Elaine L How Weight Loss Surgery Changes Lives: Elaine's Story

“Now, I’m at my full potential.”

Elaine Lyman, 44, Jersey City

Mother of two teen daughters

Date of surgery: January 12, 2021

Pounds lost: 108

Biggest benefit: “For years, I was ashamed to even go to parent teacher conferences or other school events because I felt somewhat embarrassed for my kids. I was the fat mom. “I started out in size 20 jeans and a 3X shirt. Now, I’m a size 8 and a medium shirt. I feel incredible. I have so much energy. Now I’m at my full potential.”

Naveen Ballem MD
Naveen Ballem MD

Lifestyle change: “I love to walk, 30 minutes at least every other day. Where I live there are a lot of hills I use to build up muscles and a good sweat. I do squats at random during the day. I dance around the house while cleaning up.”

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.