For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health. For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.
About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding the weight.
One such success story is Ron, who lost more than 200 pounds, reduced his blood-pressure medications from eight to two and has seen a drastic improvement in his quality of life. Read his story in his own words below.