At the Patient Celebration event, Marina Del Rey staff members and attendees honored 15 bariatric patients who had reached their goal weight. The celebration attendees were former Marina Weight Loss patients who underwent one of the many surgical weight loss procedures offered at the hospital (gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, gastric plication, sleeve gastrectomy) and achieved success in weight loss.
These patients clearly understand that bariatric surgery is only the first step toward successful weight loss and made the necessary lifestyle changes required for success. Aided by their procedure, they changed their eating habits and performed physical exercises on a regular basis. Today the keep working with enthusiasm and determination to improve their health and overall quality of life.
Surgery is not an easy way out. Hard work and dedication are required and those who achieved their goal in weight loss should feel proud, they did a remarkable job.
The crowd at the gathering were shown pictures of the patients from before their weight loss surgery procedure and then, one-by-one, the patients came forward and gave brief speeches of thanks and encouragement. The patients talked about their weight loss journey and about how their life changed after triumphing over obesity encouraging those patients who have not reached their goal weight to stay strong.
Lena, one of the speakers said that deciding to undergo weight loss surgery was the best decision she ever made. “The path I was on was clearly destructive, I needed to put myself first and make my health top priority. Because I couldn’t be a better person, a better wife and a better mother until I did. Now I’m Dr. Korman’s biggest fan and proud to have his staff on my team.”
She lost over 130 pounds and has succeeded in maintaining her weight loss. She had gastric bypass surgery back in 2009 at Marina Weight Loss.
Rachel another patient, who also had weight loss surgery at Marina Del Rey Hospital said, “On the day I turned 30 I also hit my 100-pound weight loss. Now my son’s almost three, and I’m walking with him in the stroller, and people are saying, ‘Yeah, I recognize your son, but who are you?’ I’m happy! It’s good! I’m that mom at the park that people come up to and say, ‘Wow, you had a baby?’ ‘Yes, I did!’ It’s a good place to be.”