Patient Interviews

Patient Interviews Perth

Take a look at what some of our successful patients have to say.

Interviewees are all real patients who have received treatment at WALOS weight loss surgery clinic. Hear first hand at how weight loss surgery has changed their life for the better.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

We are a normal couple, with a busy lifestyle and 2 busy teenagers. We love spending quality time with family and friends.

How did you feel before losing the weight?

We were both always tired, never really wanting to go out and spent most of our time at home. We wore baggy clothes and never had the drive to do any form of exercise. Always looked at others wishing we were thinner but never had the desire to change because it just seemed too hard. Juggling busy children and trying to eat healthy at the same time was a mission so we just gave up.

What can you do now?

Since having gastric sleeve surgery, I have done a mini triathlon, done HBF run for a reason and we are both in the gym doing weights. Before the surgery, Andy battled to climb stairs, now we take the stairs wherever we can. Andy has stopped taking most of his medication, his sleep apnea has disappeared and he is a totally different person.

How did your weight affect your life?

Being overweight held us back in so many aspects of everyday life. We were not confident, we always stayed clear of things which now seem so normal but never had the courage or confidence to do or participate in. We cannot tell you when last we had been swimming. It was something we both enjoyed but never done because the thought of wearing bathers in public was painful.

What were your clothes size changes?

Andy went from 3XL to medium and sometimes large (depending on make)
I went from 18 pants to a size 10.
The transformation is something you have to experience.

What drove you to take action?

Andy wanted to buy a certain style motorbike jacket. When he went to try it on and the largest size did not fit, they offered to order a special size in from Europe but he decided that was it…he had made up his mind. He said to the the salesman “I will be back to buy a small size” and that he did.

What worried you about the procedure?

The thought of not being able to ever eat again, which now seems like such a silly thing to worry about.

How your concerns were handled?

Dr Dolan makes sure you know what to expect, and makes you feel so comfortable. His team explain every process and ensure your peace of mind. Even just before they put you to sleep…he asks and checks if you are still happy.

How much weight did you lose and how quickly?

Andy lost 40 kilos in 11 months and I lost 35 in about 10 months.

What is different about your eating habits and life after surgery?

We eat more healthier now and we watch what we eat. We actually eat more variety now than we did before but eat smaller quantities. Veggies are also the star of our dinner plate. We snack all day every day and don’t fool yourself we DO eat chocolate.

Why would you recommend Dr Dolan to others?

If you are looking for a life changing, life saving option then Dr Dolan is the man. An initial consultation will allow you the opportunity to make up your own mind but remember if you are already sitting in his waiting room, then you have already made up your mind.
Dr Dolan has changed both our lives for the better and we are happier, healthier and thinner.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Happily married 37 year old father of 2 beautiful boys, Noah (4) and Tommy (3 months). Have always been a large guy, happy but always just ‘big’ until I came to the realisation during a family holiday in September 2016 that if I didn’t do something drastic that I would more than likely not be around to see my boys grow into men. The sleeve operation I had completed by Kevin, I honestly believe saved my life.

How did you feel before losing the weight?

Old, unfit, unhealthy and unattractive!!

What can you do now?

I’m playing AFL football again for the first time in over 15 years, I’m riding my bike comfortably again and I can outrun our 4 year old – he is only 4 though!!

How did your weight affect your life?

In every way with every scenario. From getting into cars to sitting in smaller office chairs, to meeting with clients and the anxiety my size gave me and how it affected my confidence, to sitting in planes and on trains. To walking up stairs and climbing up ladders. To buying clothes, to hugging my wife. It affected my life every day, all day at every moment!!

What were your clothes size changes?

From a 50inch pant and a 6xl (54inch) shirt to a 40inch pant and a 3xl (46inch) shirt.

What drove you to take action?

Fear of a heart attack and or death!! Not seeing our boys grow up or being part of their development into becoming gentleman.

What worried you about the procedure?

Having already gone through a failed lap band procedure some years earlier (by another surgeon). Knowing the potential for risk was a lot higher the second time around was concerning but I believed it was a risk worth taking.

How your concerns were handled?

Dr Dolan’s reputation and his reassurance through the whole process. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone thinking of making this big decision. I truly believe that because if this surgery, Kevin Dolan saved my life.

How much weight did you lose and how quickly?

Currently I have lost approx 65 kilograms and have 15 kilograms to go before I have achieved my initial goal weight. From there I will make the decision what I want to achieve.

What is different about your eating habits and life after surgery?

Everything is in halves, half a sandwich, half a meal or simply entree size. Take time with every meal and drinking during the meal is almost impossible unless it’s small sips.
No more beer at all, no more coke or colas at all, in fact no more fizzy drinks at all, EVER. I enjoy an occasional wine or a glass of scotch on ice with water. I have realised since my operation how much I was a binge drinker, I have not needed to get drunk in almost 9 months. I sleep better than I have in probably 15 years, I love to play sport and run again, I have a whole new perspective on life, I am a better manager and work colleague now.

