Courtney’s Story – Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Sleeve Patient Story

Surgery: Sleeve Gastrectomy - Total Lost: 140 pounds*

*Weight loss results can vary depending on the individual. There is no guarantee of specific results. Read full disclaimer >

"This was a life changing experience and I would not change it for the world." —Courtney

I have been struggling with my weight since I was a teenager. After years of dieting, I have finally learned how to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid fad diets.  I have contemplated whether or not I want to have surgery for some time now and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

Courtney After
Courtney Before

A friend of mine had bariatric surgery and I saw how much of an impact it had on her life. When I went to my PCP office one day I mentioned that I wanted to have weight loss surgery and he referred me to the UCLA COMET program. I had the sleeve gastrectomy with Dr. Yijun Chen at UCLA and lost a total of 138 pounds. Before the surgery I was not able to exercise due to shortness of breath. Now I am able to go running and hiking with no difficulties.  I have learned how to live a healthy lifestyle, through healthy eating and exercise. I no longer restrict myself or go on fad diets to lose weight. I feel better about myself and am more confident than ever.

Overall I am happy I lost the weight and learning how to be healthy. Eating is not just a social event, you can still eat healthy and enjoy food. I have a better understanding of how to treat and nourish my body. I have found a balance of eating healthy foods not just dieting or restricting foods. I am now able to be a participant in my life and not just be a bystander. The team of professionals have taught me what life is really about. I no longer look at food for comfort but instead learned to cope with emotions. I have more energy in my job and at home. I was so scared about such a big change. I was enlightened knowing I would send an email then get a response back right away from the COMET team. They calmed my fear of having the procedure. I never felt alone during this process even after the surgery. The team of professionals were very fast in answering my questions.

This was a life changing experience and I would not change it for the world. I would definitely recommend weight loss surgery for anyone struggling with weight issues.


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* Weight loss results can vary depending on the individual. There is no guarantee of specific results.


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