Bariatric Surgery Patient Turns Her Life Around After 150 pound Weight Loss • Coral Springs Talk

By Sharon Aron Baron
Ashley Pruden, 38, isn’t any stranger to juggling a number of obligations. During the day, she is a full-time investigator for the state; after enterprise hours, she works as a sitter for canine and cats and frequently picks up work delivering packages for Amazon. She’s additionally a proud canine mother to a few golden retrievers. 
It could also be stunning to some that such a busy particular person could possibly be overweight, as Pruden weighed 390 kilos at her heaviest. She struggled together with her weight most of her life and mentioned she was relentlessly bullied about her dimension in center and highschool. 
“I all the time felt like I used to be imprisoned in a physique that didn’t match my soul, as a result of I like adventurous, out of doors actions,” Pruden mentioned. “My weight held me again from so many issues I cherished, like scuba diving. It was onerous discovering diving gear that match me. It was additionally troublesome getting across the boat and even more durable to climb again onboard after the dive was over.” 
After intensive analysis for the precise hospital and bariatric surgeon for her, the Hollywood, FL resident made the life-changing determination in 2021 to bear a bariatric process at Broward Health Imperial Point to enhance her long-term well being.

Pruden discovered Chi Zhang, M.D., a common and bariatric surgeon with Broward Health Physician Group and the medical director of the bariatric program at Broward Health Imperial Point. 
“Pruden lived with escalating hypertension, nocturnal bronchial asthma, hypertension, migraines, and arthritis,” Dr. Zhang mentioned. “Following her robotic-assisted gastric bypass process on July 26, 2021, Pruden misplaced 150 kilos, and all her well being situations improved.” 
According to Dr. Zhang, a gastric bypass produces sooner weight reduction within the first yr. “The length of the process is 90 minutes, adopted by an in a single day hospital keep, and restoration is comparatively fast,” he mentioned.
In addition to the surgical companies that Broward Health provides, Pruden efficiently misplaced weight by dietary modifications, exercising, and attending month-to-month digital help group conferences. 
“The built-in method of the bariatric surgical procedure program at Broward Health is what units us aside,” Dr. Zhang mentioned.

Before and after of Ashley’s progress. {Broward Health}

Pruden appreciated having the ability to coordinate required pre-surgical approvals from a heart specialist and pulmonologist and obtain a psychological well being screening and blood work beneath the identical well being system. 
“Broward Health offers psychiatric analysis, full medical evaluation, rationalization of the surgical procedure, and follow-up appointments,” Dr. Zhang mentioned. “We present all of the instruments for the success of our sufferers.” 
A yr after surgical procedure, Pruden mentioned she has considerably extra power, higher coordination and improved flexibility. She can extra simply do issues many individuals take as a right, resembling crossing her legs, getting out and in of autos, and purchasing for garments. She is again to scuba diving and chooses the steps even when there may be an elevator only for the train.
Before Pruden’s process, she was self-conscious, going so far as to digitally edit and crop each photograph of herself earlier than sharing it together with her household. That conduct is historical past now, she mentioned, and he or she’s pleased with how she appears.
“My objective is to proceed working towards my splendid weight and staying wholesome,” Pruden mentioned.
To be taught extra about Broward Health’s bariatric companies, go to or name 954-759-7400.
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