Jared Butler

Tell us how long ago you had your surgery and which surgery you had.
September 6, 2016 - Gastric Sleeve.

Tell us why you decided to have the bariatric surgery.
Trouble climbing stairs at work and stayed out of breath.

Tell us how much weight you have lost since the beginning of the process.
80 pounds.

What has been the hardest thing to get accustomed to after surgery?
Eating slowly and staying away from bread.

What is the best feeling of accomplishment you have experienced since your surgery?
I'm able to hike and kayak now. I'm much more active and full of energy.

Give us the best piece of advice for patients considering surgery or those who are getting discouraged after surgery.
Take that first step. It's worth it! You will feel so much better once the weight comes off.


Michael Dickerson

Tell us how long ago you had your surgery and which surgery you had.I had my surgery November 2013 which makes it almost 4 ½ years ago. I had vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG).

Tell us why you decided to have the bariatric surgery.
My health was getting worse due to my being morbidly obese which affected by knees and Heart. I had tried other weight loss methods but was not successful with them.

Tell us how much weight you have lost since the beginning of the process.
I have lost 160 lbs since starting the journey. My highest weight was 375 and currently 215.

What has been the hardest thing to get accustomed to after surgery?
Not letting my eyes overload my stomach.

What is the best feeling of accomplishment you have experienced since your surgery?
Being the same size I was when I was a senior in high school (1978)

Give us the best piece of advice for patients considering surgery or those who are getting discouraged after surgery.
Attend support meetings, if you cannot attend, start your own or join one on Facebook (contact me at https://www.facebook.com/micheal.dickerson and I will set you up). Also, as you lose weight you will reach plateaus, do not let this discourage you, it is normal. It may take a few weeks, but you will start losing again if you stick with your diet.


Johnny Brown

Since having the bariatric surgery my life has changed dramatically. Before the surgery I had all types of medical problems. High blood pressure, sleep apnea, acid reflux and the list goes on. I had to do something to improve my health or the alternative was not a pleasant one to think about. I feel 100% better than I have in over 30 years. I do not have the constant joint pain, no more sleep apnea, no acid reflux. I feel refreshed after a night’s sleep. I can work out in the yard without having to stop every 15-20 minutes for a break and water. It has been a lifestyle change that was well worth it. I say to anyone who has any of the medical problems I had to consider the surgery. Let me make it perfectly clear—do not just do it to get skinny, do it to get healthy again. It is a lifestyle change and will take effort just like a diet, but remember you are doing it to gain your health back and your life.

Tell us how long ago you had your surgery and which surgery you had.
Had surgery in 2008, Gastric Bypass.

Tell us why you decided to have the bariatric surgery.
To help with medical problems and lengthen my life.

Tell us how much weight you have lost since the beginning of the process.
I lost 210 pounds overall.

What has been the hardest thing to get accustomed to after surgery?
Not eating certain foods and drinking carbonated drinks.

What is the best feeling of accomplishment you have experienced since your surgery?
Being able to do things again without having to stop every 15-20 minutes to rest.

Give us the best piece of advice for patients considering surgery or those who are getting discouraged after surgery.
Just remember the short term frustration does not outweigh the long-term goal - a better quality life.


Cathy Brown

Since having the Lap-Band surgery my life has changed for the better. I have more energy and feel better than I have in 20 years. I no longer have sleep apnea and feel refreshed after a night’s sleep. I had tried every diet that there was to try with some success, but would gain the weight back and then some. It become a never-ending battle to try and lose the weight. Since having the Lap-Band it has helped me reduce the amount and type of food I eat daily. The surgery helps you become a better steward of what types and amounts of foods to eat and what to stay away from. I have with success lost 94 pounds in 17 months and been able to restore my health to what it was 20 years ago. I would recommend the Lap-Band surgery to anyone who needs to restore their health due to being obese.

Tell us how long ago you had your surgery and which surgery you had.
I had my surgery in July 2008. I had lap band.

Tell us why you decided to have the bariatric surgery.
Wanted to be healthier and feel better.

Tell us how much weight you have lost since the beginning of the process.
I lost 110 pounds and have maintained for 10 years.

What has been the hardest thing to get accustomed to after surgery?
It really has not been hard for me. I just did what they told me to do and it's worked.

What is the best feeling of accomplishment you have experienced since your surgery?
Feeling better and being able to do so much more and have more energy.

Give us the best piece of advice for patients considering surgery or those who are getting discouraged after surgery.
Just be patient and remember to do the things you were taught in the classes. It is worth it all in the end.


Suzanne Strickland

I made my decision to have bariatric surgery after being put on three different medications for weight-related health issues and gaining even more weight. I made this decision not because of vanity but because of health issues and daily fatigue. However, since my surgery over 4 years ago, not only has my health improved and my energy returned but I feel that I have a new life. Now I understand what people were talking about when they referred to their “surgery birthday”. It IS like having a second chance at life. The energy and eager anticipation at the beginning of each day that I thought was long gone is back! It’s almost like being in my 20s again! People ask me if I would do it again and I always say “Most definitely!” Life is good again!