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Patient Testimonials

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Kristen Stone

Date of Operation: December 18, 2012

I wanted to leave a pre-surgical Thank You! testimonial for all the staff, doctors and surgeons at CWMWC. The process for my surgery is 4 months long for my insurance company...from the first visit through the last the staff has been amazing. All my appointments were set, kept and I was provided reminders (and I had about 20 appointments overall!!). It was really impressive how not one piece was missed...and when it came time to file for the insurance approval it was smooth and quick since all the pieces were in place. I have never been more impressed with a business and its staff...you guys are doing something right and it should be modeled as "how to do it right" for the CMC system. Great job and thank you again!




Pamela Butler

Date of Operation: October 10, 2011

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I have always been overweight but on June 2011 I went to my first information sessions and decided that day it's time to take action. In 12/2010 I weighed in at my last weight watchers meeting at 254lbs. At my first appointment at CWM I weighed in at 242lbs. I had my surgery on 10/10/2011. Coming upon a year, I went to see my dietician on 08/29/2012 and my current weight now is 142lbs. I have more energy and more confidence about my body and smile more. Thank you CWM for a second chance.




Philip P.

Date of Operation: November 30, 1999

At the beginning of 2011, I started researching professional weight loss help. I weighed roughly 320. My personal stats - 40 year old male, 6'2", with a typical white collar desk job and family life. My focus at the time was my family, my career, and my health was a distant 3rd. I started by attending the seminar that talks about surgery. I then made an appointment with Dr. Kuwada. Dr. Kuwada and staff were absolutely amazing and explained all the details of the surgical side. But - Dr. Kuwada suggested I try the medical side so I made an appointment with Dr. Tomcho. Dr. Tomcho is amazing and literally changed my life with the help of his wonderful nurse Bridgett, the nutritionist staff, and everyone else on the medical side. Special thanks to Jessica and Kathryn! Jessica was especially helpful to me explaining my current diet versus my old diet. Showing me the measuring cups was particularly memorable and left a positive impression. Thanks Jessica! About Dr. Tomcho - Dr. Tomcho wants to help and he is genuinely working with you every step of the way. In 3 months with Dr. Tomcho I lost 60lbs. In 5+ months I lost 77 lbs! My results are probably well above average but so is Dr. Tomcho! I clearly can't thank Dr. Tomcho enough and I can only hope that he is able to help other people like me. To anyone considering CWMWC - these people are all world class. Do not worry about walking through those doors for the first time. Everyone at CWMWC is absolutely first class and will help you better understand your situation and provide a path for you. Thank you Dr. Tomcho! You are THE MAN! I weighed 240 lbs yesterday and my goal weight is 210. I am running about 20 miles a week now - 4 X 5 miles. My goal is a 10K and then a marathon!




elizabeth roberson

Date of Operation: September 15, 2010

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I am but half the woman I once was...and proud to say it. I was given new life by Carolinas Weight Management. From my bariatric pre-op journey with Dr. Tomcho, to my surgeon, Dr. Dimitrios Stefanidis. Everybody who is affiliated with this practice has went out of their way over the last 18 months to be there for me. I started at 396, and gained weight for the first several months. topping out at around 425 or so...now...I am around 245, and still dropping. The world has opened up to me as I have continued to discover just how much life I had been missing. I will never be able to share my gratitude sufficiently to these people who so openly accepted me and helped me to find my self worth, my self-esteem and my self confidence.




