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Yamaira's Story

Yamaira had weight loss surgery at Holyoke Medical Center, and after losing more than 115 pounds, she says her successful weight loss journey has changed her outlook on life. “I’m very proud of myself,” smiles Yamaira, who struggled with weight issues and poor self-esteem for eight years after high school graduation, eventually reaching 267 pounds.

The once-happy young woman became depressed. She endured high blood pressure and cholesterol, insomnia and pre-diabetic symptoms. “I always had a voice in the back of my head saying, ‘Look how big you are. You should do something for yourself.'”

Today, Yamaira enjoys an active lifestyle, including swimming, walking and going to the gym. The confident young woman credits her HMC medical team with supporting her on this incredible journey. “From the surgical team to the nurses on the floor, everybody was amazing,” she says, adding that she is also grateful for her family (especially her mother, sister and husband), who provided encouragement every step of the way. “My husband said he loved me just the way I was, but he understood how important this change was to me.”

The experienced surgeon at Holyoke Medical Center has done over 2,000 weight loss surgeries with 13 years experience for Western Mass residents.

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Vimari & Jorge's Story

Vimari & Jorge said “We are very excited with this second chance at life. After numerous attempts at weight loss and after many unsuccessful diet plans we decided that after 12 years of struggling with our weight we needed to make a drastic change to save our lives.” Jorge had many health related problems due to his weight: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, severe arthritis, and couldn’t walk without the assistance of a cane. Vimari had many health related problems also: Kidney disease, high blood pressure, pseudotumor cerebri (requiring a VP shunt insertion in 2014 at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital). At that time Vimari’s heaviest weight was 303 lbs.

“We decided that we needed to get healthy and needed to do it ASAP.”

“We went to an informational session for HMC Weight management center in February of 2016. Our first appointment with Dr. Raftopoulos for both of us was on 3/11/16. This is the date that our lives changed forever.”

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PS – If you’re anything like us, you just skipped to the end anyways. So here’s the scoop – we are offering a FREE Weight Management Info Session Online for both surgical and non-surgical weight loss.

Our intention is to help you understand the options and process of weight loss surgery. We want you to know the surgeons and their experienced and friendly staff. If you decide weight loss surgery is right for you, we want you to feel confident about choosing Holyoke Medical Center!

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11 Hospital Drive, Holyoke, MA 01040-2296
(413) 650-1937

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