Bariatric surgery has led to several significant health benefits for Chuck Uglietta.
After undergoing bariatric surgery on February 28, 2012, Chuck Uglietta, 34, of Peabody, MA, not only lost a lot of weight, but he also trimmed quite a bit off his golf handicap – from a respectable 12-14 to an impressive 2-4. But, of course, that wasn’t the reason why he opted for the surgery. It was just another pleasant surprise.
Chuck was a pretty happy guy on the morning of September 27, 2008. Besides being a popular assistant coach for the Saugus High School boys and girls golf teams and a disc jockey in a thriving wedding business, Chuck was about to get married to his longtime sweetheart, Jennifer.
But, despite that happiness, it was hard for Chuck to ignore that he wasn’t healthy that day and hadn’t been for a long time. He weighed 537 pounds and had high blood pressure, diabetes, and obstructive sleep apnea.
“I still have the vest that I wore on my wedding day. It was a 6X,” says Chuck. “My tuxedo pants were a 72. My jacket was a 78. My wife loved me for who I was, but I just couldn’t live that way anymore.”
After struggling with his weight throughout his life and pondering weight-loss surgery for several years, Chuck finally reached out to Scott Shikora, MD, FACS, Director of the Center for Metabolic Health and Bariatric Surgery, for help at the end of 2011. Several months later, Chuck underwent a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a minimally invasive procedure that reduces the stomach’s volume by about 60-80 percent. Now, less than one year after the surgery, Chuck is summoning folks onto the dance floor and swinging the golf club at 261 pounds, less than half of his peak weight – and he isn’t done yet.
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