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Every one of our patients was, at one time, looking at a website, or glancing at a brochure, or talking to a friend and thinking about having bariatric surgery... just like you. You can take back your life, just like they have, and then say proudly to all the world... or just to yourself...

I did it!

Bruce "It is the best thing that has ever happened to me."

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I weighed 407 pounds.

  • I was disappointed.
  • I felt hopeless.
  • I felt overwhelmed by obesity.
  • I thought all was lost.

I actually managed to get my weight down to 339. Then I had a gastric bypass. Dr. Sprunger gave me all the information I needed and calmed any fears I had. He explained the procedure in detail and performed it flawlessly. Dr. Sprunger was awesome! He really cares about his patients. After surgery, I lost another 132 pounds!

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I weigh 207 pounds.

  • I have never felt better.
  • It has changed my life.
  • It is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
  • My only wish is that I had done it sooner.

I owe Dr. Sprunger the biggest debt of gratitude and I totally recommend him to anyone feeling overwhelmed by obesity.

Dr. Sprunger is saving lives one bypass at a time!

Ira "If you want a new lease on life, take the first step. It’s not too late to make a change."

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I am 40 years old and a single mom of two daughters and a son. I knew I had to do something about my weight, because I had morbid obesity and several other related health issues, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. My parents were no longer living and I knew I wanted to be around to see my kids grow up. I also had a two year old granddaughter that I wanted to be able to keep up with. After several unsuccessful attempts at diets and different programs, I decided to have bariatric surgery.

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I had my gastric bypass in October of 2012. I admit I was a little scared about surgery, but Dr. Sprunger was great and I had a very pleasant experience. In fact, the surgery has changed my life for the better. In just four months, I have lost 60 pounds and am already halfway to reaching my goal weight of 160 pounds by my one year “surgiversary.” I no longer have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and I’m being checked to see if I can be taken off the CPAP machine for my sleep apnea. I’m now able to run and will be running my first 5K in April, 2013.

If you want a new lease on life, take the first step and have bariatric surgery. I’m glad I did. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It’s not too late to make a change.

Angelica "Become a new healthy you."

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Before I had bariatric surgery, I was unhappy and had very low self-esteem. I was always so self-conscious about how I looked and it was hard to hide myself under clothes that fit properly. I was sad about not being able to do normal physical activities. I restricted myself from many things, like going to the beach. I could not ride a roller coaster or get into a go-cart. Sometimes, I would avoid going to the park with my kids, because even walking was difficult. I would avoid get-togethers or parties because I felt ashamed of how I looked.

What made it so frustrating was that I always excelled at everything else, like school and work, but simply could not keep my weight under control. I decided at one point this was how I was going to be for the rest of my life, so I stopped caring. I didn’t look at myself in the mirror because I did not like what I saw. I felt like a failure. I let my weight win.

The last straw was when I realized I wanted to live my life and not worry about my weight. I did not want to become a diabetic, since I had lost my mother to diabetes caused by her obesity. Initially, I had some anxiety about bariatric surgery, but after seeing the results with other patients, I decided this was the thing for me to do.

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Since my gastric bypass, I have lost 135 pounds. My life has changed 200% for the better. I can exercise. Together with me, my family has made the choice to be healthy as well. I no longer have back pain or knee pain. I can move freely and I no longer have the fear of sitting in a chair and having it come with me when I get up. The quality of my life is so much better.

After surgery, I had very little pain. I was treated very well and my care was excellent. Losing the weight after surgery was not an easy task, but I would do it again and would recommend Dr. Sprunger to others.

Because of what I have accomplished after surgery, I know I can do anything I set my mind to. I feel stronger and now have the confidence to do what I want to do.

Melissa "Bariatric surgery has meant the end of my bitter battle with obesity."

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Even as I struggled for years with obesity, I wanted to be part of everything, but often felt that my weight prevented me from being included. After I became a mom, I wanted to play with my two year old son and do all the active stuff new parents do with their children, but I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to offer him the normal, happy, active life a toddler needs. I can honestly say I became disgusted with myself. I even hated looking at myself in the mirror.

I felt like I had tried everything and nothing worked or was going to work. I felt hopeless. However, after seeing the success my mother had after bariatric surgery, I knew it was worth a try. I knew it was time to take that step. Even though I was a little nervous about surgery, I was mostly excited and couldn’t wait to start this new adventure.

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After my gastric bypass in September of 2011, I went from 279 pounds to 130 pounds. Amazingly, I have lost more than I currently weigh! I had a wonderful experience. Dr. Sprunger is very knowledgeable, has a great sense of humor, and always makes me feel as if I am talking to a friend.

Since my surgery, I feel like everything has changed. Finally, I know how life should be – happy and healthy. Now I can do anything! For the first time in years, I can enjoy the simplest things, like sitting in any chair, shopping anywhere for clothes, riding a roller coaster, tying my shoes, crossing my legs, exercising, and especially playing with my son. I even ran in the Whiskey Row Marathon and had the time of my life. I would never have known how fun it could be.

I remember always running from the camera, but now, I love having my picture taken. I love the “new” me. I love to show off and I love looking at myself in the mirror. However, of all the amazing and wonderful experiences I’ve had since my surgery, the one that stands out the most was the day my husband picked me up and started spinning and tossing me around like he does with our son. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. It was so fun, I kept saying, “Do it again, do it again!”

I love the “new” me. I love to show off and I love looking at myself in the mirror.

Thaddeus "Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have waited so long."

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My name is Thaddeus and I would like to share my ongoing weight loss success story. Prior to surgery, I had a negative self-image, low self-esteem, physical pain, and worst of all, doubt that I could ever return to the activities I had enjoyed so much in prior years. I couldn’t do simple things like going camping with my family or even tying my shoes. I could not walk more than 15 minutes without my back aching and throbbing. My ankles were swollen like grapefruits and my feet were killing me.

Every time I would go shopping, I would see my reflection in the gigantic window that every store seems to have, reminding me of just how big I was. In my mind I’m 120 pounds, but in reality I was 330. I would diet and lose 25 pounds, only to regain 50. I started becoming preoccupied with the thought of death due to weight-related issues like a heart attack or diabetes. I remember thinking to myself I would do anything to lose weight, but given the way things were, I started saying to myself, “well, I’m comfortable with who I am and that’s all that matters”, but I couldn’t shake the reflection in that darn window, and it really bothered me.

Finally, I realized I could not lose weight by myself. That’s when I went to see Dr. Kurt Sprunger. He described the surgical options in detail and explained that weight loss surgery is not just a choice, but a commitment. After considering the options, I chose the adjustable gastric band. I was warned that this procedure is not a “magic bullet” that miraculously makes you skinny. Instead, it is a system designed to train you how to eat properly. Therefore, before and after surgery, I learned a lot about nutrition and proper diet. I learned to eat differently.

The surgery itself was absolutely perfect. Other than a couple minor issues, I had no major complications. After surgery, I had discomfort, but not really pain. My feeling about the surgical experience was that of awesome hospitality and genuine concern for my well-being. For the first 8 weeks, I was losing about 3 pounds a week, but it did gradually slow down and I am now losing about 3 pounds every month.

For the first time in my life, I am losing weight at a steady rate and not regaining it. My back doesn’t hurt at all and my feet feel wonderful. I’m swimming at the lake and hiking desert trails. Most importantly, I’m enjoying activities with my children that I couldn’t do just 6 months ago. Before my surgery in August of 2012, I weighed 334 pounds. As of January 2, 2013, I weigh 294 pounds. That’s 40 pounds in 5 months and counting. For the first time in about 5 years I was back in the 200’s.

As Dr. Sprunger explained, this wasn’t like other bariatric surgeries which would cause more rapid weight loss. With the gastric band, I am learning portion control, proper diet, and self-control. Bariatric surgery is not a cure for obesity, but a tool for learning new behaviors and it works if you are diligent. Now instead of being preoccupied with death, I am busy living. I feel a million times better and I believe you will to.

I would recommend Dr. Sprunger. He is very professional and I feel he has my best interests at heart. I have seen doctors become indifferent and it seems like each patient becomes just a number to them, but every time Dr. Sprunger sees me, he knows exactly who I am, knows the details of my case, and is supportive. I would recommend bariatric surgery to friends, loved ones, and even complete strangers. It is life-altering and possibly life-saving. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have waited so long and I would definitely do it again.

Carmen "Would I do it again? YES! Would I encourage you to do it? ABSOLUTELY!"

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Most of my life, when someone would ask me to describe myself using one word, what came to my mind was “FAT”. Not wife, mother, daughter, sister, funny, smart, talented, or any other words. My size was how I saw myself, first and foremost, and it seemed quite logical that “fat” would be how others would sum me up as well.

What started out as an extra twenty pounds during my teenage years became an extra 150 pounds by the time I entered my thirties. I suffered personal issues, severe depression and paralyzing anxiety. After giving birth to two perfect, healthy boys, I became a stay-at-home-mother, but continued to gain weight and suffer from depression. By January of 2012, at 5‘5”, I weighed 290 pounds. I wore size 26 pants and 3X shirts. I wore flip-flops year-round because bending over to put on my shoes was such a hassle. My husband constantly told me he loved me and was attracted to me, but it went in one ear and out the other.

Finally, after making a pact with a good friend who was also going to have bariatric surgery with Dr. Sprunger, I made an appointment myself. Dr. Sprunger saw me on time and introduced himself with a smile and a big handshake. It seemed like he had all the time in the world to sit and chat with me. We talked about my eating habits, my depression and anxiety, and my other health problems caused by obesity. Most importantly, he asked me what I wanted to achieve… In tears, I responded, “I want to be a better mother to my boys. I want to shop in regular stores instead of online. I want to feel sexy and enjoy sex again. I want to look in the mirror and smile at myself. I don’t want people to automatically judge me by my size. I want to get excited about leaving the house. I don’t want to isolate myself anymore. I don’t want to be a diabetic or have a heart attack. I want to grow old with my family. I want to be happy.”

He just smiled and said, “all those things can be yours with bariatric surgery and a healthier lifestyle.”

Woo-hoo! We had a plan! It took 6 months, but I persisted in completing all the medical and mandatory insurance requirements. I was told exactly what to expect before and after surgery. Going into the operating room, I felt relaxed. The next thing I remember was waking up in minimal pain. I DID IT and it went fine.

After an unremarkable two day stay, I went home. Just 4 days after surgery, the only thing I needed for pain was acetaminophen. One week after surgery I laced up my tennis shoes and took a brisk one hour walk. I felt so alive! I had my gastric bypass on November 6, 2012, and in just 12 weeks, I have lost 52 pounds! My husband says it feels like he is hugging a different woman. I’m already down to size 18-20 shirts and pants. I can bend over and paint my own toenails. I can walk for hours, briskly, and not give out. My self- esteem is through the roof. I wear make-up and take time with my hair now. I smile at people instead of staring at the ground. I play with my kids all the time… and my husband and I are right back where we need to be.

My post-op journey has been terrific. Would I do it again? YES! Would I encourage you to do it? ABSOLUTELY! Do I feel satisfied even though I’m now eating such small portions that they seem like snacks to other people? YES!

