Why did Rafiqah decide to get gastric bypass surgery? It wasn't just for health, though her knees were hurting and she had back problems and high blood pressure. It was because at age 28 and over 400 lbs she was tired of it. Without surgery she says, "I didn't think I was going to be able to stop myself from eating." She had binged on food since a little girl. She states, "It was just the taste, I didn't have to be hungry – I wanted it." She had a chance to get the surgery earlier, but got scared and quit. She chose the bypass feeling that with the band she could still eat.
Afterward she states, "It was hard getting the surgery and eating a little bit at a time, going through the sick phase, not knowing what I could eat, watching everybody eat in front of me." She got over seeing other people eat quickly, "I didn't care."
After losing over 200 lbs she has no pain and her blood pressure is under control. Most of all she is more comfortable going out in public, and dresses up more as you can see from her very different before and after pictures.
Vista Medical Center East
1324 N. Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085