June Patient Of The Month Janis Downey

June Patient Of The Month Janis Downey Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

Hello everyone. I am a new person thanks to making an innocent phone call the summer of 2014 To Deborah Hospital after seeing an advertisement online when turning on the radio station for a new Bariatric Program that they were starting there.


At the time I didn’t know I was calling for surgery, I thought I could maybe get some sort of exercise and diet information from them. After some conversation with Deborah I was directed to making an appointment with them to see Dr. Bilof.

Meeting Dr. Bilof was again the best thing that could have happened to me. He took his time explaining every aspect of the surgery to me and the different options I had. He couldn’t have been nicer and answered all of my questions. He was really caring. We both decided the Sleeve surgery was best for me with the duodenal switch surgery as stage 2. I have had both surgery’s now and feel and look so much better.

I was 353lbs. before surgery and am now at 240lbs. and still losing. My goal is to get to 150lbs. The transformation I have made is amazing and I am now enjoying buying clothes again in the stores instead of catalogs, exercising at the gym instead of lounging in my recliner all morning watching TV, and cooking healthy instead of all the fattening foods I loved to cook.

I get to keep in close contact with Dr. Bilof’s WONDERFUL staff at our monthly support meetings, which are the highlight of my month, and get to meet new patients each time which have now all become great friends.

The entire staff is always there for me no matter how many questions I have for them, they are welcoming, and just darn nice to all of us.

I truly appreciate everything they have done for me in this past year and hope to continue on this weight loss journey for the rest of my life. I also highly recommend to anyone thinking about this surgery, to do it. It may be scary, but it is worth it, and the surgery itself was a breeze for me. No regrets!

Thank you all at GSBWC
Jan Downey

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