I’m only 18 years old and weighed 333 lbs as of a month ago. I tried exercising, but my diet was so bad it didn’t really help. My mom was the one in the beginning who was telling me I should get the Lap Band. She got me to go to Dr. Davtyan even though she really didn’t explain much about anything. But when I got there, the doctor was so nice and really helpful. He explained everything about what happens during and after the procedure, what the diet would be before and after, and was really helpful overall to ease my mind so I would feel more comfortable getting the surgery. After that we set up a date and I got it.
The first few days after the surgery it was a little painful but by the end of the week I was able to do normal stuff again. The doctor said I didn’t have any problems during the surgery. Overall the experience was good.
The first week and a half I didn’t exercise as I tried to recover. I remember I wasn’t hungry for a long time and my mom tried to get me to eat. I got back to normal pretty quickly. I started going to the gym and using the bicycle and treadmill. Now I walk a mile a day on the treadmill at home. I stick to the post-surgery diet he gave me — soup broth, apple sauce, sugar free popsicles and diet Snapple. At my follow-up appointments, they told me I was losing a few pounds here and there, but I didn’t really think much of it. I started noticing that my stomach was shrinking and my family was noticing it too. I don’t run much, but when I did I found I suddenly had more stamina. Overall, I began noticing I could do a lot more than I was able to before. Today I came in for my one month follow up and they told me how much I’ve lost since the surgery – 33 lbs!
That’s basically a pound a day! I knew I could never have done that on my own. It made me really happy when they told me. A few pounds here and there didn’t mean much until they added it all up. I was really surprised. I want to lose about 100 more lbs and I’m feeling good about my goal.
The staff are really nice, greet me very happily every time I come in. The doctor is also very friendly gets very excited whenever I’ve lost weight. If you’re thinking about getting any type of weight loss surgery, you should definitely go see Dr. Davtyan. If you follow his instructions of diet and exercise you’ll lose weight quickly and you’ll feel good afterwards.