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Lap Band Surgery Story — Crystal Brown

For 10 years, Crystal Brown struggled with losing weight.

She had a low energy level and did not like what she saw in the mirror.

Crystal's Bariatric Patient Story — A Solution That Changed Her Life

Crystal met with Giselle Hamad, MD, and the bariatric surgery team at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and decided to have lap band surgery.

She says that the “tough love” provided by Marianne, a physician assistant at Dr. Hamad’s office, was a driving force that helped her accomplish her goal.

“Anyone who wants to get this procedure must realize that this is not the easy way to lose weight. You have to be dedicated and disciplined,” advises Crystal.

Crystal has lost 75 pounds, and went from a size 18 to a size 4-6. She says that the last time she was this size, she was in junior high school.

Winning Her Battle

Since having lap band surgery, Crystal now enjoys:

  • Playing with her 6-year-old son.
  • Exercising — she has more energy now and has increased her work out routine.
  • Shopping — she doesn’t have to walk to the back of the store to pick out clothes.

She says that now that she has a new body, she loves looking in the mirror.

When someone says, “Crystal, you got skinny,” she responds, “Thank you, that’s what I have been waiting to hear!”

Note: This patient's treatment and results may not be representative of all similar cases.

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Bariatric Surgery at UPMC

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