13-Year-Old Who Lost 60 Pounds With Weight-Loss Surgery: Her Life One Year Later

Jennifer O'Neill WriterApril 1, 2015

 
13-Year-Old Who Lost 60 Pounds With Weight-Loss Surgery: Her Life One Year Later

 

 
Alexis
Shapiro, 13, is back at school and enjoying life post–gastric bypass
after uncontrollable weight gain caused her to tip the scales at more
than 200 pounds. (Photo: Jenny Shapiro)
 
Before
13-year-old Alexis Shapiro went through a sleeve gastrectomy one year
ago — an attempt to reduce the 150 pounds she’d put on her 4-foot-7
frame after brain surgery in 2011 — her mother Jenny tells Yahoo
Parenting, “I was just holding onto hope. This was our last resort.” 
 
So
it’s no small victory for the Cibolo, Tex., family to celebrate that
the once 203-pound tween is doing “remarkably” well today, having lost
an impressive 60 pounds. “We’re just so excited,” says Jenny. “It’s
great to see her move around better and be happier and be part of the
family more — all because of her weight loss. Her life isn’t consumed by
thinking about food anymore.” 
 
 
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Photo: Hope and love for Alexis/Facebook
 
Not too long ago, she was
consumed by it. Surgery to remove a brain tumor had damaged Alexis’
hypothalamus, the body’s appetite and metabolism control center. The
9-year-old gained about two pounds a week after that, due to her resulting condition: hypothalamic obesity, which People reports is a “rare, irreversible condition that leaves her feeling constant hunger pains.” 
 
But then she had gastric bypass surgery at the renowned Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center last
March, reducing her stomach to a quarter of its size. And that changed
everything. She’s no longer diabetic, for one. And, says Jenny, the
sixth-grader “has become so much more independent,” not to mention
inspired. 

 

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Photo: Hope and love for Alexis/Facebook
“A
month after her bariatric surgery, she said, ‘I want to do one of those
fun run things,’” says the parent, along with husband Ian Shapiro, of
three kids (daughter Kayley is 10 and son Ethan is 8). Alexis recently
did it, and “is so proud of herself she wanted to put it on Facebook.
She wants to keep doing these 5Ks, so we will,” vows her mom. 
 
Also
on the agenda now? Family functions. “We can go to picnics and
barbecues and don’t have to wonder, ‘What people will say?’ or [worry]
that food will be an issue,” says Jenny. “She can pass up things that
would have driven her crazy before, with everybody eating and food all
spread out everywhere.” Before, if Alexis didn’t have the size meal that
she thought she should have, “she would get frustrated and end up
screaming and yelling in really horrible tantrums,” adds her mother.
Today “she can have a bit of something, two tablespoons, and be
satisfied.” The change allows her to be a part of things again, says
Jenny. “She’s much more calm. It’s been so nice, a huge relief.” 
 

 

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Photo: Hope and love for Alexis/Facebook 
 
Weight
struggle will always be a part of Alexis’ life, though. She takes
steroids and growth hormones daily. “Hypothalamic obesity will never go
away,” Jenny explains. “We manage her hormones at home and have to
constantly monitor them. So we’re just watching and being cautiously
optimistic.” 
 
The
goal going forward is to maintain her weight while she grows taller.
“She’s never going to be skinny but that’s OK,” adds her mom, who hopes
to see her little girl living on her own someday and having a job, after
she “enjoys her high school years.” Ultimately, she says, “I just want
her to have as much fun as she can.” 
 
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Dr. Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions host Support Group

Each month, Dr. Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions host a support group for patients who have opted for various types of surgical weight loss solutions. This month, Dallas’s top weight loss surgeon staff will be on hand June 2, 2014 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Downsize Fitness in Dallas, Texas and they will be joined by a guest speaker from Celebrate Vitamins who will discuss the importance of vitamins regulating and helping weight loss. She will also be providing visitors with samples of vitamins to try.

The weight loss surgery practice of Dr. Gregory Barnes, M.D, understands the physical and psychological importance of fighting morbid obesity. Dr. Barnes can help you achieve life-changing healthy weight loss. His bariatric practice, Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions serves the Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano area providing weight loss surgery for people suffering from the debilitating effects of morbid obesity.

Dr. Barnes is an experienced, board certified, compassionate surgeon who offers a variety of effective surgical procedures to help you lose weight enabling you to live a healthier, more productive life and feel more confident about your appearance.

ImageWe hope you can all join us on June 2, 2014 and visit Heather from Celebrate Vitamins. Regulating and losing weight can be a challenging journey and one you don’t have to go through alone.

