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Weight Loss Surgery Testimonials

Bariatric surgery has been shown to be an effective method of weight loss for individuals struggling with obesity. The patient testimonials below reflect the experience of patients who successfully underwent surgery and lost significant amounts of weight. Each individual is different and not all patients may experience the same results or dramatic weight loss.

Providence College basketball coach Ed Cooley talks about his weight loss journey following surgery at the Weight Loss Surgery Center of Excellence at Roger Williams Medical Center.

Bonnie St. Jean talks about her weight loss journey following surgery at Roger Williams.

Gloria Sanchez talks about her weight loss journey following surgery at Roger Williams.

Robert Gubala talks about his life-changing weight loss surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center.

Denise Bertrand talks about her life-changing weight loss surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center.

An amazing story of a couple that lost a combined 390 lbs. after each had weight loss surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center.

 J.N. - November 1st, 2009

I'm a 45 year old married mother of six, grandmother of three, Army Veteran. I've been fighting the obesity battle since I had my first child in 1983. I sustained injuries while on active duty and was medically discharged from the Army in 2002. Being in the Army helped me keep my weight in check. Once discharged, I began eating my way through life, which brought me to Morbid Obesity and a BMI of 46. Read More.

L.L. - March 10th, 2010

On Memorial weekend 2008 my whole world as I knew it was about to change. I was sick and tired of being tired and was finally going to do something about it. At that time I was a 43 year old wife and mother of two. My son was in college. My daughter was getting ready for her senior year of high school. My husband just wanted his wife back and not this miserable... Read More

L.S. - December 21st, 2009

Hello my name is Lisa and I had gastric by-pass back in April of 2008. Before Gastric by-pass I was really close to being in a wheelchair. I was a CNA for homecare. Everyday was so hard for me to go to work and do the job I loved. Most time I would just come home and cry because I was in so much pain... Read More

R.R. - December 10th, 2009

I have struggled all my life with being heavy. I was always the heavy set comedic guy, fun to be around with. I think when you have played such a role for so long in life you think well that is the best it is going to get. Even though I was overweight I did play football in high school and other sports with friends. Well after high school and going to college I think that is when the majority of my weight came on. I was able to lose some... Read More

K.M - October 4th, 2010

Hi! My name is Kerrie...I am 24 years old, and I had Gastric Bypass on November 17, 2009 by Dr. Pohl. At my highest weight I weighed 350lbs. As of today, October 4, 2010, I have lost a total of 145lbs. I had Sleep Apnea, needing a CPAP machine at night, High Blood Pressure, as well as High Cholesterol and my feet, legs and back hurt all the time. I couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath... Read More


Hello. My name is Jayne and I'm sure that my story is very similar to many others. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I was in the 6th grade the first time I joined Weight Watchers. I had had many "successes" with diets and programs over the years, usually getting to within about 25 lbs. of my goal and then it would start to creep up again. I have always enjoyed outdoor activities, but they were getting... Read More

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