Like so many other people, I struggled with my weight my entire life. I tried lots of different diets and exercise programs but nothing ever seemed to work for me.
I started looking into Dr. Legrand’s services shortly after he began practicing in Cape Girardeau. At the time, I was 40 years old, weighed 458 pounds, and my BMI was 63.9. I noticed how successful Dr. LeGrand’s procedures were, so I scheduled an appointment with him. We met on September 9, 2013. During my visit, we discussed my options and my post-surgery target weight of 235 pounds. I decided to have gastric bypass surgery with Dr. LeGrand’s recommendations and guidance.
Although I looked forward to having the procedure and embarking on my new lifestyle, I experienced a major setback that postponed my surgery. I suffered a back injury and wound up in a wheelchair for almost 18 months. The injury required surgery. I had to relearn how to walk because of my weight. Even through my recovery, I still hoped to have gastric bypass surgery to achieve a healthier more active life.
On February 2, 2015, I finally had weight loss surgery. My life was forever changed. I really didn’t have many issues after surgery and the weight fell off fast. In just 12 months, I looked like a totally different person. I was down to 265 pounds and my BMI was 37. I couldn’t believe it. Dr. LeGrand was happy with the progress I made.
As of December 8, 2020, my weight was 232 pounds. I get around so much better now, and my self-esteem is through the roof. If it wasn’t for Dr. LeGrand and his staff, I would probably have died from a massive heart or stroke by now. It’s so odd to look in the mirror and see myself today, but I’m extremely happy with my results. I can’t thank Dr. Legrand and his staff enough for their help and guidance.
Procedure: gastric bypass
Age at time of procedure: 40
Date of procedure: February 2, 2015
Starting weight (lbs): 458
Current weight (lbs): 232
Weight loss (lbs): 226