Judy Takes Charge to Lose Weight
For Judy, weight was never much of an issue. But when
several stressful factors in her personal and professional life occurred, Judy’s
weight rose to 258 pounds. This caused high blood pressure and other health
After a failed attempt at dieting and exercise, the weight
continued to pile on. Judy had to take medication to manage her blood pressure,
use a CPAP machine to
treat her sleep apnea, and had severe joint pain. Finally, after
learning she was pre-diabetic, Judy was scared she might not live to see her
grandchildren get married if she didn’t lose weight.
Determined to turn her life around, Judy researched weight
loss and bariatric surgery. She found Anita
P. Courcoulas, MD, director of the Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery Program at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. After discussing the various weight loss surgical options with Dr. Courcoulas, they decided
that gastric sleeve surgery was the best choice.
Judy had surgery and dropped to 161 pounds. Her health issues subsided, and she even
began traveling the world.
Learn more about Judy’s gastric sleeve surgery at Magee-Womens Hospital