Each patient is independently evaluated and their care and outcome may differ. These patient testimonials reflect results achieved by them. Individual’s actual weight loss may vary.

Debra's Story

Laparoscopic Sleeve gastrectomy, Lost  70 lbs.

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Before surgery I had Type II Diabetes for the previous four years and almost maxed out on oral medications. My HbA1c was uncontrolled at around 8.2. I had moderate High blood pressure and never felt like exercising. When I got home from work, I was pretty sedentary due to being so tired.

After my Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery, I felt at least 10 years younger, no longer tired, Diabetes is completely gone and am  on NO medicine with a HbA1c of 5.9!!!

My cholesterol was down to 160 and best was my HDL finally was up to 59, which I know is because I am working out and I love it. I can do the treadmill now for 45 minutes which I could barely do for 5 minutes before.  My feet don’t hurt after working long days. I have energy and need less sleep.

Biggest change for me has been……. getting rid of Diabetes and feeling sooooo much better! Like I am at least 10 years younger.

I would recommend Dr. Kumaran……. great personality, realistic, and explained procedure very well. Recovery was fast and the hospital provided the best postoperative care I have ever had (being in healthcare, this was amazing).

Douglas' Story

Laparoscopic Sleeve gastrectomy, Lost 137 lbs.

 

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Before my surgery I had sleep apnea and felt tired all the time. I tried every diet you can think of. I would loose weight and then gain it back again. I felt hopeless and knew I was  very unhealthy. My knees hurt and it was an effort to do anything physical.

After my surgery I feel so much better. I have more energy; the gastric sleeve has been a great tool to  loose weight. I no longer have sleep apnea or high blood pressure. I feel great and love the fact that I’m able to wear clothes that fit. The gastric sleeve has totally changed my life. Being able to exercise and move without being out of breath has been the biggest change for me. My outlook on life has changed completely. I have recommended this surgery to my friends and family…

Dr. Kumaran is very nice and down to earth. He did a very good job of explaining what the surgery would do and not do. I would recommend Dr. Kumaran to anyone who is thinking about having weight loss surgery. I have no scars from the surgery and had no problems during or after the procedure.

Stephanie's Story

Laparoscopic Revision Gastric Bypass, Lost 111 lbs.

 

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I’m in my early 50’s and was acting like a 75 year old  with serious health conditions. I was leaning on my shopping cart to keep my back pain down. I was unable to workout or do any sports. I couldn’t walk my dogs without knee and back pain. I had to wear an extension on my seatbelt on an airplane. I hated how fat I looked. I was embarrassed to dance at a wedding. I would try to eat light around thinner people. I had no energy.

I now slalom ski, workout with little to no back and knee pain. I can shop all day without problems. Dance, eat normal and have a happy life.

The biggest change for me has been my level of activity. I am a high energy person who now lives a high energy life.

Dr. Kumaran has been a huge blessing to me. Before meeting Dr.Kumaran, I had 2 previous Lap Band Surgeries that failed. I was depressed and hopeless. Dr. Kumaran held my hand through all my options and helped me get prepared mentally for a gastric bypass, which would change my life. If I had met him sooner, I would have had so much less stress, I would have been thinner much sooner and saved myself 2 surgeries. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who is considering any type of bariatric surgery.

Joy's Story

Laparoscopic Lapband surgery, Lost 90 lbs.

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I have yo-yo dieted most of my life. When my Grandma passed away in 2009, my weight spiraled out of control. I was gaining weight because I was depressed and depressed because of my weight. It was a vicious circle and my addiction to food was controlling my life – and the lives of my husband and children. After several serious attempts to regain some sort of control, my doctor recommended that I look into the Lap Band.

By this time, I had gained almost 80 pounds over 18 months and could barely walk up a flight of steps without losing my breath. I couldn’t go on walks, play basketball with my kids, or fit into any of my clothes! I was then wearing a size 20 pants and quickly growing out of them. My once outgoing personality had been replaced by anxiety, headaches, knee pain, depression, lack of passion for anything, and children who missed the old me.

I won’t lie. Lap Band isn’t a miracle. It didn’t “fix” my emotions and it’s not for everyone, but it is an amazing tool that helped me gain control of my life again. I once drank 6, yes SIX, diet sodas a day! Since my surgery, I haven’t had one. If I can do that, anyone can! At my heaviest, I weighed almost 270 pounds. I was miserable, hopeless, and embarrassed! Since having my Lap Band surgery almost 5 years ago, I’ve lost about 90 pounds and have had very little trouble keeping it off. I now wear a size 12, took up running (before a total knee replacement, which was exacerbated by the excess weight I carried for so long), have energy, and enjoy life so much more! Most importantly, I don’t hate looking in the mirror! I am exactly where I want to be! At 5’8″, I didn’t expect (or want) to be 120 pounds, but I wanted to be healthier and happier. The procedure was minimally invasive and only required an overnight stay in the hospital. There was very little discomfort and when the weight started coming off, the feeling of hope was amazing! The ability to have the band adjusted right in the office is also an added convenience.

