Your Support System

The Nursing Component

RN  Office Manager

Ms. Casey is a registered nurse and received her Associate Degree in nursing from Community College of Allegheny County; she also has an Associates Degree in Medical Records management. She is currently the Office Manager of our Sewickley office.

 

RN BSN  Bariatric Consultant

Ms. Dunn earned her nursing diploma at Sewickley Hospital School of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at La Roche College. She is an Associate member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. She facilitates the Sewickley Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) Support Group, schedules information seminars and coordinates the Sewickley Bariatric Program. She sees patients at the Sewickley office and is a member of the Dependent Allied Professional Staff at Sewickley Valley Hospital.

The Nutrition Component

RD

Ms. Stuart is a key member of our comprehensive team; she has been a registered dietitian since 1978. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from West Virginia University. Her experience includes Chief Dietitian at Massillon State Hospital in Ohio, dietary consultant for the Wood Company in Pittsburgh and directing a weight loss program as a dietary consultant for a physician practice in Murrysville.

 

PATIENT TESTIMONIAL
Here's my story:

I have struggled with my weight since I was in grade school. I came from a family that celebrated with food at every event. We had ravioli eating contests and I was a member of the clean plate club! In grade school and high school I wasn't obese but I was never “thin” enough to meet other's approvals. As a junior in high school I was selected to be a majorette and my band director called me aside and told me I was too fat and needed to lose weight (I was probably 10 pounds overweight). I was so humiliated that I starved myself and wound up in the hospital and missed 6 weeks of school. Thus began my “yo-yo” dieting lifestyle that continued until I met with Dr. Felix and decided to have a gastric by-pass in November 2013.

At my heaviest, I weighed 261 pounds that was mostly due to steroid shots/nerve blocks to try and alleviate my chronic back pain that came from a car accident and lifting my laptop briefcase the wrong way herniating a disc in my lower back. In 2007 I had back surgery that failed and wound up using a cane and a mobility scooter. I had type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetic neuropathy that left me dragging my right leg and foot around. I took 13 different medications and was miserable. I knew I had to do something or I thought I was going to lose my right foot and was going to wind up in a wheel chair all day. That's when I asked my PCP about weight lose surgery and he recommended Hope Bariatrics.

Dr. Felix is my superhero and in my mind a miracle worker! Before the surgery, we spoke about the existing scar tissue I had from previous surgeries and he said he would try really hard to perform my bypass laproscopically (and he did). Dr. Felix won't take credit for it, but 3 days after my surgery my right foot stood up and I could feel my toes! The first time in seven years my right foot began to work and the feeling started to return to the soles of my feet. That same day the endocrinologist said I was no longer diabetic! Each day it seemed something new and wonderful happened to improve my health. I went from 13 pills down to 3 (that really are optional). I'm no longer diabetic, no longer have high blood pressure, no longer have high cholesterol and after two months of rehab I no longer have to use my leg brace, no longer walk with a cane or use my mobility scooter. My pain level has gone way down and I have the feeling back in my foot and leg. I'm 5 months out from surgery and my weight is down to 175. I plan to lose another 30 by the end of the year so that I can finally be referred to as a “normal” weight.

Now that I can, I am “running” away from all the bad things when I was heavy to keep my brand new life healthy. I ran my first 5K on 4/12/2014 and finished in under an hour and I was 4th from the last (but not last!). I'm running in the Pittsburgh Superhero race (charity to help abused kids) this weekend and will attempt the Pittsburgh ˝ marathon on May 4th (if I don't make it this year there is always next year  ). I am FOREVER thankful to Dr. Felix and his wonderful and caring staff for giving me my life back. If you're on the fence about having the surgery, “just do it” as the Nike logo says, you'll be so happy to have your life back it is soooo worth it!

If there is anyone who wants to talk to me I'd be happy to let them know my experience.

Sincerely,
Donna
 

- Donna



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