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Department of Surgery Referrals Patient Clinician Researcher

Columbia University Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery
Patient Experience  Success Stories

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"My weight never hindered me. I've always been heavy it runs in my family. But when a dental patient complained about my weight, I consulted Dr. Aronne who referred me to Dr. Bessler.

"I wanted to schedule surgery immediately after meeting with Dr. Bessler, but he told me to take the weekend to think about it. I appreciated the fact that he didn't push the surgery on me. I weighed nearly 400 pounds before the surgery and have lost over 160 pounds, and counting.

"When I have a bad day, I'll call Nancy, Dr. Bessler's registered dietitian, who will help me ride it out. I can travel more – airplane seats aren't uncomfortable any more and I am excited about my new muscles and taking kickboxing and karate classes."

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