Jason Holoubek was sick of being sick and tired.
At 41 years old, he was 330 pounds and it was taking its toll. His reflux had become increasingly more bothersome, sleep apnea was preventing him from getting a good night’s sleep, and his knees hurt so badly, he had maxed out on arthritis medications and cortisone shots. He could no longer mow the lawn, play catch with his kids, or do many of the things most people take for granted.
But there was more. When Holoubek went to his doctor to discuss a weight loss plan, he was hit with a barrage of more bad news. His blood sugars were out of control, his blood pressure was borderline high, and if he didn’t do something about his weight, he’d need knee replacements soon.
It was the wake-up call he needed. “I knew it was time to get things figured out if I wanted to have any quality of life,” says Holoubek.
Holoubek sought the help of the experts at the Nebraska Medicine Bariatrics Center. After meeting with Nebraska Medicine endocrinologist Namita Gupta, MD, he started a medically-managed weight loss program. Six months later, he had shed more than 50 pounds and gotten his diabetes to a manageable level.
But Holoubek’s battle was not over. “I was still having issues with my knees and reflux so I need to lose another 70 pounds or more.”
When Dr. Gupta suggested weight loss surgery, Holoubek decided to give it a try. “If done at an early stage of the disease, bariatric surgery can cure patients of diabetes and it can be just the tool they need to help them lose that extra weight and keep it off,” says Dr. Gupta.
Holoubek lost another 70 pounds after surgery and is completely off diabetes medications. “The success of the surgery depends on the after – staying committed to a healthy lifestyle and making good choices,” he says. “I no longer have diabetes, my blood pressure is normal, I’m off my reflux and arthritis meds, my sleep apnea has gone away, I don’t need cortisone shots in my knees anymore, I’ve stopped drinking, I’m eating healthy and I’m exercising regularly. But I couldn’t have done it without Dr. Gupta and the rest of the Bariatrics Center staff. They kept me on track, made me accountable with regular appointments and a monthly support group.”
The Bariatrics Center is designed and directed by physicians who are fellowship-trained in medical weight management and bariatric surgery and are supported by a multidisciplinary team of specialists. The center offers medical weight loss, bariatric surgery and a meal replacement plan.
“At the Bariatrics Center, we are looking beyond weight loss,” says Dr. Gupta. “We work with each patient to help them select the tool that is not only going to help them lose weight but improve their health and quality of life.”
“A lot of doors have been opened to me,” says Holoubek. “It’s like I’m living a different life.”
Need Help with Weight Loss?
To learn more about the Bariatrics Center or to make an appointment, call 402.559.9500 or visit NebraskaMed.com/Lose.