Eric Lost 177 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Betsy Lost 103 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Kharry Lost 142 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Marissa Lost 100 Lbs.* GASTRIC BYPASS DJ Lost 85 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Kelly Lost 70 Lbs.* LAP-BAND Adam Lost 200 Lbs.* GASTRIC BYPASS Jodi Lost 100 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Greg Lost 120 Lbs.* LAP-BAND Glenda Lost 149 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Scarlem Lost 95 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Vicky Lost 121 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Selena Lost 121 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Maria Lost 100 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Susan Lost 120 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE John Lost 104 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Leonie Lost 62 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE La-Fina Lost 221 Lbs.* GASTRIC BYPASS Jade Marie Lost 83 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Cheri Lost 66 Lbs. * GASTRIC SLEEVE I have tried to lose weight my whole life. Some attempts were a big mistake that caused me nothing but difficulty and frustration. I knew my weight was holding me back. I couldn’t walk without huffing and puffing. I had terrible back pain. I even had to use a motorized scooter to get around on vacations to Disney World. I just wanted to live a better life and live longer for my family. I had the gastric sleeve procedure done in May 2015, and it was the best thing I did in my life. It helped me to change my eating habits and hold myself accountable. The staff at New Jersey Bariatric Center was so kind and helpful, and I love each and every one of them. Dr. Goyal was the best doctor and explained everything thoroughly. Even after the surgery, the staff is always there for you. My activity level has changed a lot since surgery and I feel much better about myself. In the beginning of my weight loss, it was tough because whenever anyone would compliment me on my success, I wasn’t used to it. I have always been a shy person and not very confident because of my weight. Now since the surgery, I’ve gained a confidence level I’ve never felt before. Gone are all the oversized clothes I used to hide behind. There used to be a time when I would have to tell my husband, who is a UPS driver and naturally walked at a fast pace, to slow down. Now, he tells me to slow down! On vacations, I’ve traded in my motorized scooter for running shoes! There’s nothing holding me back now! If I could do it all again, I would in a heartbeat. It feels great to be able to live life again! *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. Michael Lost 150 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Becoming a dad was probably the biggest factor in my decision to have weight loss surgery. By the time my second child came into my life, I had a BMI of 48.7. I had high blood pressure, my knees hurt and I tired quickly. A 45-minute “Music Together” class brought on fears that the teacher would make us jump or dance for too long. I'd be cautious not to put any extra “oomph” into my jumps so my stomach wouldn't bounce too much. My physical fitness brought into question my parental fitness in my mind. In the previous 35 years, I had never been able to make a lasting change to my weight. I'd dieted, yes. I'd exercised, yes. In fact, I'd lost hundreds of pounds. The problem is, I'd always gained them back. So the question became, what’s next? I'd always felt that bariatric surgery was an extreme option. To have one’s stomach altered to lose weight seemed like too much when I knew I could lose that same weight through diet and exercise. But the reality was that I never achieved permanent change. My definition of “extreme” began to change as I considered what my obesity would mean to my kids. With them in mind, I attended a New Jersey Bariatric Center seminar. After months of counseling, nutritionist visits, tests and about 40 lbs. of hard-fought weight loss before surgery, I had a sleeve gastrectomy on May 1, 2013. Today I’m 170 lbs. lighter, and I know my decision was the right one. I no longer require medication for my high blood pressure. I am more conscious of my own eating because of the limits from the surgery and my kids are eating healthier because of all I have learned. Beyond that, I am happier, more confident and can participate in my kids’ lives without questioning my physical limits. I am now certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine to provide others struggling with their weight with strategies and help lead them to a healthier life. My decision to have the gastric sleeve was the best one I think I have ever made. There is a significant and lasting improvement in almost every aspect of my life. But the most important change: I have two healthy, active children who now have a healthy and active father. *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. Erica Lost 82 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE Losing weight has been a lifelong struggle for me. When I was younger, it was much easier to hide my weight issues by participating in sports and being a strong athlete. Behind the scenes, I