Success Stories

Success Stories

Some of our clients are keen to tell you about their experiences of weight loss surgery with The Bariatric Group. Click on their photos below to read their full story.

Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.


Since my Gastric Band I have so much energy!

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“We both made the decision to have surgery and lose weight together – after all, we had put on weight together, so this made perfect sense. We were also worried about how our kids were picking up our bad eating habits and we hardly had any energy to play with them, the only exercise they got was at school in PE.” Peter had his Gastric Band inserted on his 40th birthday in July 2008 and Paula three weeks later.
“It totally changed the way we live and eat – now we look at the nutritional content on food packaging in the supermarket and have replaced the junk foods in our family diet with fruit and vegetables.” Paula made low fat versions of the family’s favourite meals. Soon the whole family were out on their bicycles and swimming.
18 months since their gastric band, both Peter and Paula have lost five stone and love the difference it makes to their lives. Paula loves going shopping for fashionable clothes and Peter likes the improvement in their relationship. “Apart from having the kids this is the best thing we’ve ever done” says Paula.


I researched The Bariatric Group before I made my decision on having a gastric band.
The team have been amazing, especially nurse Jane and have been informative and supportive every step of the way. The hospital nurses Jackie and Nan were amazing and took great care during my stay.
The follow-up support has been faultless by the Bariatric Group and I can honestly say it’s the best thing I have ever done!”


My life is a changing journey it has taken me almost three years. With help from all at The Bariatric Group in Taunton. Special mention to Jane for her support at all our meetings, my advice is be ready for life style changes. Enjoy the little things you can eat, it is not the end of the world not filling up your plate to overload. Being mentally in the right place makes you realise I takes time. I am now 60 and weigh the same as I did when I was 24 years old. To sit with my GP and him say you are looking 20 years younger was a joy.


Although I was not hugely overweight (BMI 30) and had always kept my weight under control, an underactive thyroid and NAFLD has resulted in a 2 stone weight increase. I was on daily medication for stomach ulcers (caused by not eating when hungry in an attempt to lose weight. Reflux medication (hernia) and was pre-diabetic. Whilst the fitting of my gastric band, my hernia was repaired. The operation was not straightforward due to the size of my liver, but I recovered well. One year on and I am on no medication at all for my stomach, I am no longer diabetic and my liver is recovering. I eat guilt free for the first time since I was a teenager. Bariatric surgery is not only for the morbidly obese, but it has also changed my life and my health when nothing else could. I still “make the right food choices”, which some would consider dieting, but before surgery, I was doing this and I was constantly hungry and gaining weight. Best decision of my life!
Forever grateful to Mr. Welbourn, Ali and the team.


After my pre op weigh in, I weighted 22 stone and with only being 5ft tall I was told I should lose 9 stone with the sleeve gastrectomy. I am now 11st 11lbs and still losing, I feel so much better in myself especially my confidence. I was size 24-26 and I am now size 10-12. The Bariatric Group and the Nuffield were amazing, staff were friendly and I was well looked after and everything went so smoothly. I can’t not thank you all enough – My life is amazing!


I lost 11 stone
“My name is Jack Northam. I am a 21-year-old from Plymouth and I had the Gastric Bypass operation just over a year ago in February 2012. I have struggled with my weight since the age of about five. Being bigger than other kids my age was tough, and it slowly progressed over the years. Luckily for me, I have always been sporty so for a while it held the weight gain at bay. But from 15/16 years old I could start to feel the difference and it took its toll on my sporting lifestyle.
Unfortunately, my dad, who has now passed away, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, when I was 17. From then until the date of my surgery I lost control and stopped caring about my weight. This resulted in me becoming a terrifying 25 stone. At that stage I knew something had to be done and I accepted that I needed help. After researching online I came across The Bariatric Group and thought long and hard about what they had to offer. It was a big step but if I continued to gain weight I wasn’t going to reach my 30th birthday.
So I decided to have weight loss surgery, which turned out to be the best decision I ever made, I haven’t looked back since. Now I can play football 3/4 times a week, I love swimming again and I have the confidence to do things I used to struggle with.
I am more outgoing, more confident, I have been lucky as I have had constant support from my girlfriend, family and friends. In just over a year my weight loss is 11 stone 5 pounds in total which puts me at a more respectful weight of 13 stone 10 pounds. Another 1 stone 10 pounds to lose and I will be where I want to be! If you are like the old me and you are thinking about this operation, don’t let fear or embarrassment stop you. Although a Gastric Bypass is a lot of money, don’t let this get in the way either – when you put the figure into perspective your health is much more important than expensive possessions like a car or a house.
Anyone who is thinking about having this done should be confident and positive about the whole procedure. I was back to work two and a half weeks after the operation when they said to expect around four to six weeks off. Go for it you won’t look back.”

Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and as such, The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals, results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss, surgery please contact our expert team.


“I was 76 years old, felt depressed and miserable and I had to have two knee replacements as I could hardly walk. This surgery has given me back my life and I cannot thank Mr Richard Welbourn and this team enough. I feel so well, happy, and hoping for a long and active life now.
Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.”


“For as long as I can remember I have battled with my weight. I have tried every diet imaginable, from sensible eating plans and exercise regimes, to extreme faddy diets and even hypnosis! I always put on a brave face and tried my best not to let my weight bother me, but I was just ignoring the problem and in denial about the seriousness of my weight. There was only so long I could pretend everything was alright and I was happy. I used to dread going to new places, always worried about if I would fit into chairs, or even worse – if a chair would take my weight. Instead of buying clothes that I liked, I bought clothes that would fit and finding clothes that would fit was becoming more and more difficult. I would feel physically sick at the thought of having to buy new clothes. Even though my family and friends were supportive, I increasingly felt like I was an embarrassment to them. When I had my son I realised how important my own health was and wanted to make sure I would be around for him as long as possible. It was then that I began to look into weight loss surgery. I tried for over three years to have weight loss surgery on the NHS, but with no luck. Weight loss surgery was a huge financial commitment for me, but I realised it was an investment in my health and decided to have surgery with The Bariatric Group. Surgery really was the only option left for me.
Deciding to have weight loss surgery with The Bariatric Group was the best decision I ever made. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner! I weighed 27 stone when I made the phone call to The Bariatric Group. All the staff were really supportive, honest and non-judgmental. I met with the surgeon who explained that I would have to lose some weight before my surgery, so I followed a strict diet for four weeks, with the advice and guidance of a dietitian. I lost 1 and a half stone before my surgery. I opted for a gastric bypass and my surgery went really well with no complications. I made a good recovery and have had amazing weight loss results. My total loss so far is 11 and a half stone. I have gone from a dress size 32/34 to a dress size 16/18.
Deciding to have weight loss surgery was one of the most difficult choices I’ve ever had to make. It wasn’t an easy thing to do, I have had to work hard in order to achieve my weight loss results.
From the start, The Bariatric Group have been amazing. All of the before and after care I have received has been fantastic, I know they are only a phone call away if I need any more support. I truly believe that weight loss surgery saved my life, I will forever be grateful to Mr Welbourn, the surgeon who performed my operation.
My life has changed so much since my surgery. I feel more confident, happy and most importantly I am healthier. I no longer dread going to new places and don’t even have to think about if I can fit into a chair or not. I have found a new enthusiasm for life. Weight loss surgery really has given me my life back and enabled me to be the person I always wanted to be. For the first time ever I am winning the battle, and in control of my weight. There really aren’t enough words to describe how amazing that feels!”


