Green, 47, is proof that weight loss surgery is not the easy way out. Her family and friends didn’t even think she weighed enough to qualify and worried it was too drastic. But health issues -- including high blood pressure, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, GERD, arthritis, and knee pain -- were getting the best of Green, and she was tired of it.
"I couldn’t take the pain anymore. I wanted to exercise. I wanted to walk. I have a 10-year-old son. I really needed to do something,” Green said. “No matter what I did, I couldn’t lose the weight.”
Green, who lives in Burlington, NC, read books and articles about weight loss surgery, and she talked to people who had been through it. She’d heard that Duke’s weight loss surgery program had a great reputation, so she made an appointment. In March 2018 she met her surgeon, Kunoor Jain-Spangler, MD, for the first time.
“We just clicked.” Green said. “She’s such a sweetheart, and she has such a bubbly personality. I’m so happy I got her.”
Although Green initially wanted the gastric sleeve procedure, she and Dr. Jain-Spangler decided gastric bypass would be more likely to address some of her health concerns. Five months after her first appointment, Green had the surgery. For about a week afterward, she felt intense, almost unbearable gas pain, which she hadn’t expected. Apart from that, she recovered quickly.