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Bariatric surgery has been shown to be an effective method of weight loss for individuals struggling with obesity. The patient testimonials below reflect the experience of patients who successfully underwent surgery and lost significant amounts of weight. Each individual is different and not all patients may experience the same results or dramatic weight loss.

Erin Chabot struggled with her weight until she made a decision that helped her reclaim her life: bariatric surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center with Dr. Dieter Pohl. Since her weight loss surgery in January 2016, Erin has lost more than 200 lbs. and seen a marked improvement in her health and overall quality of life. Now, she wants to help others do the same.
Michelle's 176 lb. loss following weight loss surgery has brought her a new perspective and lease on life. "The first year was amazing," recalls Michelle. "It was the new me."
Providence College basketball coach Ed Cooley talks about his weight loss journey following surgery at the Weight Loss Surgery Center of Excellence at Roger Williams Medical Center.
Gloria Sanchez talks about her weight loss journey following surgery at Roger Williams.
Bonnie St. Jean talks about her weight loss journey following surgery at Roger Williams.
Robert Gubala talks about his life-changing weight loss surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center.
Denise Bertrand talks about her life-changing weight loss surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center.
An amazing story of a couple that lost a combined 390 lbs. after each had weight loss surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center.

J.N. - November 1st, 2009

I'm a 45 year old married mother of six, grandmother of three, Army Veteran. I've been fighting the obesity battle since I had my first child in 1983. I sustained injuries while on active duty and was medically discharged from the Army in 2002. Being in… More

L.L. - March 10th, 2010

On Memorial weekend 2008 my whole world as I knew it was about to change. I was sick and tired of being tired and was finally going to do something about it. At that time I was a 43 year old wife and mother of two. My son was in college. My daughter was getting ready for her senior year of high… More

L.S. - December 21st, 2009

Hello my name is Lisa and I had gastric by-pass back in April of 2008. Before Gastric by-pass I was really close to being in a wheelchair. I was a CNA for homecare. Everyday was so hard for me to go to work and do the job I loved. Most time I would just come home and cry because I was… More

R.R. - December 10th, 2009

I have struggled all my life with being heavy. I was always the heavy set comedic guy, fun to be around with. I think when you have played such a role for so long in life you think well that is the best it is going to get. Even though I was overweight I did play football in high school and… More

K.M - October 4th, 2010

Hi! My name is Kerrie...I am 24 years old, and I had Gastric Bypass on November 17, 2009 by Dr. Pohl. At my highest weight I weighed 350lbs. As of today, October 4, 2010, I have lost a total of 145lbs. I had Sleep Apnea, needing a CPAP machine at night, High Blood Pressure, as well as High Cholesterol and my feet, legs and back hurt all the time. I couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. I couldn't go to an Amusement… More


Hello. My name is Jayne and I'm sure that my story is very similar to many others. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I was in the 6th grade the first time I joined Weight Watchers. I had had many "successes" with diets and programs over the years, usually getting to within about 25 lbs. of my goal and then it would start to creep up again. I have always enjoyed outdoor activities, but they were getting very difficult for me. I… More

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