Dr. Martinez describes his favorite bariatric success story and how it turned out for the patient.
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Dr. Martinez' Bariatric Patient Success Story I will give you a story of a patient who had his surgery six months ago. The patient was 470-something pounds. He wanted a LAP-BAND and this patient has diabetes. He is on two kinds of insulin. He has four medications for his blood pressure. He has severe knee pains and back pains. He could hardly walk because he is short of breath. He has severe sleep apnea and at the same time, he has cardiomyopathy with a 40 percent ejection fraction. Six months after the laparoscopic gastric banding this patient lost more than 100 pounds and no longer is taking any medications for diabetes, left with only one medication of his high blood pressure and never uses his CPAP anymore for his sleep apnea. He is working in the garden and has got a lot of energy. Being involved in the care of this patient, I would say that I am very satisfied and it gives you the feeling of extreme satisfaction for giving him a new life, giving him himself again, his self-esteem, the way he conducts himself and the activities that he can do.