Teacher Lois Calloway did her homework, researching many places before choosing the Bariatric Surgery Program at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin.
And she was surprised how quickly after her laparoscopic Roux Y Gastric bypass surgery she was making new physical and lifestyle changes for the better.
Lois’s surgeon, James Wallace, MD, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin surgeon and director of the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Bariatric Surgery Program, had her start with moderate exercise two weeks after surgery.
“I started out walking about four blocks each time and as I became healthier and lighter, I increased it to about 35 to 45 minutes a day,” said Lois.
Lois also joined her neighborhood YMCA, jumping into water aerobics and taking other exercise classes.
Physical activity, plus eating fresher, healthier meals is now a part of her daily life. She no longer has knee and ankle pain or acid reflux. And her asthma is no longer a huge problem.
“One of the reasons I’ve been so successful is I followed the rules,” Lois said. “Dr. Wallace and his support staff make it very clear what you can and cannot do. And I’m a rule follower.”
For teacher Lois Calloway, learning some new rules and following them has paid off beautifully.
Since her surgery on March 30, 2004, Lois has lost 115 pounds. She’s gained a ton of energy. And a new perspective.
“In my mind, I was young and healthy. But in reality, I was “old” in my activity and pain levels. Now I love to walk, ride a bike and lift weights. I love my “new” life,” Lois said.