Bariatric Surgery Success Stories

Molly's Story

My New Normal

Molly Peterson was tired of feeling embarrassed. She weighed well over 300 pounds, and she wanted to live her life differently.

Randy's Story

A New Beginning

As a former Marine and an avid competitor in sports like golf and tennis, Randy Cole saw obesity as a challenge. He wanted to lose weight and get back into playing shape on his own.

Davie's Story

A 200-Pound Winner

Dave was always a heavy guy. But weighing over 400 pounds was interfering with his theatre performances and his career opportunities at the grocery store. Losing more than 200 pounds changed everything in Dave's life.

Kelly's Story

Gritty Iowan embraces extreme changes

After weighing 387 pounds, Kelly filled out an online questionnaire on her health and weight history, that became the start of her quest that eventually ended in her becoming healthy.

Jackie's Story

I Celebrate My New Life

Jackie lost 95 pounds in less than six months with Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and regained her passion for life.

Judith's Story

It Will Change Your Life

Severely depressed and contemplating suicide, Judith knew she needed to take action and gain control of her life. Now, after her successful weight-loss surgery, she is running half marathons and has never been happier.

Bonnie's Story

My doctor said, “Your weight is killing you.”

When her doctor told her she only had five to 10 years to live because of the health problems caused by her excess weight, Bonnie knew it was time to make a change. Ninety-seven pounds later, she's climbing mountains and telling everyone she knows about her successful surgery from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Lindsey's Story

If You Want it Bad Enough, Anything Is Possible

For years Lindsey defended her actions that led to her severe obesity. But when she learned about the weight-loss surgery program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, she made the decision to drop the excuses as well as the weight.

Rachel's Story

I'm Living My Life Instead of Watching it Pass Me By

Rachel, a successful laparascopic bypass surgery patient from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, is now healthy enough to be a mom.