Skip to Content

View Additional Section Content

Derek's Journey

What made you finally decide to take the steps toward surgery?

I had been on the weight loss ‘roller coaster’ all of my life. None of the changes that I made were ever permanent. I needed something that would stick with me for life.

How long did it take before you decided?

It took me a good five years. I initially wanted the adjustable gastric band; however after researching, I knew that I needed something more.

What was your journey?

Most of my journey seemed to be around the insurance process. Once I decided to have surgery, I found out I didn’t have the bariatric benefit in my insurance plan. It took quite a long time to get the insurance coverage and find someone that was willing to accept my insurance. 

Tell us a little bit about your experience with surgery and the aftercare.

The nurses, physicians and hospital staff were all awesome. I found them all to be very helpful.

How was the care at Missouri Bariatric Services?

They have always been excellent in getting back to me in a timely fashion. They always answer all of my questions.

What were your reservations beforehand?

I didn’t have a lot of reservations. I knew that it was the right thing to do for me.

How did you feel right after surgery?

I felt pretty positive about the entire experience from the moment I woke up in the hospital.

What about one year after?

I feel great! I exercise 3-5 days per week. I wear a Fitbit every day and make it a habit to hit 10,000 steps each day. I have added resistance training to my workout which has been very helpful.

Can you tell me about the difference in your health?

I didn’t have a lot of health issues to start with. My blood pressure is considerably better and my lab work looks great.  I can play freely with my child without worrying about being out of shape!

How do you stay motivated?

I did it, and continue to do it, for my child. I don’t ever want to go back to feeling the way I did before surgery.

If you could tell people just one thing about your weight loss, what would it be?

Research your options and make an informed decision. I think you will find that bariatric surgery is one of the most effective treatments for the disease of obesity.


BMI Calculator

Interactive Tool: BMI Calculator

This interactive tool estimates your risk of weight-related diseases by using your body mass index (BMI) along with your waist measurement and other factors. The higher the BMI, the greater the risk of some diseases, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes.

Missouri Bariatric Services Newsletter

Sign up today for our newsletter, you will be informed about support groups, exercise tips, recipes and more.

The email address you sign up with will be used only to send you the newsletter and support group updates. You can unsubscribe at anytime. 

View our newsletter.