The Nutritional Health & Bariatric Surgery Center Provides Successful Weight Loss for Patients

The team of experts at the Nutritional Health & Bariatric Surgery Center at University Hospitals offers the very latest advancements in surgical weight loss techniques to help patients find a healthier and more active lifestyle through successful weight loss. The following patient success stories are an inspiring testament to how weight loss surgery can have a tremendously positive impact on a person’s life. These personal journeys communicate the true life-changing differences that significant weight loss can offer.

Jean displays her pre-bariatric surgery clothing

Jean’s Story

Jean needed to lose at least 125 pounds before the hip replacement surgery she needed could take place. On the recommendation of her niece, Jean consulted with bariatric surgeons at University Hospitals.

Ailene Zaebst and her niece

Wedded to Success

Ailene Zaebst walked down the aisle at her wedding more than 140 pounds lighter from bariatric surgery, completing a weight-loss journey that began 18 months earlier at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

Amanda McGowan pictured after weight loss surgery

Enjoying Life to the Fullest after Weight Loss Surgery

Amanda McGowan was a normal, healthy child of average weight for the first decade of her life. By sixth grade, her struggle to maintain a healthy weight began.

Smiling woman who lost weight thanks to bariatric surgery.

April's Story

April Gajoch tried diet after diet when she began gaining weight after high school, but nothing worked long-term, and she was frustrated with the constant uphill battle. When she first considered weight loss surgery, April called several...

Ashley Burch pictured after her bariatric surgery

Young Mom Now Has the Energy to Keep Up With Her Son After Weight Loss Surgery

Imagine losing weight without even thinking about it. That is what Ashley Burch, 26, did as she dropped more than 100 pounds in a year, without feeling hungry or tired.

Consuela Nobles-Williams after her bariatric surgery

Woman Goes from Size 26 to Size 8 in Less Than a Year Following Gastric Bypass Surgery

Consuela Nobles-Williams weighed more than 300 pounds when a very close friend of hers died suddenly from complications of obesity. A young mother of four, Consuela worried that this could happen to her if she did not lose the excess weight.

Courtney Pound after weight loss procedures

Bariatric Surgery Helps Patient Reclaim Health

Before Courtney Pound’s bariatric sleeve surgery, her primary care physician was very concerned about her. After having the procedure done with Mujjahid Abbas, MD, she says that her life has not been the same.

Elizabeth Brandewie, MD stands aside a picture of UH's giant inflatable colon

Avid Runner, 44, Schedules Colonoscopy that Catches Cancer

On the same day, Elizabeth Brandewie, MD, saw the giant inflatable colon on display at UH St. John Medical Center for Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and also read an article about the increasing rate of colon cancer in people in their 30s and 40s.

Ellen Smith smiling

Local Woman Learns Importance of Screening Colonoscopy After Colon Cancer Diagnosis

“Every year I received a card in the mail, saying I was due for an annual PAP smear and exam, and I had gone to those appointments religiously,” Ellen said.

Heather Moseman pictured after weight loss surgery

Young Attorney Sheds Pounds, Gains Confidence After Undergoing Gastric Bypass Surgery

Heather Moseman, 40, is a successful businesswoman and attorney who appeared to have everything going for her – with one exception.

Jessica and John Griffin before and after weight loss surgery

Dropping Pounds, Gaining Better Health

Couple Commits to Bariatric Surgery to Set an Example for Their Children

Jill Boden pictured in front of a fire engine

Jill’s Story

Firefighter and EMT, Jill Boden lost 100 pounds after weight loss surgery at University Hospitals and now enjoys a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Julie Szitas pictured after her bariatric surgery

Bariatric Surgery at University Hospitals Helps Patient Lead a Happier and More Energized Life

After battling obesity nearly all of her life, Julie Szitas experienced a tragic and life-changing event at age 30, when her mother died of complications related to obesity and heart disease.

Katie Miskulin pictured after her bariatric surgery

UH Nurse, Katie Miskulin, Loses 110 Pounds in Less Than One Year after Gastric Bypass Surgery

At age 25, Katie Miskulin of Kirtland, Ohio, weighed 281 pounds. Heavy most of her life, Katie had tried many of the popular diets and had even hired a personal trainer to lose weight, unfortunately without long term success.

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Kenneth's Story

Kenneth Cahill had been steadily gaining weight for years. By 2012, he was up to nearly 480 pounds and was on several medications.

Marianne Dergham pictured after bariatric surgery

Bariatric Experts Help Gastric Bypass Patient Overcome Lifelong Weight Issues with Compassion and Continued Support

Marianne Dergham, of Gates Mills, Ohio, had always struggled with her weight. By age 23, there were signs that it was starting to affect her health. According to her doctor, her cholesterol was high, and diabetes was looming.

Marie Silbaugh pictured after her bariatric surgery

Woman Loses 100 Pounds with Lap Band Surgery, Gains Confidence to Earn College Degree

Marie Silbaugh said she had dreamed of being thin her entire life, but she just could not lose weight and keep it off. The 46-year-old had tried most of the popular diets — low-carb, low fat, pre-prepared and portion controlled.

Rebecca Rym pictured before and after weight loss procedures

Weight Loss Surgery Reverses Declining Mental Health

Depressed and grappling with rapid weight gain following her parents’ deaths, Rebecca Rym needed a lifeline. The Lorain County server contacted area hospitals, but her calls went unanswered until she reached University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

Susan Gagliardi stands in a theater

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

Susan Gagliardi opted for laparoscopic bariatric surgery last year. She now speaks confidently at the New Perspectives support group about the many ways in which this experience has forever changed her life.

Tanya Sasala shopping for clothes

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.

Terry Wise

Local Man Diagnosed with Colon Cancer Urges Others Not to Ignore Symptoms

Even though his wife had her recommended colorectal cancer screening at University Hospitals, 53-year-old Terry Wise of Cleveland put his routine colonoscopy on the back burner.

Victor Oddo pictured after his bariatric surgery

Father of Two Earns New Lease on Life After Losing 200 Pounds with Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Victor Oddo dreamed of the future and one day walking his daughters down the aisle at their weddings; but with his weight at 469 pounds, he believed his days were numbered.