Weight Loss Surgery Success Stories
Patients first and foremost, every day.
When we launched Sterling Surgicare in 2012, we had this single goal in mind, and it continues to be our mission statement today.
This commitment begins the first time you call our office (732-217-3897) until your final follow-up visit once you achieve goal weight.
Only when our patients leave us happy and healthy have we accomplished our goal.
Some of our bariatric, laparoscopic and general surgery patients have been kind enough to share their personal experiences with us below.
We thank them for sharing and wish each of them continued good health!
Dr. Adeyeri is on staff at Hackensack Meridian Health (Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge), where he serves as medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss; Bayshore Community Hospital; and CentraState Medical Center, all located in central New Jersey.
Carl Checks in Five Years After Weight Loss Surgery
“I did a 20 mile hike at an event today. If you’d have told me five years ago I’d have done 20 miles without a motorized vehicle with wheels, I would have laughed at you. Thank you to Dr. Adeyeri without whom my new life would not even be possible.”
Christopher Drops 70 Pounds Just Three Months after Gastric Sleeve Surgery
“Behind the mask, Christopher was speechless after seeing that he had lost 70 pounds since his gastric sleeve surgery May 1, 2022. I predict he will reach goal weight by Halloween,” says Dr. Adeyeri
Aileen Thanks Dr. Adeyeri on her Gastric Sleeve Anniversary:
“Celebrating 1 year of walking into Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri’s office today. Thank you, Dr. Adeyeri. 🙏 I’m so thankful that God put you in my path so you could save my life.💕 From right to left: July 2021 (size 16) to July 2022 (size 8).”
Rob Keeps Inspiring Others 11 Years after Gastric Bypass
“Yesterday I did something pretty far out of my comfort zone–I completed my first half marathon. I’m 47 years old and had gastric bypass 11 years ago. My surgery was an amazing tool that jumpstarted my new life. My children do not know the person I was before surgery, because I am not that person any longer. Today, I am the person I wanted to be, no longer trapped in that old body or old mindset. Weight loss surgery did what it was supposed to, and I will continue doing what I’m supposed to. Thank you, Dr. Adeyeri.”
Kaylee Checks in Five Years Since Her Gastric Bypass
“Five years ago this month, I woke up knowing I needed change. Days like these make me thank God that I listened to my mind. I’m not sure who the girl on the left is anymore. My world is so much more brighter and… lighter ? Days like these guide me to stay humble and to be lucky that I am alive.” Read more about Kaylee’s weight loss surgery journey:
Kaitlyn Celebrates One-Year Surgiversary Reaching Goal Weight
Kaitlyn Rubino is celebrating her 1-year anniversary since bariatric surgery a year ago AND reaching goal weight. Down 120 pounds, her clothing size has plummeted from a size 20 to a size 4-6. “1 year ago today I got life changing surgery and I’m so proud of the progress I’ve made. In one year, I have lost 120 pounds and I feel amazing. I’m so happy I made the choice to get gastric bypass. I’m so grateful for this new chance to be the best version of myself. Thank you to Ayotunde Adeyeri for being the best surgeon, you changed my life.”
Woman Reaches Goal Weight Exactly One Year After Gastric Bypass
During office hours today, patients blew us away with their weight loss numbers, including this Rock Star who reached her goal weight (normal BMI) exactly one year to the day after gastric bypass. GGGOOOAAALLL!
South River Truck Driver Loses 122 Pounds Four Months after Gastric Sleeve Operation
“I want to thank Dr. Adeyeri for saving my life and helping me to enjoy living again.
I owe the man my life and I am incredibly grateful for this second chance.
Thank you to my beautiful wife, family and friends for their non-stop support.
You guys are the best.”
Read more about Jeffrey’s bariatric weight loss surgery success story.
Hackensack Meridian Health interviewed Jeffrey about his weight loss success: https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/en/patient-perspectives/Former-Athlete-and-Ironworker-Gets-His-Active-Life-Back-After-Weight-Loss-Surgery#.YvVL8nYpCUl
Firefighter / Deputy Fire Coordinator Meghan Ryan Celebrates 6 Years Obesity-Free
Meghan Ryan Facebook post shared with permission:
“I am typically not a bragger, but I’m going to brag today. Six years ago, I made the life-altering decision to have gastric bypass. It has not been ‘the easy way out,’ for sure. Bariatric surgery is a lifetime change–not just a diet. While I look different, more importantly, I feel so much better and healthier. I am not where I want to be, but I’m definitely not where I was.
Thank you to my family and friends who supported me. Thank you to my surgeon, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, for believing in me.”
Jamil Celebrates Weight Loss Success After Reaching 400 Pounds
“Three years ago today, I had gastric bypass bariatric surgery to give me a new life. I was 400 pounds. With the grace of God, I now weight 220 and am healthy again, with the help of Dr. Adeyeri and his staff. Thank you for helping me my get life back. It wasn’t easy, but so worth it.”
Carolyn Checks in Six Years after Gastric Bypass Surgery
Via Facebook on October 9, 2021:
“It’s been 6 years since my RNY gastric bypass. Here’s what you need to know–
Dr Ayotunde Adeyeri helped me get my life back. Sure, I gained a little but I also lost it again as well! Since I achieved goal weight, I always stay in my weight range, no matter what. But I will always remember how wonderful the Sterling Surgicare staff was to me. Their advice and constant support helped me keep my weight off for the past six years:
- Always take your bariatric vitamins
- Eat your protein first
- No soda
- Keep active
Thank you ! You guys Rock!”
High Weight: 352
Surgery Day Weight: 267
Current Weight: 135
Petite US Postal Worker Carries a Lighter Load Since Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Anetra Byrd of Ocean County, NJ has never missed an annual check-up with Sterling Surgicare since her gastric sleeve in 2011. Today, she keeps her weight between 140-145. “My husband, who is 6’4”, had gastric bypass performed by Dr. Adeyeri in 2002 and he lost about 200 pounds, which I’m proud to say he has also maintained. I consulted with the doctor in early 2011 and found out that my chronic health issues qualified me for weight loss surgery.
