On May 10, 2010 my life changed for the better. I had gastric bypass performed by Dr. Kemmeter at Saint Mary’s. I decided to have the surgery after battling my weight all my life. I was born heavy, weighing in at over 10 pounds and continued to battle a weight problem thereafter. I grew up in a family that surrounded every event with food.
As a family practice physician, Dr. John Lemke knew he had to do something about his weight when his BMI reached 40. He had diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and knee pain. John calls his decision to have bariatric surgery "life changing." Now John and his wife are taking his passion for exercise to a whole new level-even biking across America!
I was heavy my entire life. I tried everything. I was so depressed and stressed about it. As a result of my weight loss surgery, I have let go of being intimidated of what other people are thinking or talking about me. Saint Mary's is an incredible place to be if you have to be, and I would recommend it to anyone.