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Patient Stories, Before and After Photos - UCLA

The UCLA Center for Obesity and Metabolic Health Program in Los Angeles, CA. provides advanced surgical and nonsurgical options for sustained weight loss and a better quality of life for you and your family. 

We take great pride in being able to share a few of our patients' stories with you.

*Weight loss results can vary depending on the individual. There is no guarantee of specific results. Read full disclaimer.

Jennifer's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Jennifer's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I am grateful to the care I received at UCLA Medical Center.
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Kalista Gastric Sleeve

Kallista's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I am forever grateful for my experience at UCLA. 
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Daniel's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Daniel's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I am so thankful to Dr. Chen and the staff at COMET.
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Courtney's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Courtney's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

This was a life changing experience and I would not change it for the world.
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Kristen's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Lap Band Revision

Kristen's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Lap Band Revision*

Gastric Sleeve Revision from Lap Band
I have more energy than I've had my entire life!
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Anthony's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Anthony's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

The only regret I have is that I did not have surgery sooner.
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Michael's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Michael's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I strongly recommend UCLA and Dr. Dutson and his team of outstanding professionals.
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Armen's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Armen's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

This is an amazing team of highly qualified specialists.
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Samuel's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Samuel's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I know the surgery was one of the best decisions of my life.
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Tara's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Tara's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

The process itself was effortless and I recovered really quickly from the surgery.
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Charlotte's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Charlotte's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I’ve lost 100 lbs and gained many years of life.
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Jose's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Jose's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I wholeheartedly recommend UCLA COMET if you are ready to change your life!
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Elizabeth's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Elizabeth's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

Having my surgery at UCLA was one of the BEST decisions I’ve ever made.
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Frank's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Frank's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

It was the best decision I have ever made.
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Allison's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Allison's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

Dr. Chen is amazing.
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Lolita's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Lolita's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

This surgery opened doors that I never would have dreamed.
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Trinette's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Trinette's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

After surgery I feel this is the best decision of my life.
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Elsa's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Elsa's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I feel good and I am very satisfied.
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Rubina's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Rubina's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

After surgery I feel like a million dollars.
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Rebecca's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Rebecca's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

It was the right decision for me and I have recommended the bariatric surgery to others.
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Maria's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Maria's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

Dr. Chen helped me so much, I will be grateful for the rest of my life.
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Jean's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Jean's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I am forever grateful for the care and experience I received thru this program.
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Lori's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Lori's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

Having bariatric surgery has changed my life.
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Danielle's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Danielle's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

Thank you Dr. Chen and staff for your amazing support and passion for your patients!
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Margarita's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Margarita's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

After surgery I felt so good, I wondered if I had actually had the surgery.
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Jackie's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Jackie's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I highly recommend bariatric surgery and UCLA to anyone who is looking for an opportunity to change their life and get healthy.
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Michaele's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Michaele's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I am forever grateful for having the surgery and regaining my life.
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Rogelio's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Rogelio's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I had the best experience ever with the staff at UCLA.
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Julie & Patrick's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve

Julie & Patrick's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve*

Julie's Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass & Patrick's Sleeve Gastrectomy
UCLA was amazing every step of the way.
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Sheena's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Sheena's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

If I had to do it all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat.
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Sarah's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Sarah's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I truly feel like I got another chance at life!
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Neil's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Neil's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

This has been biggest change I have ever experienced, and it has impacted every aspect of my life.
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Derrick's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Derrick's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

Derrick Update: Total weight loss so far of 120 pounds! I am ecstatic with my results!
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Therese's Story - Bariatric Surgery

Therese's Story - Bariatric Surgery*

Bariatric Surgery
I'm honored and grateful for Dr. Chen and UCLA staff.
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James' Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

James' Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

Thank you Dr. Chen.
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Jeremy's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Jeremy's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I feel great, and my only regret is not having made this change sooner in my life.
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Robert's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Robert's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I highly recommend Gastric Surgery for those who want to change their lifestyle to reflect a healthy, vibrant, energetic way of life.
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Olga's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Olga's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

After surgery, I felt that I had my life back.
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Mervilyn's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Mervilyn's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass*

I have not been happier with my life.
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Maria's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Maria's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I would recommend weight loss surgery to anyone who has struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise alone.
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Monica's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Monica's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I battled with being overweight since I was 10 years old. I was always teased, I became withdrawn, and so food and chocolate became a great comfort for me at a very young age. 
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Angelika's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Angelika's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

These are competent people who want the very best for their patients.
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Deb's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Deb's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass*

This surgery has completely changed my life. 
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Lynne's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Lynne's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass*

I can say having this surgery was the best decision of my life. 
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Krystyn's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Krystyn's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

The Gastric Sleeve was the tool I needed to turn my weight loss failures into a weight loss success story. 
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Laura's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Laura's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I will be eternally grateful. Dr. Yijun Chen at UCLA and everyone involved with the program helped me save my life. 
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Judy's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Judy's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I am so glad I fought for this and came to UCLA for my care, and I wish I had been able to do this earlier.
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Merwin's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Merwin's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

A few months ago, I went to Six Flags Magic Mountain and was overjoyed that I could get on the Superman ride without any trouble!
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Martha's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Martha's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I sought bariatric surgery because of my diabetes and my high blood pressure issues. My primary care doctor suggested the surgery to me, but I was scared.
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Randall's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Randall's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass*

My battle with weight has been a long one. As a boy growing up it was hard going to school being teased by kids calling me fat. 
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Michelle Boskin's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Michelle Boskin's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass*

Before my RNY on 10/22/12 I was killing myself with food. After surgery I am a whole new person.
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Gina's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Gina's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass*

Since the surgery and my weight loss, I've noticed little changes in the way people respond to me, like opening a door for me.
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Denise's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Denise's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass*

I am so happy that I’ve done this. I did this for myself but, in the end, it’s been the best thing for my family.
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Cari's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Cari's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass*

My health has gotten so amazing with the weight loss.
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Janet's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Janet's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass*

My bariatric surgery was the best thing I have ever done for myself.
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Jamie's Pictures - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve

Jamie's Pictures - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

Total Lost: 78 pounds.
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Heather's Pictures - Bariatric Surgery

Heather's Pictures - Bariatric Surgery*

Bariatric Surgery
Total Lost: 106 pounds.
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Brianna's Patient Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

This is the best decision I've ever made and I am eternally grateful to the UCLA team.
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Female Patient Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I wish that I would have done this years ago.
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Ashley's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I’m happy I went through with it.
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Hector's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

Surgery changed everything and it feels good.
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Martha's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

Since my surgery I have lost more than 68 pounds.
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C.M.'s Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

My life is so much better! More energy, more quality time spent with family and friends.
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Virgina's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass*

Since my surgery, I’ve gone on hikes, I’ve gone to the beach, I’ve gone kayaking, and all that makes me really happy.
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Chuck's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass*

Before the surgery, I probably wouldn’t have been able to do something like this because of my self-image. A lot of things have changed for the better.
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Michelle's Story - Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Sleeve*

I am excited to be living again.
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