Since he operated on my husband, I’ve always had 100% confidence in his skills and expertise. While he’s a serious surgeon, he’s also very funny and positive. He never forgets anything about my case, even 10 years later. I look forward to my annual visit every year to see him, for sure!” Anetra shares her personal tools for bariatric weight maintenance (after you hit goal weight) here: https://sterlingsurgicare.com/posts/bariatric-surgery/anetra-celebrates-10-years-of-bariatric-weight-loss-success/
Healthcare Professional Loses 73 Pounds after Gastric Sleeve Surgery
“I had heard about Dr. Adeyeri and several of his patients came into our office for care as part of their bariatric program,” Luz DeJesus of Middlesex County explains. “I could not help but notice the weight loss transformation his patients experienced—they looked amazing and felt even better! Speak to Dr. A, get information and ask questions,” she recommends. “Find out all the pros and cons, and then think about where you could be a year from now.”
Demaris, Age 36, Loses 130 Pounds on her Petite Frame after Gastric Sleeve Surgery
“Since my weight loss surgery, I want to do all the things I missed out on because of my weight, like riding the craziest roller coasters and zip lining. We love to vacation in Mexico and my dream is to finally parasail along the coast with my husband. I have two lives, the one before bariatric surgery and today. I feel very fortunate to have this second chance, because now I’m living my best life.”
You are Never to Old to Lose Weight and Regain Your Health – Just Ask James
Like many people with weight issues, James Reid, age 64, had to go back 10 years to find photos of himself before gastric sleeve surgery in early 2020. His older brother, Jay Reid, had successful gastric bypass in 2018, which inspired James to take action. Weighing 378 pounds at the time of surgery, James has already lost 110 pounds in just 9 months. Onward to the finish line James!
Nicole, Age 25, Loses 150 Pounds a Year after Gastric Bypass
ANYTHING is possible, at any age, at any time (even during a global pandemic!) if you want it badly enough.
Just ask Nicole:
“Since having gastric bypass performed by Dr. Adeyeri in August 2019, I’ve lost nearly 150 lbs. I no longer have pre-diabetes, acid reflux, or PCOS symptoms. Thank you for giving me a second chance at living my best life!”
Christina Thanks Dr. Adeyeri for Exceptional Care after Her Gastric Sleeve
(Update: June 12, 2021 – Facebook public post)
“Two years ago today, after endless fails with diet and weight loss medication, my primary doctor and I made a decision that completely changed my life for the better. At the start or my journey I was lethargic 24/7, could barely walk around the block, feet swollen all the time, severe back and knee problems, and severe PCOS issues. I couldn’t even cross my legs or wear heels.
Now, on top of being able to cross my legs and wear heels… I have energy! My back issues are better than they were, no more swollen ankles, I drink way more water, I can walk around longer, climb hills and be active with no issue. Overall much healthier! It wasn’t until loosing the weight that I realized the pain and struggle my body was going through. Brighter days continue ahead!
Much thanks to Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri and the whole team at Sterling Surgicare for helping me through it! My journey shall continue ❤️”
(Via Facebook on September 1, 2020)
“I didn’t put this out in social media world when I had it done, but I’m damn proud of myself right now.
June 12, 2019, I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery. Due to some health issues I was going through, it was extremely hard for me to lose weight.
At the recommendation of both my primary doctor and my weight loss surgeon, I started on my weight loss journey.
Yesterday was my one year anniversary and I totally forgot to POST! One year and I’m down 86 POUNDS!! It’s been a long, tough journey but I would do it all over again.
My doctor, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri was beyond wonderful! He checked in on me and answered all my questions. Every meeting I have had with him has truly been a pleasure. His whole team in Holmdel is wonderful also! They have gone above and beyond to answer any questions or concerns I had. Dr. Adeyeri even asked me how the hospital staff was after my surgery and wanted to make sure I got anything that I needed. You don’t see maybe doctors doing that. ❤️
And no, I was not pregnant in my before picture. Even though it looks like I was about 8 months along.”
Sheila Loses 122 Pounds Nine Months after Gastric Sleeve Bariatric Surgery
We’re not waiting to celebrate Sheila Dolan’s one-year Surgiversary in November.
Just 9 months after her gastric sleeve, in the midst of a pandemic, she has lost 122 pounds! “When I look at those pics, I cannot believe how big I was. Friends and family say these pictures must have been at a bad angle…but every pic cannot be a bad angle. It was just a bad lifestyle,” Sheila says.
“I am so grateful for Dr. Adeyeri and the entire staff at Sterling Surgicare!” And we’re grateful to have you as part of our Sterling Surgicare family, Sheila!
Lillian Checks in Two Years after Bariatric Sleeve Surgery
We were delighted to receive these update photos from Lillian two years after her gastric sleeve surgery. She not only lost 75 pounds…she has (obviously) also kept 75 pounds off her petite frame. Losing the weight is a big victory, keeping it off is just as important, and often more challenging.
Roni Loses 80 Pounds and Keeps It Off for Five Years
Roni Fredericks celebrated her five-year ‘surgiversary’ since her gastric sleeve.
Her Facebook update says it all:
“Five years ago today, I made a decision to have the gastric sleeve weight loss surgery, that has changed my life. I have lost 80 pounds, I’m healthier and more active than I ever was. This journey was not easy, but I’m so thankful for where I am now? Thank you, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri and Sterling team members!”
Meg Looks Back Four Years after Weight Loss Surgery at Sterling Surgicare
Via Facebook profile on May 16, 2020:
“Four years since I changed my life & myself for the better, and I’m so so grateful I did!! Losing the weight has its benefits- some vain, and some not. While I’m happy with what I see in the mirror, I’m much happier with what I see in my future! ?”
New Father has Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery to Honor his Son
Jamil Jones was inspired by the birth of his son to improve his health and ensure he would be there to watch him grow up. Above, he shows very clearly what can be accomplished in just a year, using the gastric sleeve as a kickstarter on the journey to health.
“If you really want this, go get it,” says Jamil. He has lost 135 pounds in one year and expects to reach his goal weight this summer.
Two Years and 112 Pounds Gone for Yolanda after VSG (Gastric Sleeve) Surgery
Yolanda had gastric sleeve weight loss surgery in 2017. At her last check-up, we celebrated her losing an impressive 112 pounds! She’s a lovely person. Now, she’s a healthier person as well.Congrats and enjoy the results of all your hard work!
