Leana describes when she decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery and provides advice for women considering this procedure.
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My name is Leana and the procedure I had done was gastric bypass. My surgeon was Dr. Dahiya and I have lost now 200 pounds. I was sitting on the front porch of my apartment complex and I used to sit there with my neighbors all the time and hang out and I just felt really lethargic and like I couldn’t do anything. And I used to have a lot of fun with everybody and I just felt like something was wrong. I felt that there was something serious that was going to really happen to me, like health-wise, and I had never felt that before. I had always just kind of gone through life, you know, but I just felt something was going to happen to me, like I was feeling really, just not good. It was just not good; I needed to do something. And I have had friends who have actually come to me with that and I tell them there’s honestly nothing to be scared about. It’s a surgery that is going to save your life and, you know, it has progressed so much in the years that it’s just, why wouldn’t you have it done? It’s a simple surgery I found, at least personally for me, and it’s the best thing I have ever done in my life.