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Robert is a nursing supervisor at St. David’s Rehab Hospital.  Along with his expertise as a care provider, he is also a very talented actor, musician, and songwriter.  Feeling his health deteriorating from excess weight, he made the decision to have bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery.  It has been 2 years since Robert’s gastric bypass surgery and I recently had an opportunity to sit down and talk to him about his life after surgery.

Q:  The first thing I notice about you is how healthy you look.

A:  I feel healthy and I am healthy.  Losing 135 pounds made a huge difference in my health.

Q:  What type of health issues were you dealing with?

A:  My blood pressure skyrocketing and I had a severe case of sleep apnea.  I found that as I grew older, not only was my health becoming worse, but my ability to lose the excess weight was becoming more difficult.

Q:  What made you look at surgical options for weight management?

A:  My primary care doctor looked at me one day when I was there for an appointment and asked, “When are you going to stop battling this weight?”  It was the spark that I needed to prompt me to look for a solution.  And I didn’t have to look far.  I was caring for postop bariatric surgery patients at the time and I saw what a difference it was making in their lives.

Q: And what difference has weight loss surgery made in your life?

A:  My blood pressure is normal and my sleep apnea is gone.  I’m wearing clothes that haven’t seen the light of day in at least 10 years.  But, most profound is the sense of relief that I experience every day – the relief that  don’t have to be constantly at war with myself and my issue with food.  I feel like I’ve gotten my life back.

Interested in seeing if weight loss surgery is right for you?  Visit our web site at or give us a call at St. David’s Bariatric Center – 512-544-LIFE (5433)

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