Patient Stories for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery helps Melissa look and feel her best

Melissa's surgery team for her bariatric surgery was led by UI bariatric surgeon Jessica Smith, MD. The Roux-en Y procedure was a success, and Melissa was able to go home the next day. "Melissa's story is a perfect example of how bariatric surgery can be the additional tool so many patients need to be successful with long-term weight loss," Smith says. Melissa would recommend the UI Bariatric Surgery Clinic to anyone who's serious about weight-loss surgery and the commitment that comes both before and after the procedure.

Bariatric surgery, lifestyle changes shape Jared’s path to better health

“This whole operation was a way for me to completely take control of my life and become the person I really wanted to be” --Jared Cunningham from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

My new normal after bariatric surgery

After music teacher Molly Peterson became self-conscious of her size, she knew something had to change. Bariatric surgery from University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics her take back control.

Weight loss surgery offers a new beginning

As a former Marine and an avid competitor in sports like golf and tennis, Randy Cole saw obesity as a challenge. He wanted to lose weight and get back into playing shape on his own.

Keeping up with my kids through weight loss

Whitney Paul already knew that obesity had taken much of the fun out of her life. Still, when she stepped on the scale during an appointment with her doctor in August 2014, she had a shock that affected her deeply.

Bariatric surgery — it will change your life

"I can remember being chubby in grade school. I was the one who didn’t want to get on the scale so others could see what I weighed. You name the diet, and I’ve been on it – but after awhile your motivation lags, and you go back to your old ways."

Bariatric surgery success story – Tracy Schaufenbuel

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Bariatric surgery success story – Donna Foster Paulsen

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Bariatric surgery success story - Dawn Walker

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Bariatric surgery success story - Brenda Martzke

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