Facing a past crisis helps one woman take next step toward a new way of living, with bariatric surgery | Ascension

Facing a past crisis helps one woman take next step toward a new way of living, with bariatric surgery


Traumatic events in our lives can shape who we are and how we deal with many issues. This was the case with one young woman who confronted her troubled past and transformed herself both emotionally and physically through deciding on weight-loss surgery.

“I had a traumatic incident in my past, and I was able to face it. And in doing so, I feel mentally and emotionally lighter,” Angelyta detailed. “I needed my physical self to be just as light as everything else. I needed to be whole.”

Weight-loss can be a lifelong struggle. Many patients have tried various tactics to lose weight for years before they finally seriously consider bariatric surgery as an option. And many times, it is other health concerns, including the emotional struggle, that brings patients to make the decision. Watch a free online seminar or schedule a surgery consultation today. Viewing a free online informational seminar hosted by Ascension in Wisconsin can also help you decide whether surgery is the right option for you.

Dr. Maykong Leepalao, bariatric surgeon with Ascension Medical Group says, “A patient’s mobility, other medical and health issues, relationships, and sometimes work can be affected by obesity. So, if a patient’s obesity can be minimized, other health concerns may be less problematic or may be more easily addressed.”

Angelyta had a gastric bypass, and although it took some time, she went from weighing 356 pounds to 195 pounds. Many patients could lose a large percentage of their excess body weight in the first year after a procedure.

“I want to do everything, and I don’t feel like I am limiting myself. I am full of zest and full of life right now. I am light all over, my spirit is light, I am light. I feel like I could float, I feel like I am on clouds,” she said. “I feel extra beautiful.”

At Ascension in Wisconsin, our weight loss doctors, care teams and bariatric surgeons will guide and support you through every step of your journey. Whether you want to lose weight with a lifestyle change or you are considering weight loss surgery, we have a variety of options that can make a difference in the health and lives of many patients. We deliver nonsurgical and surgical treatments such as a gastric band, the newer gastric sleeve procedure or a gastric bypass. And we can help with revisions of previous weight loss surgeries.

Angelyta took the first step to feel better.

At Ascension in Wisconsin, we are fully prepared to deliver the bariatrics and weight management care patients need, with strict precautions in place for the safety of patients in our care:

  • Staggering appointments and limiting people in waiting rooms to allow for proper social distancing
  • Continuing to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Screening patients, visitors, doctors, nurses and care teams before they enter
  • Extensively cleaning and disinfecting all areas more often

The next step takes courage. Sign up for a free seminar to find out more or schedule an appointment today.

Caring for your mind and body has never been more important. At Ascension in Wisconsin, we are here to provide compassionate care — including gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery — to support you on your journey to weight-loss and better overall health. Our doctors are ready to help patients when they are ready to take the next step.

By viewing a free online informational seminar you can better understand surgery options, meet our doctors and hear patient success stories.

Seeing a doctor can help you reach your health goals safely and more effectively. Our doctors will listen to your concerns and discuss a personalized care plan that can help you lose and manage your weight for a lifetime.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Maykong Leepalao today by calling 920-730-4435.