By late 2017, Ontario mom, Lindsay Rietschlin, had watched her weight increase to 290 pounds after years of yo-yo dieting. She was at risk of being diagnosed with diabetes, on her way to having high blood pressure, and was having a hard time keeping up with her three small children.

Lindsay before surgery

“I just wanted to be healthy for my kids. I’m young, and God-willing, have a lot of life ahead of me. I wanted to live my life to the fullest. Prior to surgery, I was just tired and didn’t feel well.”

After not getting the results she wanted from trying to lose weight on her own and with the help of her primary care provider, Lindsay decided to learn more about Avita’s Bariatric program. She had driven past Avita’s billboard for bariatric surgery many times and her desire to be healthier propelled her to learn more about bariatric surgery

“Avita’s bariatric program gives patients the support they need every step of the way,” said Linden Karas, MD, bariatric surgeon. “The patients and I work together to choose the procedure that best suits their health and goals. We help individuals improve their health prior to surgery and assist them in making the postoperative life adjustments that are important to long-term success.”

Lindsay after surgery

Lindsay prepared for her December 2017 gastric sleeve procedure with a series of medical tests, nutrition classes (her personal favorite), a psychiatric evaluation, and a medically monitored diet.

After surgery, Lindsay faced challenges adjusting to the portion sizes that her smaller stomach required, but she always knew she had the support. “I always look forward to attending the bariatric support group meetings. I like how you can ask others who’ve already had the surgery how they would handle it. I also feel like the bariatric team is completely behind me. I can call the staff and they will help me with anything I need. I like that a lot.”

Lindsay has lost 95 pounds and counting. “I’m definitely happier. I feel like I’m more full of life. I’m able to actually keep up with my kids! I’m glad I had the confidence in myself to make the right decision for myself and my family.”