Shawna’s Story of Surgical Weight-Loss Success
When you meet Shawna Keller today, her vibrant, outgoing personality shines through. As you get to know her in the video, you may find it hard to believe that for many years, she hid herself away because of her weight and related health problems.
After choosing to have gastric bypass surgery at Lancaster General Health and committing to a healthy lifestyle, Shawna’s zest for life is soaring. She was also able to reduce the number of prescription medications she takes each day from 20 to two.
“I can’t say enough about the staff at the Lancaster General Health weight loss program,” she says. “They let you know that you matter. They helped me every step of the way.”
The Most Important Step
While there are many important steps in the surgical weight-loss journey, Dr. Joseph McPhee, a bariatric surgeon at Lancaster General Health’s Healthy Weight Management & Bariatric Surgery program, says the most important step—by far—is follow-up with your medical team.
“Patients who continue to go to their follow-up appointments for three to five years after their surgery have the greatest success in maintaining the weight they’ve lost,” said Dr. McPhee. “The team is able to offer motivation, the latest learnings, and expert advice on diet and exercise.”
Off the Sidelines
Shawna also credits a strong network of support groups for helping her keep her weight off and stick to a healthy routine. She made the choice to get healthy. Now she is off the sidelines, fully engaged in an active, busy life.
Learn more about Lancaster General Health’s weight-loss program at www.lghealth.org/bariatrics.