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Lane's Weight Loss Story

Mar 3, 2020
Lane Mitnick, weight loss patient, Florida Medical Center

Lane and wifeAlthough Lane Mitnick had always been healthy growing up, he continually struggled with his weight. 

“I tried every diet in the book: low calories, low carbs, you name it,” Lane says. “But each time, the weight came back. It eventually got to the point where I was on blood pressure medication and began having aches and pains all over my body.”

Then, when his father was diagnosed with diabetes as a result of obesity, it was a huge wake-up call.
“I knew that bigger problems were waiting for me around the corner, and it was time to do something,” Lane says. “I would no longer let my weight negatively affect my life nor my family’s.”

Although at first he wasn’t completely sold on the idea of having bariatric surgery, he decided it was now or never. After researching several doctors and attending multiple pre-screenings and consultations, Lane chose Dr. Fernando Bayron, medical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Excellence at Florida Medical Center, as his bariatric surgeon.

“I knew I was in the right hands,” he says. “I saw this as a chance to finally change my life.” 

After going over all of Lane’s options, Dr. Bayron ultimately recommended the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. It is a minimally invasive procedure that boasts a quick recovery time, so he could get back to work faster. 

Once the day of surgery arrived, Lane was both anxious and nervous, but the weight loss surgical team comforted him and helped put his mind at ease. The whole procedure only took 45 minutes. 

“My stomach went from being the size of a football to the size of a banana,” recalls Lane. “It left no major scars on my body, and I was up and about the very next day!” 

As a result of healthier food choices, smaller portions and regular exercise, he has lost 140 pounds and has dropped over eight pant sizes. His co-workers keep telling him that he seems happier with a more positive attitude, and they weren’t the only ones who noticed. Lane fell in love and married a woman he had been friends with for years. 

“She was not only attracted to my new appearance, but also to my newfound confidence,” he says. “I can’t express how fantastic I feel and how appreciative I am for the talented team at the Surgical Weight Loss Center at FMC. I only hoped for a physical transformation, but I ended up gaining an entirely new outlook on life.”

* This testimonial reflects results achieved by this patient. As each case must be independently evaluated and managed, actual weight loss will vary.
* This surgery is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities.

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