I will forever be grateful to Dr. Chen and his team. As I am approaching my 18 month post-surgery anniversary, I am so happy that I had this procedure and have made many lifestyle changes. I have battled with my weight for most of my adult life and have tried everything out there. I wish I would have done this 15 years ago. I am 5'2" and weighed 271 lbs pre-op. At my 1 year anniversary I had lost 110lbs. I have kept it off for the past 6 months. This surgery was the necessary tool to help me make many lifestyle changes. I have more energy and am able to exercise and enjoy activities I previously was unable to do. I could not have done this without the support and encouragement from Dr. Chen, as well as the monthly post-op support group meetings.