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Gastric Bypass Surgery Patient Stories

Ricarda Lavelle: Gastric Bypass Surgery

When Ricarda's weight began to affect her health and overall quality of life, her primary care physician suggested that she consider bariatric surgery. Since her gastric bypass surgery, Ricarda breathes easier, has more energy, and has even been able to better manage her diabetes with a decreased insulin dosage.

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Ken Schnur: Gastric Bypass Surgery

For Ken Schnur, a married father of two from Munhall, choosing to have gastric bypass surgery at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital was a life-changing — probably life-saving — decision. His job as an emergency dispatcher, which involved shift work and long hours sitting behind a desk taking calls, had taken its toll.

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Nicole Seal: Gastric Bypass Surgery

Weight was never a big deal to Nicole Seal, a Monongahela native. At 5 feet, 7 inches, she was accustomed to the scale hovering between 215 and 230 pounds. Then she took a job in a personal care home working odd hours and night shifts. The weight started piling on.

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