Small Business Owner Ernie is Nearly Unrecognizable after Gastric Sleeve Bariatric Surgery
In 2017, Ernie was tired of fighting his extra weight. At 320 pounds he was having difficulty keeping up with his kids and beginning to feeling the negative health effects of the extra weight on his body. Since Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri performed his VSG or sleeve gastrectomy, he’s dropped an impressive 125 pounds–and kept it off. If you’re thinking that you have ‘too much weight to lose,’ we hope Ernie will inspire you. Today, at 195 pounds, he’s an inspiration for all of us to accomplish our dreams.
John Defeats Diabetes, Sleep Apnea and Other Obesity-Related Medical Conditions
Congratulations to John who has lost 127 pounds, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and other health issues since his duodenal switch weight loss surgery in 2018. The DS is a newer bariatric procedure that’s ideal for some patients.
Three Years and Two Serious Car Accidents Later, Teresa Maintains Her Weight Loss
Teresa took the day off work to check in with us for her annual check-up. She lost over 100 pounds after gastric bypass in 2016. The next year, she was the victim of not 1–but 2–auto accidents (neither were her fault). After requiring a year to recover, today she has still kept off 91 pounds and looks–well, you can see her today and before surgery.
How has she successfully maintained her weight loss?
We went right to the source:
- Strive for 10K steps daily (av. 7K)
- 65 oz water daily
- Portion sizes 4-5 oz
Thank you, Teajae, for inspiring us to reach and protect our goals–no matter what!
Mother and Daughter Team Up to Defeat Obesity
Lillian Harris and her daughter Alexis overcame chronic obesity by both having gastric sleeve weight loss surgery.
Together they’ve lost 110 pounds.
As you can see below, they are pleased with the outcome!
Rob Checks in Eight Years After Weight Loss Surgery
“This was me at 35, and now 45 ( 8.5 years post-weight loss surgery).
If I had stayed on the path I was on, I don’t know where I’d be.
I can say for certain I wouldn’t be on a rock wall, because I couldn’t lift my previous weight up, or my physical insecurities would keep me from even trying.
None of those are my concern anymore!
Just thought I’d drop an update.
Thanks for everything, Dr. Adeyeri!”
Teajae Checks in Three Years After Her Bariatric Surgery
“Happy three-year Bariatric Surgiversary to me and 130 pounds gone for good!!!
I’m committed to my health journey which includes exercise and healthy food choices for the rest of my life.
Any worthwhile goal is never easily attained, prayer and perseverance is the key.
A very special “Thank you” to the very best surgeon, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri and his professional team at Sterling Surgicare for skillfully saving my life.
All the encouragement and support is priceless.”
Healthcare Professional Drops 100 Pounds in Six Months after Gastric Bypass
Katie Meier, a healthcare professional who works with Dr. Adeyeri, was in yesterday for her 6-month check-up since having gastric bypass in December 2018.
She has lost 100 pounds.
Our practice manager, Melissa, didn’t recognize her when she arrived for her appointment (always a very obvious sign of weight loss success ;))
Jorge Checks in During His Weight Loss Progress
Some people would be deterred by the amount of weight Jorge needed to lose, but it hasn’t stopped him.
Not one bit–
“I have come a really long way. I know I’ve got so much more to go, but am really excited that with M. by my side and with the help of Confi Fitness and OTF Brick, I know I will do it.
My whole mentality has changed. A HUGE thank you to Ayotunde Adeyeri for giving me the tool to get my journey started.
I can’t believe in the past year I’ve run my first two 5Ks and have scheduled my next one. I never would have thought I could do it. I can’t wait to see where I go from here.”
Kimberly Uses Sterling’s “Back on Track” Program to Reignite Her Weight Loss
Sometimes, people who have weight loss surgery don’t achieve their desired goal weight.
This can happen for a number of reasons. Just ask Kimberly.
Her gastric bypass operation several years ago needed to be retooled.
She reached out to us about our Back on Track program to help revive her weight loss.
Kimberly underwent a gastric bypass revision in January 2019 and by April, she had dropped 40 pounds.
She shared the images below with us and permitted us to share her comments below:
“My son made his confirmation yesterday at church & it was the first time in a long while that I didn’t panic about having to take pictures!
I haven’t liked my appearance in pictures for a long time.
It was so wonderful to simply enjoy the day and celebrate our sweet boy.
Thank you for helping me find myself again.
I have a long way to go, but am feeling so much better already.
(Photo on left was from last summer and on the right was yesterday).
NJ Attorney Shares His Personal Insight a Year After Losing 159 Pounds
“A year ago, I saw my bariatric surgeon Ayotunde Adeyeri for the first of many appointments.
I think that day I didn’t stop for fast food on the way home.
Six months later, I had a gastric sleeve.
(Yes, no fast food that day either.)
Tonight, I’m going to pick up the dog I didn’t have, and maybe do a walk I couldn’t do, and sit down with legs that don’t ache.
I’m not a better person than I was a year ago.
I just wanted to do this for me, and I’ve had some great support the whole way for which I am eternally grateful.
By my scale, I’ve lost 159 pounds in the past year.
Six months after my weight loss surgery, I had lost 107 pounds.
I feel great and my health is better in the little meaningful ways, and life is (as it has always been) one endless series of blessings.
Thank you, for everything.”
Nazira Keeps Her Weight Off Nearly Three Years Since Gastric Bypass
(So we work very hard to make sure you like us 😉
Nazira had gastric bypass in June of 2016 after a lifelong battle with her weight.
Not only did Nazira lose the extra weight, she kept it off successfully for three years.
Even after you reach goal weight, we ask that you check in once a year to address any questions or challenges you may be having.
Some patients benefit from setting up a few sessions with our staff bariatric dietitian and some choose to join our Sterling Back on Track Program if weight regain has been an issue.
Regardless, always know that your Sterling Surgicare team is here for you–before, during and long after you have achieved weight loss success.
Meet Martha Green One Year After Gastric Bypass
(Martha’s Facebook post, shared with permission):
“A year ago today, I made the decision to regain my life by getting healthy and having gastric bypass.