Why would you recommend Dr Dolan to others?

Because it’s a life changing operation and Dr Dolan doesn’t stuff you around, he’s open, honest and genuine. He is a great man and surgeon.

What surgery have you had? 
Lapband,gastric sleeve , gastric bypass and full tummy tuck,

How did you feel before losing the weight?
I felt totally helpless, personally struggling with weight issues all my life starting as a child. Consequently resulting in yogo diets/depression low self esteem.

What has changed following your surgery?
There has been a multitude of changes in my life.
Primarily I’m healthier, health problems I previously had are under control or not actively hindering my daily life. Eg: asthma has improved. My mental health as I’m no longer feeling helpless about losing weight. I have a tool which treated and nurtured accordingly allows me too see positive progression.

Did Dr Kevin Dolan and his team make you feel comfortable throughout the process?
I take this question extremely seriously. I have always found all the staff to be outstanding. Not to mention welcoming and approachable, it can be extremely daunting walking into your FIRST APPOINTMENT as a person in dire need of advice. A calming voice and a smiling face assist this transition, it’s paramount. I personally have and will continue to recommend Dr Dolan for any person wanting to have WLS. The professionalism of Dr Dolan is nothing but impeccable. I must state I researched Dr Dolan prior, going back to my first surgery. His expertise is astonishing. I have personally thanked Dr Kevin Dolan saying thank you for changing my life. A response of I’M ONLY DOING MY JOB. Your an amazing individual Dr Dolan and your impact on my life will always be something treasured.

Did you have any worries or concerns about your procedure?
Yes I had different concerns , they were always acknowledged and addressed accordingly.
Up to date medical literature with diagrams where provided also a full explanation verbally by Dr Dolan.

How were these concerns handled?
With honest professional responses.

How effective was our post-treatment aftercare support?
Extremely effective, knowing you can always call with any concerns . Appointments where always priority booked .

Why would you recommend Dr Dolan to others?
Keep up the great work , be warm inviting and approachable. Also no two people are ever the same what others may cope well with may petrify another.

How did you feel before losing the weight?
Before my surgery I was not feeling very good about myself. I was embarrassed about my size.

What has changed following your surgery?
I lost 25kgs in the first 18mths & put back on 15kg over 2yrs because I didn’t change my diet then I changed my diet to a plant base diet with small amount of dairy, walk 5-6 days a week for about 20-30mins & I write a gratitude diary daily. I found that when I lost weight initially I felt great but I hadn’t addressed my self esteem & self worth issues & I didn’t eat correctly. Now that I am addressing my mind & body I am loosing weight again.

Did Dr Kevin Dolan and the WALOS staff make you feel comfortable throughout the process?
Yes everyone is very friendly & Dr Dolan takes the time to explain things so that I understood & he is genuinely caring.

How effective was our post-treatment aftercare support?
My only post treatment has been 3 monthly appointments with Dr Dolan which have been good.

 

How did you feel before losing the weight?
Often I felt a lack of fitness and enthusiasm. Lack of self esteem.

What has changed following your surgery?
Now I am more energetic. I am just happier in general.

Did Dr Kevin Dolan and the WALOS staff make you feel comfortable throughout the process?
Very much so. All are very friendly, approachable, and helpful.

Did you have any worries or concerns about your procedure?
None at all. I was very confident in Dr. Dolan who was very informative regarding all aspects of the operation. He was also highly recommended by several people, including my daughter who also had a gastric sleeve operation.

How effective was our post-treatment aftercare support?
My post-treatment aftercare support was extremely effective.

 

How did you feel before losing the weight?
Before losing the weight I was feeling miserable, uncomfortable in my own skin, constantly tired, my knees and back ached daily, I was pre diabetic.

What has changed following your surgery?
My operation didn’t only change my body. Now I am feeling much happier and positive about my future, I no longer have the constant pain in my knees and back, I am no longer pre diabetic.

Did Dr Kevin Dolan and the WALOS staff make you feel comfortable throughout the process?
I have found the staff & Dr Kevin Dolan very warm caring even funny, I never felt judged or humiliated by anyone at Dr Dolan’s practice.

Did you have any worries or concerns about your procedure?
Certainly, will this work for me, will I be the individual that gets complications, will the sleeve leak.

How were these concerns handled?
I did ask Dr Kevin Dolan some hard factual questions, which he answered openly & honestly.

How effective was our post-treatment aftercare support?
Very effective, it wasn’t like you have had your operation, now off you go to live life without any back up or support.
I found Dr Dolan very caring in this aspect, If you didn’t get to the desired weight, Dr Dolan didn’t yell at you he just says try harder for your next visit.