struggled with body issues and bad eating habits, which later led to binge-eating and half-hearted gym sessions. I tried different diets into my twenties but I never successfully learned portion control or proper nutrition. All this made it very difficult to lose weight, but I still didn’t want to give up. I knew there was a healthier me inside trying to get out. There came a point in my life that I began declining invitation to milestone events like friend’s weddings, housewarming parties and graduations to name a few. I couldn’t bear the thought of seeing pictures of myself on Facebook. However, I didn’t want to refuse to take part in my friend’s lives or my own milestone celebrations. I didn’t like where I was heading. I turned to New Jersey Bariatric Center and decided that it was time for me to change my life forever and not just turn to a crash diet for a few months. As a former athlete, I am motivated by working as a team to reach a mutual goal and with everyone at New Jersey Bariatric Center, I really felt like they were on my team. I couldn’t let down all these people, including my friends and family, who were supporting me. It was thanks to the doctors and staff that I learned to “eat to live” instead of living to eat. I learned what foods I need to fuel my body. I also found a new passion for fitness, which led to finding another passion for helping others achieve their weight loss and fitness goals. Since my surgery, I have lost more than 82 lbs. and have grown to be much more confident. There is so much more that I can do. I can now comfortably shop in any store and wear tank tops and shorts. I am even able to run two miles without stopping. My new-found confidence has also given me the push I needed to advance in my career. Almost a year after my surgery, I got married and now I feel that I can be the wife and mother-to-be my husband and baby deserve. The doctors and staff have helped me be more positive and active. I have never been happier. Thank you New Jersey Bariatric Center for encouraging me to reach my goals! *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. Elizabeth Lost 191 Lbs.* REVISION SURGERY Growing up, I was always known as the "chunky kid." Weight loss wasn't on my to-do list until I was in college when I became concerned about how my appearance would impact my future. During this time, I tried all sorts of weight loss methods. Fad diet of the week? I was on it… Diet pills? In my medicine cabinet. I had temporary success but nothing gave me long-term results. I knew that I needed to do something to get my life in a more balanced and healthy state. I decided to have gastric band surgery in 2008 and did well until I began experiencing difficulties with the band. After consulting with Dr. Goyal, I learned about revision surgery. He removed the band and converted my surgery to a sleeve gastrectomy in 2013. Now I am 191 pounds lighter than the day I first stepped foot into the New Jersey Bariatric Center office. Throughout the whole experience, I always looked at surgery as a tool to help me lose weight. It helped me feel fuller longer and I learned to not want unhealthy foods. The doctors and staff at New Jersey Bariatric Center were always there for encouragement and guidance. Whenever I hit a wall, they were there to put me back on the right path. This journey has been life-changing and their office was a big reason for it. Since weight loss surgery, my life has changed in many ways. I have a new confidence and I take the time to meet new people instead of standing in the corner embarrassed by my appearance. My weight loss allows me to love myself and the skin I'm in. Now, when I see a mirror, I don't walk past it with shame like I used to, but smile at my new reflection. I found hope and a new and healthier purpose in 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. Quentina Lost 160 Lbs* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY I was really apprehensive about having surgery for weight loss. But when I reached 300 pounds, I knew I had to do something. I felt helpless and useless. I had aches and pains, shortness of breath and found myself buying bigger clothes every other month. One day I looked in the mirror and began to cry because I did not recognize the person staring back at me. As I met with the doctors and staff at New Jersey Bariatric Center, my fears started to fade away – definitely not all in one day, but over time. The staff was so supportive. At times I felt like they cared even when I didn't have the energy to. But still I was nervous right up to the day of the surgery, when Dr. Buwen came into the pre-op room and assured me that I was going to be fine. And he was right. I was more than fine! Post-op I had virtually no pain – just a little from the incisions, but not nearly what I had feared! I had managed to lose 35 pounds before surgery through my hard work and following the guidelines. The support continued after surgery. When I told the doctor that I couldn’t drink the milk-based protein shakes, I was scheduled to meet with the nutritionist, who told me about protein water. I was elated. It was like every problem I had, as long as I kept the office informed, they provided me with a solution. The doctors and entire staff made me feel like they cared just as much about my health and