"My name is Jenn, and I'm 27 years old. In March of 2009 I reached my all-time highest weight of 331 lbs, and made the decision to have gastric bypass surgery, as I had struggled for the last five years to lose weight and wasn't getting anywhere. After six months of visits with a nutritionist, logging my food intake and learning healthier eating habits, I had gastric bypass surgery on November 18th, 2009, performed by Ann Rogers at Penn State Hershey.
I'm now almost two years post-op and have lost 165 lbs. I am happier, but most importantly I am healthier. Surgical weight loss is by no means the easy way out, but for people who have struggled unsuccessfully to lose weight via traditional means of weight loss, surgical weight loss is a tool that is worth investing. I may have to spend the rest of my life carefully monitoring my nutritional habits to make sure that I am taking in enough protein, vitamins, and minerals via supplements, but being healthy and happy is well worth it! Ann Rogers and the entire surgical weight loss team at Penn State Hershey have forever changed my life for the better. Thank you!"