Bariatric Gastric Bypass Surgery Success Story – Debora Hines

Type of Surgery: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

Highlight: “It was time to live again.”

Debora Hines could fall asleep anywhere. Her daily routine consisted of going to work, coming home and falling asleep right away. The grandmother of three says she didn’t have much quality of life and missed out on important life moments.

“I missed out on a lot of time with my grandkids because I couldn’t stay awake. I didn’t have enough energy to get out and play with them the way that I would’ve loved to. I was very limited and my weight really slowed me down.”

Another concern of Debora’s was that her health was deteriorating. She was taking four insulin shots a day and still struggling to control her diabetes.


“My diabetes got to the point that I literally just slept all the time. Nothing seemed to work.”

Her family doctor suggested that she consider gastric bypass surgery.

“I knew with my health condition, I was going to have to do something in order to be around to watch my wonderful children and grandchildren grow up.”

Despite her fears, she decided to make an appointment with the Bariatric team at WVU Medicine. She says they walked her through each step of the way.

“In July 2012, I took the most important journey of my life. I decided I no longer wanted to be someone that had no energy to do anything. It was time for me to live again.”

Debora says having gastric bypass has changed her life tremendously. She has a lot more energy and goes to the gym several times a week. She no longer takes four insulin shots a day and is now able to control her diabetes through oral medication.

“Before surgery, I was unable to walk very far without my knees hurting and I was so ashamed of the way I looked. Since the surgery, I am now able to walk several miles a day and love to do Zumba.”

Debora says she would recommend this surgery to those who need it. In fact, her daughter just went through the same surgery. She says it’s important to remember that this isn’t a quick fix, it’s a life change.

“Going into it, I thought ‘oh wow, I’m going to have surgery and never worry about it again.’ No, that’s not how it goes. I still want pizza and things that I know I shouldn’t have. The difference is, now I know what’s going to happen if I eat the things I want, I’ll get sick. You never get to the point where you don’t have to worry. You are responsible for what you put in your mouth.”