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DeAnna Brooks’ weight issues began in her late teens. It wasn't until later, after three children and menopause, that her weight loss efforts “seemed futile.”
DeAnna’s extra weight complicated her asthma and aggravated a knee injury.
She spent years trying “seemingly endless” weight loss options, including support groups, “countless” diets, and numerous workouts.
She finally began working with her primary care physician (PCP) in hopes of reaching her weight loss goal. However, eating less and exercising more did not equal sustained weight loss.
After losing and then regaining 50 pounds, DeAnna was at “rock bottom.”
In 2011, already committed to a healthy lifestyle and exasperated with dismal, unsustainable weight-loss results, DeAnna realized her efforts alone were inadequate.
While feeling completely dejected, her PCP told her that she was a “poster child” for weight loss surgery.
With the encouragement of both her PCP and her mother, who also was planning on having bariatric surgery, DeAnna began the approval process for lap band surgery.
Since DeAnna’s lap band surgery:
At age 46, DeAnna has not been at her current weight or worn a pair of jeans in more than 25 years. Slipping into a pair of jeans is now one of her greatest pleasures.
In addition to her surgery, DeAnna credits her weight loss to yoga, which has been her primary workout routine since her surgery.
She's delighted to have completed a physically intensive yoga teacher training so that she can share her passion with others. After reaching her weight loss goal, yoga teacher certification is an added accomplishment.
Note: This patient's treatment and results may not be representative of all similar cases.