"Do your research, talk with some people that have had weight loss surgery, and then give Dr Alley's office a call! It won't be easy, but it will most definitely be worth it!" - Kelly

Kelly's Testimonial

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Kelly's Testimonial

What was difficult, painful, or frustrating about your life before weight loss?

 Before weight loss surgery, everyday life was generally painless for me.  Even at my heaviest weight, I was still relatively active and able to participate in most activities without difficulty.  The real frustration came when I would travel.  I love traveling and all the experiences that go along with it but I when I realized my weight was causing me to struggle with simple things, like being able to buckle an airplane seatbelt, fitting into rides at amusement parks, or walking around touring cities without being out of breath, I knew something needed to change.

Why did you choose Centra Weight Loss Services for your bariatric care?

I had tried many times to lose weight and while I would usually experience immediate weight loss success, it was always short-lived.  I became the classic yo-yo dieter.  I could lose 40 lbs on a diet plan or 50 pounds on an exercise program but, ultimately, I would gain back all the weight I had lost and even more.  It just seemed that no matter how successful I was with losing the weight, I was unable to keep it off and I watched this pattern cause my weight to balloon out of control.  This is when I decided to start researching weight loss surgery.  Being a nurse on the Surgical Unit at Centra, I had worked directly with Dr. Alley and witnessed first-hand the successful outcomes for his bariatric patients. After about 2 years being directly involved with his patients, I decided it was my turn and I finally made my first appointment with Dr. Alley.  The passion, care, and commitment that Dr. Alley provides to all of his patients, as well as the positive outcomes, helped make this decision for me an easy one. 

What is something you’re most excited about or most proud of after losing weight?

The biggest success for me and the thing I'm most proud of since my weight loss is my level of newfound confidence!  I no longer fear failure due to my excessive weight and I finally have the confidence to do anything and everything I set my mind to.  Recently, I started an activity that I would have never done at 305 lbs.......rock climbing.  I showed up and didn't think twice about getting on those walls and giving it my all.  I never once thought about what people around me might be thinking. I just jumped right in, conquered that wall and had a great time doing it!  I was also able to sit comfortably in an airplane seat for a 5 hour flight.  This was something I had not experienced since childhood, so I was pretty excited about that. 

Can you describe your comfort with the quality of care and the people caring for you, before, during, and after your surgery?

I tell anyone and everyone who will listen, just how amazing I find Dr. Alley and his staff!  The support and encouragement they provide their patients throughout the entire process is unsurpassed!  From Tia, the sweet and spunky receptionist, to Amy, the world's most compassionate dietician, and every person in between!  I truly believe they have been one of the biggest reasons that I have been so successful in my weight loss journey!  They gave clear guidelines throughout the entire process so there was never any question what was expected of you.  I cannot thank Dr Alley, Rachel, Amy, Emily, Lapetra, Tia, and Diane enough for all their hard work and dedication that began on my first office visit and continues to this day!

What is one thing you would share with someone who is thinking about weight loss surgery? 

Do your research, talk with some people that have had weight loss surgery, and then give Dr. Alley's office a call!  It won't be easy, but it will most definitely be worth it!  Having weight loss surgery was the best decision I have ever made and I'm confident it will be for you too!

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