With the help of Dr. Kumaran and his amazing staff, I was able to own my weight loss journey. They provided me with excellent resources, constant encouragement, and plenty of patience and understanding. Never once did I feel like I was doing this on my own! Even when I knew I needed to eat better or exercise more, they were on my side – never judgmental or critical.

You do NOT have to keep fighting this battle on your own! I highly encourage you to do this for yourself – and for those who love you. We have one chance at life. One. It goes by fast.

Cassie's Story

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lost 84 lbs.

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Before surgery, I had a world of health issues, which included high blood pressure, severe lower back pain, and shortness of breath. Trying to exercise, including walking became undoable.

Now after my Sleeve Gastrectomy, my life is ah-mazing! I no longer have high blood pressure or shortness of breath. My lower back pain is bearable now. I can now exercise and walk without difficulty. I have gone from a size 18 to a size 8. For the first time in my adult life, I’m skinny!

Biggest change for me has been my confidence, I feel great!!

Dr. Kumaran is easy to talk with. He makes sure everything is in order. He’s very kind, also he has excellent bed- side manners. He also has a great amount of bariatric surgeries under his belt.

Mindy's Story

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lost 75 lbs.

 

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Before surgery I was constantly worrying about my weight, constantly trying to work out more, tried multiple diets and was very ashamed about my weight.

After my surgery, I am learning to only eat until I am full (not very much), make healthier food choices and have been relieved of the constant worry about my weight. I work out almost daily and have much more stamina. I enjoy the foods I eat and am thrilled with the results so far!

The biggest change for me has been – accepting constant compliments and eating much smaller portions, but still feeling satisfied and not deprived.

Dr. Kumaran is a skillful surgeon and has a multidisciplinary team that ensure the best possible outcomes.

David's Story

Laparoscopic revision Gastric Bypass, Lost 100 lbs.

 

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Before my surgery I had shortness of breath, aching back and knees, a low self esteem and a fear of a shortened life due to a myriad of weight related health problems.

But since my surgery I look better, feel great and enjoy life.

The biggest change after surgery for me is in my own attitude and in the positive feedback from everyone that knows me.

Dr. Kumaran saved my life! His staff walked me through the entire process and took care of everything from start to finish and continued to support me on my new lifestyle. Dr. Kumaran- THANK YOU!!!

Nichole's Story

Laparoscopic revision Gastric Bypass, Lost 96 lbs.

 

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My body just couldn’t handle the weight. My knees and my hips were always hurting. I work in EMS and being able to keep up with everyone was getting harder to do. I was always out of breath.

I feel so much better since the surgery!!! My body feels so much lighter. I can do my job and not ware out or winded. My knee and hips don’t hurt anymore. I can do physical activity and not feel like I’m going to pass out.

The big change has been what I can eat. Sweets are a big change that I took out. My cooking habits have also changed. More baking and less frying. Finding all my old clothes that I threw in a tote because they didn’t fit are now finding their way back out again!!!

Dr. Kumaran is a very kind person. When he sees you for your appointment he always has a smile on his face. He makes time for you. Your not just another face, you are a person.

Janice's Story

Laparoscopic revision Gastric Bypass, Lost 203lbs.

 

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My life before surgery was very challenging. Some of the simplest tasks were very difficult, such as tying my shoes, walking without resting, standing for longer than 10 minutes and fitting in the booths at restaurants. I could not enjoy simple activities with my family such as shopping and amusement parks. I had a very big appetite and was always going to buffets. Life before surgery was affecting my life.

My life after surgery is a lot more desirable. I can now do everything that I could not do before. I am a lot healthier and I feel great. My family enjoys me a lot more not that I am comfortable with myself. I now can do things such as jog, put on my shoes, fit in a size 10, fit in the booths at restaurants and keep up with my grand children. I am happy with Dr. Kumaran’s work. I have also had a breast reduction, which turned out great. I now eat healthy and feel great!

The biggest change for me has been eating healthy, thinking positive and not giving up.

I would recommend Dr. Kumaran because he is a very caring person. He cares about my health and satisfaction. He led me in the right direction and changed my life.

Wilma's Story

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Lost 104 lbs.

 

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Before surgery, my arthritis was very painful in my knees, hips and ankles. I had diabetes, high blood pressure, Sleep apnea with c-pap at night and I could not walk or exercise very much.

After the surgery I do not have any diabetes, high blood pressure, c-pap, and my knees, hips and ankles do not  hurt as much. Now I can walk, exercise and play with my grandchildren.

My biggest change since the surgery has been that I have more energy and it does not hurt as it used to.

Dr. Kumaran has been very good to me. I have had some nausea but he worked very hard to help me through it and he was very attentive to my needs.

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