Dr. Barnes practices the latest in procedures, such as the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System, and Revisional Weight Loss Surgery which are all hallmarks of the established practice in Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano.

Each of these procedures are proven to help patients lose large amounts of weight and keep the weight off. Gregory Barnes, MD has the experience and technical skills to perform and most of his bariatric surgeries take less than an hour. Gastric bypass patients usually go home the next day, while lap band patients routinely go home the same day. In all cases follow up care and nutritional advice are offered as well as Support Groups like the upcoming seminar.

Dr. Barnes provides patients with all of the tools to succeed with weight loss and a comprehensive weight loss surgery treatment program. Each program includes pre-operative assessment, weight loss treatment counseling, and regular follow-up care and support groups to help you lose weight safely and effectively.

For more information and to reserve your spot contact 214.506.2660 or email info@barnesbariatric.com. All guests are welcome.

Information on weight loss procedures can be found at http://barnesweightlosssurgery.com. Clinics are conveniently located at 1106 Alston Avenue in Ft. Worth, TX; 2301 Marsh Lane in Plano, TX; and 7616 LBJ Freeway in Dallas, TX.

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Dr. Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions host Support Group

Each month, Dr. Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions host a support group for patients who have opted for various types of surgical weight loss solutions. This month, Dallas’s top weight loss surgeon staff will be on hand May 5, 2014 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Downsize Fitness in Dallas, Texas.

The weight loss surgery practice of Dr. Gregory Barnes, M.D, understands the physical and psychological importance of fighting morbid obesity. Dr. Barnes can help you achieve life-changing healthy weight loss. His bariatric practice, Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions serves the Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano area providing weight loss surgery for people suffering from the debilitating effects of morbid obesity.

Dr. Barnes is an experienced, board certified, compassionate surgeon who offers a variety of effective surgical procedures to help you lose weight enabling you to live a healthier, more productive life and feel more confident about your appearance.

ImageThis month our family of patients and future patients will have the pleasure and opportunity of hearing from a speaker who has already had a bariatric procedure with very successful weight loss. He will be speaking about his experiences before, during and after his surgery. In addition, he will be sharing some tips on how to stay successful after surgery. This is a great opportunity for everyone, from prospective pursuers of a weight loss procedure to those who are considering a weight loss procedure.

Dr. Barnes practices the latest in procedures, such as the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System, and Revisional Weight Loss Surgery which are all hallmarks of the established practice in Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano.

Each of these procedures are proven to help patients lose large amounts of weight and keep the weight off. Gregory Barnes, MD has the experience and technical skills to perform and most of his bariatric surgeries take less than an hour. Gastric bypass patients usually go home the next day, while lap band patients routinely go home the same day. In all cases follow up care and nutritional advice are offered as well as Support Groups like the upcoming seminar.

Dr. Barnes provides patients with all of the tools to succeed with weight loss and a comprehensive weight loss surgery treatment program. Each program includes pre-operative assessment, weight loss treatment counseling, and regular follow-up care and support groups to help you lose weight safely and effectively.

For more information and to reserve your spot contact 214.506.2660 or email info@barnesbariatric.com. All guest are welcome.

Information on weight loss procedures can be found at http://barnesweightlosssurgery.com. Clinics are conveniently located at 1106 Alston Avenue in Ft. Worth, TX; 2301 Marsh Lane in Plano, TX; and 7616 LBJ Freeway in Dallas, TX.

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Positivity and Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions

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Being positive is a way of living. It is a choice we make. Being positive, staying positive and surrounding ourselves with positive people is a philosophy that is subscribed to and diligently followed.

Positivity is a human emotional characteristic that encompasses happiness, simplicity, self-esteem, productivity and social relationships. It is measured in forward progression, self-confidence and determination.

Some people are born being positive, some start out that way and get knocked down along the way, and others visit that emotion as often as hotel guests use the revolving door over and over again.

Whatever the case is, positive people are successful and productive people whose lives are richer and they experience more satisfaction.

Positivity is attainable by everyone. You may be able to reach that goal on your own or you may need help on the journey to find it. Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions is the perfect place to find the assistance you need in reaching your personal goals to achieve maximum positive results.

The weight loss surgery practice of Gregory Barnes, M.D. understands the physical and psychological importance of fighting morbid obesity. Dr. Barnes can help you achieve life-changing healthy weight loss.

His bariatric practice, Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions, serves the Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano area, providing weight loss surgery for people suffering from the debilitating effects of morbid obesity.

