Our patients will likely tell you the same story — we have helped change their lives.  Weight loss is very personal for everyone, and we make sure we tailor your experience to your goals, expectations and lifestyle.  While surgery is a key part of each of our patients’ journey to their healthy weight, each of them realizes they are making changes that often go far beyond just weight loss.  Let them tell you themselves.

Mather Hospital Bariatric Success Stories - Kelly, Rocky Point

Kelly, Rocky Point

Kelly Clark feels like she has lived two different lives. “My whole life started over for me after surgery,” Kelly said. “It was a new beginning, a new time to focus on myself, on my goals, on my marriage, on my career and really to just be happy — and that has been the best gift I’ve ever received. “I’m not Kelly who was really fat before. I’m not Kelly who had weight loss surgery. I’m just Kelly. And that is awesome.”

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Mather Hospital Bariatric Success Stories - Anthony

Anthony, Port Jefferson Station

Something just wasn’t adding up for Anthony Santangelo. What he thought were the good things in life, especially his insatiable appetite for his wife’s excellent cooking, were making him feel horrible. “I just felt terrible,” said Anthony, a safety supervisor, who was 350 pounds with a 56-inch waist. “It was getting worse and worse, I was really obese and it affected my sleep at night.”

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Bariatric Success Stories - Mather Hospital - MaryLouise & Lee

MaryLouise & Lee, Middle Island

MaryLouise and Lee Meltzer have been inseparable for more than 30 years. They share so much, from their love of swimming to rooting for the New York Yankees to finishing each other’s sentences. But one thing they never expected to share was being obese. Or having bariatric surgery.

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Mather Hospital Bariatric Success Stories - Monica, Coram

Monica, Coram

Monica Freyberg is the living embodiment of before-and-after. “My life before the surgery was boring, uneventful and like a prison,” she said. “After the surgery I have to say I feel blessed, excited and fortunate.” Before bariatric surgery with Arif Ahmad, MD, at the Mather Hospital Bariatric Center of Excellence, the 38-year-old mother of two felt she “was trapped in somebody else’s body.”

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Bariatric Success Story - Mather Hospital - Gemeli

Gemeli, Amityville

Like so many people with weight problems, Gemeli Loney’s life was about limitations – the things she couldn’t do or was afraid to try because of her weight. “There were so many things I always wanted to do that I didn’t have the confidence to do, whether it was something athletic, for example, or trying something adventurous or traveling. Life before was about limitations, some conscious and some self-conscious.”

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