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David's Story

After extensive research, David found Miami Valley Hospital (in Dayton) and he chose the LAP-BAND® procedure with Dr. Donovan Teel. “The LAP-BAND® procedure was minimally invasive and that appealed to me.” David has lost 80 pounds so far and said the change in his life and lifestyle is beyond words. “Until you’ve been very overweight, you don’t understand. It’s a bizarre way to live. I was ashamed of my body image. I didn’t want to socialize. I didn’t really want to leave the house. Choosing what clothes I was going to wear every morning was depressing.”

David said he remembers going to a restaurant in Yellow Springs with his child and having to leave because booth seating was the only option. “I couldn’t fit in a booth; I had to be seated at a table.” These days David dines where he wants, enjoys travel and loves the rides at Kings Island. “I can do things I would never have done before the surgery.”

David appreciated the information seminars prior to surgery and was particularly pleased the surgeon was there. “The Region’s Leader is not just a phrase. I was treated with respect and competency from start to finish. I’d recommend this multiple times. It was important for me to have a person on the cutting edge. Dr. Teel’s expertise in the laparoscopic procedure was important to me.”

Has bariatric surgery changed David’s life? “You bet it has. I say yes to a lot of things these days.”

What do I do next?