I’m happy to share, that I am no longer battling pre-diabetes or high cholesterol and my blood pressure is under control!
I am sending a special thanks to my husband Raymond, for his love and support, to my sister for her encouragement, and my cheerleader through it all, Gaby.
It’s been a hard journey and I will strive to maintain the good work I have done.
The picture on left is from December 2017 and on the right December 2018.
I am 80 pounds lighter.”
Martha Hilton Green
Jay Says Goodbye to Type 2 Diabetes, High BP and 70 Pounds after Gastric Bypass
“Imagine carrying nine gallons of milk on your shoulders every day,” says Jay Reid. “It’s no wonder I was out of breath after walking 50 feet.”
The extra weight wasn’t the only health challenge he faced at 67-years-old. Keeping his type 2 diabetes under control required five needles and two pills daily.
Jay was also taking medication for his heart and high blood pressure.
“It was really the diabetes that made me decide to have gastric bypass,” Jay explains.
“Don’t kid yourself—that disease is a slow death.”
“She said ‘he was the best in the business,’ so I called him for a consultation.”
Making a Commitment to Defeat Diabetes
After pre-surgical testing, Jay had gastric bypass in March 2018. His surgery was performed on Friday and he was released from Raritan Bay Medical Center on Sunday evening. The next day, the Middlesex County resident felt well enough to go out and visit a friend.
By the New Year, Jay had dropped 70 pounds.
“But that’s just the icing on the cake,” Jay says. “I no longer need any of the diabetes medication or blood pressure meds. I am thrilled.
Dr. Adeyeri Comments on Jay’s Case
“Jay’s health circumstances made him an ideal candidate for the gastric bypass,” Dr. Adeyeri explains. “It is an ideal surgical weight loss solution for people with type 2 diabetes.”
The doctor said Jay was an idea patient who had the right mindset about making the lifestyle changes necessary not just to lose the weight—but to keep it off for the long-term.
“He was absolutely committed to putting his diabetes into full remission and I have no doubt he will sustain long-term success,” says the board-certified bariatric surgeon.
He has also taken a few trips to the mall to purchase new clothing. His pants size decreased from a 46 to 36; his shirt size decreased from 3X to a large, and even his winter coats no longer fit.
Jay’s primary form of exercise before and after weight loss surgery was walking. Before his operation, he would need to catch his breath after walking about 50 yards.
Recently, he effortlessly walked a mile with his wife, with no need to stop.
Jay believes that having weight loss surgery later in life has unquestionably extended his life.
“If you are very overweight, get in to see Dr. Adeyeri and unload all those gallons of milk you are carrying with you every day. Who wouldn’t want to do that?”
Don Checks In 223 Pounds Lighter after Weight Loss Surgery in 2015
“Motivational Mondays anything can be done if you put your mind to it and have a amazing support group behind you.
For me, my saving grace has been my beautiful wife Shannon.”
Carrying the U.S. Mail a Little Easier After VSG Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Rosa always has a big smile on her face!!
Her successful gastric sleeve surgery which was performed by Dr. Adeyeri in January 2018 has a lot to do with that.
A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, she lost 70 pounds on her petite frame and feels wonderful.
She’s shown here last week at her eight-month check-up visit in our Holmdel office (right) and posted her before and after image (left) on social media this week.
It was a fantastic follow-up visit!!
Update 11.13.18: “10 months out from my sleeve surgery, 71 pounds down, Thanks Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri❤❤”
Raritan Bay Medical Center Nurse Wins Her Obesity Battle with Weight Loss Surgery
Karen Guarino is the kind of nurse every patient hopes to have–talented, caring, funny and positive.
But personally, she was tired of constantly battling the extra 80 pounds she was carrying around every day.
After conferring with Dr. Adeyeri, Karen decided to have #gastricsleeve weight loss surgery.
Today, Karen has lost 60 pounds and plans to drop 20 more to achieve goal weight–a normal BMI.
“I feel the best I have in 20 years,” Karen says.
“Exercising regularly also helps make you feel great and proud of yourself.”
The RN has a message to anyone who is on the fence about moving forward with a bariatric surgery operation.
“Move forward. Do it. Change your life. I did.”
Jackson Firefighter Turns to Gastric Bypass to Drop 130 Pounds in 9 Months
Volunteer firefighter Eric Katz is going to have an easier time helping people and battling blazes now that he’s dropped 130 pounds since gastric bypass in May 2017.
Starting at 419 pounds, Eric knew he had a significant amount of weight to lose.
Amazingly, he has not reached his one-year ‘surgiversary’ yet.
We’ll check back with Eric on this important day (May 17, 2018) and ask him to share some of his words of wisdom with other people considering a bariatric weight loss surgery solution.
Sheri Lost 93 Pounds in Five Months after Gastric Bypass Performed by Dr. Adeyeri
(When Sheri Fitzpatrick’s ‘before and after’ images on Dr. Adeyeri’s Facebook profile quickly earned 170 likes, we needed to learn more about this middle school science teacher’s weight loss success after gastric bypass. We spoke with Sheri after work, after a trip to the orthodontist’s office, and before dinner. Sound familiar?)
“I decided to have weight loss surgery because I was tired of trying all the diet and exercise programs and just gaining the weight back,” explains Sheri Fitzpatrick, married and the mother of two teenagers. “I battled my weight since I was a teenager and I was ready to win the war.”
Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS, is a board-certified advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgeon on staff at several central New Jersey hospitals. He also serves as medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss, Hackensack Meridian Health, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge.
In five months, her clothing size has dropped from a 22 pant / 26 shirt to size 16 pant / XL top.
“I have not shopped in the regular size department for nearly 25 years. It is surreal,” Sheri says.
Sheri Publicly Shares Her Bariatric Journey
She didn’t keep her surgery a secret. In fact, she told everybody.
“I knew if I told people about it, I would be accountable and stay motivated,” the Mercer County resident explains.
“This may not be everyone’s decision, but I knew it would work for me.” She said telling people about her surgery also provided a sense of personal empowerment.
By the time school started in September, she had already lost 60 pounds, aided by a 20-pound weight loss before surgery.
