Instead of buying clothes that I liked, I bought clothes that would fit, and finding clothes that would fit was becoming more and more difficult. I would feel physically sick at the thought of having to but new clothes. Even though my family and friends were supportive, I increasingly felt like I was an embarrassment to them. When I had my son I realised how important my own health was and wanted to make sure I would be around for him as long as possible. It was then that I began to look into weight loss surgery. I tried for over three years to have weight loss surgery on the NHS, but with no luck. Weight loss surgery was a huge financial commitment for me, but I realised it was an investment in my health and decided to have surgery with The Bariatric Group. Surgery really was the only option left for me.

Deciding to have weight loss surgery with The Bariatric Group was the best decision I ever made. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner! I weighed 27stone when I made the phone call to The Bariatric Group. All the staff were really supportive, honest and non-judgmental. I met with the surgeon who explained that I would have to lose some weight before my surgery, so I followed a strict diet for four weeks, with the advice and guidance of a dietitian. I lost 1 and a half stone before my surgery. I opted for a gastric bypass and my surgery went really well with no complications. I made a good recovery and have had amazing weight loss results. My total loss so far is 11 and a half stone. I have gone from a dress size 32/34 to a dress size 16/18.

Deciding to have weight loss surgery was one of the most difficult choices I've ever had to make. It wasn't an easy thing to do, and I have had to work hard in order to achieve weight loss results.

From the start, The Bariatric group have been amazing. All of the before and after care I have received has been fantastic, and I know they are only a phone call away if I need any more support. I truly believe that weight loss surgery saved my life, and I will forever be grateful to Mr Welbourn, the surgeon who performed my operation.

My life has changed so much since my surgery. I fell more confident, happy and most importantly I am healthier. I no longer dread going to new places and don't even have to think about if I can fit into a chair or not. I have found a new enthusiasm for life. Weight loss surgery really has given me my life back, and enabled me to be the person I always wanted to be. For the first time ever I am winning the battle, and in control of my weight. There really aren't enough words to describe how amazing that feels!

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NICKI'S STORY

Although I was not hugely overweight (BMI 30) and had always kept my weight under control, an underactive thyroid and NAFLD has resulted a 2 stone weight increase. I was on daily medication for stomach ulcers (caused by not eating when hungry in an attempt to lose weight. Reflux medication (hernia) and was pre diabetic. Whilst the fitting of my gastric band, my hernia was repaired. The operation was not straightforward due to the size of my liver, but I recovered well. One year on and I am on no medication at all for my stomach, I am no longer diabetic and my liver is recovering. I eat guilt free for the first time since I was a teenager. Bariatric surgery is not only for the morbidly obese, it has changed my life and my health when nothing else could. I still “make the right food choices”, which some would consider dieting, but before surgery I was doing this and I was constantly hungry and gaining weight. Best decision of my life!

Forever grateful to Mr Welbourn, Ali and the team.