Bridget McCoy of Johns Creek struggled with obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux. She realized she had not made her health a high priority and was constantly thinking she was not living the life she wanted.

McCoy recalls having several failed diet attempts. “I was unhappy with how I felt and how I looked. I felt like I had tried everything and had almost given up hope,” said McCoy.

She stated she had tried everything on her own and failed. At that point, she decided to make an appointment to see Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Bariatric Surgeon, Amy Johnson, MD.

“I was nervous. I had heard and seen results of people who had surgery and the results spoke for themselves. I was just scared I would fail at this too,” said McCoy.

At 217lbs, she faced her fear and made an appointment with Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson made McCoy feel at ease and helped her understand the options she had regarding her obesity.

“I remember meeting Bridget for the first time. I knew, with proper guidance and help, her life could change. I could not wait to see what would happen to her after a life changing sleeve,” said Dr. Amy Johnson.

Dr. Johnson informed McCoy that she was the perfect candidate for gastric sleeve surgery.

“After my appointment I went home and prayed about the situation. I had tremendous support from my husband, daughter and church family. I had the support I needed to make the right decision regarding surgery,” said McCoy.

After extensive thought and prayer, McCoy decided to proceed with surgery at PMC’s Weight Loss Surgery Center. She lost 85lbs and her health changed for the better.

McCoy said, “I struggled with weight for a long time. Having surgery was not the easy way out for me. I now realize, without this surgery, I would have never felt as good as I do today.”

Since surgery, McCoy no longer faces obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, IBS or acid reflux.

“There are things I can do now that I could not do before. I feel so much better. Shopping for clothes is even fun now. My life is better all around,” added McCoy.

McCoy says her only regret was not doing this sooner.

“I wish I had put my fears aside a long time before this. The way I feel now is beyond anything I could ever explain,” McCoy said.

Prior to her surgery, McCoy hid in family pictures, hated shopping or even going places to do things.

Since surgery, she enjoy cruises, trips to Disney World and shopping with her family; all things she never felt like doing.

“I never realized what I was missing. I am enjoying my life and I am a much healthier person,” added McCoy.

She says she wants to encourage anyone who is considering weight loss surgery to do themselves a favor and do it now.

She credits Dr. Johnson and her staff for an amazing experience.

For more information about the PMC Weight Loss Surgery Center or to schedule an appointment call 606-430-2205.