The Hays Free Press recently spotlighted Kyle resident Ryan Scott, who came to Dr. Kanakadurga Govindaraju (known by many as Dr. G) at the Ascension Seton Family of Doctors at Hays. He said one motivation was his poor health – high blood pressure, sleep apnea and borderline diabetes. The other was tough love from his doctor, who told him that if he didn’t change his ways, he wouldn’t live to see his kids graduate from high school. Now at 250 pounds and off the medication for high blood pressure, Scott enjoys spending time doing active things with his children.
Below is an excerpt of Ryan’s story.
A Journey to Better Health
By Kim Hilsenbeck, Hays Free Press
He thought he wanted gastric bypass surgery. He researched it and talked with his physician about the procedure. But his insurance wouldn’t cover it unless he had a five-year weight loss plan.
But he wanted the weight off much faster than that.
So did he go to Mexico for a less expensive surgery?
No, Ryan Scott of Kyle set out to lose weight the old-fashioned way. He ate less and exercised more.
And guess what?
It worked. He lost 160 pounds between October 2012 and January 2014.
“I feel like I will keep it off,” he said in a recent phone interview.
In 2012, Scott topped the scales at 410 pounds. He said he’s been overweight since he was a child. He had high blood pressure and sleep apnea and was borderline diabetic. He took medication for his blood pressure.
His doctor, Kanakadurga Govindaraju (known by many as Dr. G) at the Ascension Seton Family of Doctors at Hays, said at 6 feet 3 inches, Scott’s weight put him in the morbidly obese category.
They met when he came in to discuss a possible hernia, Scott said.
“Dr. G told me there was no way to have surgery to correct it – it was too dangerous,” he said.
The danger was his weight. So he wanted the weight gone. But it wouldn’t be easy.
His doctor used a little tough love as motivation.
“Dr. G told me if you don’t change the way you eat and lose weight, you won’t be able to see your kids graduate,” Scott said.
That got through to him.
“He wanted the lap band surgery,” Govindaraju said in a recent phone interview, “but his insurance wouldn’t cover that.”
Govindaraju said even if insurance had covered the procedure, she wouldn’t necessarily recommend that route.
“It’s a quick fix,” she said. “Patients have it and bounce back (to their original weight). It’s a temporary measure.”
Like many patients, Govindaraju said Scott told her he didn’t have time to exercise because of his work schedule. He also has two children, now 10 and seven.
“I pushed him to make time to exercise,” she said. “I told him, ‘You have to have different priorities,’ and that’s what he did.”