Jonathan Barber, gastric bypass patient
December 01, 2012
Barber, a 43-year-old certified public accountant from Tustin,
Calif., struggled with being overweight most of his life. He
even called himself a “chubby” kid.
In high school
Jonathan was able to manage his weight for a short period of
time by playing baseball. After graduating high school, Jonathan
went to college, got married, started a family, obtained his
certified public accounting license and launched his own
business. Despite all his accomplishments, he began gaining
Jonathan was an
anxiety eater, a person who would cope with stressful situations
by eating. As a result, his weight ballooned to 345 lbs.
Jonathan began to experience emotional and physical
repercussions from the weight gain. In addition to being
diagnosed with hypertension, he was suffering from being
clinically depressed and constantly fatigued.
physicians warned him of the dangers of his weight gain and
placed him on a diet regimen. After trying numerous diets
without success, Jonathan felt he needed medical intervention. A
few of his clients who struggled with the same condition had
positive results after undergoing the Roux-en-Y procedure—also
known as gastric bypass surgery. One of his friends recommended
that he consult with Dr. Ninh Nguyen, chief of the UC Irvine Health bariatric surgery services.
“I heard a lot
of good things about Dr. Nguyen and UC Irvine’s bariatric
surgery program and decided to schedule an appointment,” said
Jonathan. ”Dr. Nguyen was very thorough in explaining my options
and prepared me for every step before and after the surgery.”
Nguyen determined he was a good candidate for surgery, Jonathan
underwent the Roux-en-Y procedure on Sept. 18, 2006.
after the procedure, Jonathan had lost 90 pounds. More than a
year later, Jonathan has maintained a weight of 205 and no
longer has hypertension or depression.
“Life after the
surgery required initial adjustments with food and eating, but
the returns have been tremendous!” marvels Jonathan. “I have
enough energy to become physically active again—playing men’s
tennis and basketball.”