I was 58 years old and had spent the whole of my adult life on a diet. With each failed attempt at the ‘latest’ diet, I became more and more depressed. I hated getting out of bed in the morning. I wore a size 26 and weighed 19 stone 2lbs. I felt so tired all of the time. My health was also suffering; I had been diagnosed with diabetes, my cholesterol was 6.9 and I had been taking medication for 15 years due to reflux. What else could go wrong?
I was sat watching television when an advertisement for The Bariatric Group appeared. I picked up the telephone and gave them a call. I was offered a 1:1 consultation free of charge, this was really useful as it gave me the opportunity to get answers to all of the questions that were rushing around in my head. That day changed my life; I booked in to have a Gastric Bypass.
I had my surgery on March 18th 2009. Two weeks after surgery I was able to stop taking the medication that I had been prescribed for reflux, three months later my diabetes had resolved and my cholesterol was reduced to 3.2!
I cannot tell you how much this weight loss surgery has changed my life. I have so much energy now and cannot wait to get out of bed in the morning to see what the day is going to hold.
A year later, I now wear a size 16 dress and weigh 12 stones 9lbs. I am so much happier and am well on my way to my target weight of 11 stone 5lbs.


10 years ago, my weight was a BIG issue. I had been battling with my obesity for over a decade and it had spiralled out of control. I was wearing size 26, was on medication for heart burn, my knees ached and crunched. I was lethargic, depressed and miserable.
I then made a decision to have a Gastric Band and literally my life changed. Within the first year after surgery, I was wearing a size 16 and I felt like a new person. My band gave me control back. I was able to come off my medication and I even started cycling! Life became easier…and better.

Fast forward 9 happy years.
My life with my band was then becoming more difficult. I noticed that my diet had become quite restrictive and I was always standing up to eat. An x-ray showed that my band was far too tight and overly restricted. The reason I was standing up to eat was because my muscles in my oesophagus had stopped working and the food was only going down due to gravity. My band was then emptied to resolve this and I promptly gained 1 stone! My snoring also returned.

I then made the decision to have my Gastric Band removed and have a revision to a Gastric Bypass. I had always secretly known that a Gastric Bypass was more suitable for me, as I have a sweet tooth and a passion for cheese and wine. So I went ahead and had my operation at the end of March in 2015.

The first two months post-op were quite difficult. I made a few errors with my food choices, but I lived and learned. My diet is far more varied now. I eat what my family eat, but in a smaller portion. I do avoid chocolate, cheese and other high fat and sugary foods, I find living with my Bypass much easier than it was with a Band.

I have lost over 5 stone since I had my surgery, I am now in a size 10. I have found it hard to adjust to my body, I sometimes don’t recognise myself. I do have some loose skin now (as overall I am over 9 stone lighter), but I accept this as a side effect of weight loss. I feel so much better now. I have more energy and a zest for life. Getting dressed is easy – I don’t have to think as much about what I wear! I just throw on a pair of jeans and feel confident in them.

The Gastric Bypass is the most invasive form of bariatric surgery, but it is the Gold Standard. Before my revisional surgery, another patient who had been through a Band to Bypass revision said to me – “Ali, it’s the difference between driving a Mini or a Ferrari”! She was right, the Gastric Bypass does give you fast results and the ride so far has been exhilarating!
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Back in early 2013 I saw a picture of myself from Christmas and it hit me there and then, I really had to do something about my weight. I’d been big since my teens but over the years it had escalated and I was 26 stone! My weight loss journey has been intense, and so incredible. I could not be happier with my results. My entire life is different, and I work with my body now, not against it. I try to eat well, whilst recognising that I will still make terrible choices that don’t fit with someone who’s had a gastric bypass. After all, there is a reason I had bariatric surgery in the first place – because I really, really love food. And I still love food, I love to eat, to socialise and to try new things. Having had a gastric bypass doesn’t stop me doing any of those things, it just changes the way I do them. I feel so much healthier, happier and confident. Most days I look in the mirror, and I feel good about the way I look, and I know I am healthier and can be a much happier person because of the weight loss. My Heaviest weight was 26 stone and now I’m 13 stone.
Before I chose the bariatric group I looked at various different options, but something about the bariatric group pulled me in. It was the team who are just incredible. Everyone is fantastic! Daisy and Ali are brilliant point of contact. They have all the answers and are genuinely interested and enthusiastic. Anne and Jane are fantastic and know exactly what they are talking about. They give me a real feeling of confidence in what they are telling me. I made great use of both of them at various times by just spilling all in exchange for some decent advice. And Mr Welbourn the surgeon. He literally helped me become half the man I used to be!