happiness as I did. Now I am proud to say I lost a total of 160 pounds including the weight I lost both before and after surgery. I once felt helpless and didn’t know where to turn to take control of my life again. Thanks to New Jersey Bariatric Center, my purpose is back and I am now the healthy and happy woman I knew I could always be. Surgery with NJBC got me started on the path I wanted to be on. I now look in the mirror and love the person staring back at me. *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. Davarn Gastric Sleeve GASTRIC SLEEVE Sam and Dan Lost A Combined 219 Pounds* GASTRIC SLEEVE Rebecca Lost 136 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY Today I love being active. I run 3 to 5 miles daily and strength train. A year ago I lived in fear that I couldn’t keep up with my kids and so we stayed home and watch movies. I felt like life was not just passing me by, but my whole family, and I knew I had to make a change. I always knew I wanted to be a mom. When my son and daughter were born, I was thrilled each time with my role as a Mom, and eager to teach them everything I know and share everything I enjoy. But after my second child was born, I was 297 pounds and pre-diabetic. The person staring back at me in the mirror was someone I didn’t recognize. With the extra weight I was carrying around, I couldn’t participate in daily activities with my children such playing in the park or even riding their favorite rides at amusement parks. When I tried being active, my body would be in so much pain that I’d take Tylenol or Advil multiple times throughout the day. I tried all the fad diets, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. It worked at first, but once I went off it I’d gain back 20, 30 or even 40 pounds. I felt like a prisoner in my own body. I decided to have weight loss surgery with New Jersey Bariatric Center and had my sleeve gastrectomy in January 2018. I feel like my life improved 100 percent. I lost 136 pounds, have no more knee or joint pain and most importantly, I am no longer pre-diabetic. Not only did I lose weight I gained a love for being active, something I never was before. I’m now an avid runner. It feels great to be on the running trails working towards a healthier me. I incorporate my healthier lifestyle into activities with my family like playing in the park with my kids after school and chasing after them in the backyard. Instead of our movie nights, I now find myself strapped in next to them on all their favorite rides. My children are so supportive of their healthier and happier mom. If I’m having a bad day, my daughter reminds me of the motto I’ve followed since the beginning of my journey: “Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop.” Both my kids enjoy coming to the gym with me too and seeing their mom working towards her goals. Weight loss surgery is the best tool I could have asked for to get my weight in control. I work at it every day, and the staff at New Jersey Bariatric Center is always there to support me. I stay on track with their nutrition webinars and support groups, and their overall encouragement. My self-esteem has improved tremendously. With my healthier self, I have the confidence to tackle the day and enjoy the best of my 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. Kristin Lost 70lbs* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY I have been overweight since my mid-twenties. While pregnant, I gained a lot of weight and was never able to lose it. I have been on diets for most of my adult life and would lose 20 or 25 pounds and eventually gain it back and then some. Before I tried bariatric surgery, I tried Weight Watchers twice, Nutri-system, Slimfast, low carbs, salads, gym memberships, even prescription appetite suppressants. Everything would work for a short time, maybe 2-3 months and then I would start to stray from my plan. The single incident that was pivotal in my decision to investigate surgery was when I saw myself in photos at my son’s wedding. I could not believe that was me and how huge I was. I was mortified that my family and friends would see the pictures, even worse, that they had seen me in person like that. Gastric sleeve surgery at the New Jersey Bariatric Center has played a tremendous role in my weight loss journey. I have lost 70lbs within 7 months and I went from a size 24 to a size 14. Since my weight loss, I love that I can now sit in a booth at a restaurant with lots of room, fit in an airplane seat and know the seatbelt will not be too tight, run on a treadmill without being out of breath and, I’m looking forward to running around and playing with my future grandson (due in January). As a food scientist and an adjunct professor at a large university, part of our curriculum deals with nutrition. Since losing weight I can now teach without feeling like a fraud. At least once a week, people tell me how different I look. Even though that is very flattering to hear, it is the difference in how healthy and energetic I feel that is my real success story. I started jogging and plan to run a 5K with friends in the spring. The doctors of New Jersey Bariatric Center are amazing! Each one took the time to answer all of my questions and prepare me for pre- and post-surgery. The Registered Dietitians taught me how to plan