Testimonials

Weight Loss Testimonials

We are proud to have great patients talking about us. These weight loss testimonials give an insightful look into how our patients find success.

*Individual results may vary.

Vinnie
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Total weight loss = 137.5 pounds!*
Chad
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Total weight loss = 151 pounds!*
Rick
Gastric Lapband
Total weight loss = 92 pounds!*
Walt
Gastric Lapband
Total weight loss = 184 pounds!*

*Individual results may vary.

September 19th, 2019

Before/After Surgery
Lost 100lbs

Lost 100lbs thanks to an amazing team from Tri-State Bariatrics. The front staff are very supportive and they cheer you on.

Nadia
*Individual results may vary.

September 10th, 2019

The sleeve procedure has been life-changing to me! I quickly stopped using my CPAP ( No more sleep apnea!), I’m been able to do things I hadn’t done in years (running, working out). God bless Dr. Cepeda & to the entire team at TSB.

Joesph
*Individual results may vary.

September 9th, 2019

Lost 75 lbs!

Damary
*Individual results may vary.

August 27th, 2019

Before/After Surgery
Lost 100lbs

More energy, healthier, my vacation this year I was able to get on any ride I wanted, let alone, walk on the beach! Loving life now!

Scott
*Individual results may vary.

August 20th, 2019

Before/After Surgery

The best team and support I could have asked for. Thank you Dr. Weiss and the team for my new life!!

Eli
*Individual results may vary.

August 20th, 2019

Before/After Surgery

Lost 122 lbs!

Paul
*Individual results may vary.

August 19th, 2019

Before/After Surgery

One of my biggest supporters at TSB “NP Jeanne”

Amanda
*Individual results may vary.

August 13th, 2019

The office staff has been loving, warm, and welcoming since the first time I visited. Originally I was so nervous to begin this process, but the doctors and staff made it an easy, calm, and exciting experience. I couldn’t be happier with my results and time with Tri-State.

Before Surgery/After Surgery
Lost 100

Gabriella
*Individual results may vary.

August 01, 2019
Lost 209 lbs!

Before/After Surgery
Lost 209 lbs

Francis
*Individual results may vary.

August 1st, 2019
Lost 113 lbs

Before/After Surgery
Jayden
*Individual results may vary.

July 18th, 2019
Dr. Ramon Rivera and everyone at Tri-State Bariatrics has went above and beyond to give me my life back. I had congestive heart failure, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, degenerative disease and I look and feel like a teenager. Last year I couldn’t walk 20 feet without stopping, now I am non stop. Loving life and my new body.

Before Surgery/ After Surgery
Lost 123.5 lbs

Carla
*Individual results may vary.

July 18th, 2019

Before Surgery/After Surgery
Matthew & Dr. Kwon

Matthew
*Individual results may vary.

July 11th, 2019

Before 248 lbs/ After169 lbs
Lost 79 lbs
Denise
*Individual results may vary.

July 10th, 2019
I first came to Dr. Rivera in 2011 at 290 lbs. I had the LapBand and lost over 100 lbs. Over time I gained some back and in January 2019 converted to the sleeve gastrectomy. I am now 180 lbs and healthy. The doctors, nurses, dietitians, and all the staff are amazing and this is the best thing I have done for myself! Thank you all!
Jennifer
*Individual results may vary.

July 5th, 2019

Before/After
Matthew with Dr. Cepeda
Lost 228 lbs

July 3rd, 2019
This is the best decision I ever made! My hunger is under control, my knees don’t hurt anymore and my health (numbers) have improved. Dr. Rivera, the NP’s, dietiticans, navigators, and office staff are terrific. Do not let fear stop you! You have more to lose by NOT doing the surgery.

Before/After
Lost 54 lbs

Victoria
*Individual results may vary.

July 2nd, 2019

“Fresh Fruit Carving at Support Group”

Diane
*Individual results may vary.

July 1st, 2019
TSB has been extremely supportive and informative on my weight loss journey. Dr. Rivera is wonderful and does an excellent job of setting realistic expectations. I am truly fortunate to have the support of TSB.

