“I Should Have Done It Sooner.” Surgical Weight Loss Provides Life-Transforming Treatment for Obesity


The decision to undergo surgical weight loss (SWL) is more than improving health — it is about transforming lives. Kerry Aghoian and Yeison Pinales had weight-loss surgery at Emerson Health. Less than a year after their surgeries, they have lost significant weight and are living healthier, happier lives. Learn why they had surgery and how it has already impacted their life journeys.


Surgery: Single-stage duodenal switch, which combines elements of a sleeve gastrectomy with an intestinal bypass
Bariatric surgeon: Laura Doyon, MD, FACS, FASMBS
My motivation: I needed a hip replacement for several years but could not have the procedure due to my weight.
How my life changed: I am 110 percent happier, more confident, more energetic, and most importantly, healthier. My high blood pressure and diabetes are gone, and I am having my hip replaced soon at Emerson Health. Emerson gave me my life back. I should have done it sooner. I have many plans for the future, including charity walks/runs, and I would like to become a licensed dietitian so I can help people who struggle with obesity.  
My tip for people considering weight loss surgery: Do your research, talk with people, and learn about the different surgeries available.


Surgery: Sleeve gastrectomy, which removes approximately two-thirds of the stomach
Bariatric surgeon: David Lautz, MD, FACS, FASMBS

My motivation: I wanted a healthier lifestyle without worrying about high blood pressure and all of the other complications I had. 

How my life changed: My life has done a complete turnaround. My health improves daily, and I no longer need blood pressure medication. I can do more physical activities with my family. As a local store owner, I must stand from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., six days a week. I can do that now — no problem. When the store is quiet, I exercise with my colleagues. My journey is not over, but the surgery was the stepping stone to reset my life. 

My tip for people considering weight loss surgery: Do not be scared. Once you have the surgery, you start understanding how life-changing it is.

For more information, including other patient stories, videos, and podcasts with the surgeons, visit emersonhealth.org/swl.