meals and I felt that I could always be honest with them and receive real-life advice and feedback. The office staff was always friendly and helpful with insurance and billing issues. Even the hospital staff made some comments about how great NJBC doctors are and how lucky I am to be their patient. Thank you NJBC for giving me back my life and making me healthy! I would absolutely recommend New Jersey Bariatric Center to someone who is considering weight loss surgery. They changed my life. I wish I had done this 10 years ago. *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. Brian Lost 85 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY I had been steadily gaining weight since my high school graduation. I tried to lose weight many times throughout the years, but I would always hit a wall, which would make me less likely to keep up whatever program or plan I was on. I’ve done Jenny Craig, once, and Weight Watchers many times. I’ve also done my own forms of dieting while I was in college. I never found something that really worked for me long term. I started having several medical issues, including obstructive sleep apnea, recurring migraine headaches and high cholesterol. This all happened within a short time span. Each doctor I saw told me that losing weight would help relieve my symptoms.I finally decided that if all of my doctors felt that way, I should do something about it. I was always hesitant about the idea of another diet because I felt that I would, inevitably, reach a point where I would stop losing weight. This made it hard for me to even start dieting. That’s when I started considering weight loss surgery. Getting the surgery finally gave me the motivation to stay on the diet and exercise train. Knowing that I was giving my body the best possible chance to lose weight was the exact motivation I needed to actually stick to it. New Jersey Bariatric Center’s free seminars were a big help, especially for my wife, who really didn’t understand how hard it is for someone to lose weight. The doctors were so helpful in answering any questions my wife and I had. They talked us through the whole plan from pre-operative through recovery and they are all so kind and respectful of each individual’s “process”. The staff at NJBC was very helpful, every step of the way. I believe that they truly want nothing more than for me to succeed. I haven’t felt this good in a very long time, probably since high school. I no longer have obstructive sleep apnea. I can shop in regular stores again. I’ve dropped 15 pants sizes. Everyone tells me how good I look, which really helps keep me motivated to stay on my plan. Now I can finally keep up with my two kids! (Well, mostly … they’re very fast!) *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. Allison Lost 120 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY My body used to ache when I got out of bed in the morning. I was tired and always uncomfortable. I struggled with my weight since college but I really lost control after getting married and having two kids. The turning point for me was when I saw a photo of myself at my kid’s birthday party. I could not believe that I let myself get that heavy. I knew I needed to get healthy for myself and for my family so I decided to make an appointment at New Jersey Bariatric Center that week. Gastric sleeve was the tool to help me get myself to a healthy weight. Dr. Goyal and the team at New Jersey Bariatric Center have helped me every step of the way. Since my very first appointment until now, I have felt so supported by everyone from the doctors to the dietitians. I truly look forward to my appointments and the monthly support groups. The continued support that NJBC offers is such an important key to my success. Now, I feel so great. I have much more energy and I am able to keep up with my kids and live a much more active lifestyle with my family. I have run two 5Ks and I enjoy going to the gym. Overall, I feel so much more confident in my own skin. Since my weight loss I love that I can now shop anywhere for clothes! I used to only be able to buy my clothes at one or two stores and now the options are endless. I was a size 22 pants and now I am a size 12! It is something that I was not expecting to be so exciting for me. In reality, it’s more than just having clothes that fit better -- I feel better and I’ve gained so much confidence. I would absolutely recommend NJBC to anyone who is considering weight loss surgery. They changed my life. I’m proud of my hard work, dedication and commitment to regaining my health. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. *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. Suzanne Lost 125 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY My mom’s family all developed type 2 diabetes and all died from complications related to that. My brother and I eventually developed type 2 diabetes as well. He was 10 years older than me, and at 62, he died from a massive heart attack related to diabetes. That was my turning point. Before bariatric surgery, I had been overweight my entire life. I tried many diets and diet programs. Everything from Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers to the military diet. I even tried eating only vegetables. Nothing worked for me. I was constantly hungry. Having gastric sleeve surgery at New Jersey Bariatric Center helped me take away the insatiable hunger that no amount of food would satisfy. I immediately felt so much better. I was finally satisfied after eating my meals. Surgery also helped me get rid of my diabetes which was huge for me. I did my research before coming to New Jersey Bariatric Center but I am so happy that I chose them. The staff was ALWAYS there to answer questions, especially right after gastric sleeve surgery. The philosophies behind their surgery and journey post-operatively, aligned with my beliefs and I knew that with their support, I would be able to make the lifestyle changes that I needed to succeed. Since gastric sleeve, my life has changed in many ways. In addition to losing weight, I am now able to walk around and keep up with my active kids. I can finally travel without being worried or embarrassed if I couldn’t fit in an airline seat. I can go to a restaurant without wanting to eat EVERYTHING I see or smell. My self esteem has also increased and I feel like I am finally able to live my 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. Keni Lost 69 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY I had been trying to lose weight since childhood. My first diet was prescribed by my pediatrician. Since then, I'd tried everything from Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem and SlimFast to online applications like MyFitnessPal and Loselt. When those didn’t work, I tried both prescription and non-prescription medical weight loss therapies including the likes of dexatrim, phentermine and qsymia. There were two incidents that made me decide I was going to have weight loss surgery. Both of which occurred simultaneously - the first was the results of my blood sugar and blood pressure test which showed prediabetec and prehypertension readings. The second was when one of my twins innocently described me as "fat". Weight loss surgery served as a tool to help me reach my weight loss goals. Since losing weight with the gastric sleeve, my blood pressure and my sugar levels are normal and, I no longer feel like I’m embarrassing my sons with my appearance. Shopping continues to be a new and exciting experience and my self-esteem has increased. I am no longer the fattest person sitting in the conference rooms during meetings at work nor do I feel self-conscious during my day-to-day business and personal events. The staff at New Jersey Bariatric Center were my guides but ultimately, I was the driver of my success. Being a self-advocate was critical during this process and in life in general. Just having surgery didn't win the battle. I was committed to a different lifestyle for my overall physical and mental health. My experience with the New Jersey Bariatric has been great. The staff is caring, thorough, super patient, and responsive and I would definitely recommend them. Jeff lost 71 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY I was 120lbs in the third grade. My doctor had prescribed me some pills and, at the time, I remember being so happy that I was losing weight. As an adult, I continued to struggle with my weight. In recent years, I reached my max weight of 285 pounds and became pre-diabetic. I have tried Weight Watchers, paleo, Nutrisystem, Atkins, the grapefruit and egg diet and the soup diet - pretty much any new trendy way to lose weight. I remember sitting on the edge of my bed and cursing every morning when I couldn’t reach my feet to put socks on. I was so ashamed and I had such low self esteem. Shame is powerful and depressing. When a friend of mine had weight loss surgery and was feeling and looking great, I started doing some of my own research to see if it could be an option for me. I thought to myself, “I could do this”. I had tried for years and spent tons of money on the latest and greatest weight loss plan, only to regain it all, plus some, each time. Having gastric sleeve surgery allowed me to lose weight very fast and I regained my self-esteem. Once I felt better about myself, it was easier to keep going. The results were thrilling! I could not have lost the weight without the surgery. I would definitely recommend New Jersey Bariatric Center to anyone considering surgery. Everyone from the doctors, to the office staff, to the billing department, are awesome and will guide you through your journey with enthusiasm and facts to keep you informed and motivated. Dr. Goyal is so positive, up-beat, smart and he’s a skilled surgeon. His Physician's Assistant has always been encouraging and really helped prepare me before and after the surgery. The nutritionists taught me structure. It’s the advice that still gets me back on track at times when I am making bad choices. The monthly ‘Tuesday Talks’ support group keeps me motivated and it is helpful to go and share experiences and recipes. My life has changed drastically since gastric sleeve surgery. I got my life back! I no longer sit in a pool of self-pity and self-loathing. When I meet a new client, I enter the room with a new confidence. My A1C numbers are now normal and not pre-diabetic. I have lost any sign of sleep apnea and no longer use my medication for acid reflux. Sex is now better! I have joined a gym and enjoy the treadmill and working out. In general, I have more energy and I feel