Before/After
Lost 70 lbs

Petrina
*Individual results may vary.

July 1st, 2019
My weight loss surgery was the best decision I ever made. I have lost 75 lbs and kept it off. Dr. Rivera and his staff of nurses and dietitians are very well educated. They helped me accomplish my goals.

Before/After
Lost 75 lbs

Carolina
*Individual results may vary.

June 16th, 2019
The decision to have the surgery was one of the best decisions I made. The staff of TSB made everything easy to understand and walked me through the process. I am looking forward to working with the doctors and staff at TSB.

Before/After
Lost 188 lbs

Teresa
*Individual results may vary.

June 12th, 2019
A few months after surgery, I started to see real results and feel great. This surgery has been one of the greatest decisions I made in my life. I feel great. I move around and get myself up from the floor easily and can even run around with my 2 young kids without feeling tired.

Before/After
Lost 100 lbs

Albert
*Individual results may vary.

June 12th, 2019
I’m very happy with my surgery results. Lost weight and have been deemed not diabetic.
Gloria

June 10th, 2019
Thank you so much Dr. Cepeda and the team at Tri-State. All encouragement and positive atmosphere really helped make my journey through weight-loss amazing.

Before/After with Dr. Cepeda

Carmela
*Individual results may vary.

June 6th, 2019

Before/After
Sisters Jane & Rose
Rose with Dr. Fuller

“Sisters Forever”
Jane & Rose
*Individual results may vary.

June 6th, 2019
Gastric sleeve helped me in a drastic way. I recommend Tri-State Bariatrics to anyone having troubles with their weight. My sleep apnea is gone.

Before/After
Lost 97 lbs

Teresa
*Individual results may vary.

June 6th, 2019
TSB is a big family and has helped me through my journey.

Tricia
*Individual results may vary.

June 03, 2019

Before/After
Lost 173 lbs
Greg
*Individual results may vary.

June 03, 2019

Before/After
Lost 63 lbs!
Karinys
*Individual results may vary.

June 02, 2019
I had been Yo-Yo dieting all my life and have never been able to reach a healthy weight. I was constantly feeling down and depressed. I was advised surgery as an option. The first time I talked to the staff at Tri State I knew that if I am going to with surgery as an option this would be the place! The staff is kind, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable they helped ease all my concerns about weight loss surgery.
I had the Sleeve in back January of 2019, and since then I have lost over 70lbs. I have so much more energy and have a more positive outlook. So thanks to Tri-State for helping me reach my goal.

Before Surgery/ After Surgery
Menachem
*Individual results may vary.

May 31st, 2019
The gastric sleeve has changed my life. Healthy feels amazing!

Before/After
Lost 62 lbs

Wendy
*Individual results may vary.

May 31st, 2019
I feel super proud of myself for reaching my goal and being a healthier version of myself. Thank you TSB for my new lifestyle.

Before/After
Lost 93 lbs

Caterine
*Individual results may vary.

May 29th, 2019
I came in expecting to be told that I would need weight loss surgery. The amazing doctors here knew it was not my first choice and helped me avoid it by doing medical weight loss. I feel amazing! And I am so grateful for Tri-State Bariatrics staff in helping me get to where I want to be and so much more.
Irene

*Individual results may vary.

May 29th, 2019
Best decision I ever made for being healthy. I feel 20 years younger and TSB has absolutely “hands down” the best staff. Don’t wait like I did to talk to the staff here. They really care about their patients and want to help you reach your goals. I am living proof of the success this surgery has!
Jimmy
*Individual results may vary.

May 29th, 2019
The surgery was the best decision I’ve made in my life. No regrets and never felt better!

Paul
*Individual results may vary.

May 29th, 2019
I feel great after the procedure and my health has also improved.

Before/After
Lost 92 lbs

Russell
*Individual results may vary.

May 29th, 2019
I don’t regret making the decision. I would do it all over again. Best decision I ever made. I feel comfortable walking now and my health is good now.
Fedna
*Individual results may vary.

