Testimonials

– Anayancy Valdessoto:

I was afraid to get surgery and that fear held me back for years. And when I finally had the sleeve in 2018 my huge achievement was teaching myself what it meant to eat healthy.  I had no clue what was healthy and what was not.  Learning was a process that did not happen overnight. It took time and dedication and perseverance.  I hope that you will follow your dreams. Your life belongs to you and you are going to live it only once, not twice or more.

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– Katrina Rock

My health is rocking, and I can’t thank but the awesome things I learned at this program starting with eating right, good support structure and incredible surgeons! Thank you again for making this possible. Surgery is about making life-long changes, not just for today, tomorrow, next week or this year, but for life. 


– Alnisa Robinson

Celebrating life with much love and zest! The surgery was the best thing that ever happened to me! Kudos to a fantastic team! Having a good support network to call upon when times are both good and bad, celebratory or challenging, has been invaluable for my own (and I believe your) lasting WLS success. This can be from your surgeon, bariatric or allied health team, your friends, family, co-workers, and other people or buddies that have had bariatric surgery too

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– Lisa Rodriguez-Aviles

My experience at East Orange General hospital bariatric team has been fantastic to say the least! They
are a phenomenal team and have helped me transform within the last year. I had ballooned up to a
weight I had never been before, a whopping 280 lbs, and I never felt worse! Not once did I ever think I
would be this heavy, as I was always very athletic growing up and into my 20’s. With my second child it
was much harder to lose the weight the way I had traditionally, and I yo-yoed with my weight for quite
some time.

It has been a year, since I had the gastric sleeve performed here at East Orange General Hospital with
Dr. Ballem and his team and I am forever grateful for their amazing work and incredible bedside
manner. I am also eternally grateful, for such a positive impact on my life! I am truly blessed not only
for the care, and 1:1 advice, but we are all part of a bigger family now, one that I am proud to be a part
of!

The Bariatric Center and all the staff at EOGH are amazing, and I am so happy that I made the right
decision, and this was the right one for me! I have lost an amazing 115 lbs in one year and feel fantastic!
Best of luck always and thank you!

– Maldonado Bernabela

This program changed my life.  My relationship with my husband is now very good.  I have a lot of energy to run behind my kids and I am comfortable going to playground with them.  I don’t take anymore medicines for Blood pressure and diabetes.  The staff members at East Orange are fantastic! I am grateful for the education I received.  Sonia was great in helping me in way and provided me extra support where needed.  Before surgery I lost about 80 lbs with nutrition counseling and after surgery I have lost about 100 lbs.  I would highly recommend this program and the hospital for any one who needs weight loss surgery.

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