I have been overweight since my mid-20s and had tried many diets over the years. I was on Weight Watchers for two years and lost some weight, but it came back. I started going to the gym and working out. I lost some weight, but once again it came back.  Then I started to notice a change in my menstrual cycles. Eventually, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition caused by an imbalance of sex hormones. My PCOS doctor told me that losing weight could help, but no matter what I did, the weight would always come back quickly. When my PCOS doctor recommended I consider weight loss surgery, I wasn’t sure it was for me. I used to look at weight loss surgery as “the easy way out,” but after my frustrations over my health and trying to have a baby for 10 years with no luck, I started to change my mind.

After consulting with the doctors at New Jersey Bariatric Center®, I decided to have gastric sleeve surgery. I told my husband that we would be blessed if we have a child at the end of this journey, but mostly I wanted to be healthy and live a long time. Soon after my weight loss surgery, I started walking in my neighborhood. Now, I walk 10 to 12 miles a day or work out with a trainer in the gym. Less than a year after my gastric sleeve surgery, my PCOS specialist said I was ready to start trying to get pregnant. Now I’m seven months pregnant with my first child, still eating healthy and exercising daily. This surgery has given me a second chance at life. I have gained much more than just being pregnant with my first baby. I have regained a passion for working out and loving the gym. I eat a lot healthier and learned that this is a life change just not a surgery. It’s not an easy way out; it’s the beginning of your life.


*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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