Thank you so much, Dr. Sprunger. None of this would have been possible without your skill, care, compassion, instruction, and desire to make people with obesity healthier.

Shyrlee "Dr. Sprunger gave me a new life!"

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Because of obesity, my once normal frame had ballooned. I had diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and had to use CPAP at night for my sleep apnea. I was taking 14 prescription medications. To top it all off, I had chronic pain from bulging discs in my back. I could not stand alone for more than about two minutes and could not walk for more than 100 feet without using a walker or electric wheelchair. I only went to stores that had scooters. I was even scheduled to have back surgery to relieve my sciatic nerve compression.

I was really at my wit’s end and completely depressed, so I decided to have bariatric surgery. In preparation for my surgery, I saw a cardiologist, who ordered some tests which revealed that the main artery of my heart was 85% blocked. This type of blockage is called the “widow-maker,” because it can cause a sudden, fatal heart attack. The cardiologist put in a stent and I have to take Plavix (a blood thinner). As a result, my bariatric surgery was delayed for about ten months. Even though I wasn’t happy about the delay, it was very lucky that the blockage was found and treated.

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On July 10, 2012, at the age of 73, I had a laparoscopic gastric bypass. When I left the hospital 3 days later, I was only taking four prescription medications. As of January of 2013, I am on the last refill of two of them. It has been a little over six months since my surgery and I have lost 94 pounds. My glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure are normal, and I no longer have sleep apnea. Now I can stand and I can walk! I’m feeling so good, I don’t believe I will have the back operation. I definitely have a new lease on life!

Thank you, Dr. Sprunger.

Eugene "I wish I would have had this surgery earlier in my life."

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Sprunger for my gastric bypass surgery.

When I started this process, I was 71 years old, weighed 234 pounds, and was struggling with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetic retinopathy. I had undergone numerous eye operations, but still had problems with my vision and couldn’t drive at night. At the time of my first meeting with Dr. Sprunger, I was taking a total of 14 medications, including 38 units of insulin daily, blood pressure pills, a beta-blocker, and cholesterol medication. Not only was I taking all these medications, but I felt horrible.

I had my gastric bypass in September of 2012, and in just under 5 months, I have lost 62 pounds. Now, I’m taking only 6 units of insulin and one Actos pill daily. These are the only two medications I now take. My diabetes is under control with my Hemoglobin A1c down to 6.9, my blood pressure average is 140/ 60, and my vision is so much improved that I can now drive at night. I work out daily on the treadmill, stationary bike and exercise machines.

I definitely would recommend this surgery to anyone that has type 2 diabetes and obesity. I wish I would have had this surgery earlier in my life. I feel 100% better and will continue with my weight loss and exercise program. Remember this is not a cure, but a lifestyle change.

Wendy "I have so much more energy... why did I wait so long?"

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Two years ago, before embarking on this journey, I weighed 267 pounds. I was tired all the time. Over time, I started to develop health problems, including diabetes, high cholesterol, migraines, and sleep apnea.

As a single mother of four teenagers, it was time to make a change and show my kids that change is possible if you stick with it and work hard, and that nothing worthwhile in life will ever be easy. I tried almost every diet that I felt would not worsen my current health issues or add to them. Going to the gym and working out for two or three hours a day, six days a week, was not realistic for me with my busy schedule, and would not work as a long term solution. I felt my weight was holding me back. I was tired of being tired all the time, and tired of taking medications, so I decided that enough was enough. I seriously felt hopeless and thought to myself, okay, I can’t be this way for the rest of my life. I needed to make a decision. I needed to make a change!

Consequently, I began researching bariatric surgery. Because it was such a big life decision, I wanted to make sure it was the right fit for me. I honestly researched the surgery for almost a year. Unfortunately, I had heard some “horror stories”, so I was a little scared to make the decision to undergo such a major surgery. Since there are various weight loss surgeries out there, I wanted to consider all my options so I could make an informed decision. Therefore , I spoke to friends who had bariatric surgery, went to a couple of bariatric seminars, attended support groups, and met with several surgeons.

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When I met with Dr. Sprunger in August of 2012, my weight was 255 pounds. I had my gastric bypass in early October of 2012 and in 4 months, I’ve lost 72 pounds and shrinking! Since the procedure, I have been taken off all medications, I no longer need CPAP for my sleep apnea, and the migraines have stopped. I know I still have a long journey ahead of me, but I am truly happy with my decision. I sit a little taller, walk and speak with confidence, and I can do the simple things again. I have so much more energy! My kids tell me to slow down!

This was a decision that I can honestly say I don’t have any regrets about, except one… why did I wait so long?

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Greg "I feel great, physically and emotionally."

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For years, I had been adding weight and girth. I developed Type 2 Diabetes, and with its progression, I became insulin-dependent. I also suffered from depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, water retention, congestive heart failure, sleep apnea, shortness of breath, and was on numerous prescription medications.

When my weight topped 305 pounds, I knew I had to do something. I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life dealing with all these health issues. I researched the options for surgical weight reduction and went to one of Dr. Sprunger’s seminars, where I learned that the best solution for my diabetes was a gastric bypass.

After all the pre-operative evaluations and insurance requirements were completed, I entered the hospital for my surgery. When I awoke from the procedure, I actually had no pain. The day after surgery, I was able to walk around the bariatric unit pain-free and I was released the second day after surgery. For me, the experience was almost a non-event.

To date, I’ve lost 50 pounds. My goal is to lose another 50. I am on maintenance doses of medications for my depression and cholesterol, but I no longer have high blood pressure or sleep apnea, and my insulin requirements have been reduced by two thirds. I feel great physically and emotionally.

I think Dr. Sprunger did a great job. His bedside manner is superb and he really cares about his patients.

Katherine "I feel young again... I am so happy... What a terrific change in my life!"

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I was extremely overweight and had many health complications, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and my knees hurt all the time. My weight prevented me from doing many activities. My weight stopped me from enjoying life. I felt powerless, hopeless, and a burden to others. I felt trapped.

But I decided to take control of my life. I made a decision to save my life. Even though I had some anxiety about surgery, I had a laparoscopic gastric bypass by Dr. Sprunger in May, 2012. In 8 months, I have lost over 80 pounds (over 70% of my excess weight) and am still dropping. My health has improved so much! I am no longer a diabetic and have been taken off of 11 pills. I am very active now and I no longer suffer from my body aching when I exercise.

To have surgery was the best decision I have ever made. It saved my life. I feel and look great. I feel young again. There is nothing like having a lot of energy so you can enjoy life. I am so happy these days.

What a terrific change in my life!

Erin "This surgery saved my life."

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I was very obese. I suffered from high blood pressure and was on the brink of diabetes. I had depression, poor sleep quality that included sleepwalking, and a lack of energy that was so bad it became difficult to take care of my two small children on a daily basis. My appearance left a lot to be desired and I was tired of wearing “super-sized” clothes. I hated my very being, trapped in a body that made me feel hopeless. I felt that life was not worth living.

I had heard of Dr. Sprunger’s weight loss seminar and I attended. It proved to be a turning point in my life. Certainly, I had questions, concerns, and a great deal of apprehension, but what I learned about bariatric surgery provided hope, which is what I needed the most.

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I had a gastric bypass in August of 2012. My hospital stay was good and my medical team was caring, understanding and supportive. In just over 5 months, I have lost 100 pounds and my health issues have disappeared. The benefits have definitely outweighed the risks. Now it’s fun to shop for clothes. My attitude has soared and I feel wonderful. It is wonderful to greet each new day. Life is good, because my future looks bright. This surgery saved my life.

If I had to, I would do it all over again and I strongly recommend this procedure to those in need. For those looking to change their lives, remember – Pain is temporary, regret is forever.

Sandra "Become that happy, healthy, ‘skinny’ person hiding inside you."

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Sandra beforeFor as long as I could remember, I was overweight, as were my mother, father, brother, and sister. In school, my friends nicknamed me “Pear” and “Lumpy.” As a kid, I spent most of my time hiding in my room, reading. Starting in my teens and through the years, I tried every diet I could find, including Atkins, Jenny Craig, and Weight Watchers. I would lose 20 pounds, only to gain back 30. I became very frustrated and hopeless, feeling that this was how I would always be – FAT.

Then I met some friends in our boating group that started telling me about there struggles with obesity and their experiences with gastric bypass. At first I couldn’t believe it. It sounded too good to be true. I started reading about it on the internet and talking to others about it. I even observed how another friend went through the process of having bariatric surgery.

Finally, I called Dr. Sprunger and went to a bariatric surgery seminar. Secretly, I wanted to do this for a while, but thought my husband would object. After I decided to have surgery, he was my biggest supporter through the whole process.

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Two months before my surgery, I weighed 280 pounds. I got my weight down to 245 pounds just before my gastric bypass in late July, 2012. The surgical experience was easy and the care was very good. Six months after my surgery, I weigh 164 pounds. In 6 months, I lost 81 pounds. I only have 29 pounds to go to reach my goal, and am confident I will get there soon.

There are so many benefits from my weight loss that it’s hard to express them all. I no longer have to take blood pressure medications, diuretics, or migraine pills, and my fibromyalgia no longer bothers me. Now, I can walk through a normal doorway and can sit in a normal chair without the fear of breaking it. I can go to the ladies department to buy my clothes. I can climb in and out of our boat, so I no longer have to sit on the shore and watch, while the others have all the fun. There are so many things I can do now that I couldn’t or wouldn’t do before.

But the best thing of all was when my husband said he finally got his wife back!

I would recommend this surgery and Dr. Sprunger to anyone who wants the confidence that it will be done correctly. If I had to start over, I would definitely do it again. It was worth it!

The hardest part of weight loss is making the decision to really do something about it. You have to want this for yourself. Become that happy, healthy, ‘skinny’ person hiding inside you. All the other benefits are a bonus.

Alta "Now whenever I look in a mirror, I can’t believe it’s me."

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I have had a weight problem for most of my adult life. At age 40, I got down to a size 8, but gradually, my weight increased despite trying every type of diet imaginable. It was always the same; I would lose weight, only to gain it back, plus a little bit more. Eventually, I stopped weighing myself. I also stopped going to the doctor, because I knew he would weigh me. Real smart, huh?!

Two years ago, my sister and I decided to try one more popular diet. When I promptly lost 30 pounds, I was terribly proud of myself, but within one year, I had regained 45 pounds. One day, while sitting on my couch feeling totally disgusted with myself, I saw an ad on TV for the gastric band. Right then, I decided to get something done. Now, I have to tell you… I am such a “chicken” that I didn’t even like getting my ears pierced, so I discussed it with my son-in-law, who is a family physician. He agreed that it was a great idea, and referred me to Dr. Sprunger.

At my first appointment (when I was weighed for the first time in decades), I chose to have a gastric bypass instead, after Dr. Sprunger explained the benefits and results of this surgery compared to the gastric band. I have never been sorry for one second since then. When I had my surgery on September 4, 2012, I was 66 years old. The hospital stay was a bit tough and the first seven weeks after surgery were trying, but at the 8th week, it was like someone turned the lights on again, and I felt great. It was all worthwhile.

