Patient Success Stories

“I Have a Life Now”

*Jennifer had been obese since she was 6 years old and always struggled gaining weight. With low self-esteem and unhappy with the way she looked, she knew she had to make a change.

Her husband’s new job provided insurance coverage so with the support from friends and family, Jennifer made the decision to have gastric bypass surgery.

 Jennifer has lost 205 pounds since her surgery and can now swim, hike, 4-wheel, fit in a plane seat, and go on rides at Disneyland.

 “I would do it again in a heartbeat! I have a life now.”


 *Individual results may vary.

Jennifer R, Coos Bay, Oregon

“Now I Can Run”

*Three years ago, Stephany Woodral would never have believed she’d run two 5K races. But her gastric bypass surgery in September 2012 made it possible—taking her from 312 pounds to 140 pounds.

“The surgery is one of the tools for my life,” Stephany says, “It helped me change my whole lifestyle. I eat better, healthier food. The changes in my diet work together with the exercise I do to help me not gain the weight back.”

Stephany chose Bay Bariatrics for her surgery because of its excellent record and location on the coast. She says, “I have referred four other people there because my experience was so great.”

*Individual results may vary.

Stephany W. Roseburg, OR

“A Better Life”

*Nichole Rushner, a nurse at Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport, looked to bariatric surgery to change her life for the better. She said, “When it was too hard to get up off the couch to get my son a drink of water, I knew I needed to do something. I wanted to be a better wife and a better mother.”

 Nichole lost 176 pounds since her surgery on February 18, 2014, which has allowed her to change her habit of eating into a habit of walking. Now she can run, play, and go on bike rides with her two children and it isn’t a problem at all.

 *Individual results may vary.

Nichole R. Reedsport, OR

“Choosing Life”

*For Bonnie Riley, choosing bariatric surgery meant choosing life: “I looked around and didn’t see any old obese people. I figured they must be dead or hidden away somewhere and I didn’t want to be one of them.”

Since her surgery on March 10, 2014, she went from 317 pounds to 155 pounds, and has been able to do what she couldn’t before. She goes to football games with her grandchildren and travels with her husband frequently. After the weight loss, she saw the Northern lights for the first time and climbed a mountain in Arizona. Bonnie says, “I enjoy every single day. I’m taking time for me now. I have the energy to do the things I want to do.”

 *Individual results may vary.

Bonnie R. Roseburg, OR

“A Family Decision”

*Denise Stevens was thin growing up, but she started gaining most of her weight after the birth of her two daughters. She says, “I was a great dieter, but would gain all of the weight back, plus more. It hurt to do anything active with the extra weight, so I didn’t.” Denise realized she wanted to be able to play with her granddaughter, ride bikes and horses again, and wear nice clothing for work. 

A family member told her about Dr. Tersigni and Bay Bariatrics. As a result of weight-loss surgery and the support of her family, Denise can now do the activities she enjoys. She has lost 125 pounds, rides bikes with her family, and works out with her husband all the time.

*Individual results may vary.

Denise S. Coos Bay, OR

“Keeping Pace With The Kids”

*Over fourteen years ago Cheer Papworth was 30 years old and weighed 280 lbs. She tried every diet possible, but couldn’t lose weight. After Dr. Tersigni performed her gastric bypass surgery, Cheer lost 130 lbs and has kept it off for over a decade.

 As Cheer lost weight, she gained confidence: “I used to see myself as an invisible person. I didn’t think anyone would hire me. Since surgery, I’m much more confident.” Following weight-loss surgery, Cheer went back to school and also had a third child. She loves being able to keep up with all three of her kids and their activities.

*Individual results may vary.

Cheer P. Sisters, OR

“Losing Weight and Gaining A Life”

*After years of telling his wife she needed a bigger car, Garrett says he realized that the size of her car wasn’t actually the problem. Garrett had Gastric Sleeve surgery in March of 2010 and successfully lost 110 lbs.

For Garrett, losing weight with the assistance of bariatric surgery meant adding years to his life while also improving the quality of his life. “I saw my family health history and it showed problems I didn’t want to have,” says Garrett. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, Garrett says that losing weight made riding a bike a lot more comfortable and more fun. Before surgery, Garrett wasn’t able to go hiking with his son’s Boy Scout troop. Since having surgery, Garrett joins his son on hikes without any trouble.

 *Individual results may vary.

Garret P. Coos Bay, OR

“Living Life to the Fullest”

*At 42, Lori Risner weighed 241 pounds, had diabetes, and had been on blood pressure medications for half of her life. In March of 2013, Lori had gastric bypass surgery and has lost almost 100 pounds.* Today, she’s off the medication and is able to control her diabetes through diet.

She says, “I heard Dr Tersigni was the best. I love him and everyone in the office. They are awesome!” Before surgery, Lori weighed too much to ride her horse. Now she’s back in the saddle and loving it. For others considering weight-loss surgery Lori says, “Get healthy and live life to the fullest. Don’t wait!”

*Individual results may vary.

Lori R  Myrtle Creek, OR