great! Since my weight loss I love that I can now see the scale below my belly. I can put my socks on without cursing. I love being able to cross my legs when I sit. When I go into the city, I am not daunted by the stairs to the subways or having to run for the train. I used to huff and puff my way through the city and now I am leading the pack! Nicolette lost 111 lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY I was overweight for pretty much my whole life. Since I was a teenager, I’d actively tried losing weight. As an adult I tried Jenny Craig, Slim Fast, Atkins, Monavie shakes, Weight Watchers and a few more that I’m probably forgetting. I tried every diet I could think of but none of them worked. My turning point was the death of my stepfather who was only in his early 60s. I didn’t want my mom to endure 2 losses so I knew I had to do something sustainable about my weight because another diet wasn’t the answer. It was then that I made the decision to have weight loss surgery. Dr. Goyal and the team at New Jersey Bariatric Center have been great. The nutritionists have been super supportive and helpful and I still turn to them for advice even now. Now, I’m really active -- running, bike riding and more. I’m up for any challenge. I’ve gained so much confidence in myself and it's evident in my work life. I’ve even gained confidence to put myself out there and go on dates. Since my weight loss I love that I can now match who I was on the inside the whole time. I would absolutely recommend the great doctors and staff at New Jersey Bariatric Center. Their support means a lot to me and I love the extras provided like Tuesday Talks support group meetings and virtual yoga classes. Yossedy Lost 58 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY I had been trying to lose weight for around two years. I tried a lot of different methods including Herbalife and the keto diet. None of them worked for me and between work and four kids, I always felt tired. In addition to this my blood pressure started increasing. I knew I had to do something to improve my health so I decided to have gastric sleeve surgery with the New Jersey Bariatric Center. After the gastric sleeve, my life changed 180 degrees. As I started losing weight I began to feel less tired and my blood pressure improved to the point that I no longer needed to take high blood pressure pills. Now I have so much more energy to do my job as a manager, take care of my kids, cook, exercise and just be more active in general. I truly feel amazing! With New Jersey Bariatric Center it's not just the surgery that impressed me but the care afterwards. The way the team always supports me and answers all my questions and concerns makes me feel like family. I enjoy participating in the post-op virtual support groups and the yoga classes. The team at New Jersey Bariatric Center helped me change my mentality about my health. I’ve even recommended someone to the practice and they had the same great experience. I am so glad that I chose them! Phoebe Lost 90 Lbs.* GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY About 10 years ago while I was on medication I gained 100 lbs. I tried over and over to lose the weight on my own. The most successful try was about 5 years ago when I lost 80 lbs but within 6 months I'd gained it all back. I've tried over the counter teas, pills, and powders, changed my lifestyle, ate healthier, and went to the gym. Nothing ever lasted. The turning point for me came in September 2019. My family and I were on a vacation in Mexico. At that time I was 260 pounds and very thigh-heavy. One of our excursions was ziplining - something I've wanted to do my entire life. The harness would not fit around my thighs to clip in place. It took me and 3 employees tugging and yanking for several minutes to get the harness properly placed. The whole time a group of teen girls were behind me in line giggling and filming with their phones. I was mortified and so very embarrassed that something like that could happen to me in front of my fiancé and children. I had no one to blame but myself. Since coming to New Jersey Bariatric Center, I’m no longer yo-yo dieting. Gastric bypass surgery has given me the extra help I needed to stay focused and stay on track. My weekends are no longer about binging and nullifying all the workouts and healthy eating I had done during the week. I no longer say, “a piece of cake or some pasta won't hurt!”. That's the behavior that in the past always sent me spiraling away from a healthier me. Dr. Thomas did my gastric bypass surgery and she was beyond amazing. Never at any time did I feel pressured for one surgery or the other. She always answered my questions clearly and I was able to come to my own decision about what would work best for me. Her bedside manner and humor always put me at ease and made me comfortable every step of the way. The after care NJBC provides is stellar. I love joining in on the monthly post-op yoga classes which has inspired me to go back to practicing yoga on a regular basis - something I haven't done in years! Since weight loss surgery I love that I can engage in physical activities with my children again. Before, my knees wouldn't let me but now I can bike ride with my 9 year old. Our hikes can go for miles and I'm not a sweaty mess after 5 