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September 19, 2013

Year-old bariatric surgery program at Falls medical center is changing lives

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Niagara Gazette — Now, with far more energy, she works out a few days a week at the gym and walks a lot more. She went from a size 32 to a size 12 jeans, “and I haven’t worn jeans in 25 years.”

Like any medical procedure there are risks and some pain. Both Mueller and Bill Burkett said they woke up after the surgery wondering what they had gotten themselves into.

“It was hell for a few days,” said Burkett, who prior to his January procedure had topped out at about 408 pounds. He has since lost about 128 and has none of the knee problems that plagued him from playing athletics in his younger years. 

All three patients interviewed said they aren’t having many problems with a greatly reduced intake of food. Burkett has two gelatins and two yogurts when he’s at work as a truck driver. At dinner, he eats a small portion of protein, such as chicken.

While Mueller confesses that her greatest worry is that the weight will come back, Burkett feels certain he has his diet and his life under control. “The way I feel there’s no going back,” he said. “I’m very happy with the way I am now.”

BARIATRIC SURGERY AT NFMMC • For more information on weight loss surgery visit the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center website at www.nfmmc.org • One of many informational seminars is being held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the hospital at 621 10th St. • Sign up online or call 278-4400 for more information.

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