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Weight Loss Surgery Success Stories

Phyllis Oppenheimer bariatrics patient 

The Center for Bariatric Surgery & Metabolic Medicine at UMCP has helped people lose significant amounts of weight to get them back to a healthier and happier quality of life. Read just a few of our weight loss surgery success stories below.


In high school, Cynthia Meekins weighed 110 pounds. But in her early 30s, her sedentary lifestyle began weighing on her, literally. By her mid 40s, she'd gained 137 pounds, and the weight was taking a toll on her 5'2" frame.

Read Cynthia's story here.


Last fall, Melissa Hurst discovered the thrill of being able to pick up her son at her mother's house a block away without help. Small, daily victories like the joy of running show how dramatically her life has changed since undergoing bariatric surgery in May 2014. She bolts up stairs. She doesn't feel tired or irritable.

Read Melissa's story here.


Edie Pannone used to avoid having her photograph taken with her two children. Dangerously obese, a condition that led to her developing diabetes, she was always tired and struggled to keep up with work and family demands.

Read Edie's story here.


In October, Phyllis Oppenheimer ran her first half-marathon, crossing the finish line in Atlantic City after running 13.1 miles in just over three hours. "Running a marathon was a goal I set for myself, and I was determined to reach it," says the Lawrenceville woman, who has lost nearly 100 pounds since having LAP-BAND® (gastric banding) surgery in 2008.

Read Phyllis's story here.


It was Angelica D'Ambrisi's 23rd birthday, and her life was at an all-time low. At 5'2", she weighed 262 pounds, and felt terrible. Her weight was affecting her self-esteem and keeping her from socializing. Then a family member recommended University Medical Center of Princeton's Center for Bariatric Surgey & Metabolic Medicine.

Read Angelica's story here.


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