Welcome


The Hallmark Health Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery offers comprehensive services to help you successfully win the battle against weight loss and reclaim your health. Our team of highly trained specialists is dedicated to providing you with the clinical expertise and patient focused care you deserve.

About Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery


Weight loss surgery has emerged as a safe and effective method for the long-term treatment of patients with clinically severe obesity. Deciding to have weight loss surgery is a significant step that requires a permanent lifestyle change.

Hallmark Health Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery offers the very best in surgical options, treatment, care and support. Through our center of excellence, patients are offered three options for weight loss surgery: Roux-Y Gastric Bypass, The Lap-Band Procedure and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. All these surgeries are performed laparoscopically, providing the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, which include faster recovery, better pain control and less potential complications. Read more . . .

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence


The Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery has been designated as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Read more . . .

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Multi-disciplinary Team


The Center’s multi-disciplinary team includes bariatric physician specialists Andras Sandor, MD, and Jennifer Lane, MD, as well as nursing specialists, nutritionists, physical therapists and other clinicians to help patients finally achieve and sustain their weight loss goals. Read more . . .

Non-surgical Medical Options


The Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery also offers a Medical Weight-Loss Program. This program is a non-surgical approach to weight loss for people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30, or a BMI of 28-30 with certain weight-related health issues such as diabetes or sleep apnea.

The 12-week program includes physician and dietitian visits and requires participants engage in physical activity during the extent of the program.


Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence


The Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery has been designated as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

With this special designation, Lawrence Memorial Hospital joins an elite group of hospitals in Massachusetts that have been classified as ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence. In the United States, there are fewer than 500 hospitals designated as ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence.

In addition, the ASMBS and American College of Surgeons (ACS) have given the bariatric program at Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford full accreditation in the new, unified Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).This designation is reserved for bariatric surgery programs that have demonstrated history of successful patient outcomes.

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Our Team


The Center’s multi-disciplinary team includes bariatric physician specialists Andras Sandor, MD, and Jennifer Lane, MD, as well as nursing specialists, nutritionists, physical therapists and other clinicians to help patients finally achieve and sustain their weight loss goals. The team works closely with each patient to encourage and support them every step of the way.

The Center provides one-on-one access to clinical, nutritional and behavioral health specialists to help patients get in the right frame of mind to make significant lifestyle changes, healthy eating, exercise and embrace the strategies that lead to successful weight loss. Monthly support groups are also an integral part of the program as patients learn from experts and each other the most effective strategies for losing weight, keeping it off and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.


 

Surgery Options | Benefits


Laparoscopic weight loss surgery


All the procedures below can be performed laparoscopically. This means that the surgery is performed through tiny keyhole incisions via a high definition video camera system. This allows much faster recovery, improved pain control and less postoperative complications following surgery.

Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band™ surgery or Realize™ Band surgery)


The Adjustable Gastric Banding system is the least invasive of all weight loss surgeries. The system includes an adjustable silicon elastomer band that is surgically placed around the stomach. The band induces weight loss by restricting food intake; when eating less, the body draws from itslapbandphoto own fat to get the energy it needs.

Approved by the FDA in 2001, adjustable gastric banding is the newest and safest surgical treatment for morbid obesity in the United States. It's also the least invasive and the only adjustable surgical treatment available at this moment.

Since there is no cutting, stapling, or stomach rerouting, it is considered the least traumatic of all weight loss surgeries. This is possible by using laparoscopy to install the band, which offers clear advantages like reduced pain and faster recovery.

The is the only adjustable weight loss surgery; in fact, band adjustment is a regular part of follow up for this procedure and is done without the need of surgery. The amount of food a patient is able to take in can be adjusted by inflating or deflating the band. The band is adjusted as needed depending on your weight loss progress or other reasons like pregnancy or illness.

If for any reason the band needs to be removed, it can be done laparoscopically.

Based on your preference we are happy to implant either the Lap-BandTM System or the RealizeTM Band.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass


The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery procedure in the United States at this time. The laparoscopic Roux-Y Gastric Bypass was introduced in 1993 and since then has become the gold standard procedure.

routexDuring surgery, a surgical stapling device is used to divide the upper stomach and create a tiny stomach "pouch" at the upper end. This pouch is shaped to be about the size of your thumb, and will hold 30 ml or less. This means that 2-3 tiny bites of food is all a patient can hold, and this restriction on the amount of food eaten is the main way that the Gastric Bypass promotes weight loss.

