Procedure: Gastric Bypass
Before Weight: 375 lbs.
After Weight: 215 lbs.
“From the first seminar I went to at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Bariatric Institute, I fell in love with everyone in the program. The surgeons and staff, the support, the entire program — everything about Cleveland Clinic Florida put me at ease.”
For over three decades, Jose Rodriquez knew his weight, sometimes topping 375 pounds, put his health at great risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other serious health conditions. He sought bariatric, or weight loss surgery, more than once. But physicians said his other health issues made surgery too risky. That changed when he moved to Miami.
“From the first seminar I went to at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Bariatric Institute, I fell in love with everyone in the program,” he says with a wide grin. “The surgeons and staff, the support, the entire program — everything about Cleveland Clinic Florida put me at ease.” They told him they could help, and he now considers the date of his surgery: February 26, 2013, “my new birthday,” he calls it. Now three years later, the 50-year-old just completed his first-ever 5K run “without even breaking a sweat,” whereas before he couldn’t walk across a room without gasping for air.
Results like this require a lifelong commitment from both the patient and the bariatric team, says Samuel Szomstein, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Florida. We offer a comprehensive range of services for our patients’ for life.
And the team’s experience matters. Research shows that patients have greater success with high volume surgery centers. At Cleveland Clinic Florida, our team has treated over 6,000 patients with bariatric surgery.
“For all of our patients, the rewards of this program are remarkable,” says Dr. Szomstein. “But for those who have other serious health conditions, it can be life-saving.”
Still a regular member of the bariatric support group, Mr. Rodriquez continues to steadily lose weight and has dropped from a BMI of 44 to 33. “I thank God for placing this group in my path and the team for saving my life,” he says.
Michele C. Knowles
Procedure: Gastric Bypass
Before Weight: 245 lbs.
After Weight: 129 lbs.
“They provide a fabulous network of support for all patients - outstanding nutritionists, a psychologist and support group meetings - which is essential and vital for a gastric bypass patient...”
As I compose these words, many will read it and say, "this is me!" I have battled weight gain my entire life. I have tried this diet and that diet. I have lost and gained the same weight over and over again through the years. Then the weight loss stopped and I was only gaining. A red light went off in my head.
I did extensive research and talked to a lot of people before considering gastric bypass surgery. The decision to undergo gastric bypass wasn't made hastily. I visited several doctors for consultations and advice before choosing a doctor. Finally, I chose Dr. Raul Rosenthal at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston. Not only is he a fantastic surgeon who made me feel comfortable and secure, but his entire staff is outstanding. They provide a fabulous network of support for all patients, such as outstanding nutritionists, psychologist, and support group meetings. This support is vital for a gastric bypass patient before and after the surgery.
I am very happy to say that I have lost 116 lbs. so far, and I must thank the entire staff at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. If you are struggling with weight and it has reached a point where you can no longer control it, do not hesitate to contact Cleveland Clinic Florida. You will not regret it.
Procedure: Gastric Bypass
Before Weight: 340 lbs.
After Weight: 210 lbs.
“Cleveland Clinic Florida has a world class bariatric team, from the docs to the nurses and nutritionists. They have the tools to make it work…”
My weight loss success is credited to going to support and nutrition meetings. The dedication of the Cleveland Clinic staff is what has kept my weight off for over 10 years. I would do the surgery again in a heartbeat and I am a one million percent supporter of Cleveland Clinic Florida and Dr. Rosenthal.
I was always a big boy. However, I really put on some weight within two years of being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Due to high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and the lack of mobility, I gained 125 pounds. At that point, I needed to find a solution and sought help at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida. After consulting with Dr. Rosenthal, I decided to undergo the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. In February, I celebrated my four year anniversary of the surgery. I have lost 130 lbs. and maintained a weight within five pounds of my lowest weight.
Cleveland Clinic Florida has a world class bariatric team, from the docs to the nurses and nutritionists. They have the tools to make it work, such as physiological and nutrition counseling, as well as a mentor group of former bariatric patients. This support is the key success factor - the rest is up to the patient to make changes in their behavior.