My name is Denine and I am 39 years old. In December of 2016 I had the gastric sleeve procedure and in 6 months I have lost 90 lbs. I wore a size 24 and now wear a comfortable size 10. My BMI was 41 and now is a normal 25. I am so happy with my decision and my only regret was waiting until I was almost 40 years old to start living my life. Dr. Maffei has completely changed my life. He is the key to my success and happiness. He, and the tremendous support of his team, made this process easy and understandable. He accurately laid out all the information regarding this life changing decision and left me feeling confident and comfortable. I now eat everything I want but because of the knowledge and motivation I gained I have no desire to ever eat carbs again. Coming from an Italian family were pasta and breads were my normal, I now “choose” to eat protein and veggies and absolutely enjoy it. I love my new diet. I love how I feel. I love looking in the mirror. And most importantly, I love myself which is something I never thought I can truly feel..