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Patient Stories

Weight loss surgery is a uniquely complex experience for each individual. Learn more from patients who have agreed to share their personal stories.

Gregory Fulham

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) Jumpstarts Weight Loss without Incisions
Gregory Fulham became the first person in Chicago to undergo endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG), a new nonsurgical weight loss procedure offered at the University of Chicago Medicine's Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics (CERT).

Ron Garrison

Bariatric Patient Loses 300lbs, Gains Years and Quality of Life
For nearly twenty years, Ron Garrison had tried every weight-loss technique in the book, but was not getting the results he yearned to see. When he was nearly 500 pounds, and suffering from type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, Ron sought out the bariatric surgery experts at the University of Chicago. After having a duodenal switch procedure, Ron has lost 300 pounds and has another chance at life.

Graham Elliot

Celebrity Chef Reshapes His Connection with Food and Health
Graham Elliot has been known to joke that "no one trusts a skinny chef." However, at almost 400 pounds and with escalating medical concerns, his health was no joking matter. “I was physically unable to do things a father, husband and parent should be able to do,” Elliot said. "I was headed for disaster if I didn't make tough decisions, take drastic measures." Just months after undergoing sleeve gastrectomy, Elliott is 130 pounds lighter with improving health, and adapting new behaviors to sustain his progress.

Cheryl Brown

Hope and Life Renewed for Woman After Bariatric Surgery
With mounting concerns about her future, Cheryl Brown sought to shorten the list of health problems caused by her obesity. Less than two years after gastric bypass surgery, her health and her life have improved significantly.

90 Pounds Gone …. and Counting
Karen has lost 90 pounds just four months after having laparoscopic duodenal switch surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. Also, her asthma has disappeared, and her knee and ankle are feeling better, making it easier to walk and exercise.

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