Posted - March 3, 2022

Breaking the Cycle of Obesity in Her Family

Brandy’s Story

Brandy is a success story on so many fronts. She overcame a difficult childhood and refused to allow the challenges she faced to define her in adulthood. She also bravely decided to break the cycle of obesity in her family so she could live the healthy, active life she always wanted for herself.

When Brandy’s mom passed away from complications related to her weight, she weighed over 600 pounds. Brandy, who herself weighed more than 400 pounds at that time, had talked with her mom about both of them having bariatric surgery, but they had been too scared to commit. Brandy was dealing with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and chronic pain in her knees and back. “My cardiologist told me if I didn’t lose weight, I would not live past my 40s,” she said.

“Even when my mom passed, it still took me some time to decide,” continued Brandy. “But when my daughter started gaining weight, too, I just knew I had to do something to break the cycle.”

I Left It All on the Table

Brandy had the duodenal switch procedure performed by Dr. Ayoola in August of 2019. It was both a pivotal decision and a monumental moment that has marked her life in a permanent way. “I left everything on that table that day,” she said. “I had to leave the old Brandy behind and fight for my life. I needed a new life. And from that moment, everything changed. I was all in.”

Today, Brandy weighs an amazing 129 pounds. She runs 5ks and does Zumba classes, and no longer takes meds for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. She no longer has chronic pain or needs knee replacement surgery. “I’m just so grateful and thankful,” she said, with emotion. “My only regret is not doing it sooner. And not pushing my mom to do it, too.”

A Trusted Partner Makes All the Difference

Finding Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas and partnering with Dr. A and the team has been an integral part of Brandy’s ongoing success. “I feel like Dr. A has given me back my life,” said Brandy. “The level of support I received before, during and even after my surgery, has been incredible.”

When Brandy completed her first 5k after surgery, guess who was standing at the finish line, cheering her on? You guessed it. Dr. A. “He’s so much more than a great surgeon,” she said. “He really cares and you can feel it. I would recommend him to anyone.”

Dr. A recently performed bariatric surgery on Brandy’s 23-year-old daughter, too. “She’s beginning to step into her new life and we are doing this together,” said Brandy. “We work out together and support each other. It’s amazing.”

Uncover the Best Version of yourself

If you’ve tried diet and exercise and feel like nothing works, a reputable medical weight loss practice can partner with you, bringing the extra support and solutions you need on your weight loss journey. So, whether you need to lose a little or you need to lose a lot, we can help you get there.

Comprehensive Weight Loss Solutions

Minimally Invasive Surgery:
Duodenal Switch
Gastric Bypass
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Revision Surgery

Non-surgical Treatments/Services:
Obalon Gastric Balloon
Medically supervised Diet
Exercise Programs
Prescription Medications
Nutritional Counseling
Medical Aesthetics
Online Tools and Support

You’ve Never Experienced Care Like This

The Weight Loss Specialists approach to patient care is a little old-fashioned but, across the board, our patients love it. “I believe you have to treat people with respect and you have to build relationships,” said Dr. A. “You have to earn trust and you have to maintain that trust. So when we see patients, we have respect for what they’re trying to accomplish. We have a lot of conversation and a lot of mutual respect.”

If a struggle with obesity is part of your story, take it from Brandy, you don’t have to hide. You can lose the weight, regain your health, improve your quality of life and feel great about yourself. Discover your best you today!

You’ve got this.
We’ve got you.

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ATTENTION patients of Dr. Al-Kalla

Dr. Al-Kalla will be leaving Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas at the end of July. If you would like continue as his patient, please let us know and we can assist in getting your medical records transferred.

You may also choose to stay with Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas and we’ll gladly transfer your care to another provider on staff.

Thank you.