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Gastric bypass surgery offers successful option for weight loss

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Jane Reynolds, before surgery Jane Reynolds, before surgery
Jane Reynolds, after surgery Jane Reynolds, after surgery
Dr. Douglas Olsen Dr. Douglas Olsen

It's been four and a half years since Jane Reynolds weighed 300 pounds. 

"My entire life, I've battled weight. Genetics has played a huge part in my obesity," said gastric bypass patient Jane Reynolds

Her constant struggle with weight took a toll on her health.

"I was just getting bigger and bigger and tried everything, and I was just tired of being tired of being overweight," said Reynolds.

At the age of 45, she decided to try surgery.  

"Surgery is a very, very useful tool. In fact, it's the only tool we have out there that has been shown to have any sign of success in those people who suffer the most severe form of obesity that we refer to as morbid obesity, which is roughly 100 pounds over one's ideal body weight," said Dr. Douglas Olsen, a bariatric surgeon.

Reynolds underwent a gastric bypass, which was performed at the Center for Treatment of Obesity at Nashville's Centennial Medical Center.

She said it changed her life dramatically.

"I walk five miles at least every other day. I wasn't even able to walk around the mall four and a half years ago, so it's made my life so different," said Reynolds.

However, surgery is just the beginning of her journey. She knows it's important to watch what she eats and stay active.

"Smaller portions, more exercise. The more you take in, the more you need to work off," Reynolds explained.

It's vital after surgery that she keeps the weight off, which is why the center offers support needed post-surgery for patients.

"We have a dietician, an exercise psychologist, even a Ph.D physiologist. That's part of our program, to help us with that aftercare," said Dr. Olsen.

Since there is no charge for after care services, and no limit, Reynolds has lifetime access to keep her on track.

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