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Lisa Haldeman celebrated what she considered a milestone birthday in 2022, one the Broken Arrow resident previously thought she would not live to see with her family and friends.

Haldeman’s mother died at age 45 due to health complications and she feared she was headed down the same path.

“By the time I was 18, I was convinced I was going to die by age 45,” Haldeman said. “I smoked. I didn’t take care of myself and I didn’t work out. But I knew I didn’t want to end up dead. Seeing my mom pass away was a motivator that I needed to get my health into shape.” Struggling with... Read More »

Michael Junger’s health had forced him into an early retirement and was a primary cause in his need for a knee replacement.

Junger had a 40-plus year career as an electrician but being overweight had taken its toll on the Broken Arrow resident.

“I couldn’t kneel down anymore and getting up on a ladder was tough,” said Junger, who retired in 2018, four years after experiencing a heart attack.

Doctors would not perform the knee replacement until Junger lost some weight. 

“Once I realized Medicare would help pay for bariatrics, I started looking around at... Read More »

As a mother of two young children, Brittany Steinkirchner didn’t want anything holding her back.

“I wanted to be the best mom I could be to my children,” she said. “Part of that means being able to run with them at the park and kick the soccer ball.”

But Steinkirchner’s health had increasingly impacted her over the past 10 years. 

“I have battled with my weight,” she said. “It really started to make itself known.”

After the birth of her first daughter, Steinkirchner attempted to make dietary changes on multiple occasions but to no avail. Searching for a... Read More »

Susie Martin dealt with weight-related issues throughout her adult life after being diagnosed with high blood pressure by age 18. But one doctor visit in 2019 was a wake-up call.

“A doctor told me if I kept on the same path that my son would be without a caregiver,” said Martin, who has a special needs son. “I knew that couldn’t happen. I had to be there for him.”

Referred to The Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center by a couple of her coworkers who had weight-loss surgery, Martin attended her first seminar in 2020 and had weight-loss surgery in August the same... Read More »

Tyler Schmidt transformed his body through weight-loss surgery, but perhaps more importantly, the Bartlesville resident gained a renewed spirit for life.

“I used to eat every two or three hours, eat until I was miserable. I didn’t do anything with my daughter. I was always tired and grumpy and angry and disappointed,” Schmidt said in describing his demeanor prior to entering The Center for Bailey Bariatrics program at Bailey Medical Center.

Now Schmidt is, by his own admission, a completely different person.

“I’ve got so much energy now,” he said. “I’m motivated and... Read More »

As a mother of three teenage daughters, Shasta Carmack yearned for the time when she would be more active participant in their activities. 

The Sperry resident was diagnosed with reduced ejection fraction, also referred to as systolic heart failure, and had to be put on a beta blocker and blood pressure medications. Carmack’s condition contributed to her being limited when it came to physical activity.

“My kids are active in sports, and I couldn’t play catch with them or go to the zoo with them,” Carmack said. “I wanted to do that again.”

Carmack’s cardiologist... Read More »

When Brandon Lalli found out he was going to be a grandfather, he wanted to be prepared.

“I wanted to get on the floor and play with the grandbaby and not need help to get up,” Lalli said.

Dealing with back and knee issues, as well as a severe case of acid reflux, Lalli weighed 407 pounds at his heaviest. He learned about The Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center through a friend who had participated in the program.

Lalli had his first Bailey Bariatrics appointment in September 2019. He had gastric bypass surgery on May 20, 2020, and the results have been... Read More »

At 60 years old, Mike Burgess felt the effects of his health history.

The Fairfax, Oklahoma resident required six insulin shots and two metformin pills on a daily basis to manage his diabetes. His A1C had climbed to 8.1 mmol/L and was categorized at a dangerous level. At 429 pounds, Burgess’ mobility limited him physically and impacted his mental state as well.

“I had been big my whole life,” Burgess said. “I just got to where I couldn’t do anything. I felt bad all the time … I couldn’t tie my shoes. I couldn’t go to a cookout. If I went places, I had to bring my own chair... Read More »

There are several aspects to consider when choosing a bariatric program. The most important factor for any medical or surgical program is safety. Each patient should feel they are prepared before, during and after surgery to be successful. The bariatric program you choose should have several features and benefits to equip you with the tools to be successful. It is important to understand you are not having a surgical procedure, but joining a bariatric program for lifelong follow-up.

Here are five questions you should ask any bariatric program before you begin your journey.

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Erric Lane did not want to become a statistic, no matter the obstacles he had to face.

Heart disease and diabetes were common in Lane’s family history. His father died of heart disease at age 62. In addition to his genetic background, Lane has cerebral palsy, which limits the use of his legs.

At one time, he weighed more than 420 pounds and had a body mass index (BMI) of 58.

“I could barely get around,” Lane said. “My main mode of getting around the house was crawling. At my heaviest, I struggled to crawl.”

In March 2019, Lane decided he was not going to let... Read More »