Patient Success Stories

Patient John Miller describes his weight loss pattern after LAP-BAND® surgery performed by Dr. Onopchenko
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John Miller discusses the importance of attending support group meetings after surgery
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Patient Michele Smith talks about her joy at fitting into smaller clothing sizes after LAP-BAND® surgery performed by Dr. Patel
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Michele Smith describes one of the obstacles to weight loss after surgery
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Karen Wimberg talks about the support and education she received from AtlantiCare prior to surgery
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More Patient Testimonials

“I've had a weight problem my whole life. Being obese as a child, you feel excluded. You can't run as fast or participate in activities, and other children make fun of you, so you exclude yourself.”

»Robert Madara lost 180 pounds

“Before I couldn't run down the driveway, now I'm running in an 8K race. Now, when I go to the amusement park with my children, I can fit on the rides. Once I had an experience where I was on the front seat and they couldn't get the harness over me in front of all those people, and I just wanted to die. I was so embarrassed. Now I don't think twice about it.” »Laurie Janssen lost 130 pounds

“I was 352 lbs. at the time of surgery, now I'm 167...it was the best — and the smartest — thing I ever did in my life.” »Jim Augello lost 185 pounds

“I was tired of being the one taking the picture and never being in the picture. In 2003 my husband and I were chosen to be on the television show Trading Spaces. They say the camera adds ten pounds; well it doesn't only put on ten pounds, it forces you to see what you really look like.” »Holly Hood lost 95 pounds

This procedure may not be suitable for every patient. All patients must be evaluated by a physician as to the appropriateness of performing the procedure.

The above testimonials represent each individual's response and reaction to the procedure; however, no medical procedure is risk-free. Associated potential risks and complications should be discussed with the physician rendering this procedure.

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