Items Tagged ‘Dr. Yijun Chen’

April 22, 2019

Jen’s Story: Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

By Jen jmorn95

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 […]

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. Yijun Chen, patient stories, surgery, weight loss surgery


How obesity can affect a woman's ability to conceive

December 28, 2016

How obesity can affect a woman’s ability to conceive

By uclahealth uclahealth

You’ve likely heard about the health issues caused by obesity. It raises your risk for heart disease and diabetes, increases your blood pressure and makes it difficult to do everyday activities such as walking or climbing stairs. For women specifically, obesity also may be a contributing factor in infertility. If you are overweight and having […]

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Tags: activities, bariatric surgery, blood pressure, BMI, body mass index, conceive, diabetes, Dr. Yijun Chen, excess weight, fertility, gestational diabetes, heart disease


I am content and it completely changed my life! Thank you Dr. Chen!

October 24, 2016

I am content and it completely changed my life! Thank you Dr. Chen!

By uclahealth uclahealth

Martha’s Story Total Lost: 65 pounds (first three and half months)*        I sought bariatric surgery because of my diabetes and my high blood pressure issues. My primary care doctor suggested the surgery to me, but I was scared. I told myself I could try diet and exercise on my own. It worked […]

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Tags: bariatric, bariatric surgery, blood pressure, diabetes, Dr. Yijun Chen, exercise, loss weight, patient story, UCLA COMET program, weight loss


These are competent people who want the very best for their patients

October 22, 2016

These are competent people who want the very best for their patients

By uclahealth uclahealth

Angelika’s Story Total Lost: 95 pounds* I have been seriously considering bariatric surgery for over 10 years, however kept telling myself that I can do this, I can lose the weight on my own. This mindset allowed me to stay heavy for 10 years too long. I have tried many ways to shed the weight […]

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Tags: bariatric, bariatric surgery, Dr. Yijun Chen, exercise, gastric sleeve, goiter, Hashimoto's Disease, lose weight, loss weight, patient story, Sleeve Gastrectomy, thyroid


I wish I had been able to do this earlier

October 15, 2016

I wish I had been able to do this earlier

By uclahealth uclahealth

Judy’s Story Total Lost: 63 pounds. . . and going* I was contemplating this surgery for 10 years. I had asked my primary doctor for help losing weight and nothing was working. When I asked him for a referral to bariatric surgery at UCLA, he was very resistant. I am so glad I fought for […]

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Tags: bariatric, bariatric surgery, diabetes, Dr. Yijun Chen, exercise, featured, hypertension, loss weight, patient story, weight loss


I was overjoyed that I could get on the Superman ride without any trouble

October 14, 2016

I was overjoyed that I could get on the Superman ride without any trouble

By uclahealth uclahealth

Merwin’s Story Total Lost: 80 pounds…and counting*        I used to go to amusement parks all the time, but had to stop when my weight made it impossible to close the safety belt on many rides. I had been thinking about bariatric surgery for some time, but was on the fence for years. […]

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Tags: bariatric, bariatric surgery, Dr. Yijun Chen, exercise, loss weight, patient story, Sleeve Gastrectomy, weight loss


I will be eternally grateful. Dr. Chen and everyone involved with the program helped me save my life

October 8, 2016

I will be eternally grateful. Dr. Chen and everyone involved with the program helped me save my life

By uclahealth uclahealth

Laura’s Story Total Lost: 102 pounds lost so far* My story starts like most others: an overweight child grows into an overweight teenager, and then into a morbidly obese adult. After trying all the fad diets out there, losing weight only to gain it back and then more, I took an unusual step. I tried […]

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Tags: asthma, back pain, bariatric, bariatric surgery, COMET, Dr. Denise Garvey, Dr. Yijun Chen, dramatic weight loss, morbidly obese, obese, overweight, overweight teenager


I am truly thankful to Dr. Chen and the COMET team for putting the biggest smile on my face!

September 30, 2016

I am truly thankful to Dr. Chen and the COMET team for putting the biggest smile on my face!

By uclahealth uclahealth

                              Monica’s Story Total Lost: 57 pounds (in the first 6 months)* I battled with being overweight since I was 10 years old. I was always teased, I became withdrawn, and so food and chocolate became a great comfort for me at […]

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Tags: Atkins, bariatric surgery, COMET, depression, diet, Dr. Manali Shendrikar, Dr. Yijun Chen, exercise, Fen-Phen, Jenny Craig, overweight, sleep apnea