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I received superb care from Dr. Sebastien

In May 2017, I decided to proceed with bariatric surgery under the care of Dr. Joel Sebastien, M.D., and on August 29, 2017 I underwent gastric vertical sleeve surgery in the outpatient surgery Center at the Florida Health Care Plans facility in Orange City. I received superb care from Dr. Sebastien, the operating room nurses and anesthesiology staff members, and my surgical experience was better than I ever imagined.

There are so many ways that Dr. Sebastien and his team have changed my life.

Since my gastric bypass surgery in February 2015, I have lost 150 pounds. I have lost this weight and have maintained this weight loss. There are so many ways that Dr. Sebastien and his team have changed my life. In medical terms, I have reduced the number of prescriptions by more than 50 percent. In addition, I have greater energy and physical mobility. In personal terms, I no longer have to buy clothes in the Big & Tall Department. While traveling, I can fit in airplane seat and not require a seatbelt extender. When dining out with friends, I can now fit in a booth at restaurants. Finally, I feel like I might actually be on the winning side of the battle with my weight.

I can dance, walk, exercise--all things that caused me pain before, and I am so thankful!

After the surgery, I initially lost 150 pounds, but over several years, I leveled out to about 195 (125 loss), which is a good weight for me, and I have maintained it for many years. I never felt embarrassed about my weight as I am from a large family, and it was just part of who we are. I just got to the point where my knee pain was impacting my daily function and working. Since the surgery and weight loss, I have had none of those issues! I can dance, walk, exercise--all things that caused me pain before, and I am so thankful!

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