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Success Stories

Weight Loss Surgery

Our focus at Iowa Weight Loss Specialists is to help each and every patient reach their weight loss goals. We are so proud to be able to share our patient’s success stories with others to show that it is possible to live a happier, healthier life!

Read below to see what our patients who have experienced weight loss surgery are saying.

 

Cassie Fleharty before and after weight loss surgeryCassie Fleharty woke up one day and decided enough was enough. Her weight had controlled her life for too long and she knew it was time to do something about it.  Cassie says the process has changed her physically, mentally, and spiritually.  

"I've been given my life back!"

112 lbs. lost to date!*



 

 *Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Tessa had been researching weight loss surgery, but still thought she could battle her weight on her own, so she kept trying. Now she says, "I wish I had been able to see where I am now....I would have gotten this surgery years ago."

87 lbs. lost to date!*
 



 

 

 *Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Ashley Allen before and after weight loss surgeryWeight loss surgery gave Ashley more confidence.  Not only did it change her life, but it changed her son's life in such a good way.

115 lbs. lost to date!*
 

 



*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Kristin Carlson before and after weight loss surgeryKristin has had so much success with her weight loss surgery that she recommended IWLS to her sister and her daughter.

87 lbs. lost to date!*





*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Ashley A's photos before and after weight loss surgery After weight loss surgery, Ashley discovered she could do things she never imagined doing.


114 lbs. lost to date!*



 

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Nicholle Niehoff Before and After PhotosNicholle had a lot of anxiety over being out in the public at her previous weight, but now she is an active part of society again. She says she's gained a whole new level of confidence and that she's the person she should have been 25 years ago.

122 lbs. lost to date*

 


*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Nicole didn't realize how uncomfortable she was and how bad she felt. Now she's riding long distances on her bike, paddle boarding, and taking rowing classes.

106 lbs. lost to date*
 

 

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Brooke Willey before and after Brooke Willey thought surgery was the easy way out for weight loss.  She realized that wasn't the case, and though it's hard work, she says it is so worth it.

92 lbs. lost to date*

 

 

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Karen Enos before and afterKaren's excess weight was causing her to live life on the slidelines.  Now she's an active participant.

113 lbs. lost to date*

 

 

 



*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Amie didn't want to become a statistic due to her weight. She also wasn't living life to the fullest and needed to become a role model for her daughters. She says, "Having the vertical sleeve has changed my life. I'm more confident and no longer try to hide in a crowd."

105 lbs. lost to date*


 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Karin and Damon Baker - Before and After Weight Loss SurgeryHusband and wife, Damon and Karin, would never have had the energy to open a second pizza joint if it wasn’t for their weight loss surgeries with Iowa Weight Loss Specialists. 

206 combined lbs. lost to date*


*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Jeremy Butler Before and After Weight Loss Surgery at Iowa Weight Loss SpecialistsAfter attending the free informational class, Jeremy felt that having a vertical sleeve gastrectomy was the right choice for him.

Jeremy says: “My joint pain has disappeared and I no longer have acid reflux. I’ve even exceeded my weight loss goal!”

114 lbs. lost to date*


*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Anita’s excess weight and high blood pressure were putting a strain on her career. After having the surgery, she no longer has to have a physical every three months for work – saving her time and money.

Anita says: “I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results!”

95 lbs. lost to date*

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Before surgery, stress injuries on Mark’s joints prevented him from exercising. Now he runs over three miles several days a week!

Mark says: “At first I was skeptical that surgery would work for me, but it has given me a new life."

105 lbs lost to date*

 

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

After hearing about another person’s experience and thinking back on all the times she had tried to lose weight in the past, Molly decided to attend an informational meeting and schedule her surgery with Iowa Weight Loss Specialists.

Molly says: “You won’t regret it! It’s the best decision I could’ve ever made.”

93 lbs lost to date*

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Shelley knew that she was done being overweight when she no longer had the energy to play with her son. Now she can easily get up and down off the floor and run around in the back yard with him.

Shelley says: “I feel like I can conquer the world!”

102 lbs lost to date!*

 

 

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Before surgery, Stormy was barely able to walk up stairs or exercise. Now she is running and exercising almost every day!

Stormy says: “I haven’t once regretted my decision to have surgery with Iowa Weight Loss Specialists.”

134 lbs lost to date!*

 

 

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

At high risk for heart disease and diabetes, and finding it difficult to maneuver around the free dental service bus where she worked serving school children, Faith decided it was time for a change.

Faith says: “I am so sad when I think about the way I used to feel when I was overweight. I am so much happier now!”

92 lbs lost to date!

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

When she realized she could not hold her daughter on her lap at a movie theater, Jennifer decided it was time to change her life.

Jennifer says: “This surgery has not only improved my self-confidence and self-worth but it has made me realize how lucky I am to have been able to have this procedure and to get control of my health."

75 lbs lost to date!*

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.


As a probation/parole officer, as well as a coach for high school football and wrestling, Chase Roller was motivated to live a more active and healthier life. But his weight (and the strain on his arthritic hip the weight caused) was holding him back. Now he says his only regret is not having the surgery 10 years ago.
 

160 lbs lost to date!* 

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Meet Jennifer Nizzi. After trying diets her entire life and always gaining the weight back, Jennifer chose weight loss surgery.

She says: “It was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself and my family!”

62 lbs lost to date!*

 

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

After 30 years of trying every diet that existed, Lisa decided it was time for a change.

Today, she’s 80 pounds lighter, her health has improved, and she no longer needs medication. Her elevated energy levels mean she can now go hiking and biking with her husband and kids.

73 lbs. lost to date!*

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Julia, concerned about the effect her unhealthy lifestyle was having on her children, decided to make a change!

"Since surgery, I feel fantastic... I am able to keep up with my kids, I'm off medications, and I haven't felt this good in 15 years! I am so grateful for IWLS and their tools to help me achieve my weight loss goals."

90 lbs. lost to date!*

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

As a funeral director, Pearce was horrified at the number of people he saw who died too young from health conditions related to obesity. At 330 lbs himself, he needed to make a change.

Now, for the first time in 20 years, Pearce loves the person he sees in the mirror and feels confident he’ll be living a long, happy life.

125 lbs. lost to date!*

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Iowa Weight Loss Specialists opened in July 2014. Our very first patient was Steve Simonin, President & CEO of our hospital site, Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics.

Steve says: "For the most part, people are just really wanting to know if it was worth it, and I can tell you for me it DEFINITELY was!”

75 lbs. lost to date!*

 

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

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