Riding the Wave of Success a Year After Bariatric Surgery

“It was amazing to stand on a surfboard and ride a wave,” said bariatric surgery patient Mo Nasor, 40. “My wife and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary in 2021, and I was able to go surfing in Hawaii!” Nasor was so amazed because during this past year, he has been able to go from … Read more Riding the Wave of Success a Year After Bariatric Surgery

Do It For Yourself – Two Incredible Weight Loss Journeys at Mercy Health

In a world where everything is documented, captured with a photo, or shared with details on social media – Sheena Weaver was silent in her weight loss. “A friend saw me after I had lost weight and asked why I hadn’t shared my journey on social media,” said Weaver. “I told her, I did it … Read more Do It For Yourself – Two Incredible Weight Loss Journeys at Mercy Health

It Made a Total Difference in My Life

Patient reflects on her bariatric surgery more than a dozen years ago Barbara Johnson, 75, is grateful to be walking on her own two feet. “If I hadn’t had the surgery, I think I’d be in a wheelchair now,” she said. Johnson is referring to bariatric surgery she had 12 years ago. After struggling with … Read more It Made a Total Difference in My Life

Mercy Health Bariatric Programs Earn Re-accreditation

Muskegon and Saint Mary’s have been accredited since 2006 and 2010, respectively Mercy Health — at both Saint Mary’s and in Muskegon — recently received re-accreditation as a Bariatric program from Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a national bariatric surgery program that works with accredited hospitals to meet bariatric surgery … Read more Mercy Health Bariatric Programs Earn Re-accreditation

Living Life Without Limits

No longer held back by their weight, two strangers become friends through shared experiences and healthier lifestyle choices. If you would have told Jill Veen and Jen Moses nine months ago that they could complete a wheeled luge course, hike for miles in the woods, or successfully paddle board through Muskegon Lake, neither of them … Read more Living Life Without Limits

Bariatric Patient Enjoys His Favorite Hobby Again

Juan Rocha shares his 150 lb. journey In his mind, Juan Rocha stood out in a crowd, but not for any reason that he was proud of. Lacking self-confidence and suffering from several comorbidities, including diabetes and high blood pressure, Rocha was also in a lot of pain. In his youth, Rocha was thin and … Read more Bariatric Patient Enjoys His Favorite Hobby Again

From Spectator to Participant

A physician’s journey from obesity to wellness In January 2017, Paul Kemmeter, MD, FACS — bariatric surgeon of Grand Health Partners and medical director of the bariatric program at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s — visited the office of Mercy Health Physician Partners Caledonia to speak with staff about the benefits of gastric bypass surgery for … Read more From Spectator to Participant