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Sleeve gastrectomy helps woman shed 50+ pounds

Posted December 10, 2013

— Four months after undergoing weight-loss surgery at Rex Hospital, Dawn-Marie Ennis says she has lost more than 50 pounds and is working on becoming healthier.

Ennis opted for a sleeve gastrectomy, a lesser known weight-loss surgery. The more common gastric bypass surgery would have been riskier, doctors told her, because she has lupus, an autoimmune disease which can affect the skin, joints or organs.

Gastric bypasses reduce the stomach to the size of an egg and bypass the upper intestine. Sleeve gastrectomies remove about 80 to 85 percent of the stomach.

“It didn’t take me long to recover. I was back up and walking within three days,” Ennis said.

Dawn-Marie Ennis, weight-loss surgery patient Woman pursues healthier lifestyle after weight-loss surgery

The 42-year-old says she takes exercise classes at Rex Wellness Center in Knightdale and is eating more protein and vegetables.

“I have a goal to just be healthy. Right now, I’m down to a size 12. I started out in a size 22,” she said.

Rex also provides support classes, such as grocery tours with expert tips on food choices and recipes for weight-loss surgery patients. They are prescribed high protein, low carbohydrate and nutrient-rich meals.


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  • readme Dec 20, 2013

    4lilboys, there are about half a billion women in China, many with kids, that look great without exercising. They might die of lung cancer from pollution, but they sure are slender! I've spent a lot of time over there, and they really follow a low carb diet. They use spices more than sugar, restrict portion sizes, and there really isn't as much rice as you would think in their meals. Cut your carbs to less than 20 grams per day (not counting fiber) for three weeks before passing judgement and believing the nay-sayers.

  • 4lilboys Dec 18, 2013

    I am currently considering weight loss surgery. I am atleast 100 pounds overweight. I really cannot exercise because of my weight and a weak ankle. I would love to loose those 100 pounds without going under the knife but I have not had luck with that over the last 7 years. I am looking for doctors right now. Any recommendations?

  • mjade01 Dec 17, 2013

    I had sleeve surgery over a year and half ago and I have lost over 100 pounds. I did not look at the surgery as an easy way out. I tried exercising. I tried dieting. I lost weight, then I would gain it back. I went to professionals. I applied what they thought should work. Nothing worked for me. This has worked. I am much healthier post surgery. It required a lot of counseling and doctor's appointment before the surgeon would do it. I do not regret this decision.

  • BeastieBoy Dec 17, 2013

    Personally, I would like to see hospitals place nurses that have gone through a successful bariatric surgery in post-operative settings. The nurse I had at Rex was not only overweight, she did her best to make my stay (and my wife) as miserable as her existence.

    My surgery continues to be successful and I would recommend it to anyone in my (previous) condition as an alternative to an intense diet and exercise program. My wife and I are please with the results and I am now able to incorporate exercise into my activities of daily living. Aside from the miserable nurse at Rex, it's great!

  • Gucci Hippy Piggy Dec 17, 2013

    I couldn't care less that some of these folks think I'm "lazy." I had my surgery in 2005, and I've never regretted it. For every person you tell me dies from the surgery, I can give you 500 names of folks who have died from obesity, smoking and poor lifestyles. Congrats to those who are getting ready to embark on this journey. Just remember they operate on your stomach, not your head, so you will have to work at this to be successful. Good luck and VERY proud of you for making a decision to take your life and health back!

  • hallmark Dec 13, 2013

    If you are thinking about the surgeries, get reliable information from the professionals. They will evaluate you and the other writer was correct - it is a long process before they will even consider you for the surgeries. Also remember that you also can't make anybody happy but yourself. Some folks commented about me when I was large and now they comment that I am too small. Who cares!!! I'm happy, fit and most importantly - HEALTHY!

  • hallmark Dec 13, 2013

    IT IS NOT THE EASY WAY OUT. I had the bypass surgery a little over a year ago and I have lost 124lbs. I went from a size 22/24 to a 4. I had tried numerous weight loss programs over the years and they would work for a while but the weight would come back. I was active and did not eat badly all the time. I was not a meal eater but a snacker - stress eating. I also did not have chronic health problems. I made the decision to do this because it was the jump start I needed to be healthy for the rest of my life. It has been successful for me but it is by no means easy. There is a regiment of vitamins and supplements that you have to take every single day and you have to exercise every single day in order not to lose muscle mass and bone density. My stomach can hold at most 3 oz. and you can't drink anything for 30 minutes before you eat, nothing while you eat, and for 30 minutes after you eat. I can say making the decision to have the surgery was easy, but maintaining is not.

  • rprestoncpar Dec 12, 2013

    I wish people would educate themselves before posting negative things like "lazy". I am scheduled to have my bypass done in February and it has been a long journey of counseling and every weigh loss program you can imagine I am doing the procedure to lessen my chances of another heart attack. "Easy was out" I think not it is a life long commitment and as far as the risk/complication the chances are much less than in years

  • sinenomine Dec 12, 2013

    I know several people who have had weight loss surgery. Only one of the people I know experienced complete success with the procedure. Another had serious complications which continue today several years later, another died a few hours after the operation.

    I'm not overweight but believe me if I was I'd diet like h _ _ _ for a long time before I'd go under the knife.

  • BeastieBoy Dec 11, 2013

    Had my sleve gastrectomy in August and have dropped nearly 60 pounds. Uneducated people usually laugh and refer to this procedure as taking the "easy way out" to loose weight. Actually, it's anything but that. Overall, my experience has bee good. With the exception of a sadistic, evil perative nurse at Rex that denied pain management, it was a relatively smooth transition.