Michael P Gwynn shares the journey of his incredible transformation and path back to health:
“I have had a problem with weight for many years – I had lost considerable amounts of weight on at least 3 occasions, with “Weight Watchers”, “The Drinking Man’s Diet” and the Cambridge/Howard diet, but as soon as I stopped the strict regime required, the weight steadily regained. The type 2 diabetes was proving to be a problem, with me becoming insulin resistant. My diabetologist, Dr Ray Moore, was growing quite concerned, and then began suggesting I undergo bariatric surgery, after he had been reading interesting medical articles suggesting that this was being discovered to be a solution to the diabetic problems.
He recommended I consult Dr Gert du Toit, which I did, and I was most impressed with Dr du Toit’s clear advice and explanations of the surgery, what I could expect, and what the results should be.
At the end of November, 2013, I underwent the surgery, at that time I was the oldest patient to have had the operation. I weighed over 130kgs before the operation, and was suffering from back ache, breathing with difficulty, which was caused by the pressure of the fat on my lungs, I could not walk any distance at all without the aid of a walking stick, and generally felt poorly. I had absolutely no side effects from the operation, spent only one night in highcare afterwards, another night in a general ward, and was discharged the next day. I have lost 46kgs in weight, no longer require the aid of a walking stick and can walk comfortably and easily now, with no breathing problems. Before the operation, I was having 350 units of insulin a day, for about 4 – 6 weeks after the operation, I was down to about 10 – 15 units, and by the second month, was totally off all insulin. I was also taking numerous tablets daily for both the diabetes and hypertension, (my pharmacy account has dropped from approx. R5350 per month to approximately R160) and now take only 1/2 a tablet for each of diabetes and hypertension, and both Dr Moore, and my cardiologist, Dr Dyer, anticipate that these will be discontinued soon. I have lost approx. 46kgs to date, and have not felt so well for many a year! My wife and I are leaving tomorrow (28 May 2014) for an overseas trip, and I am looking forward to this being a comfortable and trouble-free trip!
Looking back now at the “Before” photos – I had no energy, felt well “below par” every day, and lacked motivation to get anything done – I have so much more energy nowadays, have managed to get through a long list of chores which have needed attention for at least three years, and wake up early every morning, feeling refreshed and ready to face each day. I have found the various research papers that are shared at the Bariatric Support Group meetings interesting, and certainly justify my having the surgery, which I recommend to any of my friends who I see in the same situation as I was in beforehand.”
Surgeon: Dr Gert du Toit