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A Bariatric Success Story: Bob Trimbach Finds Joy in Old Hobbies and Retirement After Surgery

February 19, 2021

Weight-loss surgery has been on the back of my mind for nearly 15 years, ever since my sister had it done with Dr. Marc Neff. I knew what it involved – all the work that goes into it. I was just scared.

As my wife, Linda, and I entered into retirement, we started to attack a long list of endeavors – many of which involved being physically active. Unfortunately, because of my weight, my knees and back were always aching and holding me back. There were times she had to go on hikes without me, while I sat back in the car.

I finally realized – if I don’t do it (surgery) now, I may never have a chance to.

I don’t know what I was so afraid of. I’m so glad I finally went through with it and contacted Dr. Neff.

Prior to surgery, I lost 45 pounds. Since surgery, in November, I’ve lost an additional 42, and I’m eagerly staring down the 100-pound mark.

My life has changed for the better in countless ways. There are so many small things that you do on a daily basis that are so much easier when you lose weight, such as tying your shoes or walking down the stairs.

I’ve also had the energy and motivation to pick up old hobbies – things I lost interest in, as trying to do them was a hassle. I’ve started to remodel my bathroom (which would’ve been a lot harder with extra weight). We’ve even bought an ATV and a boat to take out and enjoy once the weather gets warmer. I have so much to look forward to.

I’ve had to make several lifestyle adjustments. With the help of Dr. Neff’s team, especially my dietitian Andrea Bookoff, I’ve learned how to eat the right things, avoid the wrong things, and fit in plenty of protein and exercise. Now, I put a lot of thought into how I’m going to nourish myself each day.

There are common challenges that people face after surgery, such as learning to eat at a slower pace and hydrating enough – and the timing/waiting between eating and drinking – but let me tell you, they’re worth it.

I think you have to have the right mindset to make surgery work. You have to fully commit to it. Do your research and ask all the questions you can but try not to dwell on the horror stories of others for years. There are always risks with any procedure, but just because one person went through something doesn’t mean you’re going to.

I’ve been fortunate to have an incredible amount of support from all my friends and family, especially my wife.

Dr. Neff and his team have made things very easy. They worked with me and my wife and explained everything, step by step. They’re always there to reassure you and give you peace of mind when you need it. They are truly supportive in every way possible.  

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