November 22, 2013

St. Vincent’s Center for Bariatric Surgery celebrates 14th annual graduation ceremony

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Center for Bariatric Surgery held its annual graduation ceremony in October. The celebration marked an opportunity for 66 patients to celebrate success with family and friends, and also to meet the new faces at the Center for Bariatric Surgery.

The 66 patients attending this year’s ceremony collectively lost a total of 7,391 pounds. The graduates have not only lost weight, they have also drastically improved their overall health. Here are some other facts and figures from the 2013 graduating class:

High Blood Pressure

  • 31 patients had high blood pressure before surgery
  • 20 patients have resolved their high blood pressure since havingSurgery


  • 22 patients lived with diabetes before surgery
  • 17 patients have resolved their diabetes since surgery

Sleep Apnea

  • 41 patients had sleep apnea before surgery
  • 33 patients have resolved their sleep apnea since surgery


  • The 2013 graduating class took, in total, 274 pills each day before having surgery
  • The 2013 graduating class currently only takes 116 pills each day
  • That’s 158 pills no longer being taken each day, which equals 57,670 pills per year


  • 1 pound = 3,500 calories
  • The graduating class lost a total of 7,391 pounds, which equals 25,868,500 calories

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

Pictured are Dr. Chandra Hassan, medical director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery and Dr. Zhara, cardiologist, at the annual bariatric graduation ceremony.

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