May 28th, 2019
Having bariatric surgery at Tri-State 1st in 2006 and then in 2016, and I am the healthiest I have ever been in my adult life! Feeling great and looking great!

Before/After

Kristin
*Individual results may vary.

May 28th, 2019
This place rocks!

Lost 85 lbs

Rick
*Individual results may vary.

May 28th, 2019
Best decision I ever made. Really works!!
Michael
*Individual results may vary.

May 28th 2019
I’m still not done with my journey and I am enjoying every moment.

Before/After Surgery

Before/After
Lost 120 lbs
Barbara
*Individual results may vary.

May 24th, 2019
October 2018 I decided to change my life forever. I struggled with my weight for years! Yoyo diet after yoyo diet, weeks at the gym, meeting with a nutritionist and following intense diets, still NOTHING worked. I was fed up and truly felt as if I tried everything at this point. My gynecologist had then diagnosed me with PCOS. What’s PCOS I asked? Menstrual Irregularity, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity- you name it I had it. All my symptoms started to make sense to me. My gynecologist tried me on all sorts of remedies and medications to help the PCOS. Still unfortunately nothing was working. I felt even more discouraged and defeated at this point in my life. Finally after trying all sorts of things, she referred me to Dr. Wayne Weiss. That was by far the biggest blessing that I ever received. I prepared myself for his office visit. This visit could either gone one or two ways. I didn’t want it to be “just another doctor appointment”. Instead it turned out being one of the greatest appointments I’ve ever had. Dr Weiss is incredibly knowledgeable. I left not only feeling better, But having so much more of a understanding about how he was about to change my life forever. I learned that not only did my diagnosis have such a part of my weight gain but that my body was also storing everything as fat. We talked for over a hour about what the surgery would do. He even drew pictures to give me more of a visual. Not only would this fix my body, my pcos, but how this would also help my mental state! He explained every detail about the gastric sleeve and how he thought this would be best procedure for me. He also recommended doing my sleeve robotically. He explained some of the benefits of the robot. How he would only have to enter once rather than rubbing multiple times against my muscle tissue. He then explained to me recovery time would be much faster this way. After only a few more appointments we were ready! January 10th 2019 Dr. Wayne Weiss not only changed my life, but saved my life! I went into surgery weighing 260 pounds. 5 months later I’m down 75 pounds weighing in at 185! I’m not to my goal just yet but I can’t even begin to explain how much better I feel. My PCOS symptoms FINALLY started to lesson and i’m actually able to see results at the gym! I can finally say I love myself and my tool more than anything! When you look good you feel good. Thank you to Dr. Weiss and all the lovely women at the office in Fishkill. Each and everyone of you have been such a special part of this journey!

Before Surgery/After Surgery

Before Surgery/ After Surgery

Johnna
*Individual results may vary.

May 24th, 2019
All I can say is…the best decision I ever made! Dr. Rivera is my angel. I’ve never felt so good and healthy. The office staff always makes me feel welcome and are the most professional doctor’s office I’ve ever been. Thank you for giving me, me!
Michelle
*Individual results may vary.

May 23, 2019

Feb 2019 Before /May 2019 After

I have struggled with my weight all my adult life and had tried numerous weight loss products, none of them worked. When I first came to Tri-State, I knew this would be the place to help me change! The doctors, nurses, dietitians, and staff really helped me see my potential and guided me through every step. If it weren’t for Tri-State, my life would not be where it is today!

Summer Before/May 2019 After

Georgina
*Individual results may vary.

May 20th, 2019
Lost 74 lbs!

After Surgery Photo with Fishkill Staff
Dornise
*Individual results may vary.

May 15, 2019
I was at 285 pounds with sleep apnea, edema, needed knee replacements in both knees and was very depressed. After having the gastric sleeve surgery and one knee replaced, my sleep apnea is gone. I lost 145 lbs and my surgery was May 15, 2018.

Before/After

Sandra
*Individual results may vary.

April 12, 2019
I had the sleeve surgery on March 30, 2017. I have lost over 100lb.
I have a job that sometimes required fitting in to small spaces and would often get stuck or lose work because I would not be able to fit. I no longer have that problem.
I used to take medication for heart burn that I no longer have to take.
My food and exercise journal that I write in every night are my biggest help and have been my biggest help during this process.
Julianne
*Individual results may vary.

