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Weight Loss Success Stories

You may be wondering if bariatric surgery is right for you. These patients did... and talk about their experiences in short videos here. Their stories are different, except for one common theme: they're getting healthier and are feeling better after having weight loss surgery at Crouse Hospital!


Ted Long - bio

Ted Long
Radio Personality at 93Q
Ted was Crouse Hospital's first weight loss surgery patient in September 2011. He's lost more than 140 pounds.


Bobbie - new - bio

Bobbie Long

The wife of Ted Long, Bobbie had her bariatric procedure in October 2011. She's lost about 90 pounds. Bobbie and Ted decided to make the weight loss surgery journey together to give each other constant support and change their lifestyle at the same time.


Renee - new - bio

Renee Tarbell

Renee weighed 247 pounds before the surgery and has lost 120 pounds.
"Having the surgery was the best thing I've ever done... I feel healthy and get up in the morning and feel good about myself."


Karen - new - bio

Karen McGean

Weighing 238 pounds before her bariatric procedure, Karen has lost more than 80 pounds.  "I feel great... it feels wonderful getting the weight off." She now has an active lifestyle and enjoys shopping for clothes at her new size.

Bivens - bio

Tiffany Bivens

Tiffany had her weight loss surgery in July 2013 and is down 70 pounds. "I was a yo-yo dieter, and I wanted to do something that would be more permanent. It took me three years to finally make the decision to have bariatric surgery...I did it for myself and to be a better parent."

Favreau - bio

Barbara Favreau 

A Crouse Hospital employee, Barbara had the surgery in November 2011 and has since lost 152 pounds. She says she decided to have weight loss surgery because she realized being overweight was life-threatening and she wanted to be around for grandchildren.


Kimball - bio

Dawn Kimball

Since having her bariatric procedure at Crouse in July 2013, Dawn has lost more than 60 pounds. She had been struggling with her weight for 15 years, after having her last child, and made the decision in January of last year to make a life-changing decision.


Goettel - bio

Jacqueline Goettel-Strecansky 

Jackie, a kindegarten teacher, made the decision to have bariatric surgery after passing out in her class and learning that she was pre-diabetic. This was her wake-up call, and she had her procedure in October 2012. Since then she's lost 100 pounds.

Trode - bio

Kathie Trode

After listening to Ted Long talk about his bariatric surgery on the radio and being inspired by his success, Kathy attended one of the free weight loss surgery information sessions. She had her procedure in February 2013 and is down 85 pounds. "I feel fantastic! I had hip and knee pain for many years, which is now gone after having losing the weight."

Fortunato - bio

Claire Fortunato 

Claire is down more than 90 pounds since having her bariatric surgery in December 2012. She says she kept losing and gaining weight for many years, and finally decided to have the surgery to extend her life. "I don't regret it for one minute," Claire reports. 

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