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I am ecstatic that I went ahead with the gastric bypass. Since my surgery, I’ve lost 80 pounds in 5 months, and have a clean bill of health. I have gone from a size 2X to a size 12. I never get hungry and have no desire for sweets or fried foods. I’m perfectly happy eating the small amount of food that I now eat. I feel better than I have in years and my attitude about myself has improved 200%! Dr. Sprunger recently asked me for “before” pictures for his website. I could only find three, the only ones left in existence. I really did live in denial. Not only would I not weigh myself, I would not let anyone take my picture. Now, I really don’t care about anyone seeing those old pictures because that will never be me again.

I’m very proud of my new persona and the success that I continue to have. I think that’s a lot to be proud of. I’m also working out at the gym every day and walking home up the huge hill to my house afterwards. Bike riding and racquetball are also on my agenda. Before my surgery, I had stopped looking in mirrors, but now whenever I look in a mirror, I can’t believe it’s me.

Best of all, me and my husband of 47 years feel like we’re on a second honeymoon.I will now weigh myself every week for the rest of my life and will never again let my weight get away from me. My goal is to lose another 30 pounds as I look forward to going to our 50th high school reunion wearing a size 8 again. Look out world, here I come!

R.C. "I wear new clothes again, but this time, they are the size I wore in high school."

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My weight became a problem. I would put on pounds if I just walked too close to food… because I would eat it!

I would eat everything. I liked eating, it was fun, and the weight gain was gradual, so I didn’t worry about it. Then one morning, I woke up and realized I was 287 pounds, about 100 pounds overweight. I became a bit depressed and worried about my health, especially when I got “punched in the face” with high blood pressure and soaring cholesterol. I felt sluggish and was embarrassed about how unhealthy I had become. I started needing bigger and bigger clothes. I used to cringe at the fact that other guys wore size 44 waist pants. Then I found myself wishing that I still fit into that size. Guys I used to consider fat now looked like my twin.

After several failed diets, my wife suggested weight loss surgery. Thinking that was absurd and I would never do such a thing, I went on my own diet. I tried hard and suffered through it for weeks, only to lose a few pounds, then gain it all back. Finally, I realized it was in my genetic make-up to be heavy and have high cholesterol and that I needed to “suck it up” and change my life.

First, I went to one of the gastric band outpatient clinics. It felt like a “cattle call” and after a super brief seminar with one of the doctors, I almost got up and ran out. Thank goodness my insurance company recommended Dr. Sprunger. I attended one of his seminars, which was very professional, and he answered all my questions. Compared to the “cattle call” seminar at the gastric band clinic, the difference was like night and day.

I decided to have a gastric bypass. In the operating room, I remember thinking I was about to close my eyes and wake up on a path to real weight loss. After surgery, the pain was very manageable and after 24 hours, I didn’t need pain medicine. In a way, the pain seemed liberating, like a sign of new things to come, and I welcomed every second of it. Right away, I was up and walking. Recovering was something I was going to work at and embrace. After two days, I went home.

Adjusting to my new diet was not always easy, but I followed every instruction from Dr. Sprunger. I had to learn what I could and couldn’t eat and what my body could and couldn’t handle, but fortunately, I wasn’t hungry, and my weight loss was unbelievable.

One year after surgery, I weigh 195 pounds and have the body I had years ago. I wear new clothes again, but this time, they are the sizes I wore in high school. I continue to see Dr. Sprunger, who treats me as if I was just as important as the first day I saw him. His nature is calm and reassuring and he makes you want to do the right things to be successful.

Rick "I feel like I got a new start thanks to Dr. Sprunger."

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My Journey…

My breaking point came when we took my oldest son to college for his freshman year. As we got him situated in his dorm, I decided to take a family picture with my wife and two sons. Once we got back home, I had the pictures developed and realized I was in horrible shape physically and mentally! I immediately weighed myself and the scale showed 465 pounds. I started to think about what got me to this point. I went to college in 1985 weighing 165 pounds. I was a defensive back on the football team and when I left college, I was 6”1’ tall and weighed 225 pounds. After getting married and starting to raise a family, my weight gradually went up, because I would eat and drink everything I ever looked at. This went on for over 15 years.

After I saw myself in that picture, I made an appointment with my family doctor who told me I had morbid obesity and if I didn’t do something, I could die. He told me about weight loss surgery and the steps I would have to complete to get approved by my insurance company. I talked it over with my wife and the journey began. After getting the authorization for bariatric surgery from my insurance company, I made my first appointment with Dr Sprunger.

I had a laparoscopic gastric bypass on October 25, 2011. The surgery went great and I went home in two days. I feel like I got a new start thanks to Dr. Sprunger and I’m taking full advantage of it. As of February, 2013, my weight is 265 pounds and dropping. Adapting to the proper eating habits can be challenging, but I’m no longer on blood pressure medicine, nor do I have sleep apnea, which is awesome.

Last, but no least, Dr. Sprunger is wonderful. He laid everything out for me and continues to be instrumental in my weight loss journey.

Ginger "WOW, I did it!"

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My weight was 280 pounds, but I thought I couldn’t have bariatric surgery because of my age and health problems. I was 67 and had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and coronary artery stents for heart disease, but Dr. Sprunger explained that these things did not necessarily disqualify me. After attending his seminar, I honestly never had any reservations about having the surgery. I knew I was in good hands.

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I had a gastric bypass in May of 2011 and went home in two days. My surgery and recovery went well, and I lost 105 pounds. I have managed to maintain my weight at 175 pounds and am dedicated to keeping it there. The surgery saved my life. My cholesterol is now normal and I no longer need medication. My blood pressure has stabilized. Overall, my health and life are so much better. Simple little things, like being able to cross my legs or no longer needing help to get up when seated on the floor, are just a few examples of how life is easier now.

I didn’t think I would be a good candidate for bariatric surgery, but boy was I wrong! My two daughters, my son, and my grandchildren are proud of their Nana Ginger. WOW, I DID IT!

Thank you so much Dr. Sprunger.

Lori "I’ve always had confidence, but now, the way I look on the outside reflects how I feel on the inside."

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On the one hand, I was in denial about my weight, almost numb to it. At the same time, I felt fat and unhealthy, trapped inside a big body. I felt like I would never get the weight off by myself.

In 2004, I heard about the gastric bypass and I contemplated it, but “chickened out.” Then in 2011, when I weighed 278 pounds, I decided it was time to be brave and make a life-changing decision. I wanted to not only look good, but feel good and be healthy for my children. Again, I researched bariatric surgery for a long time, searching for a doctor that I could trust with my life. Then I found Dr. Sprunger. After my first consultation, I knew he was meant to be my surgeon.

My doctor told me if I didn’t do something about my weight, I was going to die. I had tried and failed every kind of diet you can think of, so I decided to look into bariatric surgery. Then I found Dr. Sprunger.

I became excited about my surgery because I knew I had an excellent doctor. I had my gastric sleeve on February 21, 2012. The post-operative care was great and Dr. Sprunger’s bedside manner was awesome! I even met a buddy in the pre-operative orientation. Our surgeries were on the same day and everyday in the hospital, we walked together. It was so cool, because we motivated each other.

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The day I’m writing this is February 11, 2013 and I now weigh 178 pounds. In less than a year, I have lost 100 pounds and I’m so proud of myself. I have gone from a size 18-20 to a size 10-12! My health and self- esteem match how great I fell. I’ve always had confidence in myself, but now, the way I look on the outside reflects how I feel on the inside. I had no complications with my surgery and I praise the Lord for such a fast recovery and a great surgeon that truly cares about his patients.

When asked if I would ever do this again, I say yes, over and over again. My children are even happy about my weight loss. My “now” is great, and my “later” will be even greater. I will be forever “greatful.”

Thank you so much Dr. Sprunger.

Kenneth "At age 51, I’m healthier now than I have been since my mid-20’s."

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My bariatric surgery has absolutely changed my life.

I weighed 500 pounds. I had Type 2 diabetes and had to stick myself with a needle at least 5 times a day to check my blood sugar. Because of diabetic neuropathy, my feet and legs hurt so badly that I was using a powered chair just to get around. I was developing diabetic retinopathy in both eyes which might have eventually made me blind. I was hospitalized with pancreatitis three times. I had high blood pressure. I had sleep apnea and was having to use a CPAP machine to sleep at night and was on oxygen because I couldn’t breathe.

My doctor told me if I didn’t do something about my weight, I was going to die. I had tried and failed every kind of diet you can think of, so I decided to look into bariatric surgery. Then I found Dr. Sprunger.

I had my gastric bypass in April of 2011 and have never for an instant regretted that decision.

I have lost 255 pounds and no longer have diabetes or retinopathy or high blood pressure or sleep apnea. I fit into normal clothes and furniture. At age 51, I’m healthier now than I have been since my mid-20’s.

Would I recommend Dr. Sprunger and bariatric surgery? You bet! It saved my life.

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Jeananne "Dr. Sprunger... when you did my bariatric surgery, you rescued me."

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Dr. Sprunger, I just wanted to tell you I think you are a wonderful surgeon and great person.

Two and a half years ago, I weighed 340 pounds, and was a single mom of a beautiful 8 year old daughter I had adopted from China. When you did my bariatric surgery, you rescued me.

After spending years losing and regaining weight with many different weight loss programs, I originally went to another bariatric surgeon in the valley. My involvement with that practice lasted a year, during which I finally obtained authorization for surgery, only to be told that they would not be able to schedule my surgery before the expiration of my insurance policy.

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At my wit’s end, I came to you and was able to have my surgery on the last day before my insurance was to expire. You saved my life. After my surgery, I lost 190 pounds. I am able to do so much more with my now 11 year old daughter. My friends and family are so happy for me and I am so proud of myself. I still have bad joints and a bad back from years of being overweight, but the surgery gave me another chance at life.

Two years after my surgery, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, but the doctor would never have found that tiny tumor if I had not lost all that weight. You saved my life again!

Dr. Sprunger, I can’t thank you enough for being my surgeon. Your expertise, sweet personality and concern for me is what got me through. I would highly recommend you to anyone needing this surgery. God Bless you and all your future patients.

Ryan "Give yourself the chance at a life that everyone deserves!"

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I worked at a dead end job that I really disliked, but stayed with, because everyone knew me and I felt safe there and because I sat at a desk. At 530 pounds, it would have been impossible for me to stand all day. My weight trapped me in a place where I felt hopeless and had no future..

I was only 28 years old, but was plagued with many weight-related health problems including very high blood pressure, barely controlled by 3 medications, skin problems, back and joint pain, both of which also required various medications. I also had breathing problems, almost constant chest pain, and sleep apnea requiring a CPAP machine at night. There were nights when my wife and I would be crying in bed because I was having severe chest pain or difficulty breathing and we were afraid I might not wake up in the morning. It was very scary.

I had tried all kinds of dieting and exercise programs over the years but nothing was very effective or lasting. Luckily, I had a primary care physician familiar with bariatric surgery who advised me to see Dr. Sprunger.