“I thoroughly enjoyed watching everyone’s shocked faces when they saw me,” Sheri says with a smile.
“Make no mistake – those faces inspired me to keep going!”
Sheri credits her family’s support throughout the process and laughs when her son warned her ‘not to lose too much weight and get too skinny.’
A busy professional, wife and mother, she doesn’t have much time to exercise, but makes a point to speed walk during her lunch hour.
Firsthand Advice from a Bariatric Success Story
When asked for one piece of advice she would recommend to others, she said, “When in doubt—protein.” Sheri adds protein shakes to her daily nutrition plan and often has dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.
“This morning I had chicken teriyaki for breakfast and it was delicious!”
She also recommends talking with other people who have had the surgery and connecting with bariatric groups in person and online.
“There is a very positive weight loss surgery community out there who is more than happy to support you. Find them and help each other.”
“You are going to be in partnership with your bariatric surgeon and his staff for a while, so make sure you are comfortable with them. I am so grateful my sister-in-law recommended Dr. Adeyeri. He is a highly-respected, compassionate, funny and inspiring doctor. I drive an hour each way to see Dr. Adeyeri and it’s well worth it.”
Don Welcomes 2018 More than 200 Pounds Lighter Since Gastric Bypass Surgery
Our bariatric superstar Don Raymond Jr. is kicking off 2018 with an inspiring story of a 200+ pound weight loss since bariatric surgery, which he has maintained beautifully.
Think you have ‘too much weight to lose?’
Read Don’s story:
“Happy New Year! I’m volunteering to post as the first Transformation Tuesday of the year so let’s kick it off right!
I had weight loss surgery on September 10, 2015 and I’ll never look back.
Today, I have lost 213 pounds and look and feel 100%healthier.
My starting weight at surgery was 463 pounds.
In 2018, I am maintaining 250 lbs.
Thank you again Dr Adeyeri!”
Cindy Checks in Four Years After Her Bariatric Surgery at Sterling Surgicare
Editor Note: It was great to hear from Cindy Ortiz, four years since she lost close to 100 pounds after weight loss surgery. Now a busy ‘city girl,’ she still took the time to look back at her journey:
“Dr Ayotunde Adeyeri, I am truly grateful for this opportunity and this second chance at a new and improved life which I call My Fab 50″
They say a change begins the day you say, “I can, therefore I will.”
This quote proves true when I look back on the past 2 years of my life. After having the sleeve bariatric weight loss surgery I lost a total of 93 lbs within the first year; a tremendous physical change.
However, this year has been dedicated to transforming my mind, the way in which I live my life in my new body. Maintaining my weight loss has been an eye opening experience and has enabled me to try and experience new things that I had never thought possible before.
During this time I mainly focused on the way I eat. I have mastered meal portions and eating for my new stomach. My meals are more frequent with smaller portions at a time.
I learned how to meal prep in advance for my cravings and hunger when it arises.
I also feel differently about food, the surgery has allowed me to truly taste and savor what I eat, due to my reaction after having a meal.
For example my stomach gets upset if I have a meal that’s too oily or greasy, therefore teaching me that those foods are not only unhealthy but can have serious affects on my surgery.
In addition, I also needed to educate myself on staying active. Fitness has played a major part in maintaining my weight loss surgery.
I now go on daily walks and tone my skin by lifting weights. I have even invested in a Fit-Bit device in order keep constant count of my steps and calories burned. Staying active is a huge part of maintaining my weight and benefiting my health.
As you can see my life has been completely transformed from outer to inner throughout this process.
This past year having worked on the inward, by adjusting my lifestyle, decisions, and daily routine, I have learned most about myself. Many blessings to all that have been with me from the very start.”
Husband and Wife Battle Obesity as a Team
Couples who both have weight loss surgery are surprisingly common.
Amy Garcia and her husband Richenell have a great life–successful careers, wonderful children and 17 years of marriage.
Amy had the gastric sleeve (VSG) three years ago, lost 70 pounds, and has maintained her weight loss successfully.
Keep in mind, was not extremely overweight by most bariatric standards–
Her starting weight was 236 pounds and today she maintains a weight of 168 pounds and looks marvelous.
Her husband also faces a battle against extra weight and has also decided to move forward with weight loss surgery in a few weeks.
No doubt he has been inspired by his wife’s success.
We look forward to sharing Richenell’s success story in the coming year.
Here’s to many more years of health and happiness for this wonderful team.
Bobby Drops 100 Pounds Less Than Six Months After Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
You could call Bobby Goldwyn a ‘man on a mission.’
Since his bariatric weight loss surgery on March 29, 2017, the 45-year-old from Port Monmouth has lost an impressive amount of extra weight.
His pre-surgery clothing size was 52, which has plummeted to a “loose” size 42 (as of today!).
Bobby’s Next Steps Six Months After Gastric Bypass
“I could not be more pleased by Bobby’s determination,” Dr. Adeyeri says. “If you stick to the post-op gastric bypass program that we set up, most people experience marked results, especially the first six months after surgery.”
Dr. Adeyeri, a board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon, says he expects Bobby to approach his goal weight by the end of the year.”
Not a bad way to spend 2017!
Is 2018 the Year You Change Your Life?
If you are ready to change your life in less than a year, we’d love to talk to you about your weight loss goals, any health challenges related to your weight, and make a determination if bariatric surgery is right for you.
Learn more about the minimally invasive (laparoscopic) weight loss surgery operations Dr. Adeyeri performs
Call our respectful and friendly bariatric team at (732) 217-3897 and make an appointment to come in and speak personally with Dr. Adeyeri. We may be profiling YOUR success story next!
Ophelia’s health issues related to her weight resolved after gastric sleeve
When you look at Ophelia Anum’s ‘before’ picture, you may not see someone who needs to have bariatric surgery. But there are many people like this para-professional trainer who have medical issues related to the extra 60-80 pounds they are carrying.
In her late 30’s, Ophelia was already taking medications for high blood pressure when her family doctor, Dr. Sandra Arango-Fahmy of Bay Family Medicine Group diagnosed that she also had pre-diabetes, meaning her blood sugar levels were dangerously close to her needing medication, including insulin.
