My journey to post weight loss surgery
My name is Andrea, and I am 31 years old. A wife to an incredibly supportive husband, Vegas and mum to two kiddies. Elly is 4 and Joshua is 2.
2013Fast forward to 2013 when I met my now-husband. He was different, he looked at me differently and even when I tried to make my weight an issue between us he never did. He always supported me to be the best that I can be and gave me so much more than just a relationship. He helped me to see my self-worth. He enabled me to be honest with myself and others’. Although I had so much support from him, I was still trying all the pills; diet shakes because I wanted not to look like I did anymore.Then we fell pregnant with our beautiful daughter Elly. I lost an incredible amount of weight during my pregnancy and felt amazing to be a mum and maintained the weight loss after she was born. Then I fell pregnant (very quickly) with our son Joshua. Having a baby and a newborn was HARD. I never left the house and after Josh was born, my weight ballooned out too well over 140kg. 40+kg was put on in the 4-5 months after he was born. Josh was born in the September of 2016, and as my weight ballooned my mental health began to diminish substantially. I was suffering and consumed by depression even though I continued to put on a brave face to my friends and family. I was at breaking point.
I remember in about March 2017 I said to Vegas that it would be better for everyone if I were no longer here. I no longer wanted to be here.It was at that moment we both knew something drastic had to change so we started to research options and I stumbled across weight loss surgery. I started looking at costing and we don’t have private health insurance it just didn’t seem like it was ever going to be able to happen. Then I saw that you could have early access to superannuation for life-saving surgery, I didn’t know if I was going to fit in to this category so off we went to the GP to see. About a week later I had a referral to a specialist that I had chosen and made the initial appointment to get the ball rolling. On consultation with the surgeon the decision was made to proceed with the Gastric Sleeve surgery and that would be scheduled for July 2017. I joined the Azurite Medical and Wellness forum and other plastic surgery forums about the same time in preparation for the skin removal surgery that I knew that I would eventually need.
After the intial weight loss surgeryI successfully had the surgery and the recovery was great, I lost 30kg in the first 6 months. Then … nothing. I was still over 100kg and I was still unhappy. I thought surely this isn’t it. This is not the perfect weight for my body. So back to the research we went. In September 2018 I went for a consultation with another surgeon who pointed out a few things to me about my circumstances and medical history and why the Gastric Sleeve was NOT the best choice for me, and that I should have had the Gastric Bypass. Surgery to convert my Gastric Sleeve to the Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass and also have my gallbladder removed at the same time was booked for October 2018. The surgeon who performed my second weight loss surgery was Dr V Kuzinkovas and anyone in NSW who wants the best surgeon needs to go to see him for weight loss surgery.The surgery was a huge success and the weight started falling off straight away. I could see the physical and emotional changes to my body in what should have happened with my first weight loss surgery. I am over the moon with my weight loss after conversion. From October to now I have lost an additional 40kg bringing my total weight loss to 75kg.Then comes the next lot of head games that go along with extreme weight loss. I was unhappy with my excess skin. It was causing me physical pain and emotional angst. I would be ashamed to take my clothes off in front of my husband because I looked like I was melting. This is when my research for plastic and reconstructive surgery went up a notch. I started searching for the BEST. I had spent all this money on surgery already, and I knew I was going to spend more I wasn’t going to just go with whoever. I had been a member of the Azurite forum for over a year, and I was so impressed with the quality of the work of their chief surgeon. That’s how I picked Azurite. I picked them because the surgeon I wanted only works for them. The bonus is that Trina and Ally are just amazing and the whole Azurite family are great!I started my communication with Trina in January 2019 and started discussing surgical options. I gave a list of what I thought I needed, and she was honest with saying what I did and did not need. Here is what was agreed on for my surgery and what I had done:
Post Weight Loss Surgery package
- Extended Tummy Tuck with Liposuction to the lower abdomen/flank area
- Breast Augmentation with nipple lift
- Thigh lift
- Pubis Mons Lift with Liposuction
- Labiaplasty (labia majora only)
I am now two weeks post-op, and I am healing wonderfully. I have very minimal pain and what pain I do have is because my nerves are reconnecting, and that comes with some pain.
I am delighted with how my body has handled the surgery, and I do put it down to following the surgery guide religiously and doing as you’re told. Taking ownership of your healing and following the instructions of tried and true healing methods. Taking the supplements and medications as prescribed and keeping on top of your wounds. However, most of all, it is listening to your body. If you can, move! Often. It will help blood flow and promote healing. This is my biggest tip!
I have had the most significant experience using Azurite for my plastic, and reconstructive surgery and my results speak volumes, more than anything I could ever put into words.
“It’s impossible”, said pride
“It’s risky”, said experience
“It’s pointless”, said the reason
“Give it a try”, whispered the heart…
All it takes is just one day …
Thank you, Trina, Ally and Azurite for giving me the body on the outside that I have always dreamed of.