minutes. I'm not embarrassed to participate in virtual exercise classes. I can keep up! I'm not the best but I'm no longer at my worst. My teenage daughter and I have started buying matching dresses bringing us closer together now that I'm not wearing plus sizes anymore. Suddenly, I have a new love for mirrors! My A1C level is below not just diabetic levels but even pre-diabetic levels for the first time in over 10 years and I don't have to take my diabetes medication anymore! I've always loved me on the inside but I'm finally remembering what it feels like to love the outside as well. I would definitely recommend New Jersey Bariatric Center. I'm in several support groups and I have to say by far NJBC offers the most comprehensive before, during, and after care. At no time did I feel like I was just a patient cycling through. I know NJBC is going to have my back for the rest of my life to help me be the best me I can! This was the best decision of my life. It has helped me stop excessively drinking, lose weight, become healthier, be more energetic, and a better mother. I now have hope to see not only grandchildren but my great grandchildren as well one day. I see my life lasting much longer because of my bypass surgery at New Jersey Bariatric Center. Aleta Lost 80 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY When I was 12 1/2, I was 5’3” tall and weighed 153 lbs. Around my 13th birthday, I went on a strict diet, and lost 100 lbs in 6 mths. I kept the weight off for 2 years, then began regaining weight. After that I spent years yo-yo dieting on my own. I tried Weight Watchers many times and even joined Jenny Craig for a short period, and then a local diet program offered in the mid-1980s by Wegmans called the Rotation Diet. The problem is that I was never able to lose more than 25 to 30 lbs no matter how diligent I was. Once I plateaued, I’d become frustrated and the weight came back. The turning point that drove my decision to have bariatric surgery occurred in 2017. I weighed 262 and had other health issues - I was an insulin-dependent diabetic with hypertension and arthritis. For months, I worked just to pay my premiums and out of pocket prescription costs. In addition, my arthritis got much worse and I had to start using a cane at work because I was in constant pain. Many of my friends and family had bariatric surgery with successful weight loss so I decided to give it a try at the age of 50 with a different facility but I was not happy with the process so I didn’t go through with it. At the age of 65 when I became eligible for Medicare I decided to give it another try with a new facility - New Jersey Bariatric Center. The program was very different. From the moment I attended the seminar until my most recent post-op follow up appointment, I have been completely confident and satisfied with the care and support I have received from the staff at New Jersey Bariatric Center. After the seminar I met with a surgeon right away. The consultation with the dietician was also very structured. I was given a high protein, low carb diet to follow. At the previous facility, it was just a conversation about the importance of taking vitamins due to lack of absorption of having gastric bypass surgery. Another difference was my appointment with the NJBC psychologist. It was very specific. I was asked about goals, my background, mental health history and lastly to give 4 reasons I wanted to have this surgery. At the other facility, the psych eval was just a conversation without much structure. Once the surgery was complete, and the initial 2 weeks of liquid diet was over, I had to focus on only eating protein based foods. The limited size of my stomach, and lack of carbs allowed my body to drop more weight than usual, pushing my baseline (set point) lower before my brain’s famine alert could respond. When I began this journey, I weighed 262, and wore size 24 in womens’ clothes.I had been shopping in plus size stores since 1990. I now wear size 16, and I’m no longer limited to the plus size sections. This, of course, has improved my self-esteem tremendously. I have lost a total of 80 lbs. I haven’t been this weight since 1989. I am off most of my medications and my diabetes is under control. Most importantly, I am discovering I can do things that I thought I would never be able to do again. Before the surgery, I couldn’t walk more than one city block without having to sit down because my back, hips and legs would hurt so bad. I would have to rest during grocery shopping and sit while my husband checked out. Now I can do everything without taking a break. I can work in the yard longer and do housework without help. Bending repeatedly used to be a problem, now it’s not. This summer I’ve been hired as a gift shop clerk at an amusement park. This is something I would never have been able to do, stand on my feet all day. Now I can! Since my weight loss, I love that I can now run around with my grandchildren and go hiking. At New Jersey Bariatric Center there is so much attention paid to the patient’s health before surgery, and so much structure before and after surgery to ensure the best weight loss outcome. The program also offers flexibility to develop healthy eating habits that are reasonable and realistic. Bernita Lost 122 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY