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Patient Testimonials

Turning His Life Around

Brian Peters’ life was out of control. He knew something needed to be done and, through the help of Valley Medical Group’s Melissa Bagloo, MD, he was able to get his life back on track in ways too numerous to mention. Read more

A New Outlook on Life

Thirty-one year old Carisa Friedman spent years on a weight-loss rollercoaster. From diets to diet pills to hypnosis and support groups, her weight would go up and down and so did her frustration. Read more

A Life in Motion

For 15 years, Christine Pietroburgo struggled with losing weight. “It was one of those things where I knew I was getting heavy and I tried so many different diets. I would lose weight and I would start to exercise and then gain it all back. And that was just something that made me go into a situation where it affected me. I started getting depressed. I didn’t feel good about myself anymore. I felt that my kids needed a mom that was more active.” As her 30s came to a close, Christine Pietroburgo knew that it was time to reclaim her life. “I started this journey at 39 by really taking a look at myself. I wanted to go into my forties healthy. One thing that was really tough was that I started having physical limitations. I was off balance. I was breaking my ankles. I was falling. I was having trouble walking up and down stairs. My knees hurt. I was out of breath. I just didn’t feel good.” Read more

Reclaiming Confidence

Shirley Fischer had always struggled with her weight, but had been able to manage it relatively well through diet and exercise. However, the weight always came back, causing Shirley to become what she describes as a “yo-yo dieter.” Issues with her weight caused Shirley to become insecure and, as she explains, “Prior to surgery, I was withdrawn and unhappy. I had no confidence. I didn’t socialize. I didn’t want to see anyone that I knew before the weight gain. I didn’t want to meet anyone new. I didn’t go to restaurants. I felt like everyone was looking at me and thinking how could she let herself get this heavy?” Read more

Weight-Loss Surgery Gives Bogota Family Their Health Back

At age 24, Albert Verona weighed 360 pounds, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and borderline diabetes. Having little energy to do anything, he would come home from his job as a security guard, eat and go to sleep. “Before I gained weight, I had always been athletic, but it got to the point where I could not run at all. A mile would have been a marathon for me.” Read more

General Surgery Procedures
  • Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Paraesophageal and Hiatal Hernia Repairs
  • Surgical Treatment of Acid reflux (GERD)
  • Surgical Treatment of Achalasia
  • Abdominal Wall and Inguinal Hernias
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Illness/Injury affecting the stomach, esophagus, intestine, and gallbladder