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Bon Secours Community Hospital Surgical Weight Loss Patient Feeling Healthy, Lean and Strong.

Before and After Weight Loss“I’ve lost 170 pounds, and I am the healthiest I’ve been in my life,” said Frank Fanelli of Lackawaxen, Pa.

In 2015, Fanelli came to Bon Secours Community Hospital for a Sleeve Gastrectomy (gastric sleeve). Sleeve Gastrectomy, one of three surgical options offered at The Institute, reduces the size of the stomach so patients eat less and feel satiated faster.

His surgeon was Jamie Cepeda, M.D. from Tri-State Bariatrics. “Dr. Cepeda was very compassionate, informative and thorough. He explained everything to me and it was easy and comfortable to talk with him,” Frank said. “In the near future, my daughter will have the same surgery and Dr. Cepeda will perform her procedure. That’s how much we like him!”

Bon Secours Community Hospital is only 30 minutes from Fanelli’s home. Being able to have the procedure locally made life easier for him and his family – from going to the hospital to returning home the day after surgery.

“Starting the minute I entered the Bariatric Unit, I can honestly say that this is the best care I’ve ever had. The staff was very knowledgeable and they catered to my every need,” he said.

His mother, Domenica, and his wife, Nancy, were in the waiting area during his procedure. Understandably, they were very concerned and the staff set them at ease by keeping them up to date and explaining everything that was going on during surgery and recovery.

Having this procedure was a tough choice for Fanelli. He said that it took him a couple of years to make the decision. But now he is feeling healthy, lean and strong. “I’m in the best shape ever, and I no longer need to take any medications,” he said. “I would recommend The Institute at Bon Secours to anyone who needs weight loss surgery.”

He again returned to Bon Secours Community Hospital a few months later for an unrelated procedure. He was also pleased with his care during that experience. “The nurses here provide great care; they are very accommodating, kind and attentive.”