Bariatric Surgery

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October 19, 2016

My health has gotten so amazing with the weight loss

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Cari’s Story Total Lost: 95 pounds* I couldn’t fully enjoy my daughter due to my weight. I couldn’t teach her the outdoor activities I used to love. I felt like I wasn’t a good mom to her because I couldn’t be active, I couldn’t do things, I couldn’t run around with her… [Today] I eat […]

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Tags: asthma, back problems, bariatric, bariatric surgery, eating habits, exercise, gastric bypass, loss weight, obesity, patient story, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleep apnea


October 17, 2016

My bariatric surgery was the best thing I have ever done for myself

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Janet’s Story Total Lost: 86 pounds* My bariatric surgery was the best thing I have ever done for myself. My health is vibrant, my energy more than doubled. I feel great, and I’m having a great life. Janet knew that her life was at risk if she didn’t make a change. She had severe apnea […]

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Tags: bariatric, bariatric surgery, chronic bronchitis, exercise, fibromyalgia, gastric bypass, loss weight, patient story, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleep apnea, weight loss


I was killing myself with food. After surgery I am a whole new person.

October 15, 2016

I was killing myself with food. After surgery I am a whole new person.

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Michelle’s Story Total Lost: 210 pounds* I act, walk and talk differently. I am finally feeling the way I was meant to feel. I have participated in 5k, 10k, half marathons and did the whole 26.2 LA marathon. I am able to walk, dance, work and etc without needing to sit down every few minutes. […]

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Tags: bariatric, bariatric surgery, Dr. Erik Dutson, exercise, gastric bypass, loss weight, patient story, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, weight loss


I wish I had been able to do this earlier

October 15, 2016

I wish I had been able to do this earlier

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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

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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


October 12, 2016

My life is so much better! More energy, more quality time spent with family and friends

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C.M.’s Story Total Lost: 75 pounds* I am genetically predisposed to being overweight. My poor eating habits and lack of physical activity only made my situation worse. A knee injury and subsequent back and hip pain made weight loss surgery a real consideration for me. After much research, I was pleased with what I learned […]

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Tags: bariatric, bariatric surgery, Dr. Erik Dutson, exercise, gastric sleeve, loss weight, overweight, patient story, poor eating habits, Sleeve Gastrectomy, weight loss


October 12, 2016

Since my surgery, I’ve gone on hikes, I’ve gone to the beach, I’ve gone kayaking, and all that makes me really happy

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Virginia’s Story Total Lost: 100 pounds* “There were things I had done when I was younger, like horseback riding, that I couldn’t do because I couldn’t lift myself up into the saddle. Since my surgery, I have done it. I’ve gone on hikes. I’ve gone to the beach. I’ve gone kayaking, and all that makes […]

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Tags: bariatric, bariatric surgery, dieting, exercise, gastric bypass, gastric-bypass surgery, loss weight, patient story, physical rehabilitation, sleep apnea, weight loss


October 12, 2016

A lot of things have changed for the better

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Chuck’s Story Total Lost: 110 pounds* “I am the president of the California Rural Letter Carriers Association, and that puts me in the public eye. That’s a big step for me — before the surgery, I probably wouldn’t have been able to do something like this because of my self-image. A lot of things have changed […]

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Tags: bariatric, bariatric surgery, congestive heart failure, exercise, gastric bypass, loss weight, patient story, physical activity, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, weight loss


October 12, 2016

I am excited to be living again

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Michelle’s Story Total Lost: 50 pounds in the first 8 months since surgery* Reaching the point where I was contemplating bariatric surgery was not where I ever thought I would be. Weight loss is supposed to be as simple as ‘calories in versus calories out’. I had taken college level nutrition classes. Worked with nutritionists and […]

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Tags: bariatric, bariatric surgery, chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, exercise, loss weight, nutrition, overeating, patient story, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Sleeve Gastrectomy, weight gain


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

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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