Dr. Barnes is an experienced, board certified, compassionate surgeon who offers a variety of effective surgical procedures to help you lose weight enabling you to live a healthier, more productive life and feel more confident about your appearance.

For more information, questions or comments contact 214-506-2660 or visit www.barnesweightlosssurgery.com.

 

 

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Coffee and Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions

Coffee is considered “the nectar of the gods.” It has been dubbed this because it smells divine, tastes like heaven and supercharges our senses.

Coffee can energize and revitalize. It’s a morning wake me up, an afternoon pick me up and an evening indulgence.

Coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant and mood altering substance. The “high” you can feel after consuming a cup of java is euphoric.

Taking a sip of this decadent liquid, for many, is a way to handle all that life has to throw at them. But sometimes coffee, the smell, the taste, or a combination of the two together, is a reminder of good times–old times.

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Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions can provide the same experience to their patients as coffee can to its connoisseurs. Weight loss can help boost a person’s self-esteem, improve your attitude and energy levels and provide the strength we all need to maneuver through the world we live in. Weight loss can transport a person back to their former self and give them a fresh start.

The weight loss surgery practice of Gregory Barnes, M.D. understands the physical and psychological importance of fighting morbid obesity. Dr. Barnes can help you achieve life-changing healthy weight loss.

His bariatric practice, Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions, serves the Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano area, providing weight loss surgery for people suffering from the debilitating effects of morbid obesity.

Dr. Barnes is an experienced, board certified, compassionate surgeon who offers a variety of effective surgical procedures to help you lose weight enabling you to live a healthier, more productive life and feel more confident about your appearance.

For more information, questions or comments contact 214.506.2660 or visit www.barnesweightlosssurgery.com.

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Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

Christmas is just around the corner, and for many that means we are accepting the fact that the scale will read 5-10 pounds heavier on January 1st.  However, that doesn’t have to be the case.  Courtesy of Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions here are a few tips on how to eat healthy during the holidays.

ImageBe Realistic

Losing weight during the holidays just isn’t going to happen. The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Enjoy this time, don’t punish yourself by completely avoiding all of those goodies on the table. Instead just set the goal of maintaining your current weight.

Exercise

Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relive holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating.

Don’t Skip Meals

Skipping meals is the number one way to NOT lose weight. Before leaving for a party eat a light snack like raw veggies or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite and make you much less likely to over indulge.

Portion Control

Just don’t eat until you’re stuffed, eat until you are satisfied. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Just sit down, be comfortable and enjoy.

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Take the Focus Off the Food

Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations. Or you can plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t about food. Play board games or go on a walking tour of decorated homes.

These are just a few ways to help you avoid the over-indulgence that comes with the holiday season. For more information about the professionals at Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions visit http://www.barnesweightlosssurgery.com

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Top 4 Benefits of Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

The execution of bariatric surgery designed for those who aim to lose weight is one of the weight loss solutions you can take after traditional means like diet and exercise fail. Courtesy of Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions here are a few benefits to bariatric surgery:

1. Significant Weight Loss. As a result of undergoing the procedure, patients can expect to lose up to sixty-one percent excess weight within the first year after the surgery. This is a major help in preventing diseases linked to obesity aside from improving one’s figure.

Image2. Decreased Risk of Suffering from High Blood Pressure. At least seventy percent of hypertension/high blood pressure patients stop the intake of their medications and obtain a normal blood pressure within 2-3 months after undergoing the surgery. It is also possible for those who still need to take their medications to lower their dosage, thereby reducing their risk of suffering from the side effects of the medications.

3. Short Hospital Stays. This also means fast recovery period. A lot of surgeons prefer to use the laparoscopic approach when it comes to performing bariatric surgery. It is because this approach is minimally invasive. This also results to less pain, smaller scars, faster recovery period and shorter stay in the hospital than other open forms of surgery.

4. Improved Quality of Life. Undergoing the procedure can also help in improving the quality of your life. The majority of those who undergo the procedure say that they feel better after the procedure and enjoy an improved ability to do physical and recreational activities. The improvements made by the procedure in your figure can also help in boosting your confidence.

ImageIf you’ve tried other ways to lose weight without success, then Bariatric Surgery may be right for you.  Dr. Gregory Barnes is an experienced weight loss surgeon and can determine the best and safest avenue on your journey to a new self.  Visit www.barnesweightlosssurgery.com or call 214-506-2660 to schedule a free consultation at one of our many locations in the Dallas area.

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