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Weight Loss Success

The goal of weight loss surgery is to help you live better, healthier and longer. Weight loss surgical procedures are effective methods to help individuals lose weight and make lifestyle changes.

For most of her life, Ruth Winter struggled with her weight. “I tried a number of things over the years. I tried counting calories and diet plans, but nothing seemed to work. If I’d lose a few pounds, I would gain it all back and then some,” Winter said.

The 34-year-old Sioux Falls resident was not only struggling with her appearance, she was also dealing with many health issues. “I was depressed and having thyroid issues, high blood pressure and dealing with polycystic syndrome,” added Winter.

Ruth Winter before weight loss surgery

Winter always considered herself to be a very social and happy person, but over the years, she found herself skipping social activities and opting to stay home. “I never went out with my husband,” said Winter. “He always went out and did his thing, and I stayed at home. I know that wasn’t me. Growing up, I was the social butterfly of my family.”

Winter’s life changed after watching her mother have successful weight loss surgery. She knew it was time to try something different. Winter met with the staff at Sanford Clinic Surgical Associates and it was determined she was a good candidate for weight-loss surgery. By that time, Winter’s weight had ballooned to
333 pounds.

“I was excited because I knew that I was going to change my life, and I was going to take back control of my life,” said Winter.

It has been nearly three years since her procedure and to date Winter has lost 153 pounds. She is back doing the things she enjoys and going to the gym four or five days a week and spending as much time as she can outside. She also is no longer having health issues and her depression is under control.

“I would definitely recommend this surgery to anyone considering it, but it is not a quick fix,” said Winter. “You have to take it one day at a time and you have to make sure you don’t fall back into old habits. That’s why it is important to have a good support system of family and friends. Plus, the Sanford Bariatric team has been there for me from the initial consultation to the monthly support group meetings.

Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

The goal of weight loss surgery is to help you live better, healthier and longer. Weight loss surgical procedures are effective methods to help individuals lose weight and make lifestyle changes. Let our team of experienced professionals help you change your life.

The Sanford Bariatric Surgical Program offers the most sophisticated and minimally invasive weight loss surgical techniques to reduce the risk of complications. Most procedures are done with laparoscopic surgical techniques that are less invasive and lead to a quicker recovery and less pain than traditional weight loss surgical methods.

Weight Loss Surgical Options include:

The choice of surgery depends upon your needs and goals. Each procedure has its advantages and disadvantages.