In the 2 years since the surgery, Longcoy has shed over 100 pounds, but more importantly, has changed the way she eats and lives. “People who think weight loss surgery is an easy way out are wrong. It’s a tool to help you change your life, but you have to be committed to making better choices for your body,” states Longcoy.
For Gretchen Longcoy of Oak Ridge, life has begun anew at 50. Longcoy is embracing passing the half-century mark and enjoying a transformation in her body and health. The catalyst for her new vitality? Bariatric surgery. Since undergoing surgical weight loss surgery in 2012 with Dr. Stephen Boyce of New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery, Longcoy has shed more than 100 pounds and changed her life.
Longcoy says she has always been heavy, attending her first Weight Watchers meeting when she was in the fifth grade. But, she wasn’t obese until she got pregnant with her first child.
Why did Longcoy choose Boyce? Dr. Boyce is the most experienced weight loss surgeon in East Tennessee. As a native Texan, there was a natural connection to Tennessee where Dr. Boyce has continued his interest and practice in weight loss surgery. With over 20 years experience in weight loss surgery Dr. Boyce’s formal education began at Texas A&M University. Dr. Boyce obtained his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science from TAMU before beginning medical school in Dallas, Texas at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Surgical Residency was performed at the Parkland Memorial Hospital where he was introduced to weight loss surgery under the tutelage of one of the pioneering fathers of weight loss surgery Dr. Otto Wilbanks.
“This was a life-saving procedure for me,” says Longcoy, a Realtor with Realty Executives. “After years and years of struggling with my weight and other health problems, I have a new lease on life, after 50.” Longcoy now bikes and swims, and is healthier than ever. “It’s a new beginning. It’s transformed my relationship with my husband and myself,” smiles Longcoy. “I tell people ‘If you’re considering Bariatric Surgery, don’t let anything stop you. You deserve it; your life and health are worth it!’”
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