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Patient Highlight: Steve Simonin

Iowa Weight Loss Specialists opened in July 2013. Our very first patient was none other than Steve Simonin, the CEO of our partner hospital, Iowa Specialty Hospital.

Surgery Date: July 2014
Weight Before Surgery: 290 lbs.
Current Weight: 220 lbs.


Why did you decide to have weight loss surgery with Iowa Weight Loss Specialists?

I got to a point in my life where I had to do something. I had been researching the sleeve for a while and it seemed like the solution for my issues. Dr. Eibes and crew had the credentials that I was looking for – high quality, experienced, and had a very well rounded program.

How did/does Dr. Eibes and his team support you?

Support groups, calls, the new app (which is fantastic) and again, a very well rounded program.

Did you have any concerns about having weight loss surgery?

How would life look post surgery – how would I deal with issues? Prior to surgery, I ate to “deal” with issues. The group really helped me with the post coping issues. My pre-concerns never came to fruition – they were unfounded.

What are some differences in your lifestyle now that you’ve had surgery?

My life is entirely different – it’s like I was reborn the day of surgery. I am not ruled by my appetite. I can run again, clothes fit, I’m confident and happy… everything changed.

Any additional comments you would like to add?

Before the surgery a five-pound weight loss was a big deal and I was hungry all the time. Life just gets better daily since I’ve had surgery. I would completely and absolutely recommend this to anyone struggling with a weight issue.


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