Not that long ago, a short walk used to exhaust Shane Vicars. Now, just a couple of years later— Shane has completed 10 marathons within 12 months. And he’s not planning to take his running shoes off anytime soon.
In 2016, Shane Vicars was tired of feeling uncomfortable in his own body. Weighing 374 pounds, he decided to overhaul his lifestyle and undergo weight loss surgery.
“My wake-up call came when I realized that if I continued down this path, my quality of life would decline, or worse—I could lose my life,” said Shane. The decision came easily. “I know that UC Health is the best in the country, and I’m lucky enough to have West Chester Hospital practically in my backyard.”
Shane attended an information seminar offered by the UC Health Weight Loss Center and immediately decided that he wanted to take steps toward a healthier life.
Brad Watkins, MD, medical director of the UC Health Weight Loss Center, performed Shane’s gastric sleeve surgery.
“Weight loss patients are some of the happiest people I have ever met in my life. It’s thrilling to offer them this powerful tool for weight loss and see them do incredible things with it,” said Dr. Watkins. “We have so many extraordinary success stories like Shane because our patients put in the hard work to change their behaviors.”
Each visit to the Weight Loss Center boosted Shane’s resolve to stick to his new lifestyle.
“The whole team is amazing. They keep you on track in every way,” says Shane. “I have sent many emails, asked many questions, and their responses are always encouraging. I am blessed to have these people in my life.”