Bariatric surgery patient reflects after one year post-op

Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 8:11 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Abbey Lacey from Newcastle is 140 pounds lighter thanks to the Children’s Hospital Colorado bariatric surgery team.

Lacey said this surgery was the last option in her health journey. “It definitely wasn’t the easy way out,” Lacey said.

Medical conditions she’s endured led her to decide to get the surgery. “I get extra fluid in my spine and around my brain that causes pressure. I get bad migraines. I also have abdominal migraines and when I get those it’s a lot of pain and throwing up,” Lacey said.

Lacey also has polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS. She said she ate healthy foods and exercised every day and none of the weight came off.

Dr. Thomas Inge, Lacey’s surgeon, said this surgery can reverse the effects of PCOS. Back and joint pain plus asthma are a few other complications Lacey had from being overweight. Now she’s much better. “I did cross country in sixth grade and I could barely run because of my terrible asthma attacks. I run almost every day now,” Lacey said.

Inge said teens as young as 13 can qualify for this surgery if they understand their role in healing. In his experience, he hasn’t operated on someone who didn’t have any health problems caused by obesity.

“It’s important to know that we don’t just do a blood test and put patients on a scale. We talk to them and find out that it’s the quality of life that drives them to come to see us,” Inge said.

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