After completing my insurance company’s requirements, I had a laparoscopic gastric bypass on September 8, 2011. Since then, I have lost 235 pounds and I feel amazing all the time. I am off all my previous medications and I no longer have sleep apnea. I want to lose more weight, but am happy to say I currently have no health concerns. I feel as if my life has done a total “180.” My life is so much better, because now I can enjoy all the little everyday things that most people take for granted. I have a new job where I can work an 8 hour day on my feet. I can sit anywhere, buy clothes at any store, jump into a friends car and buckle up with no problem, use a ladder, jog or ride a bike, which I had not done in about 15 years.

My advice to you is not to wait for someone to push you or do it for you. Just call and sign up to go to one of Dr. Sprunger’s seminars. The seminars are a great start. You will learn all the surgical options and which one is best for you and Dr. Sprunger will answer all your questions. This was the best thing I have ever done for myself.

I wish I had done it years ago.

If you are battling this disease, go see Dr. Sprunger and get the ball rolling. You will not be disappointed.

Give yourself the chance at a life that everyone deserves!

Patricia R. "I strongly recommend this solution that has helped me and so many others."

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Its amazing the things you say to yourself over the years as you are trying to lose weight. The years went by and the weight continued to creep up and up. Then I developed insulin-resistance (pre-diabetes) which progressed to Type 2 Diabetes with fatty liver changes. I went to a conference on diabetes and heart disease where the instructor advised taking cholesterol medication also, but I couldn’t because my liver enzymes were already elevated. At age 58, I was a prime candidate for heart disease, but I wanted to live.

Before surgery, I weighed 252 pounds and had always thought obesity was caused by a lack of willpower. What I learned was that my obesity is a complex metabolic disease that has little to do with inadequate willpower. Determined, yet terrified, I put my life in order. I had my gastric bypass in the fall of 2012. Yes I hurt, but I followed all the instructions and went home in two days. As my recovery progressed, I was back to work one week later.

After surgery, I wasn’t starving, or even hungry for that matter. At 3 weeks post-op, I was down 40 pounds, was off all my diabetic medicines and my cholesterol was starting to fall. I followed the post-operative diet as instructed. By two months, I had already hit my personal goal of losing 60 pounds. My blood sugars were completely normal on no medication. In 5 months I have lost 70 pounds (that’s 70% of my excess weight) and my weight continues to drop, eating real food and continuing my protein drink once a day.

I appreciated the encouragement given to me by Dr. Sprunger and I strongly recommend this solution that has helped me and so many others.

Latoya "Dr. Sprunger regards you as ‘family’ and he has been true to his word."

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From obesity to a NEW healthy ME…

Being overweight made me feel insecure, sad and depressed. Always hungry, I would eat nearly continuously, yet couldn’t understand why I never felt full. Though I was only in my late 20‘s, I developed high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and painful joints. I couldn’t fully enjoy the days of my life or the beauty of interacting with my children as they were growing up.

Finally, I said to myself, “there will be no more frustration and suffering for me” and I remembered these words in the gospel of Mark 11: 24: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Then, I fell to my knees crying out to my Lord Jesus Christ…

The Lord then led me to the office of Dr. Kurt W. Sprunger. I am so grateful for Dr. S. I remember sitting in Dr. Sprunger’s seminar, his words lingering in my ears, “For the vast majority of those suffering from Severe Obesity, the ONLY effective treatment is bariatric surgery.” I knew from my own experience that he was right. I fought obesity for 11 years and no dieting or workout routines ever helped me. Only surgery did. I also learned that, fortunately, the disease of Severe Obesity and it’s complications are a preventable cause of death.

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Dr. Sprunger tackles obesity with a fresh, realistic, honest approach. He doesn’t mince words and is always honest with me. Dr. Sprunger provides diet and vitamin regimens as part of a holistic, lasting weight loss
approach that addresses both body and mind. What I have achieved is healthy, balanced and energetic living that anyone can practice starting now.

Before surgery, I weighed 278 pounds. After my gastric bypass in November, 2010, I lost 135 pounds. I prevented my preventable cause of death.

What I love about Dr. Sprunger is that with him, you’re not treated like a temporary patient. He regards you as “family” and he has been true to his word. Dr. Sprunger always keeps his line of communication open for you. Again I say, I am so grateful for Dr. Sprunger and I highly recommend him.

Vinson "I knew I had found the right doctor."

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For years, I exercised 3 to 4 times a week and tried all the popular diets in order to lose or just maintain my weight, without success. Even if I lost some weight initially, it wasn’t more than a few months before I was back to where I started, or heavier. Every year I was bigger than the year before.

My weight affected my social life as well. In the past, I liked dancing, going out with friends, and generally looked forward to new experiences. My weight was keeping me from enjoying these things or being able to participate in them at all. Once, I was required to buy two airline tickets because I could not fit into the assigned seat without also crowding the one next to it. This was very embarrassing and costly.

Eventually, I developed diabetes, high cholesterol, heart problems, sleep apnea, and many other comorbidities that didn’t just affect the quality of my life, but could also shorten my life. After loosing my father at age 59 to obesity-related issues, and having six children of my own, I knew I had to do something or I might not be around to see my youngest child get married or enjoy my grandchildren. I knew I needed outside help. I discussed surgical weight loss with my family doctor and started seriously looking into gastric bypass, which I heard was successful for other people. That’s what brought me to Dr. Sprunger.

The first step was to attend a bariatric seminar where Dr. Sprunger explained the procedures, their benefits and risks, and the life changes that would take place after surgery. The seminar helped address my concerns and answer my questions so I could be confident I was making the right decision.

My first meeting with Dr. Sprunger was a very pleasant experience. For 20 years, I was used to people judging me, or looking down at me because of my weight. From the first minute, Dr. Sprunger made me feel that he was on my side, and made no judgments about me or my life. He was genuinely concerned about what we could do to improve the rest of my life. This was reassuring to me and helped me not focus on what led to my obesity, but what I could do about it. For the first time in a long time, I felt positive and optimistic about the future and what it held for me and my family, personally, socially, and professionally. I knew I had found the right doctor.

After obtaining the insurance authorization, my surgery was scheduled. I remember saying to myself, “that day is going to be the first day of the rest of my life.” But when the surgery day arrived, I had second thoughts. I am so thankful that at that moment, Dr. Sprunger took the time to visit me before surgery, reminding me that all my previous efforts brought no success. He reassured me about the safety of the procedure, his meticulous way of doing surgery and post-op care, and his confidence that the surgery would change my life. I thank Dr. Sprunger for taking the time to address my concerns right up to the moment of surgery and to make sure I was ready. Even after surgery, when I was worried about how I felt or what was happening, Dr. Sprunger would take my calls, or see me in the office to provide reassurance.

It’s now 3 months since my surgery and I can’t remember when I have been happier. My life has changed drastically. Already I am more active, less tired, and more pleasant with my wife and children because I’m not carrying that weight or guilt around anymore. I used to toss and turn all night and never get good sleep without my CPAP. Lately, there have been nights when I fell asleep in bed reading, and didn’t wake up again until my alarm went off the next morning, feeling fully rested. I might not need the CPAP machine any more. I am still just starting this journey, but I know the surgery has provided the opportunity for me to reset my eating and exercise habits, and has allowed me the confidence to know I can make this a lifelong success. My biggest concern now is buying SMALLER clothes to wear. That is a great feeling!

Before surgery, I weighed 382 pounds. I had my gastric bypass November 13, 2012, a date I will never forget. In 3 months, I have lost 111 pounds! It used to be that every year I was heavier than the year before. Now, every month I’m lighter than the month before!

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Growing up, I was very small. At the age of 18, I was 5 feet tall and weighed 99 pounds. However, at age 19, I started gaining weight and by age 25, I weighed 185 and I began having issues with my cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose. I tried numerous diets without success. I tried a medically supervised liquid diet consuming only 900 liquid calories a day. At the end of the second month, I had lost only 6 pounds and my blood glucose had gone through the roof.

At the age of 35, I weighed 200 pounds and I vowed I was going to take that weight off. I began an intense exercise program spending 7 hours a day in the gym working out. I ate a strict 1200 calories per day. I did this for 10 months and I lost a whopping 15 pounds. I was so discouraged. I developed several additional health issues directly related to my weight. In 2004, I started researching surgery for morbid obesity. At that time, I was scared because I had heard some “horror stories” about it. Because of this, my husband and daughter strongly discouraging me from having surgery.

In 2010, my primary care doctor finally convinced me that I had to stop smoking. I agreed to try very hard and I became tobacco free on October 1, 2010. I was so proud of myself. However, after I stopped smoking, my weight went up to 220 pounds and I started having trouble walking. By now, I was on medication for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

By July 2011, I weighed 252 pounds, had a BMI of 45, could no longer walk under my own power and was stuck in a wheelchair most of the time. My doctor brought me and my husband in for a frank discussion about my health. He said, “The bottom line is, if you don’t do something NOW about your weight, you will not be alive by Christmas”.

I came home, dug out my files from years of research on gastric bypass surgery and told my husband I loved him very much and wanted to spend another 30 years with him. I was through just talking about it. I was going to have surgery to save my life. I spent the next few weeks researching surgeons, as I wanted the best of the best. That’s when I found Dr. Sprunger.

Completing all the insurance authorization requirements took several months. It can be frustrating and there were times when I wanted to give up. Then I would look at myself in the mirror and I did not recognize the person staring back at me. So I completed all the requirements and obtained insurance approval.

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I was 47 when I had my gastric bypass on December 13, 2011. I was a little scared, but mostly excited to finally get past the pain of obesity and begin my new life. I woke up in a bed in my room that evening. Dr. Sprunger believes very strongly in minimizing the surgical pain. I was very comfortable, slept all night long, and early the next morning was up walking the halls with my husband. I went home the morning of December 15.

I gradually recovered, progressing through the post-op diet and gaining strength. By 6 weeks, I was pretty much back to my old self, doing whatever I wanted to do and eating a healthy diet of various fruits, vegetables, and protein. In 8 months, I lost 100 pounds.

On December 13, 2012, exactly one year after my surgery, I weigh 120 pounds. I do not take any medications for diabetes, blood pressure, or cholesterol. I wear a size 4 petite and I feel great. I do not feel hungry or deprived. I just feel healthy, look healthy and have added many years to my life. Dr. Sprunger literally saved my life. My only regret is that I did not have this surgery sooner.

This is my story of a 28 year struggle with morbid obesity. I want you to know that I am in no way being compensated for my story. I agreed to tell my story so that others will understand how life-saving this procedure is and how it will positively change the REST of your life. This disease is nothing to be ashamed of. Seek help for yourself like I did. Do your research and find the best surgeon you can.

Don’t wait any longer! Do it for yourself. You deserve it!

Julia "The most important reason I had this surgery... to be with my two beautiful children for a very long time."

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When I was 20 years old, I weighed about 170 pounds. After the first of two difficult pregnancies, I gained 50 pounds. I struggled for the next 5 years trying to lose it. Then I became pregnant again and, of course, gained another 50 pounds.

I tried just about every weight loss program there was, without success. I was really tired of dieting, shots and pills. Finally, I decided to have weight loss surgery. I had my gastric bypass in October 9, 2012. A few weeks after my surgery, I developed a problem called a stricture, but it was not anything that Dr. Sprunger couldn’t handle. He took great care of me and after it was all said and done, I’m very happy with my decision.

