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Success stories

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s true. You can read all day about how bariatric surgery works, but nothing compares to seeing how real people have changed themselves for the better.

These patients all started where you are today—and look at them now! With the help of surgery and lifestyle changes, and with the support of the Salem Health team, they’ve accomplished their weight-loss goals.

Below, they share in their own words how much bariatric surgery at Salem Hospital has meant to them. Click on a name to read the full story.

Gastric bypass success

Ka'Reesha's story
“Now I feel like my outside matches who I am on the inside.”

Terry and Lona's story

“The Bariatric Surgery Center helped us take back our lives.”

Nicole's story
“My biggest achievement was coming out of my shell and putting myself out there."

Sleeve gastrectomy success

Agena's story
“Now, my stomach is the perfect size! My body doesn’t crave sweets anymore.”

Erin's story
“I have more energy, hike without being exhausted, I keep up with my kids and have started to jog!”

Eron's story
"It's like getting to learn a new life."

Jenny's story
“I get up in the morning, feeling great—and feeling great about how I look.”

Jessica's story
“I’ve been able to maintain my weight loss and finally feel like I have a healthy relationship with food and with being active.”

Michael's story
“I’m more driven and able to achieve my goals in ways I couldn’t before.”

Stephanie's story
"I have a new sense of adventure. I’ve gone from 'I can’t', to 'I’ll try it!'”