Have you ever wondered if The N.E.W. Program could really help you, a family
member, or a friend lose weight and be life-changing? The successful journey
of one of our recent patients may answer those questions. Mark, a 54-year-old
family man and a motorcycle enthusiast from La Mirada, had the gastric
sleeve procedure done over a year ago and after losing 153 pounds so far,
his weight loss success has dramatically changed not only his health,
but his life.
“A lot has changed since my weight loss,” said Mark. “My
kids know that I can outrun them for once. I have more energy and can
move faster and don’t just sit at home before I’m tired. The
weight loss has greatly improved the quality of my life and I am very
glad that I did the surgery.”
But before Mark experienced transformation, he had to make some serious
choices. When he turned 50, his metabolism slowed down and he put on 95
pounds in three years, with him weighing in at 385 at his heaviest point.
Mark decided something about his life had to change when his knees started
hurt and he felt his quality of life was greatly reduced, as he was no
longer able to be as active as he used to be. After talking with his doctor at
PIH Health about his health, he was referred to see Dr. Braverman.
“I choose the sleeve procedure because in talking with Dr. Braverman
we both thought it would be the best procedure for me.”
What you may not know about the gastric sleeve, is that is a non-reversible
procedure. Although the gastric sleeve is a great option if you qualify
for it, the irreversible aspect of it may seem scary to some people when
considering bariatric surgery. This was a fear Mark faced after his initial
consult with Dr. Braverman. But despite his fears, Mark did some homework
because he knew this was vital to his health.
“My first fear was that this procedure was non reversible and what
if I had complications,” Mark said. “Since I’m a director
at the hospital, I asked the Surgery Director about Dr. Braverman and
got a huge approval. I was told that with Dr. Braverman I was in the best
After his surgery, Mark returned to work the first week after his surgery
with Dr. Braverman’s approval. He said the first two weeks post-surgery
were the hardest for him, but after that he felt like it got easier because
he could start eating some solid foods again. With the help of The N.E.W.
program doctors and staff, Mark was prepared for making healthy habits
with food after his surgery to give him the best weight loss success possible.
“It’s a big life change and I soon learned how to adapt to
eating smaller portions and staying hydrated. I don’t get hungry
like I did before and at times I need to remind myself to eat and drink!
I have no restrictions on my diet and I eat whatever I want, just much
Mark is definitely a model patient. He understood going into this that
just having surgery alone wouldn’t change his life and make him
lose weight– he understood he had to be committed and make some
changes as well. Mark took the knowledge and advice he gained through
his entire journey with The N.E.W. Program and put it into action, which
he attributes to his success. He has this advice to anyone considering
bariatric surgery and wants to have successful:
“You need to prepare yourself for some major life changes. The N.E.W.
Program did a great job of educating me on exactly what to expect. Dr.
Braverman did his part by doing a great job on my surgery and I needed
to do my part by following the program and staying healthy. I feel my
success is because of the great program and support The N.E.W. Program
Today Mark weighs in at 232 pounds, and for being 6’6”, it
is a great weight for him. He no longer suffers from sleep apnea and is
very active. For the first time Mark is able to not only keep up with
his kids in their twenties, but also outrun them. Recently he and his
wife rode his Harley Davidson to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, riding
through 12 states for over 4,800 miles in two weeks.
We are so proud of Mark! Patient success stories like these keep us excited
to be helping people change their lives. We feel this excitement every
day in our clinics. Our surgeons, Dr. Braverman and Dr. Quebbemann have
a passion for helping patients lose weight and our entire clinic staff
provides a tremendous amount of support to inspire patients like Mike.
If you need help losing weight, call us! We would love to add you to our
list of success stories. Call 949-722-7662.
Here is a picture of Mike and his wife enjoying their new found active
lives after incredible weight loss: