How did you feel before weight loss?
- Tired and
- Sore from carrying my extra weight
How did the problem affect your life?
It made me far more self conscious and reserved than I should have been at my age. I didn’t like that I was less active and involved with my kids and I feel neither did they.
What drove you to take action?
Seeing other friends and active mums really enjoying life, it got to me. I also has increasing bad cholesterol showing in my blood tests. My family history made me realise I had to do something sooner rather than later.
What were my concerns before?
They were around
- what will eating be like?
- will it hurt?
- will I be able to succeed using this tool?
- as well as general concerns about surgery
How were my concerns handled?
I was talked through the procedure by Dr Dolan, Dr Christine, Dieticians and all staff. It was explained to me how to utilise the band for maximum weight loss and what foods I should be consuming.
Their care and knowledge made me confident that I would be ok. I find Dr Dolan and all staff very personable and approachable.
I felt good knowing that some of Dr Dolan’s staff had personal knowledge of the procedure and life after lap band surgery was comforting.
I also felt confident in Dr Dolan’s ability as he has performed so many successful weight loss surgeries.
How much and how quick did I lose?
- 30 kilos in 3 months (incl: pre-op weight loss)
- 45 kilos in total in just over 12 months
What has changed to my life & eating?
I eat much smaller meals, more good fats, and I’m much more mindful of choosing nutrient rich foods as I don’t eat as much as I used to.
Life is good, and I feel much more confident in all aspects.
It has been good for my marriage, friendships and relationships. My children are happier because their mum is much happier. I now participate in my life.
Why I would recommend weight loss surgery to others?
I chose the lap band as it was the least drastic of the weight loss surgeries.
I was nervous about doing something I would regret later, however I chose the lap band as it is reversible.
Now that I am around my goal weight I appreciate the flexibility that you can get from the lap band in that a simple adjustment of fluid can loosen or tighten the band to suit what is happening in life ie: holidays, pregnancy etc.
Now, 1 year and 7 months out, I’m still very happy and confident that I have made the correct decision.
What is your ambition in life?
To be happy and enjoy life.
About Breanne Vladich
- Age: 35
- Married: yes
- Children: 2
- Job: settlement agent