For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health.
For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.
About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding weight.
One such story is Gary, who has lost 100 pounds since his surgery in 2013.
The death of his younger brother in 2012 helped motivate Gary to pursue surgery. “I vowed that if there was anything I could do to improve my health and not put my family throught that agony again I would do it,” he said.
Read his story in his own words below.
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