The before picture , before a successful weight loss surgery done at my new self bariatrics in St. Louis.

In the spring of 2015 I had reached my heaviest (364 lbs) and had gotten to the point where my body was telling me that I had to do something. My wife’s cousin had gone through MyNewSelf a couple of years ago so I called her to get her opinion of the program and her results.

I attended a MyNewSelf seminar in late April of 2015 to learn about my options and to meet Dr. Ricks. Hearing the words “morbidly obese” really resonated with me and really kind of scared me. I met with Dr. Ricks in mid-May for my first appointment. Dr. Ricks is extremely easy to talk to and I felt very comfortable around him. I’m usually pretty uptight around doctors but he made it easy to talk about a subject that no one likes to talk about.

Mike’s Success Story – Sleeve Gastrectomy

Mike's Success Story

I found out that my insurance would cover the sleeve gastrectomy only after completing a 6 month supervised diet. I ended up losing 82 lbs prior to my surgery through diet and exercise. I contemplated delaying the surgery since I was doing pretty good on my own. Over the holidays I kind of let my guard down and gained 7 lbs in 3 days. This showed me just how fast the weight can go back on. I had surgery on December 30.

It went very well and I was back to walking 3 – 4 miles just 1 day after being released from the hospital. I have lost 27 lbs since surgery and look and feel like a different person. I feel like my goal to reach 225 lbs is very achievable now that I’ve had the surgery.

This testimonial reflects results achieved by this patient. As each case must be independently evaluated and managed, Actual weight loss will vary.