Food leaves this tiny stomach pouch into a segment of small intestine (the Roux limb), which is brought up from the mid-abdomen and is surgically attached to the stomach pouch. This small intestine cannot handle concentrated calories. If the patient consumes foods that contains sugar or fat this segment of intestine reacts by creating a temporary illness called dumping syndrome. For best weight loss patients should stay away from sugar and other carbohydrates - the thought of dumping syndrome seems to help change habits away from these types of food.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy


The sleeve gastrectomy has recently been recognized as a fully efficient weight loss procedure, but it has been utilized as the first stage of a complex two stage operation, the duodenal switch.

During sleeve gastrectomy the stomach is longitudinally stapled and divided and the result will besleeve a narrow tube, which significantly limits food intake and controls hunger. Since no re-routing of the small intestine takes place, malabsorption is not a problem. The operation is faster and safer than a gastric bypass and can be used as stage procedure in individuals who represent very high operative risk.

Five year weight loss results are almost as good as what we experience with the gastric bypass and resolution of comorbid conditions is also very effective.

Long-term Benefits


Following weight loss surgery, existing medical conditions improve significantly. For example:

•80 percent of patients no longer require insulin for diabetes

•100 percent of patients require less diabetes medication

•65 percent of patients no longer require blood pressure medication

•Sleep apnea and even snoring is cured for most patients

•Joint replacement is possible when it was previously prohibited by excess weight

•Exercise tolerance is improved, energy level is heightened, and body image is greatly enhanced

•Menstrual irregularities related to polycystic ovary syndrome resolve

•Urinary incontinence resolves

•Heart function improves

•Reduced risk for ovarian, uterine and breast cancer in women and reduced risk for prostate and colorectal cancer in men.


Personalized Care


Weight loss surgery is a major surgery and a major decision on your part. In order to provide you with the most up to date information about your surgical options, the preparation, the post-surgical care, the recovery and the long term changes you need to make to assure a successful outcome, an information seminar is mandatory prior to your visit with your surgeon. Information seminars are held monthly.

A comprehensive medical workup is necessary to identify any unsuspected problems that may jeopardize your health during surgery and to precisely assess the severity of the know problems. This involves meeting with a cardiologist, pulmonologist and occasionally an endocrinologist and gastroenterologist. Medical professionals are always on hand at these gatherings to ensure optimal outcomes.

Our comprehensive team includes specially trained nurses, psychologists, dietitians and respiratory therapists to address behavior modifications, psychiatric issues, and post-surgical care. Patients also have access to support group meetings before and after their procedures.

Special comprehensive follow-up care after surgery improves long-term outcomes and minimizes complications; that's where nursing plays a special role. A specially trained group of nurses are the cornerstone to helping patients recover faster and ultimately achieve success after bariatric surgery.

Through special training with the bariatric surgeons, nurses have been taught to deal with all aspects of behavior modification, psychiatric issues, post-operative care and support as it relates to the care of bariatric surgery patients. Nurses have attended special training classes and have also participated in the support group that offers a caring ear to patients before and after surgery.

From the moment the patient awakes from surgery, the nurse is the key person in the team of healthcare professionals who will care for the patient. Becoming ambulatory immediately coupled with strict diet reinforcement and behavior modification are the keys to bariatric surgery recovery.

Modifying your behavior towards diet is challenging for anyone. But for bariatric surgery patients it's critical to recovery from the surgery as well as to overall weight loss success.

While most patients do not experience any major complications it is important to recognize and treat them early. Nurses are specially trained to assist in any problems that may arise from bariatric surgery.


 

Many patients have benefitted from weight loss surgery. Read their stories.

Elaine Baer
"Nothing tastes better than thin."

Ellen Benson
"I feel like I got my life back again." 

Michael Burns
"The (weight management) team are phenomenal and with you every step of the way."

Mary Kazis
"I just feel so much better."

Janell Lauria

"I cannot believe where I was before and where I am now." 