“Knowing I was on my way to being diabetic was the last straw for me,” Ophelia says. “Believe me, I had tried to lose weight and exercise, but the diets just didn’t work for me.”
Family Doctor Recommends Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Fahmy, a colleague with Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center, suggested she consult with him about bariatric surgery.
After work, Ophelia attended a Raritan Bay Medical Center bariatric support group meeting to find out what people had to say after they had the surgery. After one session, she liked what she heard and made an appointment to meet with Dr. Adeyeri.
“Ophelia was still relatively young, but was dealing with too many health issues related to metabolic syndrome (obesity),” Dr. Adeyeri explains. “People who can benefit from bariatric surgery are not always super-obese, like you see on television.”
A Year after Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery
A year since her surgery, Ophelia feels like she is living life in someone else’s body.
“I am nowhere near the diabetic spectrum and my blood pressure and cholesterol levels are normal!” She has lost well over 60 pounds and her clothing size has gone from a 22 down to a size 14.
“My advice to anyone considering bariatric surgery is to make your own decision and don’t worry about what other people around you say or think,’ she says. “No one else is living your life or knows what is best for you. Only you can decide how to treat your body.”
Ophelia said before she chose the vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), she gave traditional diets and exercise programs a fair shake. “But, ultimately, I needed something like bariatric surgery to jump start my mind and my body back to living life healthy again.”
Barbara Hargadon Checks in 70 Pounds Lighter
It was great to see Barbara in the Holmdel office for her two-year check-up this summer.
She is one of those high-energy, full-of-life people who you can’t imagine having a weight issue.
But back in 2014, she did.
A big supporter of the bariatric weight loss experience, Barbara had the gastric sleeve nearly three years ago and has kept the weight off–well, just look at her with Dr. Adeyeri–she’s a bariatric superstar.
“Losing the weight after surgery is one challenge, but keeping it off for the long run also takes some earnest dedication,” Dr. Adeyeri says. “Barbara inspires me and the people around her every day. She makes you feel like you can accomplish anything.”
Kaylee Loses 120 Pounds in 11 Months to Prepare for Her New Medical Career
“Dr. Adeyeri is truly my life savior. He just wants to see you strive and never have to deal with setbacks. His care radiates,” Kaylee, a future R.N., explains.
When she was overweight, Kaylee disliked doctor visits, as she always felt judged about her weight, which increased steadily over the years.
“During my first consultation with Dr. Adeyeri, I never felt more cared for by a doctor in my whole life. He weighed me, I cried and he looked at me and said, ‘Trust me Kaylee, I will change your life.’
It’s so crazy to say it but, I actually look forward to going to my check-ups and even getting weighed!”
A new outlook, a new life
“If I were to offer advice to anyone thinking about bariatric surgery, I would say be ready–physically and mentally—to change your whole outlook on life and the role food plays,” she explains. “You need to really want to make this change, more than anything else in your life.”
Just 11 months since her operation, Kaylee no longer requires medication for depression and is living a happier and healthier life.
“Don’t let anyone tell you bariatric surgery is the easy way out, because you will need to work very hard,” she advises. “Once you start seeing the weight loss, you will fall in love with yourself.”
Steven Explains How His Life Has Changed Since Weight Loss Surgery
(Reprinted with permission by Steven Restituto)
I was hesitant to post this, but sometimes you have to be proud of yourself.
(I’ve rarely ever felt that way in my lifetime).
The top picture was me before my gastric bypass. At that point, I didn’t care if I died or lived on the operating table.
The blessing was a caring and extremely big motivator who took me in at my lowest point and didn’t back down–
Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri changed my outcome on life, without him knowing the impact it made.
The only gift I can give him is a picture of me with a shirt (yes, the band Kittie) that I haven’t been able to fit into since I last wore it – sophomore year of high school.
It proves that if you have the right mindset, and remember that having the surgery is a TOOL and NOT a miracle pill, you can be successful and change your life, faster than you may think.
I’m still losing weight and still have a journey to run, skin surgeries and other ailments I’m currently dealing with from not taking care of my body for such a long time.
Don’t follow my journey – get the help before you end up dealing with the consequences.
Thank you to the doctor and everyone at the office who treated me as a human – and not just as a patient.
Andrew Shares the Progression of his 170-Pound Weight Loss in Two Years
There are just some bariatric patients that we work with whom we know–from the first time we meet them–that they will be successful in their weight loss efforts–and any other challenges they face in life.
That’s how we all felt when we met EMT and firefighter inspector Andrew from Spotswood.
Two years ago, he had weight loss surgery and today he is 170 pounds lighter.
His waist size has decreased from 52 includes to 36 inches and his clothing size, which was size 4X before bariatric surgery, is now a regular XL.
Andrew’s lovely wife has been his biggest cheerleader and supporter during the entire process.
He also worked out religiously with a trainer who understood the bariatric journey.
Heather Reed checks in with a pant size update
You may recall that we shared Heather’s story in March 2016:
March 28, 2016
Heather Reed Tells It Like It Is Five Months Post-Gastric Bypass
“Here I am 21 weeks post gastric bypass surgery:
I’ve lost 69 lbs (40 more to go).
My clothing size has dropped from a 22/24 to a 12/14.
Since Dr. Adeyeri performed my operation, I’ve not had a single complication–zero down time for me.
Let me be straight–this was the BEST decision I have ever made!
Thank you, Dr. Adeyeri!!!”
While we were disappointed that Heather and her family relocated to another part of the country, her weight loss continued unabated.
(We love Facebook because we can stay in touch with patients whether they are down the road or across the pond!)
“So yeah, this just happened at the mall today (see image on right)
Thanks Ayotunde Adeyeri!”
Raritan Bay Medical Center Nurse Gets Healthy Again After Losing 150 Pounds
My esteemed colleague and patient, Dennis Bruno, RN, has lost 150 pounds since having gastric bypass in October 2015.
ObesityHelp.com, a global resource and support network for people undergoing weight loss surgery, featured a first-person account of his weight loss journey on its homepage (January 2017).
This success could not happen to a better person.
The ins and outs of gastric bypass
Gastric bypass surgery is generally used for people who are severely obese and who have not been able to lose weight after several diet and exercise efforts.
