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Patient Story: Lisa Keith

Weight loss surgery patient, Lisa KeithLisa Keith was suffering with high blood pressure, sleep apnea and hypertension. She was also borderline diabetic, had no cartilage in her knees and had trouble walking one lap around the grocery store.  

Lisa saw Ranjan Sudan, MD, during her first surgical consultation at the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery Durham clinic. He suggested duodenal switch performed with the da Vinci robot was the best option, and encouraged Lisa to research it and tell him what she thought. “I went home and researched information online about the duodenal switch procedure, the da Vinci robot and Dr. Sudan,” said Lisa.  “Because of my medical history and my high body mass index (BMI) I decided it was the best option for me. I called him back the next day and told him I wanted to go with the duodenal switch.”

After six months of medically assisted weight loss and only six pounds lost, Lisa’s insurance granted her approval, and she had surgery at Durham Regional Hospital in April of 2011.

“I had no pain or complications from the surgery and because my procedure was done laparoscopically with the robot, you can’t even tell I had surgery. I have virtually no scars. I lost a total of 190 pounds in one year. My cholesterol went from 236 to 123, my Ac1 went from 6 to 4.3, and my BMI went from 57 to 27.”

According to Lisa, weight loss surgery is just a tool to help you get to where you want to be. She has changed her diet by eating a lot more vegetables and cutting fried food and soda out of her diet completely. She also uses smaller plates and bowls to help regulate portions. She incorporated those practices for the rest of her family as well.

“I can’t remember the last time I felt this good. Now I can sit in a booth at a restaurant and fit in a car. I walk a lot for exercise, and I’m currently training to run my first 5K. The best thing about this process is I got my confidence back. I love Dr. Sudan like he’s family. He literally saved my life.”