Our Success Stories
Read about how our patients have changed their lives with bariatric surgery and a new outlook on life.
I didn’t really start putting on the bulk of my weight until after my third child. I guess I never thought too much about it before because I always “carried my weight well”; in other words- even though I weighed 300 pounds, I didn’t look 300 pounds. But I felt like I weighed more! I was tired all the time, my knees and lower back hurt. It was awful. I stopped going certain places because I couldn’t fit in the chairs comfortably. I hated taking pictures; I just did not enjoy life. Read more from Angela
Last year my wife went for a physical examination and learned she had several medical conditions that were directly related to being "morbidly obese." After consulting with her primary care physician and cardiologist, my wife decided to undergo bariatric surgery. She was referred to the program at Banner Gateway Bariatric Center. We discussed the various options and decided that the bariatric sleeve was the right choice for her and began our bariatric journey. I said our, because we decided that we would undertake this journey together. Read more from Bill
I have struggled with my weight all of my adult life. Growing up my weight was not an issue because I was active throughout my school years. Once I became an adult I stated slowly gaining weight and found that it was easier to put it on then it was to take it off. Like most people I thought that weight loss surgery was taking the easy way out so for me it was never an option. My husband had the lap band surgery and I must say that I thought he was taking the easy way out. I saw how hard he still needed to work to not only get the weight off but keep it off and my views were changed. I started to realize that weight loss surgery was not a solution but it was a tool to help people break the cycle of being obese. Read more from Tamela
Like most people considering bariatric surgery, I struggled with my weight for most of my adult life, especially after my children were born. I was on every crazy diet out there. I would lose some but then gain it back plus more. One day my daughter came home from school crying. When I asked her what was wrong she didn’t want to tell me. The kids on her bus were making fun of me and calling me names because I was so fat. She said the kids in her classroom were also making fun of me. For me that was one of the final straws in my decision to get healthier. Read more from Denise
As long as I can remember, I have struggled with my weight. Even as a child it bothered me. I tried many diets over the years, but with little to no success. My blood pressure was rising and my health was declining. The final straw was when I had to buy an even larger dress size than the size 28 I was already wearing. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend more money on bigger and uglier clothes. And I didn’t want to die young. That’s when I decided to investigate bariatric surgery. Read more from Lynda
I grew up in Wisconsin. I was always a bigger kid. Don’t you love the term “husky?” I was always encouraged to bulk up to wrestle and play football. I was the youngest of five brothers so I learned to eat fast so I could get seconds. I always cleaned my plate, there were people starving in this world and I didn’t dare waste food. This started many years of bad eating habits. Read more from Steve