Megan McDonough
"It's nice to feel like myself again. The Center gave me my life back." 

Rhonda Rocco-Campbell
"The body I was in wasn't me." 

 

There is no guarantee of results. Results may vary.

 

Elaine Baer


A commercial on the radio was the first step toward changing Elaine Baer’s life. The Danvers resident heard an advertisement for the Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery and called to make an appointment. The rest, as they say, is history.

“I was thin my whole life until I had kids,” said Baer, 55. “Once the kids came around the pounds did as well.”

Baer’s weight gain took a toll on all aspects of her life. She couldn’t roll over in bed without getting out of breath, her marriage was failing and she felt awful about herself all the time. In essence, being overweight was ruining Baer’s life.

“That was just so not me,” she said. “I was so disgusted with myself and ashamed I let it get that bad.”

Baer attended one of the Center’s information sessions and met its director, Andras Sandor, MD. She made an appointment with him and after discussing her options, decided to go forward with laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery.

It’s been almost two years and Baer’s life has completely changed. She has lost approximately 100 pounds and has a ton of energy. And Baer credits the Center for all of her success.

“I cannot say enough about Dr. Sandor and his staff,” she said. “They changed my life.”

Baer no longer has food cravings and her eating habits have completely changed. She is happy with the progress she’s made and will use the tools the Center gave her to maintain a healthy weight.  

“Nothing tastes better than thin,” said Baer. “I never want to go back.” 


There is no guarantee of results. Results may vary.


Ellen Benson


Saugus resident Ellen Benson has struggled with her weight for more than 20 years. She went on crash diets and would lose weight only to gain it back. It was a roller coaster ride that left Benson disgusted and angry until a few years ago when she made the decision that changed her life.

For Benson, 48, this life changing choice was scheduling an appointment with Andras Sandor, MD, director of the Hallmark Health Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery. Her surgery was done this past January and since then she has lost approximately 75 pounds.

“I feel like I got my life back again,” said Benson. “Having surgery with Dr. Sandor is the best thing I could have done. I have so much energy now and it’s from my surgery, eating good, healthy food and exercising.”

Benson cannot believe how the quality of her life has changed since the surgery. She now runs two to three miles several days a week and takes her dogs for long walks on the days she doesn’t run. The surgery also cured Benson’s sleep apnea and the many aches and pains that plagued her for so long.

Benson, who credits Dr. Sandor with a lot of her success, said throughout the whole process he made her feel like she was his only patient, always took the time to answer all of her questions and address any concerns she had and even visited her in the hospital during a snowstorm.

“Dr. Sandor treats his patients like family,” she said. “I encourage anyone that is considering this surgery to schedule an appointment at Hallmark Health’s Center. Dr. Sandor is amazing.”


There is no guarantee of results. Results may vary.


Michael Burns


"I’m a big guy and I have had weight problems most of my life. I always tried to take care of myself. I served in the Army National Guard and learned the importance of staying fit. Over the years, when I realized I was getting heavy, I’d get serious, go on a diet, workout at the gym, eat healthier foods to lose weight and take care of myself. But after a while I would slip back to my old ways.

It became clear that dieting wasn’t working anymore. I was getting to be well above 300 pounds and developing serious health issues like high blood pressure and slipped discs in my back. It got to the point where my wife had to help me put my boots on in the morning so I could go to work. I knew I had to do something.

I investigated surgical options. I checked around the area to see what was available and finally attended a weight-loss information session for the Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford.  I liked how I was treated there. They listened, answered my questions and I felt a good connection with the program. I was also very impressed with Andras Sandor, MD, the director of the program.

I tried dieting one last time, but when that was not successful Dr. Sandor and I talked about sleeve gastrectomy surgery as the best solution. I had the surgery in March 2012. The day after the surgery, I was up and walking around in my hospital room. I asked the medical team to take me off the pain medications since I was not feeling any discomfort. When I went home, I followed a liquid diet that reduced the number of calories I was taking in and then eventually switched to solid, healthy foods.

Now a year later, I am maintaining the weight loss and holding steady at 195 pounds. Hunger cravings are gone. I follow the diet, eat healthy foods religiously and get regular exercise. Since the surgery, keeping the weight off isn’t hard at all. There are other advantages to losing the weight. I no longer take blood pressure or pain medications. Sleep apnea is gone and the two slipped discs I developed are non-existent now. I am even training and hoping to fulfill a dream I’ve had for years to run in the Boston Marathon.

