Health Team

Sleeve gastrectomy helps woman shed 50+ pounds

Posted December 10, 2013 5:30 p.m. EST
Updated December 10, 2013 7:49 p.m. EST

— 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.

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.