Patient Weight Loss Success Stories

In my family, we use food for every situation of life.  Someone’s birthday?  Let’s have dinner.  Had a bad day?  Have some comfort food.  Busted your lip?  Here’s a popsicle.  New job, promotion, funeral, someone broke up with you, Sunday after church, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day – food is at the center of all of it.  It’s no surprise that by the time I was in fifth grade, I weighed right around 200 lbs.  In my adult life, I tried multiple diets hoping to lose the weight.  Weight Watchers had been the most successful.  In my early 20s, in a six month period, with Weight Watchers and a TON of exercise, I lost 60 lbs.  I felt really good about what I had accomplished and how strong I was.  I started having the “treat yo self” mentality and within another 12 months, had gained 60 lbs back…and more.  The day I gave birth to my youngest child, I weighed 334 lbs.  I was miserable; and not just because I was 9 months pregnant.  After the birth of my son, I managed to lose a whopping 17 lbs. I wanted to lose the weight, I tried to lose the weight,...

My name is Greg Emmons.  I had tried numerous diets over the last twenty years and with each diet there was failure.  My weight had ballooned up to 325lbs.  I had Type 2 diabetes was on insulin, and was taking high blood pressure and high cholesterol medications.  I had always led a very active lifestyle, but with this tremendous weight gain I found it very difficult to even accomplish simple tasks.  I attended the first weight loss seminar class at Georgetown Bariatrics and after listening to each of Dr. Smith’s team members, I felt this might be for me.  But after meeting Dr. Smith, I was sure I wanted to proceed with the gastric sleeve surgical procedure.  I researched the surgery and continued to attend the seminars and began to prepare myself for the surgery working with each member of Dr. Smith’s staff.  I was so impressed with the entire staff at Georgetown Bariatrics, this was not just another doctor’s appointment.  They were a complete team of professionals dedicated to helping me be mentally and physically ready for the journey that was ahead.I was approved for surgery and I had the surgery on April 2, 2018. It has now been...

"I am so grateful for everyone on my journey.  I feel so good and have so much energy that I don't know what to do with it all"Results may vary.  Specific results are not guaranteed and are a result of the individual customized weight loss plan for each patient, along with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes....

I researched WLS for several years but as the mother of a medically fragile child, I was worried something would go wrong and I needed to stay here and be Hannah’s mom. But over time, my age and my weight got to a point where I needed to do something to stay and be Hannah’s mom. Thankfully, the advances in the gastric sleeve were encouraging. So the reasons for not having surgery back then became the very same reasons I wanted to have it now. Why do I recommend Georgetown Bariatrics?  Being the mom of a medically fragile child who has endured countless medical procedures and surgeries, never have I felt more educated, more prepared and more ready for anything in my life and it’s all because of the exceptional team at Georgetown Bariatrics. Dr. Smith didn’t just operate on me. He and his team educated me so I could be as successful as possible. The surgery is just the beginning. The real work is learning how to change what hasn’t worked in the past and becoming healthy again. I am forever grateful to them. Results may vary.  Specific results are not guaranteed and are a result of the individual customized weight loss plan for each patient, along with exercise, diet, and...

After losing around 120 pounds I have a different outlook on life. I am able to breathe better. I no longer have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I am now able to do things that I couldn’t before or was severely limited to do. Having the gastric sleeve was the best decision I ever made.~ Anthony Hockensmith...

Chris Brierly lost over 60lbs in 6 months post op.  Results may vary.  Specific results are not guaranteed and are a result of the individual customized weight loss plan for each patient, along with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes....

Hopeless, that is how I felt at the beginning of 2015.  I was starting another year reflecting on the weight I hadn’t lost in the previous year and thinking about the weight I wanted to lose that year.  My weight has been a problem for me since I was 5; I was always the “you have such a pretty face you just need to lose the weight” girl.  In March 2015 something changed and I knew if I didn’t change I wouldn’t be there for my family.  So I did my research on different bariatric centers in the area and I read so many great things about Georgetown Community Hospital Bariatric Program.  I went to an information session and something in my heart told me this was not only the right decision for me but it was also the right place.  The people at Georgetown were always kind, prompt and put the patient’s first.  I remember the day I got the call that I had been approved; I cried tears of joy because I could see a long happy and healthy life ahead of me.  I chose to have my surgery on birthday in 2015; I thought there isn’t a...

September 1, 2015 was the day I got a second chance to live my life. Before that day I thought I was living life but I slowly realized I was just surviving. I had decided I was going to have the gastric sleeve done at Georgetown Community Hospital with Dr. Smith. I always wanted to be an adventurous person but at over 350 pounds the scale determines what you can do. Its funny how the simple things in life that the average size person takes for granted. Like being treated like a normal person instead of a fat person. I didn’t want to recognize that people treated me differently but the more weight I lost the nicer people became. I’ve lost 145 pounds in my first year and for the first time in my life the number on the scale isn’t stopping me from doing anything I want to. As a child I remember going to Dollywood and being so embarrassed because I waited in line for a ride to only realize I didn’t fit. Because of the new life Dr. Smith and this surgery has given me I was able to go back to that very ride and not...

In July 2016, I took my kids to the county fair.  My daughter wanted to ride the bumper cars, but as I looked at them, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t fit.  I told her mommy couldn’t do that, but that my friend would ride with her.  It broke my heart as I stood there and watched someone else do something fun like this with my 3 year old, but I remembered back a couple of years prior to when I was asked to get off of a ride at King’s Island because I was too fat.  It was horribly embarrassing and I hadn’t been on a ride since.  Right there, in that moment, I told myself something had to change.  I wasn’t going to let my kids grow up with memories of someone else doing stuff with them because mom wasn’t healthy enough.  At this point, I was 315 lbs. I had always thought VSG was the easy way out, but after playing the diet game for years only to gain all of it and more back, I knew I had to have help.  My sister had VSG a few years ago and was successful and a couple of my...