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Published on July 03, 2017

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Program Gives Patient New Lease on Life

Dan Goodman with his son, Spencer, prior to bariatric weight loss surgery.Dan Goodman, 47, weighed well over 300 pounds and was suffering from myriad health issues when his son was born in February 2016.

"My son, Spencer, is what lit a fire under me to finally lose the weight," Dan said. "I knew I wanted to be around for him in the future."

It was two years earlier that Dan looked into gastric bypass surgery, but his insurance wouldn't cover the procedure. So, in 2015 when he looked into it again, he was thrilled to learn gastric bypass surgery would finally be a covered service.

"As soon as the new year started, I called the Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group – Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin to find out how soon I could schedule surgery," Dan said.

Making the Decision to Have Bariatric Surgery

The decision to have bariatric surgery is not a choice you can make on impulse, and it's not a surgery performed without thorough education and consideration.

Prior to surgery, Dan had to fulfill a few important medical prerequisites. Over the next six months, he worked with his primary care physician, Dr. Mushir Hassan of Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group, to complete a medically supervised diet, on which he lost a mere 10 pounds. He was also required to see a psychologist, as well as attend a free seminar and three support group meetings where he met others who were also thinking about surgery and people who had just had surgery.

"I wasn't sure what to expect when I walked into my first support group session," Dan recalled. "Every meeting had a different theme and expert, but I found each one to be helpful."

Receiving the Go-Ahead

In June 2016, he received the sign off from Dr. Hassan and Dr. David Engstrand, surgeon with the Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin, and was able to submit the required paperwork to his insurance. Shortly thereafter Dan received the official go ahead from his insurance company to schedule his robotic-assisted laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery.

In the weeks before his surgery date, Dan met with a registered dietitian to help him with his pre- and post-op diet.

"After surgery, my stomach would be the size of a golf ball, which meant I needed to learn to eat smaller portions and chew my food very well," he said.

According to Dan, to say his surgery was a success is an understatement.

"I lost weight quickly and easily with no complications," he said. "By eating under 1,000 calories each day for the first four to five months, I lost about one pound per day."

Dan Goodman, bariatric weight loss surgery patient, achieved his six-month goal of losing 210 pounds.

Achieving Successful, Healthy Weight Loss

He credits much of his success to the preparation he got from his bariatric team prior to surgery.

By February 2017, Dan achieved his six-month goal weight of 210 pounds – a number he hadn’t seen on the scale since age 18.

"Dr. Hassan was shocked when he saw me for the first time following my surgery," he said.

"Life is really a lot different now," Dan added. "My back, hip and knee pain is gone, along with my acid reflux."

And the timing couldn't be any better since Spencer is growing up quickly and constantly on the go.

"I can't believe how easy it is for me to be mobile now," he said. "I can even take the dogs outside and work in the yard."

"They say the first year following gastric bypass surgery is the 'honeymoon period,' but I know in my mind I don't want to gain the weight back," Dan said.

For More Information

Interested in losing weight like Dan? Learn about weight management options, including bariatric surgery, through Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, part of Ascension.

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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Program Gives Patient New Lease on Life