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Published on July 01, 2005

Shiela Lippold & Weight Loss Surgery

Shiela Lippold
Patient: Shiela Lippold

Location: Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

Service: Weight Loss Surgery

Doctor: Barry Greene, MD

At 380 pounds, Shiela Lippold knew she had to take major steps to improve her health. She’d already had a heart attack and a stroke. She also had a 17-year-old handicapped daughter who relied on her. That’s when she began to investigate bariatric surgery.

“My daughter counts on me to be there. I knew I had to take care of myself,” Shiela explains. “I researched the surgery for months before I presented the information to my primary care physician. He referred me to Dr. Greene’s office.”

Dr. Barry Greene, a general surgeon at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, who was featured in the Fall 2004 issue of Health Advisor, recommended that Shiela attend an information session on gastric bypass surgery.

Dr. Greene was very upfront about what was expected of patients before and after surgery,” says Shiela. “He stressed that this is not a cosmetic surgery. Rather, it’s a procedure for people who are at least 100 pounds overweight, and who have tried diet and exercise plans but failed to lose weight.”

Following surgery over a year ago, Shiela enjoys family outings and walks with her husband. Her sugar diabetes is under control and she takes half the medications she took prior to surgery. “This was a very individual decision and not something I took lightly,” she says. “Today, I feel better than I have in 25 years.”

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