Sharon, lost 223 lbs

“I hardly ever left my home before the surgery because people would stare and I was so embarrassed. I couldn’t walk and used a wheelchair. Today I ride a bike, go out in public to events with my family and have a completely new life!”

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Mark & Cherie, lost a combined 142 lbs

Mark and Cherie make a great team. Married for 30 years, they have raised three children, worked in rewarding careers and they also dieted together — losing weight, gaining weight, losing weight, gaining weight. It seemed like this was a fight they couldn’t win.

“We had tried every diet in the world, but nothing worked. Finally, we decided to give weight loss surgery a try for health reasons,” says Mark, who had a gastric sleeve procedure at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s Surgical Weight LossCenter. “So far we have lost a combined 142 pounds, and I plan to lose another 30. My type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are gone now. I went from a size 46 waist to a 36. That’s the same size I was when I graduated from high school in 1976!”


James & Kathy, lost a combined 165 lbs

“We used to be big couch potatoes. Kathy’s weight made it hard to breathe at times and she suffered from asthma. We couldn’t participate in sports and other activities with our children. They motivated us to lose weight. We now enjoy swimming, bike riding and more with them.”

It Starts Today – How obesity surgery helps people reclaim their lives

Dr. Turnquest is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) association and encourages potential weight loss surgery patients to watch this video on how surgery helps people reclaim their lives.