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Weight Loss Surgery

Learn some facts about bariatric surgery and how it has helped people enjoy more active lives, 

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Mom Makes Her Health and Well-Being a Priority
Mom Makes Her Health and Well-Being a Priority

At 247 pounds, Tracie Green felt miserable thanks to a slew of weight-related health problems. When she couldn’t take it anymore, Green decided to try bariatric ...

Becoming Half the Man He Once Was
Becoming Half the Man He Once Was

At 48 years old and 485 pounds, Jerry Quinn was on the verge of being completely immobile. His knee pain was so severe that he needed surgery. He wasn’t able to ...

Weight Loss Surgery Gives Mom New Lease on Life
Weight Loss Surgery Gives Mom New Lease on Life

Michelle Taylor of Bahama, NC, woke up one morning with an epiphany: “I just had this overwhelming feeling that I wouldn’t be here in 10 years.” Her weight was ...

Life After Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery
Life After Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery

As a child, Faith Newsome of Sanford, NC, struggled with feeling different from her peers because of her weight. By the time she was 15, she weighed 273 pounds ...

Lessons Learned Years After Weight Loss Surgery
Lessons Learned Years After Weight Loss Surgery

Fourteen years after his gastric bypass surgery, Donald Rice of Durham is a confident 46-year-old father who enjoys being active and social. Yet he can still re ...

Revision Weight Loss Surgery Offers Second Chance
Revision Weight Loss Surgery Offers Second Chance

Tyrone Fields was only 20 when he first had gastric bypass near his home in Fayetteville, NC. He lost 150 pounds but gained some of it back over the next 15 yea ...

Weight Loss Surgery Gives Former Football Player His Life Back
Weight Loss Surgery Gives Former Football Player His Life Back

Ronald Utley of Wendell weighed 635 pounds and was suffering from leg ulcers, gout, and other serious health issues when he decided it was time to consider bari ...

Four Weight Loss Surgery Facts You Should Know
Four Weight Loss Surgery Facts You Should Know

There are many misconceptions about obesity, diet, and bariatric surgery. Some people perceive surgery to be “cheating” or an “easy way out.” Others believe the ...

Is Weight Loss Surgery Covered by Insurance?
Is Weight Loss Surgery Covered by Insurance?

If you’re considering weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, determining whether your insurance plan will cover your procedure is an important fi ...

Making a Life-Changing Decision to Lose Weight
Making a Life-Changing Decision to Lose Weight

Susan Ferguson struggled with her weight for years before opting to undergo bariatric surgery.

Strong and Healthy After Weight Loss Surgery
Strong and Healthy After Weight Loss Surgery

One year after bariatric surgery, Jason Hunning was able to ride rollercoasters and skydive -- things he had unable to do before because of his weight. "I never ...

How to maintain a healthy weight
How to maintain a healthy weight

If you struggle to keep your weight in check, you’re not alone. Approximately 30 percent of adults in the U.S. are now obese, according to the Centers for Disea ...