“You can stop losing weight.” Those were the words 35-year-old Ashlyn Delson of Perkasie heard from Grand View Health bariatric surgeon Michael Fishman, MD, one year after bariatric surgery. “It was the first time in my life that I ever heard those words,” Delson said
From age 16 on, Delson was trapped in a vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting. “I’d diet, lose a massive amount of weight, and then gain it right back,” she said. “Eating was very emotional. When I was happy, I’d celebrate with food. When I was angry, I’d eat.” That cycle left her with several health conditions, including high blood pressure and pre-diabetes.
Then came New Year’s Day 2017. Delson woke up, stood on the scale and couldn’t believe her eyes. “I was over 250 pounds,” she says. “I was sitting in my bathroom crying.”
The next day, she made an appointment with Dr. Fishman to discuss bariatric surgery. “You can always tell whether a patient will do well with bariatric surgery based on why they want it,” said Fishman, who has been performing bariatric procedures at Grand View for four years. “Ashlyn was very worried about her pre-diabetes and had an extensive family history of diabetes. I could tell she would succeed.”
After her initial appointment, Delson went on a 1200-calorie-per-day diet supervised by registered dietitian Jenny Koscho with the Grand View bariatric surgery program. She lost 40 pounds prior to surgery. On June 21, 2017, Delson underwent a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Fishman removed a portion of her stomach and created a small, banana-sized pouch in its place.
Today, Delson is 100 pounds lighter. Her body mass index (BMI) is 23.4 (it was over 40 pre-surgery). Her pre-diabetes and hypertension are gone. And she’s enjoying time with her husband, Neil, and 7-year-old son Max.
“Your life changes so much when you’re this happy with yourself,” Delson said. “It’s not about how I look, but how I feel. I was sad and miserable, and Dr. Fishman gave me a new life.”