Tamichael Tyus of Mobile, Alabama, knew she wanted to lose weight after realizing she was being left out of having an active life. "I was feeling sluggish and tired more often. I decided I needed to make a change – I’m about to be 44. I asked myself: ‘Who wants to be 44 and can’t enjoy life?’" she said. Tamichael started to explore bariatric surgery at Ascension Providence. Bariatric surgeon Danuel Laan, MD, talked her through her options, and she had gastric sleeve surgery in March 2022.
"Dr. Laan and the entire team prepared me for everything and took care of all my needs post-surgery," recalled Tamichael. "They were all very attentive and willing and wanting to help in whatever way they could. I have nothing but great things to say about the entire process."
After her surgery, Tamichael embraced the commitment to improving her life. The sleeve gastrectomy removed the outside portion of her stomach, allowing her to feel satisfied with less food. She learned a new way of thinking about food and herself but said the transition and lifestyle change have been easy. Since the surgery, Tamichael has so far lost more than 80 pounds.
From better sleep and more energy to no longer needing her blood pressure medicine, Tamichael is grateful she decided to take charge of her life and the care team at Ascension Providence that helped her get to this point.
Tamichael has only words of encouragement for those on the fence about moving forward with a weight-loss procedure. "To the person apprehensive about getting the surgery, don’t be. It is a lifestyle change that will benefit you and the people around you because you’re happier than you were before. It’s absolutely a confidence builder. Don’t hesitate. I wish I would’ve done it years ago."
Personalized care every step of your weight-loss journey
Weight-loss surgery is personal, so is the way we care for you. At Ascension Providence in Mobile, Alabama, our weight-loss care team guides and supports you through every step of your journey. The road to a healthier, happier you can begin with watching a weight-loss seminar. Find out if bariatric surgery is the right option for you. Learn more about the Ascension Providence Weight-Loss Center at ascension.org/ProvidenceWeightLoss.
Weight loss results may vary depending on the individual. There is no guarantee of specific results.