The Surgical Team

Geoffrey H. Wilcox, MD, FACS

Dr. Wilcox received his medical training at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Wilcox is the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Sewickley Valley Hospital, and the Co-Director at St. Clair Hospital.

Michael D. Felix, MD, FACS

Dr. Felix received his medical training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. He served as a United States Naval Officer, is certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Felix is the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at St. Clair Hospital and the Co-Director at Sewickley Valley Hospital.

Jamie L. Dunn, PA-C
Mrs. Dunn received her Bachelors Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Gannon University and her Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.  She is an integral part of the surgical team and a valuable asset to Hope Bariatrics.

 

PATIENT TESTIMONIAL

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Numbers don't lie. Waist size 62 down to a 38 (and almost into a 36). Shirt size 5-6x down to a XXL. I've lost 208 pounds in less than a year. Had someone told me this last summer when I was 470 pounds and struggled to put shoes on, I would have laughed in your face.

I had tried every diet under the sun. Every one of them. Not a single one of them proved successful. I tried exercising. I tried everything. I was spiraling out of control. My portions were enormous. A Double-quarter pounder sandwich, TWO large fries, and TWO double cheeseburgers and a large Coke were the norm on a trip to McDonald's. A DiGiorno's pizza with a bag of shredded cheese on top was a meal, not to mention snacking while it was cooking.

To even think of those portions or that type of food today, however, makes me absolutely disgusted. Not only can I not eat that food, I won't.

In 2007, I had enough. As a truck driver, I was encountering trucks that I could not fit into. I was at the lowest point I had ever been. I kicked smoking in 2006, I quit dipping snuff in 2007, and quit sugar and carbonated drinks in 2008. In 2008, I was up to 12-24 cans of diet pop per day.

Something had to give. I made the decision that, after years of trying (and a lot of failing) I could not lose the weight on my own. I contacted Hope Bariatrics, desperate and scared. I figured if I could give up my addiction to caffeine, sugar, and fatty foods, I could do it for a lifetime. Enough was enough; there were people who weighed LESS than I did who died of a heart attack! The thought of my wife having to put me in a supersized coffin or being removed from my house by a crane was NOT what I wanted my final memory to be. What did I have to lose? Everything else failed, and I must admit I was a tad scared this may fail too. I had my share of advice from people and know-it-alls...Many people may say that surgery is the "easy" way out. Those are the same people who don't struggle with weight!

After the hoop jumping process my insurance company requires, I was scheduled for surgery. I was eating low fat foods, but still big portions. I was drinking 1-2 gallons of water a day. Every day. August 12, 2008 was the moment God and Dr. Felix and his staff gave me a new life. They enabled me to start over. Dr. Felix was my personal miracle worker. I literally owe my life to Dr. Felix and the Hope Bariatrics staff. EVERYONE at Hope Bariatrics treated me like gold from day one. I didn't get the "MY God he's huge" stares from anyone on the staff. No one talked down to me. No one made me feel bad about being 30 pounds shy of 500 pounds. Cindy is just as nice to me at 260 pounds as she was when I was 470. I love the staff!!! I can't say enough good things about them!!!

At almost one year post-op, I am often asked if I would do it again. Yes. Without hesitation I would. I went from 470 pounds to 260 pounds in less than a year. It is a lifelong commitment. Even at a year out, I am often asked if I miss junk food like pizza and McDonald's. Simply, no. I don't. The smell of McDonald's nauseates me now (seriously). Do I miss the all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants? No. Do I miss the pop? The tobacco? The caffeine? No. Not at all. I still am able to eat the good things, just in small quantities. There is a wonderful variety of no sugar added or sugar free "sweets" I had never noticed before while buying Oreos and sugared ice cream.....As for fast and processed foods? No way. I don't eat them. If I can succeed, anyone can!

Thank you to everyone at Hope Bariatrics for giving me my life back. With all of my heart, thank you all so much for everything.
 

- Bill



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