Kathy Flannery: A Success Story

September 20, 2019

Back in September 2018, I had gastric sleeve surgery done by Dr. Marc Neff. I decided to have weight-loss surgery primarily because I was struggling with my rheumatoid arthritis. It started to significantly limit my daily capabilities. Even walking became a harder and harder task.

When it became necessary for me to use a cane every day, I knew I needed to make a change. I was planning two knee replacements, which I wanted to be successful. Losing weight would improve my recovery. At my age (now 67), I didn’t want any of these issues to worsen, nor did I want to face complications brought on by obesity. After doing my own research, talking it over with my primary care doctor, as well as Dr. Neff, I decided it was the right choice for me.

I’ve lost nearly 80 pounds, and I’ve recovered from two knee replacements. I’m feeling and moving better than ever! I’ve been able to cut back on medications I once needed. Stairs are no longer a feat, and I can ditch the cane! Weight-loss surgery gave me a great portion of my life back. I have a lot more energy, and I’m able to take part in fun, family activities again. Not to mention – I was back to work within two weeks’ time!

Dr. Neff was incredibly supportive. He’s understanding, knowledgeable, explains things in an easy-to-understand manner, and answers all questions. I felt very well-informed prior to surgery. The office staff was also excellent throughout the whole process.

Because I work in the medical field, as Administrator/Corporate Director of Jefferson Home Care, I’ve had several people reach out to me for my opinion on whether or not they should consider weight-loss surgery. I tell them the following:

  • Make sure you’re comfortable with your physician.
  • Listen to the education and advice given to you. (Follow the doctor’s rules!)
  • Listen to your dietitian, who will help you better your eating patterns and learn all about the quantity and quality of foods.
  • Know that weight-loss surgery is not like waving a magic wand. You have to fully commit and actively work toward a healthy lifestyle (which includes continuous diet and exercise).

Above all else, remember – this is a big change that’s incredibly worth it. It has improved mine (and many others’) long-term overall health and well-being.