Weight Loss Surgery Patient Testimonials
Sleeve Gastrectomy and Hiatal Hernia
“I’d like to express my gratitude to Dr. Stevenson and his wonderful staff for literally saving my life. Approaching age 65 with a hiatal hernia, 100+ lbs. overweight, and pre-diabetic put me at high risk for a stroke, cardiac issues and other health related problems. I sought the ultimate behavior modification process, weight loss surgery. By luck I found Dr. Stevenson and Agave Surgical and could not have been more pleased with the process and the results.
Dr. Stevenson performed a vertical sleeve gastrectomy and hiatal hernia repair early in December of 2018. Prior to the surgery, I was placed on the “liver shrinking diet” by Dr. Stevenson, and after 4 weeks had already lost 30 lbs. The surgery was completed without complications and recovery time was minimal. Dr. Stevenson was supportive during the entire process, offering encouragement and acting as an information conduit for all thing’s “sleeve” related. I was particularly encouraged throughout my weight loss journey by Dr. Stevenson’s compassionate manner and his sense of humor.
As I write this patient testimonial about 14 weeks post-surgery, I’m thrilled to report that as of my 65th birthday, I have dropped 85 lbs. and I’m within 17 lbs. of my goal weight of 185. Never would I have imagined that at this stage of my life, I’d weigh less than I did in high school. I cannot thank Dr. Stevenson and Agave Surgical enough. They literally gave me my life back. I’d write more, but it’s time to walk up the 6 flights of stairs to my office instead of taking the elevator; something I would have been unable to do before meeting Dr. Stevenson. I am eternally thankful for his intervention”
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Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
“On December 7th 2018 I had the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy done by Dr. Shawn Stevenson. After meeting with multiple surgeons in the Valley I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Stevenson in June of 2018. I immediately knew upon meeting him that my search was over. I’ve struggled with my weight since I was 6 years old, so this decision did not come lightly to me. I have been pushed aside, ridiculed, and ignored because of my size and it was my biggest fear that this experience would be no different. Thankfully, that could not have been farther from my reality. Dr. Stevenson and all of the staff at Agave Surgical were incredibly professional, very friendly and inviting, and instantly made me feel like I mattered, which unfortunately is a rare feeling for someone who is obese.
I immediately started the weight loss program with Dignity Health and continued to see Dr. Stevenson as the months passed. I cannot say one negative thing about the team at Dignity Health. The program was extremely thorough and very intentional. They assessed not only my physical state, but my mental state as well. Every person I came in contact with over this 6 month journey whether they were a nurse, a receptionist, a psychologist, or worked in billing, treated me with the utmost respect and care. Case managers called to congratulate me when I received my surgery date, nurses cheered me on as I struggled to walk through the halls hours only hours after surgery. I truly believe it is because of the staff at Agave Surgical, Dignity Health, and Mercy Gilbert, that I have had the results that I have today.
I am only 3 months post op and have had a total weight loss of 98 pounds, I’ve dropped 4 shirt sizes, 4 pant sizes, necklaces fit better, I don’t need a seat belt extender when I travel, and that’s just the beginning. I am no longer invisible, I have confidence I have never had before, and now I have the opportunity to share my story and hopefully be an inspiration to others. This has been the hardest, most challenging, and terrifying experience of my life. However, I can also proudly say that this is the best decision I have ever made, and I am strong and I am fearless. I have about 70 more pounds until I reach my goal weight, and I’m confident that with the continued support of Dr. Stevenson and his team, and my amazing family and friends, I’ll achieve my goal and so many more.”
Before and After Photos