His colleagues used to call Lewis Harthan "Big Lew." These days
they call him "Bones."
Now a trim 187 pounds, the 57-year-old Greene resident has lost
322 pounds since his laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery at
MaineGeneral in February 2008.
"I tried every diet in the world. Every few years, I'd lose 70 or
80 pounds, but it always came back plus an additional 20 pounds.
I just gave up after a while."
When his doctor told him if he didn't lose weight he would be
dead within a year, Lew knew it was time to consider weight loss
"It took me a long time to get there. It's a huge decision."
After attending a weight loss surgery seminar offered by
MaineGeneral's Bariatric Center, Lew knew he'd found the right
solution for him.
"Everybody was empathetic, understanding and committed to making
it a good experience. They explained what was going to happen and
what I could expect. I was so impressed with the whole process.
They're so supportive and so willing to help," he says.
For him, it was all worth it.
"Today, I have more energy than ever. I can walk around the
supermarket without sitting down, I can mow the lawn and go for a
walk. It sounds like little stuff, but not to me. I'm not trapped
in my body or limited by anything."
For more information on weight loss surgery options, please call
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