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Less is more: How weight loss surgery helped Don Aliffi regain a healthy lifestyle
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Thirteen months after his bariatric surgery, Don Aliffi, right, plays with his grandson, Tripp Green, as Don's wife, Linda, watches from the doorway. Before the surgery performed by Dr. Oliver Whipple with Memorial Healths bariatrics program, Aliffi weighed 120 pounds more than he does now, and knee and hip problems had reduced him to an inactive lifestyle. - photo by AL HACKLE/Staff
“Besides the obvious benefits of being able to play with my grandson and walk without pain and do Disney and all the rights and privileges thereunto appertaining, the principal way my life has changed is that very small amounts of food go a really long way with me,” Don Aliffi said. Since his bariatric surgery at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah in December 2013, Aliffi has lost 19 inches from his waistline. But his gift for pithy, summative sentences remains plus-sized.
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