​Amie's Success S​tory

Amie Begins New Chapter in Her Life after Weight Loss Surgery

“I am extremely happy now,” says Amie about her life more than three years after undergoing weight loss surgery at Houston Northwest Medical Center. “Everything is wonderful.”  She has at least two reasons to look forward to the future. That’s because soon she and new husband Carl will hear the pitter patter of little feet, times two. The couple expect to welcome son Jagger and daughter Jules in the spring. The twins will join Amie’s older children, 15-year-old Alex, 11-year-old Kyle, and 5-year-old Lillie.

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“I had made plans to attend school to become a medical assistant but then found out I was pregnant,” recalls Amie with a laugh. “This pregnancy was quite unexpected, but such a blessing at the same time.  It’s amazing how my life has changed.  I really feel like I have been given such a gift.”

Amie’s life has taken several twists and turns over the last several years. Shortly after undergoing bariatric surgery in August 2006, Amie and her husband went through an amicable divorce. She later met and married Carl, a disabled veteran whom she had become acquainted with through work. “We didn’t talk about having children because Carl never expected to have children of his own and he had become an awesome stepfather to my children,” explains Amie. “When we found out I was pregnant, he was in shock, but absolutely thrilled.”

Amie has noticed several differences between her pregnancy with the twins and her previous three pregnancies. She believes that because of her weight loss she feels better, has more energy, and best of all, she has no health complications. When pregnant with all three older children, Amie had problems sleeping and moving around, and developed gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and water retention. She now takes double prenatal vitamins as advised by her doctor and only feels tired sometimes, which she attributes to carrying twins and being six years older since her last pregnancy. “I feel amazing,” says Amie. “I have experienced no side effects on this pregnancy because of the weight loss surgery.”

Amie credits the new direction her life has taken to losing weight after bariatric surgery. “I certainly now have a higher confidence level that I didn’t have when I was heavier,” she says. “I made the decision to stay home with my family after working at a demanding job for nine years because it seems that as my children get older the more they need me. That was certainly the right choice.”

Now that Amie is a stay-at-home-mom, she has time to spend cooking, one of her favorite hobbies, and shuttling the older children to school functions and sports practices. Once the twins arrive, she is looking forward to going for walks with the babies in a stroller and getting out more. “I didn’t do that many physically demanding activities when my other children were little, but I want to do those things with the twins so they can get some fresh air and I can get some exercise,” says Amie. “I know that I will have to exercise to get the baby weight off, but I am confident that I will be able to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 158.”

Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Other weight loss procedures, such as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® and endoscopic balloon procedures, are also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in certain people with a BMI of 30 to 35.  Weight loss procedures are considered safe, but like many types of medical intervention, they do have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss procedures. Patient testimonials reflect results achieved by these patients.  As each case must be independently evaluated and managed, actual weight loss will vary.