patient story

Molly C., like many members of her family forefathers suffers from a genetic disease known as Polycystic Kidney Disease. Molly initially experienced a slow deterioration of her kidney function and by March 2016 was faced with the harsh reality that her kidneys were only [...]
By Molly • May 9, 2018
“I picked up something that was too heavy for me and strained my back,” says 86- year-old Ira Gawant, who struggled to find a solution for the compression fracture in his L4 vertebra. “I’m an actor but I haven’t been able to [...]
By uclahealth • May 4, 2018
“She was the one who fell in love with me and I have never regretted being married,” says Rudolph Loebel, who found out he needed a trans-catheter aortic valve replacement and that his wife, Rachel Loebel, needed one as well. “They operated on me and my wife on exactly [...]
By uclahealth • February 14, 2018
https://youtu.be/DxB9pg1lGcU While many men shy away from discussing their health concerns with one another, three longtime friends from Los Angeles decided to take a new approach to the very personal matter of birth control. With the encouragement of their wives, Paul Diaz, John Lambrechts and Basilio Santangelo recently [...]
By Ryan Hatoum • March 23, 2017
“I was a patient here in 2006 for a 16-hour resection of a brain tumor,” says Brad Lusk, a 68-year-old neurosurgery patient who was running 60 miles per week prior to finding out he had a growing meningioma tumor. “The better shape you’re in when you go in for surgery [...]
By uclahealth • December 5, 2016

I was the picture of health, and I stopped off at a store to browse. I completely fainted.

By uclahealth • December 5, 2016
Gina's Story Total Lost: 160 pounds* Since the surgery and my weight loss, I've noticed little changes in the way people respond to me, like opening a door for me. People wouldn't do something like that before. They would barely acknowledge me, but now they'll open a door or [...]
By uclahealth • October 25, 2016
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 [...]
By uclahealth • October 24, 2016
Randall's Story Total Lost: 130 pounds*     My battle with weight has been a long one.  As a boy growing up it was hard going to school being teased by kids calling me fat. My brothers as well would tease me so I just ate more [...]
By uclahealth • October 23, 2016
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 [...]
By uclahealth • October 22, 2016