 

 

How did you feel before losing the weight?
Before losing weight I had no confidence in myself, I hated what I saw in the mirror. The thought if going shopping to buy clothes filled me frear.

What has changed following your surgery?
Since I did my surgery I have my life back. I am more confident and now I love clothes shopping. I can run around and my kids gave a happier mum too.

Did Dr Kevin Dolan and the WALOS staff make you feel comfortable throughout the process?
Absolutely. Dr Dolan and the WALOS staff were all so helpful.

Did you have any worries or concerns about your procedure?
I was just a little anxious about the anaesthetic with me being so over weight.

How were these concerns handled?
Very well. Dr Nolan was reassuring.

How effective was our post-treatment aftercare support?
All care and support has been amazing.

 

How did you feel before losing the weight?
Before my operation I was sad, unhappy and unhealthy. I had no energy to play with my daughter.

What has changed following your surgery?
Nowadays I feel happiness. I feel so much healthier and I can do more with my daughter.

Did Dr Kevin Dolan and the WALOS staff make you feel comfortable throughout the process?
Yes very comfortable I recommend to everyone who asks about my surgery.

Did you have any worries or concerns about your procedure?
I was worried about the risks involved. I thought maybe it wouldn’t work for me or I will be left with loose skin. 

How were these concerns handled?
My weight started to drop and I was feeling more confident. I spoke about surgery for skin.

How effective was our post-treatment aftercare support?
It was very good.

 

How did you feel before losing the weight?
My bones and my  joints were very sore before losing weight. I was depressed, desperate and generally quite hopeless.

What has changed following your surgery?
Now I am far more mobile, can “fit into” society. I can buy normal sized clothes and no more pain, no more type II diabetes. I have more energy generally.

Did Dr Kevin Dolan and the WALOS staff make you feel comfortable throughout the process?
Yes, he always does. He’s funny.

Did you have any worries or concerns about your procedure?
Still feel sick eating some foods and don’t enjoy eating bread, pasta and rice any longer.

How were these concerns handled?
Dr Dolan told me that it’s normal with some people and frankly I don’t mind one bit.

How effective was our post-treatment aftercare support?
Very lovely, although I travel a lot so haven’t made time to go back.

What has changed following your surgery?
Since my surgery I can exercise.

Did Dr Kevin Dolan and the WALOS staff make you feel comfortable throughout the process?
Very much! I would highly recommend Dr Kevin Dolan. 

Did you have any worries or concerns about your procedure?
At the time I did but I found the answers given by Dr Dolan and his team to be honest and accurate, this put my mind at ease.

 

 

How did you feel before losing the weight?
I was self conscious, lazy, every time tired/ exhausted and definitely unhappy.

What has changed following your surgery?
Thanks my surgery my energy levels rised and my self confidence grown.

Did Dr Kevin Dolan and the WALOS staff make you feel comfortable throughout the process?
Definitely, Dr Dolan is amazing! I can’t thank him and his staff enough

Did you have any worries or concerns about your procedure?
Yes, I was worried it wouldn’t work for me

How were these concerns handled?
Dr Dolan was very reassuring.

How effective was our post-treatment aftercare support?
Fantastic! 2 years out and still have great support

How did you feel before losing the weight?
I was feeling awful. I had the impression I was always sick.

What has changed following your surgery?
After my surgery everything changed. Hardly ever sick, I have no more high blood pressure, no signs of diabetes, no cholesterol, no more headaches, aches and pains gone. I have so much energy.

Did Dr Kevin Dolan and the WALOS staff make you feel comfortable throughout the process?
Yes. They were amazing.

Did you have any worries or concerns about your procedure?
Nope, every concern was addressed.

How effective was our post-treatment aftercare support?
Wonderful, they were very supportive.

How did you feel before losing the weight?
Before the procedure I was depressed, had bad liver function, high blood pressure, very unhappy and ate everything and anything in sight. I had given up on life and my kids were unhappy too.

What has changed following your surgery?
Now that I’ve had this surgery I have a brand new lease on life. I love every day, my kids are so much happier after seeing a happier and healthier mum. My liver function is normal and I can run a few hundred metres and only just get slightly puffed where before I’d run 20 metres and feel like I was dying. I love exercising and getting out there enjoying the sunshine and taking my kids to the park.

Did Dr Kevin Dolan and the WALOS staff make you feel comfortable throughout the process?
Yes they made me feel extremely comfortable and very helpful and supportive.

Did you have any worries or concerns about your procedure?
Yes I did but was reassured that everything would be fine by Dr Kevin Dolan.

How effective was our post-treatment aftercare support?
Dr Kevin Dolan gave me flyers and answered any questions I had straight up and honestly which was great.

How effective was our post-treatment aftercare support?
They were very effective and supportive and attended to anything I needed quickly.