Success stories

Meet others who had great results

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s true. You can read all day about how bariatric surgery works, but nothing compares to seeing how real people have changed themselves for the better.

Those patients all started where you are today—and look at them now! With the help of surgery and lifestyle changes, and with the support of the Salem Health team, they’ve accomplished their weight-loss goals.

Below, they share in their own words how much bariatric surgery at Salem Health has meant to them.

Erica tried countless diets, then she found a better way to lose weight.

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Erica J. used to weigh 339 pounds. She remembers feeling frustrated she couldn’t keep up with her kids.

“I really struggled to just take them for walks,” Erica said. “I became the parent that sat on the sidelines at birthday parties and would wave and take pictures and tell myself it was okay. But it's not.”



Elizabeth’s life-changing weight loss journey.

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When she was 47-years-old, Elizabeth C. M., had trouble with her body's inability to do what most people consider simple everyday activities.

It was challenging her to do everything from tying her shoes or cutting her nails — to simply doing her job. “I work in the fields and always need to be bent over — and I couldn’t do that. I had to work on my knees,” said Elizabeth.



After bariatric surgery, Steve didn't need his diabetes medication.

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Steve M. faced a life-changing decision in 2018. He weighed 339 pounds at the time.

He says his diabetes was out of control. Steve also had three prior surgeries on his ankles — he lost a baby toe, and his left ankle was collapsing.

“It's like — Dude, wake the heck up! — I had to do something to save myself,” said Steve.