Patients who opt for gastric bypass weight loss surgery consistently report a decrease in the frequency and intensity of their cravings for foods high in sugar and fat.
Many of our post-obesity surgery patients tell us that this procedure has profoundly improved their happiness and has given them back their lives.
Maribel Davis – On her way to losing half of her original weight
Maribel, the mother of four children from East Brunswick, NJ, her hands full, to say the least. But carrying too much weight was impeding her ability to enjoy day-to-day life.
“It’s the little things, like not being able to use a regular seat belt or go on amusement park rides with my kids,” Maribel explains.
After her weight exceeded 400 pounds, she independently lost 100 pounds on her own. To continue her momentum, she had the lap-band inserted in 2014.
When she first met with bariatric surgeon Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, recommended to her by a family friend, the lap-band was causing severe acid reflux (GERD), and Maribel was on the verge of Barrett’s syndrome. In addition, she had regained 50 pounds of her original 100-pound weight loss, even with the lap-band still in place.
Rather than give up, she attended one of Sterling Surgicare’s bi-monthly New Patient Seminars held at Raritan Bay Medical Center, where Dr. Adeyeri discusses each of the different bariatric procedures and answers participants’ questions.
“The lap-band isn’t always successful for some patients,” Dr. Adeyeri explains. “I have treated several patients who have not given up on achieving significant weight loss–but know the lap-band isn’t providing the weight loss results they need.”
Starting anew – removing the lap-band
Dr. Adeyeri removed Maribel’s lap-band in the fall of 2015. After months of recovery, she was medically cleared to have gastric bypass in January 2016, weighing 339 pounds at the time of surgery.
A family history of weight issues
Maribel wasn’t alone in her obesity battle. Her sister and both of her parents (who were battling type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure due to their weight) also had weight loss surgery, but she was the first inspiration. (Dr. Adeyeri also performed gastric bypass on her father and mother).
Eighty pounds gone—and counting
Since her gastric bypass, her weight is down to 260 pounds and her motivation to keep losing is stronger than ever. “I often go to my favorite gym, Max Fitness, in the morning and again at night,” Maribel says. “Working out gives me much more energy than caffeine, carbs or sugar ever did.”
The 33-year-old has her sights set on getting her weight under 200 pounds, but her life is already changing dramatically. “I have big plans for the rest of my life, now that I have the stamina and the appearance that I want to achieve. I am considering a career as a nurse or I may get my real estate license,” she says with a smile.
But she also gains strength from sharing her weight loss battle with others and is increasingly interested in a role as a motivation speaker to others who are battling weight issues.
Maribel is chronicling her post-op progress on her Facebook page, “Get Down with Mari – Weight Loss Journey, where she has a following of nearly 1,500 readers.
But, for the moment, she is reveling in a whole new world of fashion that is hers for the buying. “One of the best things about losing 163 pounds is that I can finally shop in regular department stores, since my clothing size has gone from a 5X down to a 2X,” Maribel explains. “I have so many more options available to me now.”
No one is ever “too heavy” to lose weight
Dr. Adeyeri says he sees Maribel as an outstanding success story in the making. “Like many people battling metabolic syndrome (obesity), it runs in Maribel’s family. But, as a team, this family banded together and decided to fight back.”
Dr. Adeyeri says that the family has collectively added years to their lives, due to the alleviation of many weight-related medical conditions.
Is it Your Turn to Win the War Against Weight?
Congratulations! The Sterling Surgicare team would be honored to partner with you for this life-changing journey. Start by calling us at (732) 217-3897 to talk with Melissa, our office manager and a bariatric success story herself! Dr. Adeyeri also hosts monthly Informational Seminars for people and their loved ones interested in learning more about the the most popular bariatric procedures.
Emily Shares a Six-Month Update Since Her Weight Loss Surgery
(Dr. Adeyeri and the Sterling team loves to stay in touch with patients between check-ups, which is why the doctor is a true Facebook aficionado. He shared this recent post on his timeline):
Emily had weight loss surgery in March of this year.
She shared this post recently:
“So today I had my 6-month post-op appointment and I am sooooo happy! I’m down 71 pounds, have lost 40% of my body fat and I’m not even close to being done with this journey yet! Hard work pays off people!!!!!! With that said, let me make one thing perfectly clear: People may think bariatric surgery is an “easy way out,” but in reality, it’s far-and-away the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.. I also seriously have The Best Doctor and his staff is AMAZING!
Roni checks in 75 pounds lighter since her gastric sleeve bariatric surgery
We are always excited when we have a weight loss surgery success story to share!
This week, we’d like to focus on Roni Fredericks from Monmouth County, NJ, who had the gastric sleeve performed by Dr. Adeyeri at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge last year.
Now 75 pounds lighter (and many clothing sizes smaller), Roni shared this update today describing how her life has changed:
“My clothing size is now a small/size 6, which I love.
I can find dresses that fit me properly, now that my bust size went from a 40DDD to a 36DD.
I feel healthier and have so much more energy and confidence.
I work out now and look forward to waking up every day.”
New Father Loses More than 200 Pounds in Eight Months After Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery
Donald Raymond of Middlesex County started considering weight loss surgery in late 2014 but when he learned in February 2015 that his wife Shannon was expecting a baby, that sealed the deal. “I just wanted to make sure I would be around for my daughter,” says Raymond, 35.
Bariatric Surgery Decisions
Weight was an issue his entire life. When he investigated weight loss surgery, his weight was over 450 pounds. Don decided sleeve gastrectomy was the right solution for him, which would leave him with a full digestive system.
Don heard good things about Dr. Adeyeri through his work with a local ambulance company that regularly transported patients to Raritan Bay Medical Center, where Dr. Adeyeri serves as medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss.
These two men turned out to be a great team as Don recently posted on his Facebook page—
“One of the best bariatric surgeons in the state did a great job on me, and I can’t thank him enough–and all my friends and family for being a rock through it all. If you’re in need of it, this is the man to go – the best decision I ever made in my life”.
The Right Size
In just seven months since his sleeve gastrectomy(performed at Raritan Bay Medical Center in September 2015), Don has lost a whopping 205 pounds. He now tips the scales at about 275 pounds and doesn’t want to lose too much weight.
