Patient Stories

Be assured, your weight loss journey doesn’t end with surgery. It’s just the beginning.  We do more bariatric procedures than any other program in Indiana. These patient photos and videos tell a lot about each person’s dedication and commitment.

*Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and as such the St. Vincent Bariatrics program cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary.

Rachel’s Story: I hit a point one day when I was ready.

“St.Vincent did a great job of preparing me physically and psychologically for the changes that will take place…It’s the best thing I ever did for myself and my family also.”*

Bruce shares several parts of his journey, after gastric bypass surgery

Bruce went to support group within two weeks of his procedure, recalls, “I am just amazed at the encouragement I am getting from friends, family and even strangers as I am making these new steps for a new life. When Bruce had his first dietitian meeting, he talked honestly about the foods that worked for him and those that don’t. The bariatric dietitian offers several tips and ideas for making healthier choices. As the journey evolves, Bruce reflects what happens to your body as you lose weight – you detox. He learned when you lose a lot of weight in a relatively short amount of time, your body goes into overdrive with all of the changes. The side effects can be jarring as your body adjusts but Bruce can tell you, the end results are well worth it.*

Marc talks about how he embraced exercise

“It’s been a life-charger for me. I was really afraid at first but the support (from St.Vincent) has been tremendous. My life now is 360 degrees different and it allows me to feel like I’m a human being.”*

Liz calls bariatrics a tool to better health

“Walking and traveling got harder and harder, says Liz. “St.Vincent was the place to go and I had every question possible and we got answers to them all (including those of my husband). I’m off all medications and my blood pressure is absolutely fine now.” Now Liz can travel and vacation and she encourages others to consider (bariatrics) a tool to better health.*

12 Responses to Patient Stories

  1. Jerry K Gray says:

    I had my surgery now will soon be three years this next week and only have gained 5 lbs which is great in a way! i lost a total of 130 lbs after the surgery and can move and feel so much better than ever! thank you to Chris Evison for giving me the life back that i wanted!

  2. zipporah says:

    WOW im really surprised how doctors can make a difference. now im really happy my mom denise is goin to get the bariatric test. im cheerin her on now and everyone whos got the test is very brave. keep up the good work! my name is zipporah and i go to school christel house academy.

  3. David Roby says:

    Dr. Huse patient. Roux-N-Y bypass from November 2000. Latest after photo taken on 1-14-2013. The surgery absolutely changed my life. I can’t thank the people and staff at St.Vincents Bariatric enough. I have a very regular diet and don’t have difficulty with any types of food at all. I love to share my story with others and if I can ever be of help in inspiring others with the long term effects and success please let me know how I can pay it forward.

    Thank you,
    David W. Roby

  4. David Boruff says:

    I had Lap Banding performed by Dr Evanson back in May of 2009 and lost a total of 100 lbs. I’ve been able to keep it off (well I’m like a hibernating bear I gain about 15lbs over the winter then shed it in the spring and summer). I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the services of Dr. Evanson or St. Vincent. As a matter fact since I’ve had the surgery I’ve been able to return to the heath care field myself as a Surgical Technologist!! Thanks Dr. E and St. Vinnies!!!

  5. Kent Todd says:

    I had my RnY surgery April 11, 2013 with Dr. Evanson. I have lost 223 lbs in about 10 months! Dr. Evanson and St. Vincent Center of Bariatric Excellence has helped me to change my life. Thank you on behalf of my entire family for giving me the tool that I needed.

  6. Billie Sue Roach says:

    I had my surgery at St. V in August 2005. I lost 184 pounds and have kept it off. I will be celebrating my 9th anniversary this year and I am absolutely thrilled with my results. I would do it again tomorrow… I had looked into having bariatric surgery several years before and they wouldn’t do it…I’m glad they didn’t. I don’t think it would have been nearly as successful. I have since had some plastic surgery to get rid of the excess skin and I am even happier now!!! I highly recommend the St. V Bariatric Center!!!!!

  7. Dianna Cooley says:

    Dr. Diaz performed my surgery and was great! He helped guide me into the surgery where he felt I needed to be. I have confidence in the skills of the facility and couldn’t have been any happier with the care I received!

  8. Matt Boruff says:

    I had my surgery Feb 5 2013, I have lost a total of 195Lbs so far. This was the best decision of my life and want to help anyone with their choice. I am still losing bodyfat and some of my weight is still coming off, but I also strength training daily gaining muscle mass. I am happy with my progress and pretty much have stopped paying attention to the scale.

  9. Susan Gant says:

    Hi David,

    I was a patient of Dr. Huse too, I had my surgery around the same time you did. I had lost a total of 165 lbs and I weigh 5 more lbs than at my lowest after the surgery. I currently weigh 145 lbs and I’m 5’9. I hope all continues to go well for you. The only issue I’ve had was struggling with low iron, which they have attributed to the weight loss surgery, I was wondering if you are having similar issues.

  10. Toni L Duerson says:

    I had the RnY 10/03/13. Since late March, I’ve been having severe headaches, dizziness, disorientation. Has anyone experienced this? They are starting to affect my daily routine.

    Any information will be greatly appreciated,

  11. Julie Bunch says:

    I had my Roux en y surgery in 2010 and it was the best decision I ever made. Before having it I was taking 30 pills a day and was wearing a size 4x. Now I take one pill plus my vitamins, I’m also in a size 8/10. I would reccommend this surgery to anyone who struggles with your weight. I got my life back. After 4 knee surgeries many years ago I now can run4 miles almost every day. All I can say is SUCCESS!!! Dr. Inman has been amazing!

  12. Paul Spellman says:

    I had my life changing surgery in October 2013. I weighed 375 pounds. Eight months later I have lost 137lb and weigh 238 poinds. I had the sleeve procedure. Thanks Dr.Cacucci.

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