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Katherine Austin’s Story

Gastric bypass Body Contouring

Katherine had thought about weight loss surgery for a long time but would always put it to the back of her mind. But finally, in October 2016, weighing 29 stone 5 pounds, she decided enough was enough and it was time to make a positive change and do something for her both her health and lifestyle.

My family and friends were very supportive of my decision to have weight loss surgery. A lot of people say they can’t believe I’m the same person. I told all my work colleagues and on the last day of work before my surgery they handed me a card and told me to open it. I opened it and saw there was 200 inside, I burst out crying and said, ‘What is this for?’ and they told me it was ‘for a new wardrobe’. I was beyond touched.

I choose The Hospital Group because a friend of the family had a procedure the previous year and she was impressed with the results so upon her recommendation we booked a consultation.

My initial consultation was in Manchester with my Patient Advisor Julie. She was friendly, talked about her own weight loss journey and explained all the procedures and benefits. We agreed that a gastric bypass would be the most suitable weight loss surgery for me.

After the consultation, I was on a strict diet for 2 weeks leading up to the surgery and I ended up losing 10kg in 10 days! I was nervous but excited for the next chapter of my life. On the day of my bypass surgery, the staff were friendly and non-judgemental. The surgeons reassured me because I was scared to go under general anaesthetic for the first time. All the nurses were also very helpful, kind and professional.

My life has completely changed for the better. My self-esteem and confidence have gone through the roof. I am no longer experiencing social anxiety or try to hide away, now I am so much more outgoing. I no longer have to wear an extension seat belt onboard the plane which was one of my main goals. But the biggest difference for sure is the size of my clothes, I was a 26/28 and now can fit in a size 10! I would never have believed it would be possible.

I have also recently had a Fleur de Lys tummy tuck in January to remove my excess skin from my stomach and breast uplift with implants. This is the next stage of my journey and I’m so excited to see the final results!

My advice for anyone considering a gastric bypass is that you definitely need to be in the right mindset for weight loss surgery and be ready to fully commit to it. You only get one life and if the bypass can help me then it might be able to help you too. Don’t be scared, be excited about the new you.

The aftercare was thorough, the staff were available 24/7 to call if I had a problem. I would 100% recommend The Hospital Group, they have changed my life for the better and I’m beyond grateful.

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