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Bariatric Surgery: a year long journey

by Cami Mountain

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -- It's been six weeks since Laura Kruse's bariatric surgery and the weight is sliding off.  It's not an easy process and Kruse isn't expecting it to ever get any easier.

So far, she's shed almost fifty pounds.  You can see the loss in her face, hands and of course body.

Kruse says, "I'm running out of clothes to wear which is good."

Also good is the way she feels and felt just days after the surgery.

"I'm serious, within a week I was cruising and feeling fine."  Kruse adds, "No pain.  It was pretty amazing."

But feeling amazing, doesn't mean she ate well.  For the first two weeks, Laura couldn't eat anything solid.  In fact, it's several more weeks before solid foods came back into her diet.  And at one sitting she's only allowed a small portion, using medicine cups to measure.

"I was on full liquid for 2 weeks.  Then pureed foods for two weeks.  You take certain things and you puree them.  Again, you take little medicine cups home with you so you get used to measuring it out." Kruse laughs, "You see what four ounces is.  It's half a cup."

Half a cup is all that fits in Laura's new stomach, made smaller by Doctor Bijaya Nirujogi

"We actually separate the rest of the stomach or major portion, more than 90%, of the stomach and join it with the small bowel." Nirujogi says, "We bypass a portion of the small intestines so the nutrients or whatever you're taking orally is not absorbed and the stomach itself is made smaller, probably a golf ball size."

It's Laura's third visit back to the doctor since surgery.  One doctors say she needed.

"According to the National Institute of Health, Nirujogi says, anyone who's more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight probably needs weight loss surgery."

Laura started the battle at 284 pounds.  Ideally, she'll get down around 150.

But as the newness of the surgery wares off, reality sets in.

"There are days when I'm really tired after work and I come home and the family wants pizza and I think, 'I would love a big ole' piece of pepperoni pizza." Kruse says, "But, I just know it's going to make me feel bad."

So she stops and re centers and thinks back fifty pounds ago.  And then she thinks ahead.

Kruse adds, "I just keep telling myself that nothing is going to taste as good as being healthy is going to feel."

Wednesday morning on Wake Up, a part of this story no one expected.  It's during routine medical tests just days before her scheduled surgery that Laura is thrown a medical curve ball.

Online Reporter: Cami Mountain

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