In 4 months, I’ve lost 75 pounds. I am able to be more active with my kids. I’m a lot happier and healthier, which is the most important reason I had this surgery – to be with my family and two beautiful children for a very long time.

Darren "You can choose life over an obesity prison."

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My wife was also struggling with her weight and in 2003 she had a gastric bypass. Her results were amazing. She literally became half the person she was.

I had been overweight since my teens. Despite trying every fad diet and miracle diet pill on the market since 1991, I became progressively heavier as the years went by. It wasn’t until 7 years after my wife’s operation that my weight was starting to noticeably interfere with my life. Even though I weighed 325 pounds, because I am 6” 2’, my weight didn’t seem that conspicuous. My friends said I was just a big guy and didn’t need to lose weight, but I knew I did. I was borderline everything: diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and more. My joints and knees were beginning to hurt. I knew I was on slippery slope. I wasn’t an emotional eater, more like a boredom eater and I like food. With portion control and exercise, I could always lose 10- 20 pounds, but I could never get beyond that and I would always go back up again.

The birth of my daughter was the turning point in my commitment to lose weight. I did not want to die prematurely, nor did I want to be winded every time I played with her. I did a lot of research comparing the different weight loss surgeries and decided the gastric bypass was the best option for me. Like the gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy, the gastric bypass enables you to eat less, but it also reduces the absorption into your body of the calories you do eat and it has the best average weight loss of the three.

After my gastric bypass in August of 2011, I lost 100 pounds. I went from a size 48 waist to a size 36- 38 and from an XXL to an XL or L size. I would still like to lose another 15 to 25 pounds. I am exercising regularly which is a lot easier now that I’m not carrying all that extra weight. I zip-lined for the first time in my life. I went on a helicopter tour and did not have to pay extra because of my weight. In 2012 I was able to get a job as a flight attendant for a major airline. It’s a job I always wanted, but my obesity held me back.

Sometimes it is hard not to let some of my old habits creep back into my life. I have to “kick them to the curb” to permanently get rid of them. You’ve got to remember that bariatric surgery is a tool to help you be successful reaching your weight loss goals, but if you eat improper things like liquid calories or refined sugars, you will defeat the surgery and regain your weight.

This has been an amazing journey. Would I have the procedure again? Absolutely without a doubt! Would I choose Dr. Sprunger again? Definitely! Dr. Sprunger is invested in your success. He will tell you what you need to hear to be successful without “sugar-coating” it.

You can choose to take back your life, to step out of your own large shadow as a thinner, healthier, more confident person. You can choose life over an obesity prison.

doreen "No more stares or rude comments. Your life will become so much better, I promise."

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I weighed 342 pounds. I rarely went anywhere and if I did, I had to put up with people staring and making cruel remarks. It bothered me and my family quite a bit. My weight also affected my health. I was always going into the hospital for something, like cellulitis in my legs. My hospital stays usually lasted at least a week and occurred every few months. My knees and back were in constant pain and I had resigned myself to being confined to a wheelchair. Not being able to go anywhere or do simple everyday tasks was so aggravating.

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I wanted bariatric surgery, but was turned down by two other surgeons because I was in a wheelchair. Then I met you and I thank God for that. You did my gastric bypass on October 31, 2011. Today, I weigh 155 pounds. I have lost 187 pounds and my life is so much better.

My PCP visits of 2- 3 times per week have decreased to 2 times per month or less. Instead of sleeping all day, I wake up early each morning with so much more energy. I actually get around so much easier now. I can actually wear my seatbelt. I can buy regular size clothes at any store and they fit great. I feel and look so much better. After the gastric bypass surgery I have learned to eat healthier. Finally, I don’t get stares, or awful comments, or laughing from other people.

If I could recommend this surgery to anyone that is considering it, I strongly would. It was by far, the best decision I have ever made. No more stares or rude comments. Their lives will become so much better, I promise.

Dr. Sprunger, I am so grateful to you. I have experienced a light at the end of the tunnel instead of darkness, depression, and hopelessness. I want to thank you over and over again.

You have changed my life for the better.

Heather "Having complete trust in Dr. Sprunger..."

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I had tried everything to lose weight and was tired of not being able to do the things that I wanted to do. I originally had a gastric band in 2009. I went to Dr. Sprunger after I developed a complication from the band called gastric prolapse (also known as band “slippage”). This required removal of the band, leaving me at risk for regaining the weight I had lost and becoming severely obese again.

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Having complete trust in Dr. Sprunger, I underwent a revision to a gastric bypass in June, 2011. Since before my original bariatric surgery, in total, I have lost 190 pounds and I have never been happier.

Now, I can enjoy hiking and camping and sitting comfortably in an airplane, stadium, or movie theatre.

Thanks Dr. S.

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Shervon "Now, I just eat to live. I no longer live to eat."

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I have struggled with my weight all of my adult life. During the past 12 years, I managed to pack on 150 pounds, despite trying a variety of popular diets and fad diets with very little success. I would usually lose 10- 30 pounds, then gain it all back and more. Things really spiraled out of control by the time of my daughter’s wedding in July of 2011, when my weight reached an all-time high of 291 pounds.

In addition, I was diagnosed with Pre-diabetes, had hypertension, sky-high cholesterol, extreme pain in my back, knees and feet, and I couldn’t walk from my driveway into the house without becoming short of breath. All of that put together was a major wake up call. I had heard about bariatric surgery and after researching the gastric band and gastric bypass, my family doctor and I decided to pursue the gastric bypass surgery.

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I met Dr. Kurt Sprunger and within three months, I had my gastric bypass in December of 2011. That was thirteen months ago and I have lost a total of 120 pounds. I would like to lose another 25- 30 pounds and am optimistic that I will succeed. The surgery has given me a new lease on life. I no longer live to eat. I eat to live.

I wouldn’t say it was an easy journey, but there is no doubt that it was the right choice for me. I am no longer plagued by my former health problems and that alone has made it all worthwhile. I couldn’t have done this without the love and support of my family and friends and of course, my surgeon, Dr. Sprunger.

Natalie "I have the power to be the person I want to be."

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I want to share my story with you.

I had a gastric bypass to save my life. I was a 35 year old mother of two, and I was setting myself up for an early grave. I had seen many of my older relatives die of heart disease , diabetes and other illnesses that were directly related to their own morbid obesity. I knew that the future held the same fate for me.

My weight had reached 300 pounds and I knew I had to do something. I had already tried every diet and weight loss plan known to man, only to regain the weight plus more. My obesity had become a serious problem that required a serious solution and significant lifestyle changes. However, my decision to have bariatric surgery was not made lightly. In fact, I had spent nearly four years researching gastric bypass, the bariatric surgeons, and the hospitals where the surgery was performed. I spoke with many friends that had the surgery and I was able to learn some of the positives and negatives. I knew the surgery was not a cure for the disease of Severe Obesity, but rather a tool to help me lose weight.

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Dr. Sprunger did my gastric bypass in October of 2011. Since then, I have lost 119 pounds. Sometimes, I still fight the urge to eat certain foods that I shouldn’t eat and I know the consequences if I do eat them, but I feel 100% better now. I love walking and going to the gym. Being outdoors used to be something I avoided, but now I hate being indoors. Now, I am able to do so many things that I couldn’t do for most of my childhood and adult life.

I believe the reason for my success is that I am thankful for all that I have. I go over my list of gratitudes every day, and I thank God daily for giving me the power to reach inside and love myself enough to know that I am in control of my life and I have the power to be the person I want to be, do the things I want to do, and change anything in my life.

Amy "I can truly say my life has changed forever and I am really living and loving every minute of it."

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I am a 41 year old woman who had struggled with my weight my entire life.

At age 23, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes which later became insulin-dependent. My Hemoglobin A1C was always 10 or higher. Some days, I was taking up to six insulin shots depending on my blood sugar. My diabetes was out of control and started to cause my kidney function to deteriorate. During my late 20’s and early 30’s, I then developed poorly controlled high blood pressure despite medication.

In 2010 I started looking into gastric bypass surgery while consulting with my endocrinologist. That same year, I had a severe anxiety attack which landed my in the hospital for several days to check my heart function. This experience really hit me hard as I was confronted with the seriousness of all my health conditions. I started to think about my future as a single mom with a young daughter. I wanted to see her grow up and be there for her for many years to come. As I was in the hospital thinking about all these things, I was then told the doctors had found breast cancer. Needless to say, I was terrified. I wanted my life back.

Unfortunately, I had to put the gastric bypass surgery on hold until after the treatment of my breast cancer. It was a battle, but thankfully I beat it and I am a cancer survivor. In November of 2011, I was finally told I was cancer- free and I began my gastric bypass quest again. That’s when I went back to see Dr. Sprunger.

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I completed all the insurance authorization requirements and was approved for surgery. Bariatric surgery was a big step and I was a little apprehensive, but I knew if I did not do it, I would not be around to tell my story and see my daughter grow up.

I had my gastric bypass on April 3, 2012. That day was the first day of my new life. It was also the last day I took insulin and blood pressure medication. I was thrilled. The day of my surgery, I weighed 238 pounds. My goal was simply to loose 65- 70 pounds to get to a healthy BMI and improve my diabetes. As of February 22, 2013, I have lost 109 pounds and have been free from diabetes for several months. I now weigh 129 pounds and my health has improved dramatically. No more pills for diabetes or high blood pressure. No needles or carrying insulin in my purse wherever I go.

Gastric bypass surgery is a big decision, but you can do whatever you put your mind to if you want it badly enough. Educate yourself, keep informed and ask a lot of questions. Follow all the directions, have great support and find a great surgeon. I know if I can do this, so can you! Take this step to a healthier, happier life.

I can truly say my life has changed forever and I am really living and loving every minute of it.

Thank you so much Dr. Sprunger.

Michael "We all deserve to be happy."

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Michael Before 1

To all the world, I appeared to be a happy kid and young adult, but deep down, I was always insecure about my weight. I had tried numerous diets and exercise programs, but nothing seemed to work.
When I was 20 years old, I weighed 380 pounds and was miserable inside, so I began to read about bariatric surgery. When I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in 2008, at age 23, I knew it was time to make a drastic change. I had done a lot of research on gastric bypass surgery and knew this would be the best option for me.

I found Dr. Kurt Sprunger and from the beginning he was my extra motivation. He kept me well informed every step of the way. My insurance company required me to undergo medically supervised weight management before they would authorize my bariatric surgery. During that period, I actually lost 44 pounds, going from my highest weight of 397 down to 353. Spending time with my doctor each month was a great experience and I learned a lot. It really helped me to prepare mentally for a permanent lifestyle change after my surgery.

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I had my laparoscopic gastric bypass on November 15, 2011. Since then, I have lost 128 pounds. Altogether, I have lost 172 pounds and currently weigh 225 pounds at 6’ 2”. My BMI has gone from 45 to 29. I am so much happier and it really shows.

I recommend this surgery to anyone who has struggled with their weight and just needs that extra push and extra help. We all deserve to be happy.

