In November 2011, Crystal Ramm, director of nursing at Grady General Hospital made a commitment to herself and her family to live a healthier life.
“I was only 38 years old, and already visiting my doctor every three months to monitor my high blood pressure,” said Ramm. “I was on medication for hypertension, and then learned my blood sugar levels were high, too. This was really alarming, considering I have a family history of diabetes.”
Crystal’s doctor sent her home with a glucose machine and orders to return in three months to discuss whether medication was needed to control her glucose.
“That was my true wake-up call,” said Crystal. “I was overweight, and I knew it was affecting my overall health. At that point I knew I had to get my weight under control—for good this time.”
Crystal had tried numerous diets over the last 20 years, some with which she actually experienced success, but only temporarily. “You name it, I tried it,” she said. “But I’d always gain the weight back.”
“I had Lap-Band surgery in November 2011,” said Crystal. “At the time, my BMI was over 35 and I weighed 218 pounds. Since having the surgery, I’ve lost over 70 pounds. I’ve completely come off my blood pressure medication, and my glucose levels are normal now, too.”
“The Lap-Band is just a tool, but it’s helped me be successful,” she said. “I eat the way I’m supposed to eat, and I follow the doctor’s orders. I’ve even started exercise. I made a commitment to live a healthier life, but the Lap-Band has really helped me do that.”