Weight Loss Surgery Success Stories

Every day, we’re inspired watching our Kentucky-area patients take charge of their health and lives, and are privileged to help guide that transformation.

We invite you to share in a few of their stories, and remember: you can have your own great success.

Take the first step with a free weight loss surgery seminar, at a CHI Saint Joseph Health location close to home. We’ll walk through a variety of procedures and answer any questions to help you make an informed decision.


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Pete Perry, Lexington, KY - Gastric Bypass Surgery

After serving our country for 27 years in the United States Air Force, life slowed down for Pete Perry of Lexington. With more free time on his hands, Perry began to gain weight. After a few years of a more sedentary lifestyle, he knew he needed to make a change.

“It got the point where I couldn’t really play with my grandchildren, and I realized my quality of life was not where it needed to be,” Perry said. “On top of that, I needed knee replacement surgery, and my surgeon told me he couldn’t perform the procedure unless I lost some weight.”

Perry’s orthopedic surgeon referred him to the weight loss surgery program at Saint Joseph East, a part of CHI Saint Joseph Health. There, Dr. Josh Steiner, chairman of the department of surgery and chief of bariatric surgery at Saint Joseph East, talked to Perry about Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, a procedure that makes the stomach smaller and causes food to bypass part of the small intestine.

Perry decided to undergo the procedure, and it has helped him lose over 100 pounds. His weight loss success started with the surgery, but it is maintained through his dedication to living healthier.

“Surgery is only one component of weight loss. You need to focus on nutrition and exercise or else the process will not work,” said Perry. “I’m 61 now and am in the best shape of my life.”

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