Choosing to have this surgery was the best decision I have ever made in my life.

Sebrina "For the first time, I feel like I am living life, not just trying to survive it."

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Sebrina Before 1As a kid, I was tall, thin and active. It wasn’t until high school that I began noticing some weight gain. I tried diet pills and lost 20 pounds. I tried to eat less and work out more. I joined dance and other activities to stay involved and in shape.

Because of abuse, I had to leave home at age 14. It was a very difficult life for a teenage girl, fending for myself and living from place to place with one relative or another. I didn’t realize it at the time, but food was becoming my comfort in response to emotional stress and my weight continued to increase. Then at age 17, I became pregnant. A few months after my son was born, it became apparent that he had special needs, with both physical and mental delays. We would spend months at a time in the hospital trying to keep him alive. No one came to support me and I felt alone, scared and hurt. Again, I relied on food, which the hospital provided for me.

My peers and even family would make fun of my weight. Because of this, I felt pressure to lose weight, but at the same time, the pain of this ridicule caused me to seek refuge in food again. It was a cycle I could not control. My greatest weight gain took place over a ten year period beginning in my early 20’s. Not only did I hurt from memories of an abusive childhood, but then, unfortunately, I got involved in abusive relationships and became severely depressed. Sometimes I would just lie in bed all day and eat anything I wanted without restraint. There was a pain deep in my heart that only food could comfort. I had been torn down so much mentally, I didn’t know where I stood in life. This was the only life I knew. I actually felt like I had lost myself. I had lost that strong, independent young woman who held it all together. My weight reached 280 pounds

I had two more children and my third pregnancy was difficult. I was on bed rest starting at 20 weeks. After the birth of my third child, I became determined to lose weight and gain back the part of me I had lost. I first looked into weight loss surgery in 2009. I went to see a surgeon, learned about the different surgeries and decided the gastric bypass was be the best choice for me. However, at that time, financial constraints prevented me from having the surgery. In 2011, I had different insurance and began the process leading to surgery. My family doctor, who I had known for years, totally supported my decision, because of the numerous health issues I had developed at such an early age. I then went to see Dr. Sprunger for the first time.

For me, there was a difficult mental adjustment after surgery. I had to let go of food, and I had become determined to use this opportunity to find me again – a new me, the real me. Prior to my surgery, I weighed 304 pounds.

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Dr. Sprunger did my gastric bypass on April 10, 2012. Immediately, I started to lose a lot of weight, which quickly improved my self-esteem and gave me new energy. My blood tests improved and I was getting healthier and learning to accept my new lifestyle. By 6 months, Dr. Sprunger was amazed at my progress because I had already lost 65% of my excess weight. He explained this was exceptional because the average excess weight loss 6 months after gastric bypass is about 50%. I was so proud and used it as motivation to keep going. My family doctor and OB doctor were both amazed at my results and delighted in my courage. It felt great to experience these positive, affirming reactions after so many years of disrespect.

My life has changed tremendously. In the 10 months since my surgery, I have lost 132 pounds! My BMI has gone from 47.5 to 26.9. I have gone from a dress size of 28 to a size 10! I have so much energy now. Almost all my health problems have disappeared and the ones I still have are much better. If I had to go back and do it all over again, I would.

Thank you Dr. S. This surgery saved my life. Physically and mentally, it saved my life. Not only do I look different, I am different.

My soul has changed and for the first time, I feel like I am living life, not just trying to survive it.

Heidi "... a great surgeon... I am so grateful ."

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Heidi Before 1

As far back as I can remember, keeping my weight under control was a difficult task, especially as I neared age 40. I had always been an emotional eater and, plain and simple, I loved to cook and eat. At the same time, I was always active, enjoyed swimming, weight lifting and especially jogging.

Unfortunately, I broke my knee in a biking accident several years ago. While rehabilitating, I gained more weight. Eventually, it felt like an impossible task to lose the weight. With low energy levels, I actually began to ignore my weight and before I knew it, I was obese. I tried all of the fad diet as well as some of the more traditional diet plans, without success, which made me more frustrated and depressed. I continued to get heavier and with my knee injury, jogging, which I enjoyed so much, was out of the question.

Before long, my blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels began to rise, and I began to develop hip pain. I knew that it was time to make a change, a serious change. At this point, I was heavier than I had ever been.

My oldest sister and I were both considering a gastric band. As it turned out, she got a gastric band and after many months of research, I decided to have a gastric bypass

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On April 17, 2012, I had my gastric bypass. I have no regrets. I have lost 101 pounds. My cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure are back to normal. I’m back in the gym lifting weights, taking short jogs and long, vigorous walks. I feel great and I love how I look in my clothes. I have regained my self-confidence. I am surrounded by loving, supportive family who have been my cheerleaders all through my journey.

Dr. Sprunger has been amazing. His attention to detail and excellent bedside manner far surpass any medical professional I’ve encountered in today’s medical practices. He has been there every step of the way for me. Several months after my gastric bypass, I needed to have my gallbladder removed. I did not want to have to find another surgeon. Dr. Sprunger eased my worries and performed that surgery as well.

To make the decision and be able to have bariatric surgery is one thing, and to find a great surgeon that you trust is another. I am so grateful to have had both.

Brittany "Every day I find something new and amazing I can do."

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Brittany Before 1Even though I was always very active as a child and teenager, I struggled with my weight my entire life. I was always the “big girl” and I guess I just learned to accept it and make the best of it, especially after numerous failed diets.

I then gained 50 pounds during pregnancy. After the birth of my daughter in 2010, I asked my PCP what diet or weight loss program he would recommend in order to at least get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. He immediately recommended bariatric surgery because of my lifelong struggle with my weight and my family history of obesity.

I started the process toward bariatric surgery, but then stopped, having convinced myself I was taking the “easy way out” and believing I could lose the “baby” weight on my own without help. However, after a year of more failed diets and feeling winded after just carrying my one year old up the stairs every night, I decided “enough is enough” and went back to my PCP to begin the process all over again. Bariatric surgery is anything but an easy way out. It is the best treatment for the disease of Severe Obesity.

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After obtaining insurance authorization, I was scheduled for surgery. For me, that day was not only the date of my surgery, but the day of a new, fresh start in my life. Dr. Sprunger did my gastric bypass on June 11, 2012, a day that changed my life so much for the better. In 8 months, I lost exactly 100 pounds. Not only do I look amazing and feel amazing, but I am finally healthy. I am able to run around and play with my 2 year old daughter with ease. I can go to the gym and not be embarrassed because I am overweight or out of shape. By far the most wonderful moment since my surgery, the moment that made me realize all this hard work was really worth it, was being able to fit into the rides in Disneyland with my daughter. Every day I find something new and amazing I can do that I would not have been able to do without having bariatric surgery.

I am beyond thankful and glad I had my gastric bypass surgery. It gave me my life back!

Thank you Dr. S.

Judy "I love the way I look and the way others look at me."

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Judy BeforeI come from a family with obesity. My mother, my sisters and my brother have all battled with their weight. As early as age 10, I can remember struggling with my weight. From my early teens through young adulthood, it was one “yo-yo” diet after another without much success.

Initially, I convinced myself that I could do it on my own if I just worked harder and was more disciplined. Everyone said, “just push away from the table!.” Then as I got older, it became even more difficult to lose the weight. I could change what I ate and how much I ate and increase my exercise and I still wouldn’t lose weight. This led to frustration and feelings of failure. I would really beat myself up, thinking I was not tough enough to successfully lose weight.

I hated the way I looked and the way I felt. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and my blood sugar levels were really starting to increase. I kept losing the battles, but if I was going to win the war, I had to change my strategy. It took me close to 5 years to make the decision to have bariatric surgery. I finally realized it’s OK to ask for help.

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Dr. Sprunger did my gastric bypass on December 27, 2011. The surgery has been marvelous for me. In a year, I lost 95 pounds and reached my ideal body weight. My blood pressure and cholesterol are normal, my knees don’t hurt anymore, and diabetes is no longer a threat to me. I manage my food so differently. So many of the processed foods and “diet” foods I used to eat are no longer part of my life. Now, I’m perfectly content with lean meats, nuts, and other proteins, and raw natural foods, including vegetables and fruits.

I love the way I feel now! I have so much energy. I love the way I look and the way others look at me. I am treated differently, more respectfully than before. My boyfriend has even lost weight because of the better eating habits we have adopted together since the surgery. Now we both look awesome for our upcoming wedding in May!

Thanks, Dr. Sprunger

A Very Grateful Patient "... living my life the way it was meant to be lived."

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I have been overweight for 20 years. It started about 2 years after my child was born. The weight kept creeping up year after year. I tried every diet I came across and numerous over-the-counter diet pills, prescription medications and hCG. Over the years, I spent thousands of dollars trying be lose weight, without much success.

As the years increased, so did my weight. By the time I was 30, I had 198 pounds on my 5’ 4” frame. At about this time, I began to feel ashamed about my obesity. I started to withdraw from family and friends. I found solace in getting involved with things I could do at home, like sewing and crafting, without having to leave the house. I volunteered countless hours to my child’s school with a lot of work done from home on the computer or over the phone. I would make excuses to my husband for why I could not attend an event or outing with friends (after all, I was so busy with my volunteer commitments and craft projects).

By 2006, I was 215 pounds and by 2009, I had ballooned to 240. The shame and heartache of being obese almost ruined my life. For years I had been ducking and making up excuses to not attend birthday parties, holiday parties, summer parties, baseball games, or any outing where I would be seen by people I knew. I was so embarrassed to be seen within my community that I drove over 10 miles from my home to a grocery store where I would be less likely to be spotted by someone I knew. This behavior took a toll on me. I slipped into a deep depression, something that I didn’t recognize at the time, but do now, since losing the weight.

My marriage deteriorated over the years. My husband was tired of being, in effect, a “single” guy, since I refused to attend events with him. Divorce was discussed many times over the years. It was never for a lack of love, but rather my lack of self-worth. My husband accepted me for who I was (and what I looked like), but I could not accept myself. Every night I prayed for strength and determination to lose the weight, but unfortunately woke up every morning heavier than the morning before.

In January of 2012, I was at the lowest point in my life and realized that if I didn’t do something now, I would only go lower. I made the decision to look into bariatric surgery. I read articles online and researched doctors in the Phoenix area. Dr. Sprunger’s online reviews were so remarkable, I decided to see him. Boy, am I glad I did! At the time, I was 267 pounds.

On July 10, 2012, Dr. Sprunger did my gastric bypass. I am proud to say that in 7 months, I have lost exactly 100 pounds (that’s 82% of my excess weight lost in 7 months!). I would like to lose an additional 30 pounds. My life has changed so dramatically. I no longer hide from the world. My relationship with my husband is back on track. We go on dates and attend events together. I have even been seen in my local neighborhood grocery store, where I have run into people I have hidden from for years.

It is hard to explain the empty feelings you have inside to someone who has never been obese. People would say, “just lose the weight”, as if it was just that simple. Clearly, they don’t understand Severe Obesity. Didn’t they realize that’s exactly what I said to myself all those years, “Come on, just lose this weight”, all the while thinking I just needed greater willpower, and feeling guilty that I didn’t have it. But I have learned that Severe Obesity is, in fact, a disease that requires treatment. Bariatric Surgery was the treatment that gave me the chance to take my life back. I only wish I had done it sooner.

