Colten before (right) and after (left) his weight-loss surgery. “I feel so much more confident now than I did before,” he says.
“I feel great and I am on top of my game.” — Colten Kumler
As a child, Colten Kumler, 23, was teased about his weight. As he got older, he struggled with diets as he tried to lose weight and get healthy. In 2015, Colten’s family gave him the idea of having weight loss surgery after seeing a television show, and he decided to look into it.
Colten found Ikram Kureshi, MD, a general and bariatric surgeon with Texoma Medical Center, and he made an appointment. “I was a bit apprehensive about the whole idea, but once I talked to Dr. Kureshi, I felt confident and went with it,” says Colten.
Dr. Kureshi says he determines if the patient is a candidate for weight-loss surgery at the initial appointment. “I ask them what else they have tried to lose weight, look at their medical history and BMI,” he says. “I also ask them if they are mentally prepared to make the lifestyle changes necessary to be successful. If the patient meets all the criteria, we move forward with the process.”
Colten’s next step was to see the dietitian to learn what dietary changes he would need to make after surgery. He also needed to see a psychologist, to make sure he was ready for the physical changes, as well as his level of motivation. “Going to these appointments made the upcoming surgery all the more real to me, and I was getting excited for the positive changes to come,” Colten says.
On July 14, 2016, Dr. Kureshi performed a sleeve gastrectomy, which removes 60 to 85 percent of the stomach and leaves a pouch the size of a banana.
Colten stayed overnight at Texoma Medical Center and went home the next day. “It took me a few days to get used to my new way of eating and living, but then I started noticing the weight loss,” says Colten. “I continued with my monthly support and now I go every six months. I have lost more than 120 pounds and feel much more healthy and comfortable.”
Colten also sang the praises of the medical staff at Texoma Medical Center. “Dr. Kureshi and all the nurses took great care of me. They made sure I had everything I needed and they were very supportive. The hospital is nice, and I would recommend it to anyone. Everyone here showed genuine caring for all patients.”
Dr. Kureshi says Colten was motivated and focused on doing the right things before, during and after. “This is a life-altering change, and we stress mental preparation. Those who are prepared and stay focused are generally more successful in losing the weight and keeping it off,” he says.
Colten continues to do well by watching what he eats and being physically active. “I walk regularly now and use exercise equipment. I feel like I left an entire person behind me, and from an energy and focus standpoint, I have never been more on top of my game than I am now,” he says.
Texoma Medical Center's Weight-loss Surgery Program is the region's only fully accredited bariatric program as designated by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MSAQIP).
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