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Being overweight for most of my life, I have battled with joint pain, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I felt horrible, exercise was difficult and I was always extremely fatigued. I was failing as a wife, mother and grandmother.
I have been a registered nurse for over 30 years. In August of 2010, I was asked to take on the role of Bariatric Coordinator and take the lead developing a Bariatric Center of Excellence for Placentia-Linda Hospital. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Oliak and becoming a Certified Bariatric Nurse. Educating myself regarding the disease of obesity, the co-morbidities and treatment modalities, I had the fringe benefit of being able to observe Dr. Oliak in the surgical arena. Dr. Oliak is a meticulous and superb surgeon!
During this time I also consulted with Dr. Oliak personally. I had a Sleeve Gastrectomy on August 5, 2011. It is undoubtedly one of the best things I have done for myself. I now have energy, my joint pain has improved dramatically; my blood pressure and cholesterol levels have also improved. I physically and mentally feel lighter and brighter! Professionally and personally, the quality of my life has improved.
Thank you Dr. Oliak!!
I first heard about Dr. Oliak when he began performing bariatric surgery at Placentia-Linda Hospital. I work in the surgery department so I had the opportunity to watch him perform these surgeries. I was most impressed with his attention to detail and his concern for his patients' well being. I was also impressed with the post operative care program, which is so important to being successful.
After consulting with Dr. Oliak we decided that the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure would be the best for me. In total I have lost 100lbs. I could not be happier with the results. Thanks to Dr. Oliak I am eating healthier than ever before and am committed to a healthier lifestyle, for life.
I have done pretty much every diet out there. I have lost the same 50lbs time and time again and was tired of it. I attended one of Dr. Oliak's seminars after hearing great things about him and his staff.
Everything I had heard ended up being true and then some. The follow-up after surgery kept me motivated and they 100% cared about me and my progress and wanted me to succeed, which was huge. It has been an awesome experience, one that has changed my life forever. I feel like for the first time in my life I am confident that I will achieve my weight loss goals. I have Dr. Oliak and his staff to thank for that!
My weight loss journey has completely changed my life. I feel so much better going out and spending time with my family and friends. I love being able to chase my grandkids around without feeling tired all the time. I sleep so much better and wake feeling ready to start my new day.
Dr. Oliak and his staff have given me a second chance at life. I have so much more energy and feel so much better. My health has also improved; I no longer need to take blood pressure medicine or any medicine at all. I feel I have total control over my life and can accomplish anything I set out to do. Thank you Dr. Oliak and staff!
I was overweight my whole life, and had tried every diet out there. The more I tried to control myself and my eating habits, the more control I seemed to lose over my weight.
Getting the Gastric Sleeve was the best decision I ever made. The Oliak Center provided me with the knowledge and tools to succeed, and was always a source of support. After surgery, it suddenly became so very clear to me what it felt like to be normal, and to feel satisfied - something I had never felt my entire life. Finally, I feel like the person I am on the inside matches the person on the outside. Finally, I have found control over my weight and my health.
I've lost 100 pounds and I feel great! Sleeve Gastrectomy has been one of the best things I've done in my entire life. Honestly, it changes your life completely. It's like being reborn. It's awesome. My energy level is amazing. My blood pressure is normal and my diabetes is gone. I've not taken a pill in 5-6 months. My hunger now is very controllable. With very little amounts of food I feel full. Before it was like a monster. I should have done this a long, long time ago.
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I have been fairly active my entire life, enjoying and playing the typical sports that boys play. I could eat anything, in any amount. As I aged I started putting on those extra pounds. My Dad had diabetes and I saw firsthand how that disease took his quality of life. The added weight caused foot problems requiring surgery. At my annual physical at age 55, I heard the wake-up call that I knew was coming, “lose weight or I will become diabetic!” I tried the personal trainer, meal plans and special diets but they left me hungry and had marginal impact that seemed to only yoyo my weight.
My wife received a referral to Dr. Oliak. I had a consultation with Dr. Oliak and I look back on that day as “My Life Saving Event!” He listened to my personal situation, explained the various procedures, pros and cons. I was ready to change my life and had the gastric sleeve procedure.
Well the results have been truly life-saving. My waist went from size 42 to 34 and I’ve shed 80 pounds in less than a year. I no longer take any cholesterol medications. But there’s more. I now know when to stop eating. I was raised to eat everything on my plate; it’s a behavior that was engrained. Now I eat what I want, but stop when I’m full. It’s okay to take half a meal home, share a sandwich or just have an appetizer. This has changed my behavior, my eating disorder. Portion control, protein first, tips and tricks on how to enjoy eating. Dr. Oliak not only performed the surgery, but he and his staff helped with coaching and counseling sessions to change behavior so the results will be life-long.