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Ashlee Harringa

Surgery Date: 2/1/2021
Starting Weight: 262
Current Weight: 145

What made you decide to have weight loss surgery? I was tired of having no energy, hated seeing myself in pictures, and feared of health issues that I would get that would not allow me to be around to see my kids graduate due to being unhealthy!

How long did it take for you to decide to have weight loss surgery? 6-8 months

Did anyone either encourage or discourage you from having surgery? I had a little bit of both, but have had nothing but support and encouragement since I went through with it!

What do you wish you'd known before the surgery? That I would have so much energy and make it hard for my husband to keep up with all the energy I now have!

What things are you able to do now that may have been difficult or impossible before surgery? Tie my shoes, wear cute clothes, run without being out of breath, and enjoy it!

Which conditions or diseases have you seen decrease or disappear since your surgery? My snoring and excessive sinus issues.

How has surgery altered your outlook on life, your emotions, and/or relationships? It's made everything so much better!!  I can wear clothes I never could before, not hate how I see myself in the mirror, and be able to keep up with my kids and enjoy the time with them.

Why did you decide to have surgery with Dr. Eibes?  Originally it was the convenience and location, but I had such a great experience throughout the whole process, I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. 

What would you say about Dr. Eibes and his team?  First off, the surgery center was the best care I have ever received! Second, the staff is amazing and follow-up care is even better!  I absolutely love the care and thoroughness that I receive from Jody 3 years out!

What would you tell someone who is considering weight loss surgery? The only regret I have is not doing it sooner!  Also, you will hear people say, "Oh, you're cheating."  However, it's far from that and it's just a tool, and it's all about how you decide to use the tool and the success is all in your control! You get out of it what you put into it!

Is there any additional information you would like to share?  Thank you for giving me my life back!  Also, my after photo is a result of insurance-approved panniculectomy!

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