Before after surgery transformations are just incredible… See their pics here…

Are you curious about the effectiveness of surgical weight loss? Take a look at these patient testimonies from patients who have been treated at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Richmond University Medical Center. Please welcome Harry, Janet, and Jean to the room. Hear what they have to say about their weight loss adventures and the reasons why they picked Dr. Alex Barkan for the bariatric surgery that changed their lives.

Life before the operation:


“As I looked at my two daughters and my two grandkids, I wanted to be there to see them all achieve their goals, such as finishing high school, getting married, etc. Eventually, in life, you will face a situation in which you will need to make a very significant choice, and I can honestly say that deciding to have surgery was the most important choice I have ever made.

A Look Back at Your Time Spent at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute:

“Dr. Barkan is a prince; he is an amazing and very bright individual. The team led by Dr. Barkan was incredibly encouraging. This is the biggest praise I can provide to these folks since it demonstrates that they are real. Have you ever been on the receiving end of a nurse who stayed on the phone with you for a whole ten minutes? They are always inquiring about how you are doing by asking, “How are you feeling?” It is really significant to me.

Janet’s Story


Life before the operation:

“At the time, I was taking 10 different drugs, and I felt as if I was completely helpless. I tried to avoid walking and going anywhere. Since walking and waiting in line were both physically hard for me, I was unable to spend time with my family or friends. I was only allowed a certain number of trips up and down the stairs. My knees were giving me a lot of trouble. My life was a living hell, and as a result, I didn’t even have a life. At long last, I came to the conclusion that it was time for me to reclaim my life and begin living a healthy lifestyle once again.

A Look Back at Your Time Spent at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute:

“Getting treatment at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Richmond University Medical Center was without a doubt the most positive experience. Dr. Barkan has such an approachable style when he is working with patients. He has a kind and understanding demeanor, and he paid attention to both my worries and the things I wanted to accomplish. The prior medical professionals I had seen were so emphatic that my test results should correspond to a predetermined set of parameters, and that I should achieve a certain weight. When I informed Dr. Barkan that all I want is to be well, he understood what I meant. It was impossible for me to see myself moving anyplace else, so I stopped hunting for jobs right away.

“I still can’t believe that people don’t know me everywhere I go, and they continue to stop me. Before I had surgery, I averaged between 800 and 900 steps per day; after then, that number has increased to anywhere between 10,000 and more. I began off on 10 different drugs, including five for my blood pressure, but now I’m just on two of them. If carrying something out is something you feel strongly about, you shouldn’t put it off any longer; just get it done. You are going to be angry with yourself for all the time you wasted by not doing it.

The History of Jean


Life before the operation:

“For the last twenty years, I have been unable to successfully reduce weight on my own. I tried everything I could think of, but nothing seemed to work, and I was well aware that I couldn’t solve the problem on my own. I needed assistance, and I required a group of people who would work directly with me. I was also seeking something that had been cleared by the medical establishment and came with a feeling of responsibility and community. I found that to be the case at the Richmond University Medical Center, with Dr. Barkan and his colleagues.”

A Look Back at Your Time Spent at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute:

“I found Dr. Barkan to be very kind, incredibly knowledgable, and truly concerned about his patients. I’ve told him, “You are saving lives,” and he’s been quite appreciative. It is quite clear that he cares deeply about each of his patients. He is reliable, and he takes the time to explain everything in great detail. Even with insurance, he is of assistance. It is easy to see that he takes great pride in every step of this procedure. As a result of my participation in the bariatric support group, I am now aware of how highly everyone speaks about him. He is a kind physician, and his staff accorded me the utmost respect.

Kristen’s Story

“All I wanted was to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I wanted to ensure that there would be room for me in the future of my children.

Get started right now on writing your weight loss story!


You only need to pick up the phone to make a difference in your life today. Get in touch with the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Richmond University Medical Center for further information on surgical weight loss. You are more than welcome to make an appointment with Dr. Barkan and come to our next free bariatric conference to hear further experiences from people who have already gone through the weight loss process. To get started, give the number (718) 818-4020 a call.

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