Weight Loss Celebration

Obesity patients who benefited from surgeries celebrate

Some of the people weighed more than 600 pounds. Others weighed more than 400 pounds. About 30 patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery to combat their obesity met for a reunion yesterday at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati where they had the operations done.

Nik Tesla weighed 672 pounds before his surgery. He was unable to walk from his house to his mailbox at the curb without stopping to catch his breath. The 33-year-old machinist said the operation has helped him to live his life.

Gastric bypass surgery involves cutting and stapling the stomach and creating a pouch the size of an egg that serves as a smaller stomach. That reduces the amount of food people can eat. A medical assessment team helps patients determine whether the surgery is appropriate for them.