Danielle, 27, appeared on The Doctors in November 2012 and shared her experience undergoing robotic gastric bypass surgery. At the time, she weighed 285 pounds and felt she was ready to make a real commitment to changing her eating and exercise habits, so that she could live a long, healthy life and be around to raise her five-year-old son. The Doctors then set her up with a nutritionist and a personal trainer to help her on her journey to a healthier life. She has since lost more than 140 pounds and dropped from a size 24 to a size four. She joins The Doctors to show off her amazing transformation and share how she accomplished this feat.
“I’m feeling so much better,” Danielle says. “I don’t have to take blood pressure medication anymore, so I get to run and play with my son. I’m small enough that I can go down the slide with him … I’m so grateful for everything you guys did for me. I don’t think I could have done it without [you].”
Undergoing gastric bypass surgery was merely the beginning of Danielle’s long road to a healthier weight. “I worked really hard,” she says. “You can’t just have the surgery and think that … you’re going to get skinny, and everything is going to be fine.”
Unfortunately, no amount of diet and exercise can get rid of excess skin. After all her hard work and losing all that weight, Danielle now has unsightly loose skin around her abdomen. “I know there’s a six-pack under there, you just can’t see it!” she says.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon examines Danielle’s abdomen onstage and says she’s the perfect candidate for an abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck.” Dr. Ordon then says that his colleague, plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Fiorillo, has agreed to perform Danielle’s tummy tuck, free of charge.