(Reprinted with permission by Steven Restituto)

Steven Restituto before and after his weight loss surgery.

“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.”

 If you would like to find out more about a bariatric weight loss solution, reach out to the friendly and compassionate team at Sterling Surgicare at (732) 217-3897 or email us at

Dr. Adeyeri is a board certified and fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon who also serves as medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy.