Hearing the stories of some of our patients should help to visualise the life-changing decision to embark on weight loss surgery. Their testimonials chart their personal experience of the weight loss journey, from first discussion with their GP to first consultation, through pre-operative care, the operation itself, follow-up, their weight loss and beyond.
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When Sally Morgan, celebrity psychic, came to see Alberic Fiennes at St Anthony’s Hospital, she was 23 stone. At 5ft tall, she was treble her ideal body weight. She had tried everything including diet pills, injections and every fad diet, but nothing worked. Sally performs over 100 stage shows a year on tour, “delivering messages from the dead to the living”, which are televised on Living TV. Celebrity clients include Katie Price, Natalie Imbruglia, George Michael and most notably, the late Princess Diana.
"I think it would be fair to say that my health and quality of life were governed by my overweight... All in all, my whole life has improved dramatically – the more I do, the better I feel and I am able to do even more!"
"The patients I had spoken to at the meeting had instilled great confidence in the surgical team. I knew that I was in the best possible hands and at one of the best hospitals...i did not feel like a statistic, rather an individual and I felt assured the team had my best interests at heart."
"I felt great after the operation – as though I had just climbed Mount Everest...it felt as though I had had an operation on my brain rather than my stomach!"
"I never get on the scales these days and am completely happy."
"Clothes shopping is now much more fun! Before I found it difficult to find clothes that fitted me because they were too small – now clothes are very often to big for me."
"Overall the total package that I received at St Anthony’s was second to none. I would not have had my weight loss surgery anywhere else."
"Weight loss surgery, and the subsequent weight loss, is very much a team effort – the surgical team, the nursing care, the psychiatrists and the nutritionists all work together. I attribute my weight loss so far to a combination of their support and the realisation this provoked in me of the need to be fully committed."
"Some people are interested in how I have lost so much weight. Most just say how well I look. If I had a pound for every positive comment I have received it would have paid for the operation!"
"I have more energy, and generally much more interest in life – my day to day life is no longer governed by food. Life has just got so much easier."