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Maria C.: A Success Story

February 10, 2020Maria

Before weight loss surgery, I suffered from many conditions related to my weight, including sleep apnea, chronic body pains, chronic knee pain, depression, fatigue, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Everything was slowing me down and ruining my self-esteem.

One day, I decided that enough was enough, and I looked into weight loss surgery. Thankfully, it was an option for me. I met Dr. Marc Neff at one of his seminars at Jefferson Health in New Jersey, fulfilled all of my pre-op requirements, and then had the gastric sleeve done in March 2019.

I have lost a total of 120 pounds!

It’s not only the number on the scale that has changed my life. I have much more energy, and I am more motivated to participate in physical activities, such as exercising and playing with my granddaughter. I used to avoid going out to different social occasions, but now, with my newfound confidence, I enjoy it! Also, my body aches have decreased, and my blood pressure and cholesterol have both improved greatly.

I couldn’t have asked for a better team than Dr. Neff and my dietitians, Cheri and Lindsay. In addition to being kind and professional, Dr. Neff answers any questions you have, and he is thorough while explaining the surgical process.

The nutritional counseling was incredibly beneficial. My dietitians guided me through meal planning, introduced me to new recipes, and provided overall great support and education.

Having weight loss surgery was the best decision I ever made. If you’re considering it, don’t be afraid! The sooner you take that first step, the sooner your life will begin to change for the better. Remember, it’s important to follow all the directions that your care team gives you. Listen carefully and work closely with them. Also, your weight loss journey may be different from other patients, and that’s okay. There is no “one size fits all” routine.

I feel alive again. I’m no longer ashamed of myself. Dr. Neff and his team truly changed – even saved – my life.

To read more bariatric success stories like Maria’s, and for more information on bariatric surgery at Jefferson Health New Jersey, click HERE.