I am glad I found the Center and Dr. Sandor. I believe I had an easy time with the surgery because of the great skill and experience of the entire team that cared for me. They are phenomenal and are with you every step of the way."


There is no guarantee of results. Results may vary.


Mary Kazis


Being overweight is something Methuen resident Mary Kazis has struggled with her entire life. She tried every program and fad diet she could find, but they never worked for her. One way or another Kazis was always able to keep it from getting out of control – that is until she had her son. After that she felt like she was gaining 10 pounds a year.

“My weight was getting so out of control,” said Kazis, 34. “I used to like to get dressed up, put on makeup and go out. At that point I just wanted to stay in the house. I didn’t want people to see me.”

The turning point came when Kazis and her husband, Peter took their son Nico, now 3, to Storyland in New Hampshire. She took her son on a ride, but had a hard time fitting in the space.

“I thought to myself ‘I can’t even take him on these rides,’” Kazis recalled. “That was a huge red flag to me.”

Kazis attended an information seminar at the Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery and met with Andras Sandor, MD and was immediately impressed with the staff’s level of professionalism and knowledge.

It has been a year since Kazis had gastric bypass surgery with Dr. Sandor and she has lost 95 pounds. She recently ran a 5K, something she never thought she would be able to do, and goes to the gym regularly. Kazis has also had to change the way she eats and keeps track of all of her meals and snacks to make sure she stays on track.

“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made other than having my son,” she said. “I feel like I glow. I just feel so much better.”

Kazis had a lot of fears and anxiety about undergoing surgery, and assumes most people in her position feel the same way. She said in the end it was the best thing for her and her family and couldn’t be happier.

“Surgery is scary, but your health is scarier,” said Kazis. “This day and age you need to be on top of your health.”


There is no guarantee of results. Results may vary.


Janella Lauria


What a difference a year makes.

Janell Lauria recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of her weight-loss surgery. She took the day off and spent time with her mother in Boston, looking back over her journey and marveling at how far she has come. One year and 100 pounds later, Lauria is looking and feeling better than ever.

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Lauria, 28, always struggled with her weight. The ups and downs really took a toll on her self-esteem, and eventually she found herself depressed.

“Weight Watchers, Atkins, SlimFast. You name it, I tried it,” said Lauria. “If I ate salad I would gain weight. Nothing worked.”

The turning point came at Lauria’s physical when she recorded her highest weight yet. Her doctor explained that she was on track to be 300 pounds by the time she was age 30.

“Being that weight really scared me,” said Lauria. “It was then and there that I started looking more seriously at surgery and decided I needed to change my life.”

Lauria called the Hallmark Health Center for Weight Management and Weight-Loss Surgery, and for six months, she worked with the center’s team to prepare for sleeve gastrectomy surgery with Jennifer Lane, MD.

“I cannot believe where I was before and where I am now,” said Lauria. “My whole mindset has changed.”

Lauria now exercises several times a week, taking Zumba, barre and belly dancing classes as well as running. Her goal is to work up to running a 5K.

Lauria is also enjoying buying new clothes for her slimmer build and says she has the credit card bills to prove it! She has more confidence and has started dating – something she has never done before.

“I feel so much better emotionally and physically,” said Lauria. “I wore a bikini for the first time in my life last summer. It was amazing!”

Lauria is thankful for the support she received and continues to receive from Hallmark Health. She attends the center’s monthly support group and is active on social media, too.

“Everyone is really great and supportive,” said Lauria. “This program, compared to others, really prepares you for what’s going to happen. It was all done the right way.”


There is no guarantee of results. Results may vary.


Megan McDonough


When Stoneham resident Megan McDonough put on almost 100 pounds in a year it took a toll on her. She lost herself – her personality and confidence just faded away. Six months after gastric bypass surgery at the Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery McDonough is back and thankful to the team for her success.

“It’s still shocking,” McDonough, 32, said of her weight loss. “I have so much more energy. If it wasn’t for the Center’s team I wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t be this happy.”

