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Bariatric Surgery Patient Stories

Cottage Health bariatric surgery patients share their personal stories of how life has changed after undergoing weight-loss surgery procedures.

Arnell Monahan - Before and After

Eighteen months after weight-loss surgery, Arnell Monohan (51), of Buellton, has kept off close to 100 pounds and 64 inches! “This has been a life-changing experience. I’m so thankful and grateful the surgery has changed my life in many ways.” She enjoys walking 3.5 miles a day, jogs regularly and is in great health.

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Bariatric Surgery - Arnell Monahan - Before and AfterArnell Monahan - Before and After

Tracy Sanginiti - Before and After

Tracy Sanginiti (57), of Santa Barbara struggled with her weight her entire life and it eventually took a toll on her health. Since weight loss surgery she has lost 110 pounds, feels good and has more energy. “I want to cry when I think about how wonderful they [care team] are.” Tracy is now completely healthy, recently ran a 5k, and rides her bike and hikes regularly.

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Cottage Health Bariatric Patient - Tracy SanginitiTracy Sanginiti - Santa Barbara

Kathi Dickerson - Before and After

Kathi Dickerson (56), of Lompoc, decided to have weight loss surgery after battling some health issues and watching the success of a friend that had the surgery. A year and a half later, she’s kept off over 100 pounds and is dedicated to making positive lifestyle choices. “I’ve had a wonderful experience and my only regret is not doing it sooner.” Kathi now enjoys taking long walks with her dog, tracking on her Fitbit 4-5 miles during the week and even more on weekends.

Bariatric Patient Dickerson Before and AfterKathi Dickerson - Before and After

Bariatric Surgeons at Cottage Health

To schedule your free weight-loss surgery seminar or for more information, contact one of the offices below.

David Thoman, MD - Medical Director

David Thoman, MD - Cottage Health, Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Call 805-730-1470 or click for Seminar Registration

Farida Bounoua, MD

Farida Bounoua, MD - Cottage Health, Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Call 805-879-4011 or click for Seminar Registration

Marc Zerey, MD

Marc Zerey, MD - Cottage Health, Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Call 805-898-3472 or click for Seminar Registration

Free Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar Schedule

For your convenience, we offer free bariatric weight-loss surgery seminars in cities throughout our community. If you are between 18 and 65 years old, get the facts about weight-loss surgery from the hospital you trust.

David Thoman, MD - Medical Director - Seminar Schedule - 805-730-1470

Farida Bounoua, MD - Seminar Schedule - 805-879-4011

Marc Zerey, MD - Seminar Schedule - 805-898-3472

Weight-Loss Surgery Patient

Cottage Center for Weight Loss Surgery Patient - Kathi Dickerson

After a procedure at the Cottage Center for Weight-Loss Surgery, Kathi lost over 100 pounds, no longer suffers from joint pain and is able to live the lifestyle that she enjoys.

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Decreasing Readmissions through Opportunities Provided (D.R.O.P)Metabolic and Bariatric Video

This video is being made available to provide education and support throughout a metabolic and bariatric surgery journey.