Barbara M How Weight Loss Surgery Changes Lives: Barbara's Story

“I don’t even miss sweets and junk food.”

Barbara Mesce, 59, Bloomfield

Former crossing guard

Date of surgery: April 11, 2018

Pounds lost: 100

Biggest benefit: “I feel excellent being 100 pounds lighter—and people who haven’t seen me in a while do a double take.”

Naveen Ballem MD
Naveen Ballem MD

Lifestyle change: She is maintaining a weight of 150 to 155 pounds and keeping up with her two grandchildren. “I drink a lot of water, I get my protein in,” she says. “I eat a lot of fruit, bananas, grapes, oranges, a lot of vegetables. Sweets and junk food were my weakness, but I don’t even miss them anymore.”

Bariatric surgery changes a person physically, but patients find it transforms their lives as well,” says Naveen Ballem, MD, Director of Bariatric Surgery at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC). “They develop new habits and new attitudes. It’s literally a new lease on a longer, better and healthier life.”

Learn more about weight loss surgery at Clara Maass Medical Center.