McDonough was against surgery at first, saying it seemed “extreme.” Still, she went to the Center’s information session and researched several other hospitals in the area. One day McDonough opened up her local newspaper and saw an article on Jennifer Lane, MD, one of the Center’s surgeons. She took it as a sign and decided to set up an appointment.

“The entire staff was extremely warm and welcoming and there was no judgment,” said McDonough. “Lawrence Memorial Hospital was the only hospital I felt comfortable with.”

Since surgery, McDonough’s life has changed quite a bit. She has lost 100 pounds, has started dating again and is also hoping to run a 5K next year in honor of the one year anniversary of her surgery. McDonough said most importantly she is happy and confident again, something she lost with her weight again.

“Everyone says my personality is back to how it used to be,” she said. “It is nice to feel like myself again. The Center gave me my life back.”


There is no guarantee of results. Results may vary.


Rhonda Rocco-Campbell


Rhonda Rocco-Campbell, originally from Everett now residing in Bradford, never struggled with her weight until she had her second child. Like many women, she had trouble losing the pregnancy weight. Campbell dealt with the weight gain for years, often feeling frustrated and upset she let herself get to this point. That was until she ran into a family friend at a cookout, who recommended the Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery.

Campbell, 46, did some research and attended one of the Center’s information sessions at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford where she met Andras Sandor, MD, the Center’s director. She was immediately taken with how nice and down to Earth he was and made an appointment to explore her options. Tests showed that Campbell, like many bariatric surgery patients, had high blood pressure and cholesterol as well as a mild case of sleep apnea. That was the deciding factor for her, she was having the surgery.

Campbell was afraid at first to tell people that she’d had surgery. She feared people would judge her, thinking she took the easy way by undergoing surgery instead of dieting and exercising.

Despite her feelings, Campbell knew she had made the right choice.

“I’ve been on Weight Watchers and I’ve been on Jenny Craig,” she said. “You name it I’ve done it, but nothing worked.”

It’s been almost a year since Campbell’s surgery and she looks and feels great! She has lost more than 80 pounds and was happy to report that Dr. Sandor didn’t recognize her at her last appointment. 

Campbell said having surgery was the best thing she ever did.

“I’m really happy and I just love life now,” she said. “I knew the body I was in wasn’t me. I owe everything to Dr. Sandor for giving me my life back!"


There is no guarantee of results. Results may vary.


  


Patient Support | Information


Information Seminars


Every other month a surgical information seminar is held for patients who would like to learn more about weight loss surgery. Admission to these meetings is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.

During these meetings we review the biology of obesity and the rationale behind surgical intervention in appropriately selected cases. Realities versus expectations regarding the Lap-Band procedure, the Roux-Y gastric bypass and the sleeve gastrectomy will be discussed.

We also review the differences between laparoscopic and open bariatric surgery. Patients, who would be potential candidates for surgery, will have a unique opportunity get an insight into the preparation for surgery, perioperative management and postoperative care. There is absolutely no pressure to proceed with surgery for anyone who attends this meeting. If you decide to proceed with weight loss surgery, then attendance is mandatory. Register online.

Online Bariatric Surgery Information Seminar


We created an online version of our information seminar meeting for prospective patients who would not be able to attend the live meeting. Please note that the live seminar meeting is always preferable since it is interactive and we can address any of your concerns.

However, if you feel that it is not possible for you to attend the live meeting and you have access to a computer with fast internet connection, you may call our office at (781) 306-6166 and ask for the password to view the online seminar. The seminar takes almost two hours to complete and there is a quiz at the end. The presentation will forward to the quiz automatically and completing the quiz is mandatory if you want to proceed with an office consultation.

The quiz is very simple but a passing score is difficult to get if you don’t watch the entire presentation. The results will be emailed to our office automatically. You may repeat the test as many times as necessary to obtain the passing score. Watching the video and taking the quiz does not obligate you to have the surgery.

You may click on the link here to watch the online seminar meeting:

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System requirements:
Internet Explorer 7 or later, Adobe Flash 9 or later, broadband internet connection.
Adobe Flash can be obtained from here - http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.


