Patient Stories

Bariatric Surgery Stories

Making the decision to choose weight loss surgery can be a significant undertaking. Adjusting to a new way to live, eat, exercise, and approach life will assuredly take time and patience.

If you want to see for yourself what surgery can do for you, our satisfied Sun Coast Bariatrics patients are happy to help. Read our bariatric surgery stories to see what support from our surgeons, dietitians, and nurses can mean for the journey you are about to begin.

If you would like to submit your story, use this form.

Lorene ( Lori) Clarke-Hill

Hi! My name is Lori. I was so fortunate to find all of the GREAT people at Suncoast Bariatrics, to perform my lapband surgery. I am the mom of a very active 5 year old and have struggled with my weight my whole life. I needed help, because I want to be around for my son for a long time. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 5 years ago, and knew I was in a downward spiral! I had my lap band placed in July 2012 and have lost 92lbs so far! I can't believe that I can say I love working out! The best thing about Suncoast Bariatics for me is that they teach you everything to be successful and best of all HEALTHY. The education does not stop once the band is placed, it is awesome. I thank god every day they saved my life! Lori



Charley Denny

I'm so glad I made the choice to get the lap band.I have lost 124lbs to date 9/18/2012. Went from a 3x shirt and 52/54 pants to a large shirt and a 36 pants. Been over a year now. Still feeling great and doing great. Thanks to the great care from the doctors and staff at Sun Coast Bariatric.



Paul Hammond

Couch to 5K I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I would be overweight for the rest of my life. In 2003, I really worked hard, went to the gym, working out 4 times per week, watched my calories, and I lost over 80 lbs. When I moved to Florida, at first I got lazy. I stopped going to the gym, stopped watching what I was eating. Then I started having thyroid issues. I gained 50 lbs in less than a year, and I felt like I didn’t have the energy to do anything. By the summer of 2011, I was over 300 lbs. I had severe sleep apnea and no energy. I had considered weight loss surgery, but I thought that it was a drastic measure, and wasn’t sure if it was right for me. I received a phone call that Sun Coast Bariatrics would be holding a weight loss seminar in my area, so my wife and I attended. One thing that I heard during that seminar was very sobering. They said that the average life expectancy of a morbidly obese man was 54 years. I was 52. I realized that I had to do something drastic, if I wanted to watch my grandchildren grow up. In March of 2012, I had my adjustable gastric band installed. Now, just 11 months later, I’ve lost just over 100 lbs. I’ve just completed my third 5K race and I’ve already signed up for my next one. I have more energy than I ever thought possible, and I wonder why I waited so long. I want to give a plug to the staff of Sun Coast Bariatrics. They are more than encouraging. One of the things that, at first, made me a little skeptical about them was just how encouraging they were. I’m not a person that naturally trusts people right away. I tend to wonder what kind of angle they might be playing. I thought to myself that they were way too concerned about my losing weight, way more concerned than I was (at the time). Then I realized, their success is tied directly to my success. The problem wasn’t that they were too concerned; it was that I wasn’t concerned enough. Now I feel like I have a whole group of people cheering me along my journey. What a great feeling. Paul Hammond



Share Your Story!

Have you enjoyed your time as a patient with us? Did you undergo dramatic weight loss you'd like to share with the world? Sun Coast Bariatrics wants to hear from you!

We're proud of what we can do for our patients. We know the process isn't easy, but we do our best to promote safe, healthy weight loss and a positive mindset. By adding your story to our collection, you can join the ranks of the hundreds who came before you, providing testimonials and information for those still considering the process.

To contribute, fill out the form below. The fields with asterisks are required. Please provide your first and last name, your email address, and a full description of your experiences with us, including what you learned before, during, and after surgery. If you are interested in showing your progress, you are welcome to include before and after photos.

If you have additional questions or would like to learn more about our weight loss options, please fill out our contact form or call us at 727-289-7137 to see how Sun Coast Bariatrics can make a difference for you.