My weight loss surgery story started more than a year ago as I was trying yet another weight loss program. I had lost about 25 pounds and was feeling pretty good about it. Then one day I noticed a huge water blister on my leg. I knew this was a sign of diabetes. I made an appointment with an endocrinologist, who confirmed my fear. I was 44 years old with hypertension, low testosterone, sleep apnea and now diabetes. I was a time bomb and was afraid I wouldn’t see my children graduate high school.

I heard about New Jersey Bariatric Center® from a friend who was transformed after his surgery. I hoped that I would be able to find the success with surgery that had eluded me with each new diet, pill and exercise program. I was determined to get the most out of my pre-surgical appointments so I followed the dietitian’s recommendations to the letter. By the time I was wheeled into the “OR,” I had already lost 50 pounds.

After surgery, I worked as hard as I could, doing whatever the doctor told me to do and sticking to the eating plan. As soon as I was able to get moving after the surgery, I exercised like never before. I became a runner, started kickboxing, and I finally completed the Max Challenge!

I lost 127 pounds after surgery, 50 pounds before. I am no longer a diabetic and don’t have hypertension or sleep apnea. The biggest differences are ones you can’t measure. When I go out to a restaurant, I used to need get a table because sitting in a booth was difficult. Now I can sit anywhere in comfort – even on an airplane without the seatbelt extender. Last year, when my son was playing flag football, I could hardly walk across the field. Now, I’m racing him back to the car!

This surgery saved my life! If I had continued on the path I was on, I’m sure I would have had a heart attack or a stroke. Now thanks to New Jersey Bariatric Center® surgeons, the caring dietitians and support staff and my own hard work, I have not only added years to my life, but they are going to be quality years!


*According to national studies, bariatric surgery results in an average weight loss of 55-80 percent of excess body weight. Excess weight is the amount of weight one needs to lose in order to have a “healthy” BMI of 25.

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    By: New Jersey Bariatric Center Staff

    New Jersey Bariatric Center®, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerset, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey, helps patients achieve long-term weight loss success through the most advanced bariatric surgery procedures, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, gastric band and gastric balloon procedures. Led by the team of Drs. Ajay Goyal, James Buwen, Tina Thomas and Michael Fastiggi, New Jersey Bariatric Center®’s approach to patient care has resulted in zero mortalities and a complication rate that is lower than the national average.

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