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New patient forms packet (pdf)
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Real patients, real results. Bariatric surgery can bring substantial, sustainable and life-changing weight loss to the great majority of patients. It's not easy — but the road you'll travel will lead you, literally, to a new life. Take a few minutes to read the stories from a few of our successful patients. The journey continues for the rest of their lives but, almost without exception, bariatric surgery patients agree on one thing: It was worth it.
was born, I weighed 11 pounds, 9 ounces — literally from the moment I was born I
have been "bigger".
Through routine blood work, I was
diagnosed with borderline diabetes. I was in a fog when I opened up the letter and
I couldn't believe I was a few points short of having to start medication to
control diabetes. I was told I needed to lose weight, which meant making diet
modifications and starting an exercise regimen. I knew I could not do it alone,
so I opted to look for a tool that could aid me in losing weight.
And that is
what Dr. Peterson gave me on August 8, 2012 — a life-saving, life-altering tool. Since my surgery,
I have lost 112 pounds. Ihave accomplished things I never thought would be possible for this 41-year-old.
Obesity is all I have ever known. I can't remember a time in my life since I
entered junior high that I wasn't classified as obese.
I knew I had to do something for myself — I knew I had
to put ME first, and sought out Dr. Peterson and his practice. I knew just from that meeting that this was a
staff of loving and caring people who put their heart and soul into their practice
and patients. Since my surgery I have been able to do things I haven't been
able to do since before junior high. My weight
loss surgery was the BIGGEST and BEST tool anyone could have given me. If I had to take this
step again in my life I would do it in a heartbeat.
Read more of Hollie's story
Rachel P —
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be thinner. I tried several diets
and would lose weight
while on the diet, but would eventually put the weight back on and then some.
I had a loving husband and two
children and wanted more than anything to have a long, healthy life
with all of them. It was then that I decided I had to do something to make that
happen, and I made an appointment with Dr. Peterson.
A year later, I'm down over 100 pounds. My only regret... I wish I would have done it sooner.
Read more of Rachel P's story
I have been overweight since I was in 3rd grade, always dealing with the low
self-esteem by hiding it with shyness! The more I felt bad about my weight, the more I
ate to feel better. I started seeing Dr.
Peterson and his staff, Cindy, Jane, and Anna, and in January 2012 had my surgery.
After the surgery it was so exciting to see the weight start falling off so
fast! I love weighing myself! Weight loss surgery was the
tool I needed to obtain the most important goal I needed my health!
Read more of Mary's story
The year before I had my gastric bypass I was at 320 pounds — by far the heaviest I
had ever been in my life. I wasn't living life I was merely existing.
I wanted to have children and I knew that at 320 pounds,
I was in no shape to even try to become pregnant. I needed to lose lots of
weight if I wanted to have a serious chance of having a family. I can tell you that having the gastric bypass was by far the best decision I
ever made. I have lost 150 pounds and I feel absolutely wonderful.
I feel 20 years younger! My one regret is that I
didn't get the surgery sooner.
Read more of Christina's story
Richard — Being overweight was considered a
family curse. Not being able to keep up with my young children was hard enough to accept, much less having the
will to do something about it.
Fifteen months after my procedure I have lost 69 pounds and have regained my life — I would do this again without a doubt.
I am a believer.
Read more of Richard's story
Rachel — From the time I was young,
I have memories of struggling with my weight, as well as
family illnesses due to weight issues of my family members.
This surgery — and Dr. Peterson — saved my life, and for that I couldn't be more grateful.
Read more of Rachel's story
Marisa — I'm in training for a 5K in November!
100 pounds and 10 dress sizes ago that
would have never even been a dream, but now after surgery I feel like I can do anything!
Read more of Marisa's story
Bob and Sandy — together they lost an amazing combined almost 200 pounds.
Bob — I had a friend who was about to undergo gastric bypass (Roux-en-y) surgery. I
thought it was a pretty drastic solution to a willpower problem. So on my next
visit to my endocrinologist (for my diabetes and other maladies) I asked the
doctor for ammunition to talk my friend out of the surgery. He said, "you should
talk to my secretary, she's had the surgery and YOU should consider it yourself."
It has been almost 5 months since my surgery and I'm not really trying to lose
weight – it just happens. As the weight has come off, my energy level has gone up,
tremendously. I can tie my shoes AND breathe at the same time. I walk faster and
more energetically. My ego isn't hurting either!
Read more about Bob and Sandy's continuing weight loss journey together
Lori — The bariatric
procedure provided me a tool and with the combination of eating right and
exercise and the lifestyle changes I have been extremely successful. I have only
one regret — I should have done it sooner.
Read about Lori's continuing weight loss journey
Diana — Diana lost 210 pounds.
I look at life a lot more positively now. The silliest things
make me so happy, like crossing my legs in the car or anywhere for that matter.
I know that I can take a flight without paying double fare if I want to. Not to
mention my self-esteem has gone up so much.
Read the rest of Diana's inspiring – and just plain HAPPY – story
Tina — Tina lost a whopping 111 pounds.
I actually enjoy working out
now, and not only have I achieved most of my fitness goals, I'm actually getting
to be pretty buff. I just passed an official Air Force fitness test, will
participate in my first ever 5K run soon.
Read the rest of Tina's story