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In thirty plus years of marriage, James and Patricia Allen do everything together. It makes sense, then, after trying every diet imaginable, they decided to pursue gastric bypass - together! Their gastric surgery team, led by Dr. Lou Fares, discovered Patricia had cancer. During her procedure, they successfully removed the cancer. James and Patricia are grateful both for the weight loss - and a saved life! ~ James and Patricia Allen


When Debi Stotland met Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Lou Fares, she sought a healthier lifestyle. During the pre-screening tests, the team discovered a cancerous tumor in Debi's abdomen. Dr. Fares was able to modify her procedure to remove the tumor. Today, Debi has a new lease on life, and is grateful to the team at St. Francis. ~ Debra Stotland

I had the Bypass approximately one year and six months ago. I have lost approximately 107 pounds. I am about 15 pounds from my goal of 150. As a result of the entire process I was able to stop taking blood pressure medication. I had been taking these medications for approximately 15 years prior. I am still experiencing benefits from the bypass and am still able to lose weight at this time. The monthly meetings have been very, very beneficial prior to (surgery) and for me months after the process. The medical team has been most supportive always exhibiting superior expertise, knowledge and professionalism. ~ Claudette B., Trenton, NJ

The surgery saved my life. I got to the point where I couldn’t walk from my living room to the kitchen without sitting down. I became severely diabetic, had severe sleep apnea and acid reflux. I was slowly killing myself. I didn’t want to have the surgery because that would mean I couldn’t do it myself. But I couldn’t. With the staff’s support and encouragement every step of the way, I had the surgery and got my life back. I lost 102 pounds so far with 50 more to go, but my A1C went from a high of 11, down to 6.1. I no longer have acid reflux or sleep apnea, and my energy level has returned to normal. I feel alive again. ~ Josephine B., Hamilton, NJ

I started on my journey at 236 lbs. my first appointment was December 1, 2008. From the first day I walked into the office I felt a sense of satisfaction in knowing I made the right choice. My family and friends comment that I look 20 years younger. I feel 20 years younger! To date I weigh 150 pounds. I feel fantastic!! No more heart, cholesterol or arthritis medications, only vitamins. ~ Joanna M., Hamilton, NJ

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