Carrying an extra 100 pounds on your body is literally a heavy burden to bear. For Summer Martin, the health problems that came as a result of that extra weight made bearing that burden even harder.
“I was on two blood pressure medications, I had been diagnosed with high cholesterol. I had sleep apnea. I had a lot of issues with foot pain because of the weight on my feet,” Martin says, “and I was taking a diabetic medicine twice a day.”
She’s come a long way since bariatric surgery at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.
“Within weeks of the surgery I was off all medication,” Martin says. “I don’t take blood pressure medicine and my cholesterol’s low. Every health issue has completely disappeared.”
The only pills she takes now are vitamins, and Martin has gone from being obese to being obsessed with living life to the fullest
“I just feel so much healthier, I have more energy, I look like a totally different person,” Martin says. “People have wondered if my husband got a new wife!”
More Than Weight Loss
During a visit with her gynecologist last year, Martin learned that a weight loss procedure might alleviate her symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome. A week later, Martin was in the office of Mark Colquitt, MD, a board certified surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery. He determined that Martin would be a candidate for the Loop Duodenal Switch, a procedure which reduces the size of the stomach and bypasses a portion of the small intestines.
Martin wanted to be present for her husband and daughter for a long time, and she wanted to enjoy life with them along the way. She had her surgery in December 2016.
Martin has carefully followed a post-surgery nutrition program Dr. Colquitt recommended, retraining her brain to have a healthy perception of the role food plays in her life. It was a big lifestyle change, but one that was worthwhile. She has lost about 130 pounds, going from a size 22/24 to a size four.
“I’m ecstatic – it’s amazing – it has totally transformed my life,” Martin says. “Don’t be afraid to take the risk, because it’s worth it!”