Weight Loss Patient Testimonials
"The team here at Chestnut Hill, they’re amazing. I was well taken care of. Because they were here I was less afraid and everything came out great. It was very soon after [the surgery] that a lot of my levels went down. Within a month my doctor said that I did not have to take high blood pressure medicine anymore nor the pre-diabetes medicines. My surgery was two years ago and I’ve lost approximately 100 pounds and I feel great."
"My first step into really looking into this [weight loss surgery] was contacting Dr. Meilahn’s group at Chestnut Hill Hospital and the very first conversation was so kind. I don’t know any other way to describe it. Each person plays such a wonderful role. I can’t believe how fortunate I am that this group, the clinical group and the support group are so close and accessible to me. I’m not going off and running a marathon. That’s not me, but I can pick up my grandchildren and carry them around and not feel winded. I can be on the swings with them and be fine. I’m a golfer and I played 18 holes of golf yesterday and I didn’t get tired. I can walk two or three miles and feel great and not winded. Those are the things that have changed my everyday life. And then the other thing is just feeling good about myself. One year post surgery, I weighed in about 75 pounds down from my highest weight and I feel amazing and I plan to feel amazing for a very long time."
"I always thought I could try to handle it on my own but I couldn’t. I wish I had done this 10 years ago. I really do. I would say if you’re considering it [weight loss surgery], this is a great place to have it done. The team is terrific, Dr. Meilahn does a terrific job. I had zero complications from it. They worked with me very closely and for me it’s been just an enormous success… I’m about a year-and-a-half out from surgery. I’ve lost 180 pounds, more than half my entire body weight and not only do I feel wonderful but it’s changed my life for the best."
"You go in [to the surgery] with so many reservations, so many concerns, so many worries, and you just cannot anticipate what healthy feels like because you’re used to feeling a certain way for so long that the feeling is totally new but totally amazing. I am no longer pre-diabetic. My A1C’s within the normal range and I no longer have high blood pressure so I’m no longer on high blood pressure medication...A big difference that I see at Chestnut Hill is that I met Dr. Meilahn from day one. There are some people who go through the pre-surgery process for weight loss surgery and they don’t meet the surgeon until a few weeks before the actual surgery. So I think that’s a huge difference in actually getting to know the person who’s going to be performing the surgery on you. The team is so incredibly supportive and accessible and they follow you and support you for life. I’m three-and-a-half years post gastric bypass surgery and I’ve lost 75 percent of my excess body weight in the first year and I’ve maintained that loss and I feel amazing."
"My experience with the weight management team here has been great. Dr. Meilahn is a man of few words but he is top of the field and he knows what he is doing and I felt completely safe under his skilled hands. And the whole team is so kind and caring and they only wanted the best for me. Chestnut Hill Hospital is an excellent hospital. I came here because I trust them here, because I know the nurses are skilled and because they know what they’re doing and I know that the doctors and the anesthesiologists know what they’re doing. I have so much more energy now. Like, walking upstairs is easy now. I can wear clothes that I feel excited to put on. I feel good about myself. I don’t feel self-conscious, and I have so much more energy. I don’t hurt when I walk and I can keep up with my 11 year old, and I’m just a happier person now. My surgery was a year ago and I have lost 100 percent of my excess body weight, and I am so happy and I feel so great."