Patient Testimonials

One of the best ways to learn about the Bariatric Center at Highland Hospital is to read stories about our patients.


Kathleen's Story

Kathleen was only in her 20’s and headed down a path of major health issues, including being diagnosed with lupus in 2012.

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Michael's Journey

When reaching 332 lbs., and receiving a number of concerning lab results, Michael became afraid for his health.

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Gina's Journey

From the time she was about 12 years of age, Gina began having weight problems. Despite trying just about every diet available over the years, her weight escalated to 250 pounds.

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Jen's Journey

Jen struggled with her weight for years, and finally reached her goal through gastric bypass surgery at Highland Hospital.

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Leslie's Journey

By the time she was 40, she had high blood pressure, was pre-diabetic, and suffered from sleep apnea, back and neck pain. Her doctor told her if she didn’t make changes soon she would not be able to reverse the effects of living so long with obesity.

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Lori's Journey

Lori has battled with her weight for as long as she can remember. She would lose weight but then gain it back and then some. Her blood pressure was high, she had sleep apnea and was pre-diabetic. She made the decision to have gastric bypass surgery after her children told her they didn’t want to lose her.

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Nick's Journey

The constant yoyo effect of dieting weighed heavily on Nick.  He is a cancer survivor, has an underactive thyroid post cancer treatments, and was on an insulin pump for his diabetes.

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Debbie Paula  

Paula's and Debbie's Journey

When Paula  and Debbie met more than 10 years ago they discovered they had a lot in common. They were both working at East High School in Rochester. They were both Special Education teachers. And they had both been morbidly obese for years but had taken the first steps to change that by scheduling bariatric surgery at Highland Hospital.

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Vivian's Journey

Vivian has faced numerous health challenges in her life, but according to the breast cancer survivor, keeping weight off was the most difficult. “Through high school, I maintained a healthy weight – then during college and the years that followed, I gained weight a little at a time,” says Vivian.

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