My name is Jo Ann C. My surgery was the sleeve gastrectomy, the date was 11/11/2013. I’ve lost 76.5 lbs so far. I can actually run up a flight of stairs where 6 months ago, I couldn’t. I’ve had back pain that was constant, tennis elbow in my right knee, and right now I am pain free except my knees they haven’t caught up yet. I no longer have to take anti-inflammatory, or muscle relaxers. Dr. Rivera was my surgeon ad he was very attentive while with me. He helped me with my decision to do surgery, made sure was well informed and Dr. Rivera answered all my questions. My surgery, cheer section at work and support group is what helped me most on my weight loss journey as well as a big cheering hand to Dr. Rivera and the staff at Tri State Bariatrics.
*Individual results may vary.

January 8, 2018
I started my journey almost 3 yrs ago. My surgery date was 9/16/2015. I started my journey at over 300 pounds. I went into surgery at 285. Up until the day of my surgery I kept second guessing myself about whether I was doing the right thing and whether it would actually work. Tri-state was with me my entire journey and I have to say that because of them it made everything easier. I am in the healthcare field and patients that saw me over the past 2 and half years have been amazed. If anyone asks I highly highly recommend Tristate Bariatrics and tell everyone they are the only ones to call. I can happily say that after 2 and half years I am at a happy weight of 140 pounds. I am off all my diabetic medication which i was taking (3 different types). My blood pressure is normal my only complaint is that i should of done it sooner. Me having the sleeve surgery is the best decision i have ever made. I am going to be a grandmother next month and i can say thank you Tri-state for making it possible that i will be around to see my grandchild and enjoy her!!!!!
Jill L.
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“I have been overweight most of my life. I have lost the weight many times, only to regain it all. I came to Tri State for my seminar in September 2009. I was a very unhealthy weight of nearly 240! My blood pressure had become an issue. My cholesterol was extremely high. I had my surgery January 20, 2010 and to date I have lost 96 pounds*. I am very happy with my journey and am looking forward to hitting goal which is just a few pounds away. I can honestly say that coming to the Support Group meetings weekly has been a great help to me. Watching others who have had surgery years ago, who still attend is so helpful. The meetings are very informative.
Everyone at the center is very kind and helpful. I am NO longer taking blood pressure medication or cholesterol medication. I am able to work out daily. I can now run, walk, and do aerobics. I can now play on our trampoline with our children and grandchild. Life is good. I am so grateful for this opportunity. I cherish each new day and every new experience I am now able to take advantage of and fully experience. Thank you Dr. Kwon for giving me my life back. 🙂 ”

Sharyn

*Individual results may vary.

“I had been yoyo dieting all my life. I was at the point, that due to arthritis in my knees and back, I could hardly walk. I was on medication for high blood pressure and for high cholesterol. After much prayerful discernment I decided to investigate lap band surgery. I came to Tri State Bariatrics on July 3, 2008. At that day-long seminar I was given so much valuable information in a friendly, positive, and supportive manner. I knew that day that it was time for me to make this major move. I quickly made all the necessary appointments for my tests and my surgery was scheduled for October 15, 2008. Since that time I have lost over 120 pounds* and my life has improved dramatically. I no longer need my medications. I can run and play with my grandchildren. I went to Disney with them last summer and I walked everywhere they did and went on all the rides as well. My quality of life has improved dramatically. Staying on track can be difficult at times but attending weekly support groups keeps me focused. Dr. Kwon and the staff at Tri State Bariatrics do everything in their power to be supportive. I have been blessed to have found them!”
Julia

*Individual results may vary.

