Maegan’s obesity had placed her on a difficult path, a path where she was forced to deal with bullying and ridicule on such a regular basis that she was secluded. She became withdrawn, avoiding new people out of fear that they’d only end up making fun of her. Childhood obesity is never easy, but Maegan’s case was particularly severe, as she weighed 310 pounds in her first year of high school. Maegan and her family sought traditional remedies, including countless visits with dietitians, but changes to her diet didn’t work.
Her mother jumped on board with all the latest weight loss fads as they emerged, hoping to find something that could help her daughter, but this was also unsuccessful. Maegan spoke to numerous doctors as she began exploring other options, but it was Dr. Dirk who told her he could operate on her. Although weight loss surgery is typically performed on older candidates, Dr. Dirk understood the importance of giving Meagan the opportunity to live healthier for longer. By eliminating obesity early in Maegan’s life, he helped her evade future complications that would have resulted from her ongoing weight issues.
As for Maegan, she had no doubts about opting for the surgery, since she wanted to finally start enjoying her high school experience. She wanted to fit in and be more like her fellow students. Dr. Dirk made that possible for her; she lost 150 pounds — nearly half her body weight — following her surgery. The weight loss proved to be only the tip of the iceberg, because in the aftermath of the procedure, Maegan discovered a whole new life for herself. She became more outgoing, making a number of new friends, and she no longer felt the need to shy away from people. She even became involved in theater, savoring the chance to be out in front of a crowd, in the spotlight. The real Maegan has emerged, thanks to Dr. Dirk and the surgery that changed her life forever.
Watch the 8-minute video above to hear Maegan share her success story on "A More Beautiful You - Great Day Houston" with Dr. Dirk.
Tamika Littleton *
Dr. Rodriguez was not only a doctor and a friend; he was a support system as well
He (Dr. Dirk) really stayed on me a great deal and I love him for that, because I needed it. With the lap band, I didn’t have the at home support I would’ve wanted as opposed to now after the gastric sleeve; I have all the support in the world. Dr. Rodriguez was not only a doctor and a friend; he was a support system as well….. I enjoy the fact that I’m not on medications anymore. It makes me value life. I’ve seen the doctors’ way less as I no longer have any of those issues anymore.
Tabitha Geary *
This surgery has honestly changed my life.
This surgery has honestly changed my life. I’m not on anti-depressants anymore, I’m happy, and I love going shopping. I even wore a bikini at the beach this summer. I wore shorts for the first time in ten years, and we live in Texas and its not exactly cool here. That to me is so amazing. Even my husband tells me he’s noticed my attitude has changed and I feel better about myself. I actually run quite a bit now and I can play with my kids.
Katie Ryan *
Just 3 months later...I’m 70 pounds down, and went from a dress size 20 to size 11. Love the results!”
As a 16 year old girl, it’s difficult to picture getting weight loss surgery while I’m still a student in high school. Going into this procedure I was frightened, but Dr. Dirk assured me that I would be ok, and here I am today. Dr. Dirk did my sleeve just over 2 weeks ago, and I’m feeling better than ever before. I’ve lost almost 30 pounds and I’ve had such an amazing boost of energy. I think that is important that teenagers and parents of teenagers understand that this may be frightening now, but is completely tolerable for teens like myself. Teens, have no fear! Doctor Dirk is always here ….. The photo in the blue dress was May 16th, 2015. Just 3 months later (black and mint dress) I’m 70 pounds down, and went from a dress size 20 to size 11. Love the results!
Elania Land *
It is great. He is very supportive and keeps me motivated.
It is great. He is very supportive and keeps me motivated. He continues to track my weight loss whenever I go in, but also lets me know where I need to improve…. The only regret I have is that I didn’t do it earlier.
This doctor is amazing. He has literally saved my life.
I am only 3 months out from my surgery and I have gone from 327 to 260 pounds. After just three months, I am off my CPAP machine and blood pressure medication. If it weren’t for this man right here, I wouldn’t be where I am. I have a ways to go, but I’m very thankful for Dirk!
Lauren Burns *
It’s been 1 year today since I had my sleeve and I’m down 111 pounds!!! Thanks Dr. Dirk
It’s been 1 year today since I had my sleeve and I’m down 111 pounds!!! Thanks Dr. Dirk #Ilovemysleeve #Thankyou #Irecommendthistoanyone #Justdoit #Lifechanging #Happy#Healthy #Proud
Tammy Sanders *
I want this change and the results that I’m seeing make me want to change even more…. Dr. Dirk is wonderful.
I don’t find myself wanting to sleep. I find myself wanting to go out and exercise. I want this change and the results that I’m seeing make me want to change even more…. Dr. Dirk is wonderful. He is very knowledgeable about everything he talks about. He goes in to detail. He goes over everything. He really goes into detail on any questions you have. He keeps me motivated. He tells me I can do this. He’s a wonderful doctor. He’s very caring. He wants to make your life better.