Thank you Dr. Sprunger for being encouraging, straightforward and no-nonsense. Thank you for assisting me in living my life the way it was meant to be lived, with family, friends and loved ones around me.

A very grateful patient.

Gerald "Dr. Sprunger is a splendid surgeon and takes meticulous care of his patients."

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I weighed 283 pounds when I saw an ad for bariatric surgery. First, I attended a seminar given by Dr. Sprunger. He explained all the options carefully and I decided to “go for it.” After completing a series of necessary medical clearances from other specialists, I was ready to go. By the time my surgery date arrived, I was proud to have already gotten my weight down to 259.

Dr. Sprunger did my gastric bypass and his care was excellent. Though I was 67 years old when I had my surgery, I did great and went home in just two days. So far, I have lost 53 pounds and am still losing. I feel healthier everyday and am determined to make it to my goal weight. Dr. Sprunger is a splendid surgeon and takes meticulous care of his patients.

Bariatric surgery requires a complete lifestyle change in terms of eating habits and food choices, but I am glad I did it, because nothing else worked. Now, I’m encouraged to take better care of myself.

Dawn "I weigh 139 pounds and I am fabulous!"

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In one way or another, I struggled with my weight for most of my life. Before I became overweight, I went through a divorce which was so stressful that there was a period when I actually stopped eating or forgot to eat. Unintentionally, I went from 140 pounds down to 117. I knew this was not healthy and in time, I was very happy to get back to 125. Gradually, however, I started gaining more weight until before I knew it, I weighed 264 pounds.

I developed high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome and other problems. To make matters worse, I became self-conscious and developed low self-esteem. It seemed that people treated me differently and I had difficulty finding work. I hate to think that getting a job is dependent on whether you’re overweight or not, but these were all things I encountered. I tried everything to lose weight and nothing helped. I was miserable.

I had heard about Dr. Sprunger and while visiting my son in Phoenix, I attended one of Dr. Sprunger’s seminars. I became very interested in the gastric bypass and started going through the process of insurance authorization. The day I found out my surgery was approved, I was so thrilled, but also a little scared. I spoke with a few gastric bypass patients and I prayed and suddenly I was just excited to start my new life and get healthy.

My gastric bypass was in October of 2011. The first month I lost 30 pounds! When my son got married that December, it was the first time I had worn a dress and heels in over 10 years! It felt great! I followed all of Dr. Sprunger’s instructions. Actually, it was a lot easier to stick to the food plan than I thought it would be. In total, I lost 125 pounds! That’s exactly what I used to weigh. In effect, I lost a “person.” My blood pressure and cholesterol are normal and I no longer have metabolic syndrome. Additionally, I can now do with ease all the little things that were so very difficult when I was heavy. I can actually paint my toenails again! Moreover, in a way it’s sad, but also great that I am treated so much better now by others.

Most importantly, I feel fantastic!

I cannot say enough about Dr. Sprunger. He gave me my life back and there’s no better feeling than that! To anyone even thinking about this surgery, I would recommend it 100%. Go for it! You won’t regret it and you will feel just as amazing as I do!

I weigh 139 pounds and I am fabulous!

Lizette "To say the least, Dr. Sprunger saved my life in more ways than he can ever know."

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Since I was a young child, I was overweight. When I reached adulthood, I did everything I could to loss weight, but nothing worked. I would lose 10 pounds, but gain 20 back. Eventually, I just gave up dieting until one day I decided that enough was enough. By that time, I weighed over 400 pounds and I had a new baby, so I knew I needed to change. I was in my early thirties and had diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

I decided to look into bariatric surgery. That’s when I went to see Dr. Sprunger. I had my gastric bypass on August 24, 2012. After 6 months, I have lost over 100 pounds. My diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are gone and I am healthier now than a decade ago. To say the least, Dr. Sprunger saved my life in more ways than he can ever know. Thank you Dr. S.

To say the least, Dr. Sprunger saved my life in more ways than he can ever know.

Thank you Dr. S.

Joe "I saw Dr. Sprunger for the first time and began my road to recovery."

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This chapter in my life began in the year 2008 when I weighed 380 pounds. It had always been hard to lose weight and over the years, my health deteriorated. I had high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, and other health problems. I had to use a powered chair because I couldn’t walk. I decided I needed to do something about my weight, so I looked into gastric bypass surgery. That’s when my journey started. In 2010, I saw Dr. Sprunger for the first time and began my road to recovery.

In the months leading up to surgery, I actually lost 55 pounds, getting down to 325. On November 18, 2010, I had my gastric bypass. Since the surgery I have lost 138 pounds. In total, I have lost 193 pounds and went from BMI 52 to 25.

My current weight of 187 is my ideal body weight. I am able to walk on my own and climb stairs without effort. My high blood pressure is gone as is my pre-diabetes, all thanks to Dr. Sprunger.

L.S. "Now, I don’t feel controlled by food. For the first time ever, I’m excited about my future."

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This testimonial is offered to encourage and inspire anyone who may be struggling with obesity and its related health problems and is considering weight loss surgery. The author endorses Dr. Kurt Sprunger with confidence and appreciation.

Food has always been a major part of my life. As a child I learned quickly that mealtime was an event that was shared by the entire family without exceptions. This was a special time where we took turns saying the blessing and there were rules to be observed: no singing or whistling, no elbows on the table, no phone calls or watching television and we always asked permission to be excused before leaving the table. This mealtime conduct was respected as an important part of our way of life that contributed to the development of good manners and an appreciation for family, all of which, my parents felt, enhanced character. There was also a sense of structure and order since activities often revolved around meal planning.

At the same time, meals were a time when we laughed, talked about our days and took an interest in each other’s lives. Many of my fondest memories growing up were of family gatherings where food was the focal point around which we delighted in each other’s company. Eating was for the enjoyment of receiving nourishment with loved ones in a celebrated fashion, to be remembered as natural, healthy and happy.

My parents were born into humble circumstances and grew up during the Great Depression when food was scarce, which greatly influenced their culture and lifestyle. Consequently, food was not taken for granted and the attitude of respect and appreciation for it was passed on to my generation, as were the cooking habits. Throughout their lives, my folks retained their country ways and family recipes that they referred to as “Home Cookin.” I grew to love these “comfort foods.”

What I didn’t love as a boy was being called, “heavy-set” or “husky.” I used to wonder why I was the round one and my siblings were “normal.” I never got used to the name-calling that was a common occurrence in school. This humiliation ultimately shaped a poor self-image and lowered my self-esteem, but at home, I was surrounded by acceptance and love and, of course, comforted by food. Beginning in the seventh grade, I worked hard every year to control my weight in order to gain acceptance and play sports. This did not sit well with my parents who thought it unnatural to avoid eating. It was so difficult having to sit at the dinner table with my family, depriving myself of the food I loved, while at the same time, feeling guilty for not eating what my mother had prepared.

As an adult, my weight fluctuated and increased. Every year, my desired “ideal” weight increased by ten pounds. By the time I was forty, I was pushing 300 pounds. I was obsessed with food and the events it accompanied. After all, how can anyone go to a party and not eat? What would Sunday football be like without lots of food? There was always food at holidays, birthdays, weddings, and even funerals. This mindset toward food developed from a tradition of my family and culture that had gotten out of control. I began to realize that I needed to teach my children a different way, but I didn’t even know how to teach myself.

I tried numerous diets with some short term success, but it seemed illogical to be able to remain on a diet for the rest of my life. I was always hungry and the more I tried to control my eating, the more I craved food. I always slipped back into my comfort zone of lifelong habits. When I ballooned to 355 pounds, I knew that my life was unmanageable. My knees ached and my back had weakened causing shooting pains down my legs. Meanwhile, my cousins were being treated for high blood pressure, depression, insomnia and sleep apnea, and some had passed away from heart attacks or strokes. My mother and her six siblings were all suffering from advanced stages of diabetes. My mother was overweight her entire life and eventually died of complications of her diabetes at age 65. By this time, I had reached 378 pounds on a 5’11” frame and I was convinced that I did not want to suffer the same fate as many of my relatives.

The first thing I did was contact Dr. Kurt Sprunger, which was the wisest decision I have made in years. I immediately felt at ease and reassured by Dr. Sprunger’s compassion as he explained my condition in terms that made sense to me. During the process of preparing for the procedure, I really appreciated Dr. Sprunger’s open door policy. All questions and concerns are addressed immediately and this personal relationship has continued now for all the months since I made my choice to live. I had my gastric bypass October 30, 2012 and in a little over 3 months, I have already lost 53 pounds. My target weight is 185. Years ago, that would have seemed like an impossible dream, but with gastric bypass, unlike dieting, it is realistic goal.

For the first time ever, I’m excited about my future. Now, I don’t feel controlled by food. I still love to eat, but now, I decide when, what, and how much to eat. I’m back to structure, balance and regularity in my everyday schedule. I respect food now just like I was taught when I was that little round boy. These are family traditions that I am proud of and have reclaimed.

Amanda "I have no regrets and am now living and loving my life."

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My whole life, I had been overweight and struggled to gain control over my eating habits and health. In my 20’s, my weight skyrocketed to 370 pounds and I was depressed and miserable with significant health problems, such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and mobility issues. I had a hard time moving around and couldn’t enjoy being active with my family. I started to realize I couldn’t lose the weight successfully on my own. I needed help. I needed a tool to push me and keep me motivated.

After much research and consideration, I chose to have weight loss surgery and went to see Dr. Sprunger. Before my surgery at age 29, I weighed 357 pounds and had a BMI of 63.2. Dr. Sprunger did my gastric bypass on March 10, 2012. It has changed my life. In one year, I have lost 139 pounds and I feel absolutely wonderful. My BMI is now 38.6 and falling. I have energy I never knew existed. I eat a healthy diet and work out daily without extreme fatigue or pain. No more high blood pressure or sleep apnea. I can now be part of physical activities without having to pause and then catch up. I was even able to go bike riding with my son for the first time in his life. I was so happy, I cried.

This surgery has helped me to change all my horrible habits and has helped me to eliminate my depression without pills. I feel great and would do it a million times over again if I had to. I have no regrets and am now living and loving my life like a normal happy person.

Thomas "Dr. Sprunger, you are the best."

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I struggled with obesity for my entire life. I tried diet after diet and absolutely nothing worked. At my heaviest, I weighed 360 pounds. I had diabetes and severe diabetic kidney dysfunction. I was confined to a powered wheelchair for 5 years because of the deterioration of my knees caused by my weight. I needed a knee replacement, but couldn’t get one because of my weight. Luckily, my family doctor referred me to Dr. Sprunger.

Before surgery, I got my weight down to 332. On May 29, 2012, I had my gastric bypass. In 9 months, I have lost 122 pounds. I am now walking with a walker and am scheduled for a total knee replacement in April, 2013. All I have ever wanted is simply to be able to play with my grandchildren. After my knee replacement, I’m going to celebrate by saying goodbye to that wheelchair and throwing a football with my grand kids.