Support Group


Participants in Hallmark Health System's Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery reap the benefit of ongoing education and support from peers, as well as experienced and caring professionals. The program involves much more than coming to the hospital, having surgery and going home. Staff will be there to educate and support patients every step of the way-before and after surgery.

Support group is an integral part of the program. In addition to one-on-one access to clinical, nutritional and behavioral health specialists, patients learn from the experts and each other about the lifestyle changes that accompany long-term weight loss through the program's monthly support group.

Before and after surgery, the group gives patients the opportunity to learn and share. Physicians, surgeons, nutritionists, mental health specialists, plastic surgeons, physical therapists, potential patients, pre-surgery patients and post-surgery patients are among the 150 to 200 people who attend each month. If you have additional questions, please call 781-306-6166 or go to our Support Group Assistant for details.

 

Patient Information


Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery brochure

Patient testimonial flyer

Non-surgical Weight Loss Program flyer

Bariatric Diet Stages Lap Band

Bariatric Diet Stages Sleeve

Bariatric Diet Stages Gastric

Vitamin Regimen Gastric

Vitamin Regimen Sleeve


Bariatric Fusion® Meal Replacement


Bariatric Fusion® Meal Replacement is the first bariatric protein supplement designed using the knowledge of a team of highly experienced bariatric practitioners and the feedback of over 3,000 bariatric patients.

Bariatric Fusion® Meal Replacement is intended to provide patients with a fast, convenient, and affordable way to receive the highest quality bariatric protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals essential before and after weight loss surgery.

The supplement is formulated for Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, VBG, DS, and BPD patients.

Bariatric Fusion® Meal Replacement is intended to supplement a healthy diet and provide high quality bariatric protein, fiber, and additional vitamins and minerals before and after weight loss surgery. It is not to be used as a sole source of nutrition.

This product can be found in our gift shop at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford.


Contact Us


Center for Weight Management
and Weight Loss Surgery
Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford
170 Governors Avenue, Suite 100
Medford, MA 02155

781-306-6166

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Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator

 

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a calculation of a person’s weight in pounds or kilograms divided by the square of their height in feet/inches or centimeters. It is one of the most commonly used ways of estimating whether a person is overweight and thus more likely to experience health problems than someone with a healthy weight.

Calculate your BMI with this easy-to-use calculator.

Talk with your healthcare provider if you have any questions. 


 



What a difference a year makes


Janell Lauria recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of her weight-loss surgery. She took the day off and spent time with her mother in Boston, looking back over her journey and marveling at how far she has come. One year and 100 pounds later, Lauria is looking and feeling better than ever.

WeightLossPtTestimonial Lauria 325

Lauria, 28, always struggled with her weight. The ups and downs really took a toll on her self-esteem, and eventually she found herself depressed.

“Weight Watchers, Atkins, SlimFast. You name it, I tried it,” said Lauria. “If I ate salad I would gain weight. Nothing worked.”

The turning point came at Lauria’s physical when she recorded her highest weight yet. Her doctor explained that she was on track to be 300 pounds by the time she was age 30.

“Being that weight really scared me,” said Lauria. “It was then and there that I started looking more seriously at surgery and decided I needed to change my life.”

Lauria called the Hallmark Health Center for Weight Management and Weight-Loss Surgery, and for six months, she worked with the center’s team to prepare for sleeve gastrectomy surgery with Jennifer Lane, MD.

“I cannot believe where I was before and where I am now,” said Lauria. “My whole mindset has changed.”

Lauria now exercises several times a week, taking Zumba, barre and belly dancing classes as well as running. Her goal is to work up to running a 5K.

Lauria is also enjoying buying new clothes for her slimmer build and says she has the credit card bills to prove it! She has more confidence and has started dating – something she has never done before.

“I feel so much better emotionally and physically,” said Lauria. “I wore a bikini for the first time in my life last summer. It was amazing!”

Lauria is thankful for the support she received and continues to receive from Hallmark Health. She attends the center’s monthly support group and is active on social media, too.

“Everyone is really great and supportive,” said Lauria. “This program, compared to others, really prepares you for what’s going to happen. It was all done the right way.”

 

There is no guarantee of results. Results may vary.


 

 

 


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Free information session provides all you need to know about weight-loss surgery. As of August, a session is offered every other month at:

Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Medford
Johnson Conference Room
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