Since I was 9 years old I had been overweight. The weight kept accumulating throughout the years into my adulthood. When I turned 21 I started to actively try to lose weight. I joined weight watchers with my mother, hired a personal trainer and also tried portion control with my food. None of it worked. When I was working or on my feet for a long period of time, I was in excruciating pain. I saw photos of myself and knew I needed to do something when I saw how big my arms looked. The turning point for me came when I was in labor with my child. The doctor who gave me the epidural suggested that I try to lose the weight. Gastric sleeve surgery helped me reach my goals by helping me reduce my overall food intake. The doctors and staff at New Jersey Bariatric Center were extremely patient and kind. They understood that this was a life changing experience. The dietitians helped me stay on track with my food, understand what I should be eating and made sure I was getting the necessary vitamins. Since surgery and losing the weight I have so much more energy and I move much faster. I am more confident in doing activities outside my home. I’m able to wear clothes that I have always wanted to wear but couldn’t before. I love that I can now feel comfortable in my own skin! I would recommend NJBC to someone who is considering weight loss surgery because of the warm staff that they have. I never felt uncomfortable or rushed through anything. The staff helped me before surgery and after to ensure I had the results I wanted and of course the results I worked for. I can honestly say Dr. Goyal and the staff are amazing and continue to help me maintain my weight loss. Chava Lost 101 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY I began gaining weight about 19 years ago. I had gone to Israel to study abroad and there was so much kosher food available everywhere. I was literally like a kid in a candy store. In addition, I was in Jerusalem where there was very good public transportation, so I wasn’t walking around as much. I tried gyms, Optavia, Weight Watchers, a personal trainer, and the South Beach Diet. Nothing stuck because I wasn't ready and didn't have the proper support. At my annual check-up when I had just turned 36, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol and was put on medication. I got very nervous and knew that I had to do something because I needed to be around for my wonderful husband and children. My doctor suggested I see a bariatric surgeon and I listened but was extremely uncertain with the decision initially. Gastric sleeve surgery has given me a second chance. Yes, being skinnier is really nice, feeling sexy doesn't hurt but the main thing is being healthy. I am able to do so much more. I can hike, I can stand on a chair to open a window or hang up a poster (I'm a teacher) and hop back down and continue teaching. I can walk up a hill without feeling totally out of breath. It's literally life-changing and I am eternally grateful. Dr. Goyal has always treated me with respect. He never laughed at any of my questions and answered me sincerely, even when I asked if I'd ever be able to eat ice cream again. The registered dietitians, the PA and everyone else I have dealt with at New Jersey Bariatric Center have been nothing but friendly, patient, knowledgeable and kind. Eight days after my gastric sleeve surgery I was told I no longer need to take meds for blood pressure. I just about cried. I'm not on any medication for physical health. My husband is so happy that I can do more and he mentions that he sees how hard I'm trying. I can now shop in any store I want for clothing and I feel great! I have recommended NJBC to others. One of the things I like about NJBC is that the facility is clean and comfortable. Also, they have many things that a bariatric patient needs from protein to vitamins to protein snacks. Not to mention the virtual support group ‘Tuesday Talks’ meetings which I really miss attending in person since the pandemic. Orville Lost 80 Lbs.* GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY I had been overweight for approximately 20 years. I tried to lose weight through different diets, diet pills, Slim Fast and more but I always gained the weight I lost back plus more. My struggle with my weight started to take a toll on my health and I had to make a serious decision.The thought of not being there in the future to see my son do great things in life really motivated me to make this decision. When I went to my annual physical with my primary care doctor, I received my labs and the numbers were not heading in the right direction. It was then I made the decision to go to New Jersey Bariatric Center. The surgery is a major tool in allowing me to reach my weight loss goals. Gastric Sleeve allowed me to lose the weight and be able to keep it off. Everyone at NJBC is very understanding and helps keep me on track with my weight loss goals. My health has improved and my self-esteem has risen to a level that it has never been in my life. My activity level has increased and my energy seems limitless. Since my weight loss I love that I can now look a lot better in my clothes and fit a certain style of clothes. I would recommend New Jersey Bariatric Center to anyone who I know that is considering weight loss surgery.