Success Stories

Meet patients who have successfully lost weight, kept it off, and changed their lives. You can start your journey today. For more information or to register for an in-person orientation session please call 401‑793‑3922.

Christie Holmes


Christie Holmes was 32 when she had Roux-en-Y (RnY) gastric bypass surgery. Her surgeon was Todd Stafford, MD.

"At 31 years old, I topped the scales at almost 460 pounds. I was plagued with medical issues, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, infertility, and, worst of all, I could no longer keep up with my young child and be the mother that he needed me to be. After being a lifelong athlete, the struggles of motherhood, a career, attending graduate school, and running a household meant I had put myself and my needs on the back burner. In March of 2015, I attended an informational seminar about bariatric surgery and decided that day it was time to take my life back. To prepare for surgery, I started walking, experimenting with healthier eating, and portion control.

"In November of 2015, I underwent RnY gastric bypass surgery and I can honestly say that day has saved my life. Eighteen months later, I am over 240 pounds lighter, pregnant with my second child after struggling for years with infertility, and I have new, more active lifestyle. This year I even entered, competed, and WON (!!) a fitness competition. I love my healthier lifestyle and I am proud to say it has been a catalyst for so many in my family to become more active, make healthier food choices, and we are living our lives to the fullest!"

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Regina Bartlet


Regina Bartlett had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Her surgeon was Beth Ryder, MD.

"I'd been overweight for most of my life and struggled through every program imaginable, with success for a while, but always returning to old habits and behaviors. I contemplated surgery, but I was afraid. After seeing a photograph of myself and seeing how big and sad I was I knew I needed help. I made the call to The Miriam Hospital and was treated so kindly. Going to the initial consultation really changed my life. I saw the surgery as a tool to help me. I learned about my options. [In] my subsequent visits through pre-op I felt so prepared and informed. After surgery, the follow up and support was amazing. I wasn't sold a 'quick fix'; I was offered the opportunity to utilize a tool that can help me change my life and it absolutely did. I am tremendously grateful for all of the knowledge and support from the Center for Bariatric Surgery!"

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Ed Porreca


Ed Porreca had lap gastric band surgery. His surgeon was Siva Vithiananthan, MD.

"I knew I had found the right program," says Ed Porreca.

When Porreca reached 405 pounds, he did some serious soul searching. "I had to be brutally honest with myself. I asked myself, 'What are my demons? What are the things preventing me from maintaining a healthy lifestyle?' I am living proof that the lap gastric band can work under the right conditions."

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Shannon Croce


Shannon Croce had gastric bypass surgery. Her surgeon was G. Dean Roye, MD.

"My name is Shannon Croce. I am a 23-year-old post-op patient. I got the full gastric bypass surgery in August 2015, so I am close to two years out. I started at 350 pounds and I am currently weighing in around 150. Doctor Roye and his team performed my surgery. This past month I went to Universal Studios in Florida and did NOT get winded and out of breath; I barely needed a break! It's life-changing."

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Maria Leandro


Maria Leandro is 38 and had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG). Her surgeon was G. Dean Roye, MD.

"I had the VSG on August 19, 2015. I made the decision to have surgery in November 2014. I called University Surgical Associates and requested an appointment with Dr. Roye. That day, I made a decision that changed my life. I attended my first weight-loss surgery (WLS) seminar on January 5, 2016. After seven months of seminars, psych visits, nutritional visits and health testing, I had VSG surgery done. My highest weight was 315 pounds, back in 2011. My surgery weight was 305 pounds. On the day of surgery, I was diabetic and had high blood pressure.

"It's been 21 months and I am completely healthy. I am no longer diabetic and my blood pressure now runs low. I have lost 130 pounds and have maintained this weight loss for the last six months. I go to the gym four days a week. I eat small portions and take in 100 grams of protein a day, and I am training to do my first half-marathon in August.

"I won’t say this journey has been easy. There is no easy fix to weight loss. My new stomach was only a tool given to me by my surgeon to help me in weight loss journey. But what I can say: It has changed me. I have learned that my life doesn’t need to revolve around food. I have learned to make better choices and understand that, since surgery, everything I eat and how I exercise will affect my journey, and to maintain my loss, I need to continue working at this every day."

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Katherine Martineau

Katherine Martineau was 22 whe had a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) with G. Dean Roye, MD.
Katherine Martineau was 22 when she had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG). Her surgeon was G. Dean Roye, MD.

"My surgery [in December of 2015] saved my life and I am so grateful for it!

"I have made lots of changes in my lifestyle in the past 18 months regarding nutrition and exercise, because surgery is a tool, and it only works if you do! I went from 243 pounds, extra-extra-large shirts and size 18/20 pants to 158 pounds, medium shirts and size 6/8 pants. I exercise five days a week (cardio and weights) and I have never felt better or had more energy.

"I am so appreciative of everyone at [The Miriam Hospital]!!"

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Tammy Werner

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Tammy Werner was 48 when she had gastric bypass surgery. Her surgeon was Siva Vithiananthan, MD.

"I have done diets and exercise throughout my lifetime and have lost large amounts of weight. Each time, the weight has come back. As my age goes up and my health declines, I know I have to do something more.

"Getting the gastric bypass was the best thing that I have done for myself. Ever. The day of surgery I knew that I would wake up in pain and possibly nauseous but that all would be fine. I wore my Fitbit to the hospital and walked 10,000 steps a day. I have since been walking and exercising and I am healthier than I have been in a very long time and very happy!"

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