“I started my journey back in December of ’09. It’s been nine months and I have lost over 85 pounds* so far. I had been doing some research about weight loss surgery for a little while. I asked my Doctor who I should contact and he recommended Tri State Bariatrics and Dr. Kwon. It’s been the best thing I have done for myself in a long time. I started talking about it on Facebook, I talk to my family and my friends all of whom where very excited for me. I travel for work teaching safety to truck drivers all over the north east coast. As part of my intro to the class I tell them a little about myself and what I have done and I get a lot of positive feedback.
I had my surgery on July 15. The things I can do are amazing. I walk (no running yet) the biggest thing is I can cross my legs again. My dream is to run in a marathon one day. I had the Lap-Band surgery. I have been taken off some of my medication such as Metformin and a couple of others. The staff at Tri State Bariatics is like family, very caring and loving. I hope one day I can be part of the staff. If you follow what the dietitian and the Doctors says, you should not have a problem. My biggest fear is getting sick, so that is why I follow what they say to the letter.”

Thank you, Frank

*Individual results may vary.

“Most all of my life was spent overweight even though I tried every diet known on the market. It seemed nothing would work for me even though I followed them diligently and exercised like crazy. Finally I hit my wits end and started looking into a more serious approach with gastric bypass surgery. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy but decided it was the right option for me and at 256 pounds on my 5’4? frame went to Tri State Bariatrics for a consultation. The staff at Tri State was pleasant and helpful and not once did I feel like I was being scrutinized or judged for choosing surgery over dieting. July 29th 2009 is when my life changed with Roux En Y Gastric Bypass Surgery by Dr. Kwon. I have now lost 103 pounds* since my surgery a little over a year ago and I have never felt better. My eating habits have changed and I opt for fruits and vegetables as well as healthier entrees instead of sweets and fast food. In fact I don’t eat anything with sugar in it and haven’t done so since my surgery. I have more energy and I am able to do things that I felt my weight kept me from doing before. I also have a lot more confidence and have made many new friends that I would have been afraid to meet when I was overweight. Its a wonderful feeling to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and actually like the person that I see looking back at me. Thank you to the staff and Dr. Kwon at Tri State Bariatrics for helping to make my life healthier.”
Syndi

*Individual results may vary.

“Before my Gastric Bypass surgery I was on three medications, wearing a C-Pap machine at night. I could not walk long periods of time without taking a break. I had to use one leg at a time to go up and down stairs. On January 2nd 2013 was the day of my gastric bypass surgery.
I have lost 138 pounds!!!!!*
I can now walk long distances without any breaks; go up and down a flight of stairs using both legs. I am off ALL of my medications.
I’m now doing aqua-zumba and toning classes. Now I feel I can do anything! I don’t look at the weight I have lost but instead I look at how healthy I am”!

Donna

*Individual results may vary.


I remain a very happy and excited patient at 100 lbs lighter and counting.

Click here for my personal weight loss journey timeline of 100lbs!

Aurelle

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My journey began on my own 12/2017 at a high weight of 292 lbs ! I decided to pursue a healthier lifestyle and went to Tri-State Bariatrics to assist me in achieving my goal. The beginning of my new lifestyle started 2/19/2018 at 282 lbs. On 8/7/2018, I had the sleeve gastrectomy and I was 214 that morning. Following the teams advice, great dietitians and doctors guidance, I have reached my personal goal of 138 lbs in March of 2019. I am no longer pre-diabetic, have lots more energy and find it very easy to make the appropriate choices needed to maintain this healthier me. I feel much better both physically & mentally. My advice to those whom are considering this new lifestyle is to prepare. Take the time to learn the differences of physical and mental hunger with the assistance of the bariatric dietitians. Aim for success and know that this isn’t an easy way out but it is in fact a new lifestyle. Being prepared before surgery was in my opinion, the best thing that I could have ever done. You’re gonna love meeting the new you ! Best wishes.

I would recommend this group without any hesitation through my experience.

Anna

* Individual results may vary.

