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 for Seminar Registration

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

Call 805-879-4011 for Seminar Registration

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

Call 805-898-3472 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

  • Please contact Dr. Thoman's office at 805-730-1470 for seminar dates and times. 

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

  • Please contact Dr. Bounoua's office at 805-879-4011 for seminar dates and times. 

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

  • Please contact Dr. Zerey's office at 805-898-3472 for seminar dates and times. 

What to Expect After Bariatric Surgery

a woman holding out her jeans to indicate weight loss

You had your procedure. You stayed in the hospital and now you’re ready to go home. What now? Cottage Health bariatric surgeons and providers answer the important questions on your journey to good health.

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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.