Lawanda D How Weight Loss Surgery Changes Lives: Lawanda's Story

“I can play football with my sons.”

Lawanda Davis, 44, Newark

Assembly team worker and mother of four boys

Date of surgery: June 11, 2021

Pounds lost: 97

Biggest benefit: “I feel so much healthier. I feel amazing. I can play football with my sons. That’s what they love— just having fun outdoors—and I Iove to do it with them.”

Naveen Ballem MD
Naveen Ballem MD

Lifestyle change: “I became overweight over time through bad eating habits. I didn’t know my limits. Now, after surgery, I can’t eat as much. I control my portions and try to make healthy choices. It’s been almost a year now, and as the days go by, it gets easier. I got a gym membership, and I’m looking forward to going back and toning 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.