Bariatric Surgery Program

Patient Testimonials

St. Joseph Hospital supports the long-term physical, nutritional, emotional and spiritual well-being of our bariatric patients -- before and after bariatric surgery.

Cindy D.

Cindy D. Bariatric Surgery Patient

"I know that you have heard this before, but my lap band has changed my life. Prior to surgery I had a BMI of 41 and numerous health complications. I lied and told everyone I was "fat and happy" but that couldn't have been further from the truth! Now I am fit and happy! Thank you to the entire bariatric team. They were and still are in it to win it... with me!"

Date of Surgery: February 2, 2010
Original Weight: 261 lbs
New Weight: 199 lbs
Weight Lost: 62

Cass P.

Cass P. Bariatric Surgery Patient

Date of Surgery: November 1, 2004
Original Weight: 249 lbs
New Weight: 144 lbs
Weight Lost: 105

"Gastric bypass is the best thing I ever did in my life. I can run, I now do marathons, half-Ks, 10Ks, go bike riding and go up the stairs without shortness of breath. I have energy now! I feel healthy now! I didn't have that before surgery."

Mike P.

Mike P. Bariatric Surgery Patient

"My doctors told me that I was a heart attack waiting to happen. The decision to have the lap band was not an easy one to make. Dr. Johnsrud and the Bariatric Care Center team saved my life with lap band surgery I am able to do so much more. I have much more energy. I can live a normal life now. In a few short months I have gotten off all of my medications and managed to get control of my health."

Date of Surgery: June 19, 1997
Original Weight: 350 lbs
New Weight: 201 lbs (as of July 2008)
Weight Lost: 149

Adrian C.

Adrian - Bariatric Surgery Patient

Date of Surgery: June 5, 2003
Original Weight: 354 lbs
New Weight: 206 lbs (as of July 2008)
Weight Lost: 148

"Since the surgery I am able to do things I was unable to do before; I have much more energy and I have become more confident."

Ann Marie

Ann Marie - Bariatric Surgery Patient

Date of Surgery:
Original Weight: September 15, 2003
New Weight: 335 lbs
Weight Lost: 180 lbs

"I am so happy with the change! I love to see where I have gotten to and know I can do so much more than I ever could before. I look forward to a much healthier life with my kids and in every part of my life."

Tess W.

Tess, Bariatric Surgery Patient

Date of Surgery: September 30, 2003
Original Weight: 263 lbs
New Weight: 155 lbs
Weight Lost: 108 lbs

"My health has never been better. Before surgery, I was pre-diabetic and since surgery my blood work has been great. I am happy I had surgery. I would do it again in a heartbeat! Thank you, Dr. Johnsrud."

Sue B.

Sue After

Sue - Before

Date of Surgery: June 6, 2003
Original Weight: 287 lbs
New Weight: 132 lbs
Weight Lost: 155 lbs

"It has been 18 months since my surgery. I used to wear size 26 and now wear a size 6. People that I have known for years and haven't seen for a long time do not recognize me. I am on lower dosages of blood pressure medication and no longer use any asthma medication. My life has dramatically changed from being morbidly obese to being a 'thin' person and I am indebted to Dr. Johnsrud and his wonderful staff for their special kindness, concern and support."

Kelley L.

Kelley - Bariatric Surgery Patient

Date of Surgery: January 19, 2004
Original Weight: 237 lbs
New Weight: 138 lbs
Weight Lost: 99.5 lbs

"Food no longer has control over me. This was one of the most important decisions I have made in my life. I feel like a normal person that has never had a weight problem. I feel beautiful!"

Fred R.

Fred, Bariatric Surgery Patient

Date of Surgery: November 19, 2002
Original Weight: 401 lbs
New Weight: 237 lbs
Weight Lost: 164 lbs

"The surgery cured my sleep apnea and my whole life has improved 100%. I have more energy to do the things I like."

Patricia V.

Patricia - Bariatric Surgery Patient

Date of Surgery: November 14, 2005
Original Weight: 321 lbs
New Weight: 140 lbs
Weight Lost: 181 lbs

"I am off all my medications, and gastric bypass has changed my life in nearly every way possible. I enjoy my family more. I am doing all sorts of things we couldn't do before bypass surgery. This is a much more full life. Plus, I can buy clothes anywhere and they fit. I feel GREAT!

Kathryn W.

Kathryn, Bariatric Surgery Patient

Date of Surgery: May 10, 2004
Original Weight: 301 lbs
New Weight: 186 lbs
Weight Lost: 115 lbs

"I feel great. I had forgotten how happy and good life can be. I know Dr. Hamamji saved my life."