Patients Share Their Life-Changing Experiences at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center

After struggling all her life with her weight, 38-year-old mother of three Tanya Sasala took control of her future by attending the Bariatric Surgery Information Session. Through this session, Tanya learned about the options available for obese patients seeking dramatic weight loss.

“My kids come first,” says the Brunswick mom, who waited until a few months before surgery to tell her family so they wouldn’t talk her out of it. “This is the first time in my life I came first. But it was in order for my children to benefit.”

Comprehensive Support from Bariatric Surgery Team

The bariatric journey begins with a physician answering questions and takes patients through six months of nutritional counseling and behavior modification to prepare patients for life-changing surgery.

A well-attended support group at UH Parma Medical Center provides continuous morale boosting and encouragement before and after surgery. Through our partnership with the Ridgewood YMCA Express, fees to join are waived for UH Parma Medical Center bariatric patients, providing an affordable place to begin an exercise plan.

Tanya was impressed and comforted by a personable and knowledgeable staff that scheduled her promptly and answered all her questions. Her family was comforted knowing that the program spends several months preparing patients physically and emotionally for a complete overhaul of body and mindset.

“How can you get yourself ready to do something like that without time?” Tanya said. “I know it’s a waiting game, but you’ve waited your whole life, waiting a few more months