Bariatric Surgery Patient Stories


Jackie Battled Lifelong Weight Issues with Bariatric Surgery and Lost 152 Pounds


I have been overweight all my life: childhood, teenager, and adult. After having children, it seemed my weight spiraled out of control. I tried every diet and weight loss plan that came along. I would lose weight every time, but then put it right back on, plus more.

It’s a familiar story to those that have had long term weight issues. It seems as if my metabolism was completely off kilter and nothing I was doing helped. The older I got the more medical problems I acquired, all due to my weight: hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, hypercholesterolemia, joint pain. I knew my health was declining, and I had to do something.

I spoke with my physician about WLS, and he referred me to Dr. Clements at UAB. I started the process in 2008, and was able to have the surgery in 2009.

It was the best decision I have every made!

I have lost 152 lbs, and I am off all prescription medications and the C-Pap machine. I continue to diet, exercise, and attend support group meetings. I am now a happier, healthier person living life and loving every minute!