Bariatric Surgery Patient Turns Her Life Around After 150 pound Weight Loss – Parkland Talk

Before and after of Ashley’s progress. {Broward Health}
By Sharon Aron Baron
Ashley Pruden, 38, is not any stranger to juggling a number of duties. During the day, she is a full-time investigator for the state; after enterprise hours, she works as a sitter for canines and cats and usually picks up work delivering packages for Amazon. She’s additionally a proud canine mother to a few golden retrievers. 
It could also be shocking to some that such a busy individual may very well be overweight, as Pruden weighed 390 kilos at her heaviest. She struggled along with her weight most of her life and mentioned she was relentlessly bullied about her measurement in center and highschool. 
“I at all times felt like I used to be imprisoned in a physique that didn’t match my soul, as a result of I like adventurous, outside actions,” Pruden mentioned. “My weight held me again from so many issues I beloved, like scuba diving. It was laborious discovering diving gear that match me. It was additionally tough getting across the boat and even more durable to climb again onboard after the dive was over.” 
After intensive analysis for the proper 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 normal 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 circumstances improved.” 
According to Dr. Zhang, a gastric bypass produces sooner weight reduction within the first 12 months. “The period 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 affords, Pruden efficiently misplaced weight by dietary adjustments, 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.
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 underneath the identical well being system. 
“Broward Health offers psychiatric analysis, full medical evaluation, clarification of the surgical procedure, and follow-up appointments,” Dr. Zhang mentioned. “We present all of the instruments for the success of our sufferers.” 
A 12 months after surgical procedure, Pruden mentioned she has considerably extra vitality, higher coordination and improved flexibility. She can extra simply do issues many individuals take with no consideration, 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’s an elevator only for the train.
Before Pruden’s process, she was self-conscious, going so far as to digitally edit and crop each picture of herself earlier than sharing it along with her household. That conduct is historical past now, she mentioned, and she or he’s pleased with how she seems to be.
“My aim is to proceed working towards my supreme weight and staying wholesome,” Pruden mentioned.
To study extra about Broward Health’s bariatric companies, go to or name 954-759-7400.
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Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been overlaying Parkland information since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to offer News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.

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