Seeing both sides of bariatric surgery

Gastric bypass helps surgical nurse lose nearly 160 pounds

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Mandy Pate, R.N., with Oliver Varban, M.D., has a lot in common with those seeking weight loss surgery.

Mandy Pate, R.N., is an operating room nurse whose patients are obese. They are here at the University of Michigan Health System for either a gastric bypass or a sleeve gastrectomy. Mandy, age 34, has more in common with her patients than you might suspect, seeing her trim size-12 figure. A year ago, Mandy was a patient herself and had a sleeve gastrectomy performed by members of her own surgical team, including Oliver Varban, M.D.

“It’s been a battle with my weight since I was three or four years old,” she says. “I’ve spent my life constantly dieting and I’ve probably taken every weight-loss medication there is, but in the last few years, I couldn’t even bend over to tie my shoes!”

Since her surgery on April 4, 2014, Mandy has lost 157 pounds, down from a pre-surgery weight of 333 pounds. Before surgery, she wore size 5XL scrubs and size 30 street clothes. Today she wears medium scrubs and size 12 clothing, and says she has much more energy. Continue reading