There’s a saying, “You’ve tried the rest, now try the best.” Dr. Sprunger, you are the best.

Patricia M. "I love the way I look and my husband tells me daily how beautiful I am."

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Patricia before

I struggled with my weight since I was young. In high school, I would go on crash diets, including giving up sweets (my weakness) in an effort to get down to my desired weight of 130 pounds, which I was never able to maintain. This went went on throughout my adulthood and became a way of life. After menopause, it became a losing battle. I would go on a diet for 6 months and lose only 25 pounds.

Despite my efforts, by weight increased. My husband was always thin and I felt so fat next to him. It got to the point where I hated to go places and I hated the way people looked at me. Thin people really do look at fat people with disgust. I developed serious acid reflux, high blood pressure and severe osteoarthritis requiring total knee replacements.

Of course, my weight also affected my life in other ways. Once, I sat in a lawn chair and when I got up, the chair came with me. We took our grandchildren to an amusement park, but I was too big to sit in the rides with them or walk around the park because my knees and feet were killing me. The last straw came when I sat in an airplane, but couldn’t buckle the seat belt around me. I was so embarrassed. I kept seeing advertisements for the gastric band on TV. When I asked my primary doctor about it, he suggested I see Dr. Sprunger and learn all the options. The day I went to Dr. Sprunger’s seminar was life-changing. I couldn’t wait to have my surgery.

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Patricia after

I was nearly 70 years old when I had my gastric bypass on November 2, 2010. Compared to several previous painful surgeries I had, this one didn’t seem bad at all and I was surprised how little pain there was.
Dr. Sprunger is an expert in laparoscopic surgery. Learning a new way to eat was a challenge, but the dietary restrictions didn’t seem too bad either and the fat just melted away. In the first 6 months, I had already lost 80 pounds. I had never lost weight so easily and so fast. It almost felt like I was getting away with something. Since my surgery, I have lost a total of 111 pounds.

Now, I take no medications except vitamins. My acid reflux is gone. My joints and feet are pain free. The last time I saw my family doctor, my blood pressure was 107/ 68 and he said my blood work was that of a teenager, which is also true of my weight. At age 72, I weigh 130 pounds, my goal weight when I was a teenager.

A year ago, we sold our home, bought a mobile home and are traveling full time, a dream we have had for 20 years. We don’t sit in front of the TV anymore. We are always on the go, walking, hiking and sightseeing. Before my surgery, I weighed 241 pounds and wore a size 22 or 3XL. Now, I love to shop and have found resale shops are my best friend because they have racks full of small sizes, which is wonderful, since I now look great in everything I try on. I love the way I look and my husband tells me daily how beautiful I am. My friends tell me I look 10-15 years younger. Whenever I meet someone with a weight problem, I have a hard time restraining myself from telling them about this wonderful surgery. They can’t believe I was ever fat. I am now very healthy and have a wonderful life, because Dr. Sprunger and gastric bypass saved my life.

Del "Now, I know the light at the end of the tunnel is no longer a train."

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I grew up in the construction business, which doesn’t exactly foster the best eating habits, but I worked hard, burned off calories, and could eat anything I wanted without gaining weight. In fact, I once finished in 3rd place in the Mr. Arizona bodybuilding competition (steroid free). Eventually, I left construction for a sales position which was much more sedentary, but my appetite remained the same and I progressively gained weight over the course of several years. At my heaviest, I weighed 417 pounds at age 51.

My health spiraled downhill. I had high blood pressure and even without exertion, my pulse was often over 100 and never under 75. About 8 years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes, which became insulin- dependent. I had diabetic neuropathy, recurrent cellulitis in my legs, and was developing vision problems. I had difficulty walking or even simply getting up and down, and with most activities, I was short of breath and would perspire and just be very uncomfortable. I was horribly limited in what I was able to do and couldn’t enjoy very many activities at all. I didn’t want to sit on patio furniture for fear of breaking it. I couldn’t get into some small cars because I was simply too big. On vacations with my family, I sat watching them have fun because I was too large to fit into rides and too tired to play in the ocean or go on sightseeing walks.

I couldn’t share in activities with my 12 year old son.

Then there was shopping for clothes at those big and fat guy stores, which I hated more than dental work without anesthesia. Nothing looked good on me. I just looked like a big fat guy. It was embarrassing and made me feel self-conscious. I avoided photographs or even being seen in public, not wanting to be stared at or pitied because I was so heavy. Life was really pretty miserable. My family, friends and all the people who really loved me and were concerned for me tried to help me lose weight, but it wasn’t in the cards. They tried to get me to have bariatric surgery for several years. However, I was then and still am of the opinion that I won’t have surgery unless it truly is a matter of life or death. Well, in fact…

The final straw came after yet another bout of cellulitis when my family doctor told me that I could look forward to repeated occurrences of this and other “less than fun” weight-related complications in the future. He also told me he believed that unless I did something about my weight, I had less than five years to live. I spoke to friends who had undergone weight-loss surgery and other friends who were doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. The answer was the same. I had to have bariatric surgery in order to live.

I decided to have the surgery and pushed very hard to get there. Dr. Sprunger did my gastric bypass on April 30, 2012. For the first couple of months were rough because I developed a narrowing of my stomach pouch which Dr. Sprunger had to dilate with a scope. Then things started to change. I could tolerate more and different foods. I started to get more energy and most importantly, I was seeing TONS of weight fall off.
In my first two months, I lost eighty pounds… yes, EIGHTY pounds! I shrunk out of my “fat clothes” and into the “I dream of just wearing that someday” clothes. Then I shrunk out of those. I felt so much better. My knees and legs felt incredibly better. I was in territory I had never even hoped to see.

In a little over ten months, I have lost over 140 pounds and 18 inches from my waist! I still would like to lose about forty more pounds, but I feel great. My diabetes is much dramatically improved. I used to take 100 units of Insulin twice daily and another insulin with each meal. Now, I take insulin only 2-3 times per week and no insulin with meals. Soon, I will be off of insulin altogether and just take a pill for my diabetes.
My cholesterol and blood pressure are normal and my resting heart rate is 45-60.

Now, I now love to shop for clothes because I look good. No, I look great! I look at myself and am amazed. The best illustration of the “new me” occurred the other day when I was making a purchase at a home improvement store. I handed my bank card to the cashier, but she refused to accept it. I had to produce my driver’s license and still could not convince her that it was, in fact, my card, because both cards had pictures of me before I lost weight and now I looked so different. My son, who was with me, had to confirm that I was indeed the same person as the one in those pictures.

At the outset, the recovery from my gastric bypass was difficult and there were times when I even questioned my decision to have the surgery. Thankfully, in addition to my family, I had the support of the entire congregation of my Mormon church. Despite that initial difficulty, I now look into the faces of my wife and children and know that I will be here for them for a long time. I can do things with my kids now and will be around to watch them grow up and be a grandpa to their kids. Along the way, family members have been in tears because they are so proud of what I have done.

I DID IT! and I can now say it was the best decision I have ever made. It saved my life and has given me back a quality of life that I had given up any hope of ever enjoying again. Dr. Sprunger, I appreciate your help and support more than you may ever know. I’m still on the “road”, but I know that the light at the end of the tunnel is no longer a train. For anyone considering bariatric surgery, the best advice I could give would be to really consider this option and make this decision for all the right reasons. Finally, don’t dwell on what you think you’ll be giving up. Stick to your guns. It is worth the effort…

Your life is worth it!

Rebecca "The journey after the surgery... is an amazing feeling... It’s the experience of a lifetime."

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Then…
Rebecca Before

I have been on my own since I was 15 years old. From age 15 to 23, I was addicted to alcohol, drugs and cigarettes. I thought I could lose weight by using these things. I was so wrong. I beat these addictions and have been clean for 12 years. Unfortunately though, food then became my new addiction. Despite dieting, I saw myself blowing up. Because of my weight, I was teased, stared at in disgust and discriminated against. I had no self-esteem and hid inside my house. I felt useless and couldn’t keep up with my kids without feeling winded and having to rest. When I reached nearly 400 pounds, I could barely walk and could only stand for a few minutes. I felt lost, helpless and depressed.

Before surgery, I had pre-diabetes, asthma, acid reflux, sleep apnea and back and knee pain. My biggest fear about bariatric surgery was a major complication or death. However, after meeting and getting to know Dr. Sprunger, he made me feel comfortable and confident in my decision and also in his ability to perform the surgery.

Rebecca After 1

Now…

I had my gastric bypass on June 5, 2012 and I have lost 140 pounds in 9 months. My pre- diabetes, acid reflux, sleep apnea and back and knee pain are all gone. I have learned to eat and cook healthier not only for myself, but my whole family. I have so much energy. I am able to do chores, work out 4 to 5 times a week, and play and run with my kids without being out of breath or tired, despite my asthma. I can see my feet and shave my legs and buckle my own sandals. I now take so much pride in my appearance and take time to get ready to go out.

The journey after the surgery may not always be fun and it can be hard work, but it will pay off when you see yourself shedding the pounds and being able to buy nice clothes. It is an amazing feeling, so don’t give up.

It’s the experience of a lifetime.

Tracy "I am so proud of myself. I got my life back."

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Tracy BeforeHello, my name is Tracy I’d like to share with you my weight loss journey… a journey I have been on my entire life.

I’m 44 years old and I have been overweight ever since I was a child. Beginning in my early thirties, I became a very sick person, developing pre-diabetes, severe high blood pressure, GERD, severe sleep apnea and other problems.

During my life, I have come to a crossroads more than once. I have battled thyroid cancer. In 2008, I survived a near fatal car accident where I was ejected in an 80 mph rollover. I experienced my life flashing before my eyes. After recovering from the accident, I made a decision to take control of my life. I truly believe in second chances.

Weighing in at 308 pounds and with a BMI of 50, I took my first step down the road to a new and healthy life.

Now…

Tracy After

On September 29, 2011, I had my Gastric Bypass. As I went into the operating room, I was scared, but 2 hours later, I woke up knowing my new journey and new life had begun. The surgery and hospital stay went great. Lo and behold, I no longer had high blood pressure. When I went home 48 hours after the surgery, I no longer needed the 4 blood pressure medications I was taking when I entered the hospital.

Today, April 4, 2013, I weigh 162 pounds. I have lost 146 pounds! I used to wear a size 32, 4XL shirts and 2XL pants. Today, I wear M or L shirts and M pants. Today, my blood tests are better than a lot of 20 year olds and my blood pressure is 106/52 on no medications. Pre-diabetes – GONE! Heartburn – GONE! Sleep apnea – GONE! My oxygen level is 98- 99% all the time!

There are a few things I would like to share with you about the weight lose process. I’m going to very honest, it’s not easy, but it is worth it. Weight loss surgery is not a cure, but a tool to use to help you reach your goals. In order for it to work, you must be dedicated and focus on using it properly.

Please don’t let your life come to a crisis before you change your lifestyle. You can have a second chance too!

If you follow Dr. Sprunger’s plan, you will have the same results I have today…

I am so proud of myself. I got my life back! Thank you, Dr. S.