My name is Keith Molandes and I am 34. In November of 2011 I weighed 396 pounds. I had problems with loud snoring and was very limited in what I could do at work due to my weight. It was extremely difficult to shop for clothes because of my weight (I was wearing a 4XL in shirts). Today I weigh 210 pounds which I haven’t weighed since junior high. My way of life has completely changed. My monthly food expense has gone from around $400 per month to around $100 per month. I now wear a medium to large shirt and can make purchases off the sales rack in stores. I am able to get up and down without any problems at work. Both of my parents have had this procedure and my wife will have it in the next few months.
My name is Mindy Amburn and I am 32 years old. Before I had this procedure I was wearing a size 26 pants and a 4XL shirt. I was taking many different medications and was in constant knee, hip and back pain due to my weight. I had a very sedentary life and would sit for hours just watching TV. Now my life has completely changed. I now wear a 10-12 or large shirt. I can’t remember the last time I was in this size it was probably in Junior High. I used to watch for the “do not exceed ____ pounds” signs all over but not anymore. I just bought a new chair and didn’t even know it had a weight limit. I can wear high heels and knee boots because of my weight loss. I can now wear skinny jeans. I have never worn skinny jeans in my life until now. I don’t even look at the plus size sections in stores anymore. I no longer have all the pain associated with being overweight.
I was able to change the batteries in the smoke detectors on a 9 foot ceiling. We had a stool or a ladder and my husband couldn’t reach. I SAT on his shoulders and he lifted me into the air to change those batteries. In our 14 years of being together, that has NEVER happened! My husband is so proud of me and has no problem telling everyone that this is my wife. Words can never express how much Dr. DeArmond means to me and how grateful I am that I found ya’ll.