“I’m a big guy, 6 feet tall, with 56-inch shoulders,” he explains. “Below 200 pounds, I would not look right.” He’s now wearing size 44 pants, down from size 62, and his shirts are between XL and XXL.
No More Sleep Apnea
Since his surgery, Don has much more energy and exercises regularly. He goes to the gym four nights a week, plays softball once a week and attends football practice. He no longer uses his sleep apnea machine. Even before his surgery, Don played football, but was “nowhere near as active as I am now.”
Don says his wife was his rock before and after the surgery. “The first two weeks were the hardest. It was smooth sailing after that,” he says. During those first two weeks, he drank liquids; watching other people eat regular food was tough. By week three, he graduated to yogurt, and the week after to pureed meals. By the fifth week, he could eat normal healthy meals, just in smaller volume.
These days, Don steers clear of junk food, not because his stomach is smaller, but he prefers to eat high protein foods such as Greek yogurt, fruit, veggies and protein shakes. When he dines out with his family, Don often orders off the children’s menu. He drinks water, coffee, juices and protein shakes.
Don’s Advice to Future Weight Loss Surgery Warriors
When asked what advice he would give to people considering weight loss surgery, Don replied that each person should look into the options and decide which of the procedures will work best for their weight loss goals and their long-term health.
He stressed the importance of supportive people, like his wife.
His best advice? “Listen to the doctor. That’s how I achieved these results.”
Nineteen-year-old Ashley enters her 20’s 100 pounds lighter
Ashley, a medical biller from Marlboro, didn’t grow up heavy but starting in her teens, added weight to her petite 4’11” frame every year.She tried all the traditional diet and exercise programs, but they didn’t come close to helping her lose the volume of weight she wanted to lose.
“My friend also had a weight issue so we banded together to do a ton of research about the differences between the three most common bariatric procedures,” Ashley explains. “Gastric bypass offered the highest success rate not only in overall weight loss, but in helping to keep the weight off for the long-term.”
Ashley performed thorough due diligence in choosing the right bariatric program to meet her needs and expectations.
After meeting with a number of doctors, she chose our team here at Sterling Surgicare in Holmdel.
During our consultations, I agreed with Ashley that gastric bypass would be the right operation for her. I performed her surgery in July 2015, when she was 19-years-old.
Ashley reaches her goal weight in just nine months
By April 2016, Ashley had lost 100 pounds; today she weighs about 117 pounds.
“I go to the gym almost daily where I work-out on the treadmill for about 30 minutes and then do weight training,” Ashley says. “It’s something I actually look forward to—and that’s a statement I would never have made a year ago.”
She said she loves buying clothes again and no longer feels like people are looking at her as if she’s ‘too big’ to be shopping in a ‘regular-size’ store. Today, Ashley wears a size 3 and extra-small, versus the size 18 and 2X which she wore before surgery.
I truly admire Ashley’s motivation and determination at such a young age. She wisely chose not to keep trying different diets that were just not working for her. After successfully transforming her weight and lifestyle, this young woman who is just starting out in life, can enjoy her 20’s to the fullest, no longer held back by obesity.
Are you ready to learn more about weight loss surgery?
Call Sterling Surgicare at 732-217-3897 for a one-on-one consultation with our medical director, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, who also serves as medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center.
You are also invited to attend his New Patient Seminars held monthly at Raritan Bay in Old Bridge or CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.
Medical Professional Defeats Fatty Liver Disease and Pancreatitis with RNY Gastric Bypass
Carolyn Nelson-Oehl shared her bariatric weight loss surgery
experience with Sterling Surgicare on Facebook last week:
“Just a year ago, I was admitted into the hospital for pancreatitis.
Little did I know that it would change my life.
They found out while I was hospitalized that I also had an enlarged fatty liver (due to being overweight).
Then I had enough and made a appointment to see board certified bariatric surgeon, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri.
Thanks to this wonderful doctor and his staff (especially the office manager, Melissa), my RNY gastric bypass (10/14/2015) was a huge success
In just six months, I have already lost 100 pounds!
Get ready–I can’t believe I’m saying this– but I am only 25 pounds away from my FINAL GOAL WEIGHT!
You all have literally given me my life back!”
Sayreville father of three young children loses 225 pounds and changes his life
Harvey Jones has a good life: He’s married to an accomplished nurse with whom he has three children, ages six, seven and nine. As a stay-at-home father, his parenting job is sometimes 24/7 due to his wife’s hectic work schedule.
The only thing holding him back was his weight—407 pounds of it, to be exact.
In July 2014 at age 50, Harvey underwent gastric bypass surgery. After spending a few days in the hospital, he headed home to begin changing his life.
“To this day, I’ve never experienced a single complication since my operation,” Harvey notes. “I was concerned that my higher BMI might cause problems, but this was not the case.”
Once he was home, the real work began. “I’ll be honest, I just did what Dr. Adeyeri and the bariatric dietitian told me to do,” Harvey explains.
Finding Strength in His Faith
“I really felt that God was leading me to do this and I knew he was with me at every step of my journey.” He also credits his wife for supporting him and helping him to improve his entire lifestyle.
Today, less than two years later, Harvey has lost an impressive 225 pounds and weighs about 180 pounds. His pant size has decreased from size 62 to size 38.
“From the very beginning, I used the same small bowl to eat all my meals,” he explains. “Even today, I rely on that little bowl to keep me on track.”
How Life is Different 225 Pounds Lighter
Whereas before bariatric surgery Harvey couldn’t physically do much with his kids, today he enjoys biking, a game of football and just wrestling in the family room.
“When I weighed 400 pounds, it took a lot for me just to climb the stairs. That’s just no way to live.”
Harvey says that in the scope of his life, committing to losing 225 pounds was the best decision he ever made. “There is no question I am going to live years—maybe even decades—longer now that I am healthy. God has truly blessed me with so much to live for.”
Do You Want to Learn More About Weight Loss Surgery?
Call Sterling Surgicare at 732-217-3897 for a one-on-one consultation with our medical director, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, who also serves as medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center.
You are also invited to attend his New Patient Seminars held monthly at Raritan Bay in Old Bridge or CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.