Triumph Over Obesity

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By Maureen Robb on July 17, 2017

 When Yevonne Powers was almost 50, she weighed 278 pounds. She was tired all the time and had trouble walking. Everyday life was a struggle.

She was also a single mom and worried about what would happen to her son if her health continued to erode. Her blood pressure and cholesterol levels kept going up.

“I was going on more and more medication," she said. "Everything was getting worse and worse."

Then she decided to look into having bariatric surgery at Carilion Clinic, where she found the support and information she needed. She saw the doctor, the physician assistant, the dietitian and other team members and decided to have gastric bypass surgery.

Today she has lost 100 pounds and feels like a new person.

"I feel great," she said. "I can walk so much better. I can move so much better."

Yevonne advises others that it is not a quick fix.

"It's still a major lifestyle change," she explained. "You have to think about what you eat and what you do."

But with help from the bariatric team, she has been able to make the needed changes to improve her health.

"They're a totally different person," said Arnold Salzberg, M.D., director of metabolic and bariatric surgery at Carilion. "What you notice is the smile on their face."