I had been yo-yo dieting all my life. I was unhappy with myself. I had trouble breathing, and I was on medication for high blood pressure, diabetes and my thyroid (and now, everything is completely normal). I was so depressed with being overweight. Every time I’d lose weight, I’d enter that comfort zone and went right back to my old habits. Food was comforting for me and it was an escape for my emotions. I was a mess and I knew I had to make a change. I’ve always thought about getting surgery but was always scared. Until…my ex-girlfriend got the surgery done. When I saw her shedding the pounds with my own eyes, I knew what I had to do…I had to face my fears and change my life for the better. I had my VSG on September 6, 2017. To date, I’ve lost 166lbs. I can do so much now! I have so much more energy, I feel so free and I’m able to experience life from a whole new perspective. But most of all, I’m able to EMBRACE life so much more. Something I never thought I’d be able to do! I can do so many physical activities now and not get tired so quickly. I have so much more stamina! Family, friends, the WLS community in general helped me get through this. My life is so much more better because I’m able to love myself now!

Jeffrey

* Individual results may vary.


I had the https://www.tristatebariatrics.org/laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy done in March of 2017. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’ve lost 175 pounds in a year and a half. My life has changed in so many ways. Recently, I took a trip to Florida and didn’t need the extension belt. What a great feeling that was! I’m doing things that people take for granted now, like putting on your own shoes and taking walks.

I had just become a diabetic but after the sleeve, my numbers were good. I also have MS and Psoriatic arthritis. I can’t say they are gone but the less weight on my bones helped quite a bit.

You struggle the first few weeks trying to understand what is going on with your body. It is not easy, I did not have any pain but I did get dehydrated and needed an infusion. This is why water is so important.

I feel great — so much energy and just loving life. I have to thank my family, especially my husband, for all of his support. He was amazing. Tri-State was also wonderful through every step of the way. The staff always made you feel welcomed and encouraged you with a compliment or a good job.

I’ve learned to eat healthier and hope to keep the weight off for years to come. I would do all of this again in a heartbeat.

Kim

* Individual results may vary.

Location: Suffern


I began my weight loss journey almost 5 years ago when I decided that I had to do something about my weight or I would always be sick or die. I was 365 lbs then and very sick. I was on multiple medications including 3 different types for high blood pressure. I suffered from sleep apnea and was pre-diabetic. I could not walk ten feet without gasping for air. I would stress eat in parking lots in my car. I tried every diet without any success and then would decided that over eating was the answer. I had lost confidence and had given up and thrown myself into my job. I was lost.

Finally, I decided to see a seminar with Tri-State Bariatrics and that changed my life. I decided to have the https://www.tristatebariatrics.org/laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy and that decision saved my life. The entire staff at Tri-state is amazing. Dr. Cepada performed my sleeve surgery. He is an inspirational doctor and I’m thankful for him.

After surgery on July 29, 2014, I went in for my 1 week appointment and weighed in and I could not believe what I saw on the scale, I had lost 28.5 lbs. I was overwhelmed with joy and was committed to continue to lose more by doing the right thing with my diet.

I lost a total of 170 lbs over a 1 1/2 years after surgery. After almost five years, I have only gained back 22 lbs. I work really hard with eating right. I’m blessed and thankful each day of my life. I had a new start and the surgery, although only a tool in this process, saved my life.

Matteo

* Individual results may vary.

Location: Fishkill

Tri State Bariatrics would like to invite you to share your personal weight loss journey by writing a testimonial. Our staff at Tri State Bariatrics has been so very fortunate to hear and see the amazing journeys our patients have experienced because of their weight loss.
We believe your testimonial would be inspirational and extremely beneficial to other patients. As you may recall before you had your surgery it was very helpful to hear what other people experienced during their journey.

Please allow us to share your journey with other people who are considering weight loss surgery. If you’re not sure what to write about consider some ideas listed below.

Possible ideas: a good guideline or rule of thumb is one or two paragraphs.

  • What surgery did you have?
  • How long ago?
  • How much weight did you lose?
  • What can you do now that you could not or didn’t want to do before your surgery?
  • What health problems did you have before your surgery and how has that improved?
  • What types of medications are you no longer taking?
  • What helped you the most along your weight loss journey?
  • How did you overcome a struggle you had during your weight loss journey?

Thank you for taking the time to share your weight loss journey!
The TRI STATE BARIATRICS “You Deserve a Hug!” TEAM


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Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

(845) 517-2870

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