Elizabeth Roberson

Date of Operation: September 15, 2010

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When I first reported to Carolinas Weight Management, I had no idea what a journey I was embarking on. It took me nearly a year to lose enough weight on my own to be in the bmi range for surgery...I started at a bmi of 59..my first appointment I weighed in at 396...over the next 6 months, I gained another 25 pounds. Finally, things started to click and the weight started coming off...I had surgery in September of 2010...One year ago this week...Dr Stefanidis and his staff have absolutely given me a chance to have a normal life. The things I can do today, most people take for granted. I will be eternally grateful to everyone who has held my hand along the way...I am far from finished with this journey. by some peoples standards I am still severely overweight. But when you have weighed over 400 pounds, being just over 200 is a serious accomplishment. and I have all the tools to continue on my journey. I hope all who read this will know that miracles do happen, they just most of the time have to start with you. I love my r-n-y tool. It keeps me accountable every day. I would do it again without hesitation...BRAVO Carolinas Weight Management and Wellness Center. BRAVO.




Melissa Johnson

Date of Operation: November 30, 1999

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I began seeing Dr. Tomcho during the Spring of 2011 when I came back from a cruise and upon reviewing the pictures saw that my weight had gotten out of control for me. Despite the fact that I knew how to eat healthy and try to stay active, life events and medical conditions caused me to gain weight and then it just wouldn't come off. Dr. Tomcho, the nutritionist and fitness staff helped me see that I could step things up and make subtle changes that would make a difference. I made the recommended changes to my diet keeping an online journal of everything I ate. I also started using the exercise bands everyday, as well as doing sit-ups and push-ups. When I started I think I could do two, and now I'm up to over 20. With the changes I have lost 25 pounds since I started and have gone down over 2 clothing sizes. I feel so much better about myself because the weight has come off, I'm eating better and I have so much more energy. I recommend Carolinas Weight Management to everyone whether you are contemplating surgery or just need to lose the baby weight or weight gained after an injury.




Janice Hill

Date of Operation: August 3, 2009

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I googled this site so I could make my annual appointment for my check-up and bloodwork, and I saw this. So I decided to celebrate my 2-year "surgiversary" by posting about my joy! Hey....I'm 2 years out and loving life! Like most folks have testified, I too fell into those same categories of morbid obesity, topping out at 292 at my highest weight, a 44.1 BMI, and wearing a size 24! That was a couple of years ago. Today I'm a size 6-8 at 160 pounds, and a BMI of about 25. I lost around 130 or so pounds in 9 months after having RNY. The entire journey with CWM and Dr. Kuwada's staff has been an amazing and restorative experience. Thanks Dr. K and staff for the professional care I received. I followed my instructions from day one with my protein, vits, exercise and diet and still do to this day. I walk 3-4 times weekly logging in about 15 miles, and I love Zumba! Following the program the WL center detailed for me has made maintaining this new lifestyle very easy. No, protein is not the best thing in the world to do everyday, but I'll take it anyday over being morbidly obese, unhealthy and miserable in my own skin!.....Again, thanks Dr. K and staff for getting me back to living again!!.......Happy Surgivesary to me!!...:-)




Courtney Lavigne

Date of Operation: September 11, 2007

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I was always a thick girl but never over 200lbs until I had my son at age 25. I gained 70lbs with my pregnacy and never lost the weight, then on top of that weight I put on more weight. I was topping the scales at 295 before I knew it. I lived this way for 5 years, trying every diet and diet pill on the market. I have a life time membership that I paid for at Jenny Craig. Nothing could outweigh the passion to eat and eat. Food is so good! Finanally I went to support my mother at a seminar. I did not agree with her intrest in doing any type of surgery at all. I fear death so I just went to listen. By the time it was over I had a whole other view of the process. I then called and made a consult appt. From there I did everything I was told to do. Before I knew it I was in the hospital (scared to death) preping to have Gastic Bypass! What was I thinking? I was out of my mind. I went home 3 days later and was doing well. I did not even have to use any pain meds once out of the hospital. This was the start of a new me and I was not looking back. I am now a slim size 10/12 and loving life. I would do it all over again. I have no after surgery problems what so ever. I am compliant with taking my vitamins and could not be happier. I was well worth it. It took me 10 months to get the weight off and I have no need for skin removal or anything. I just worked out 4 days a week and made sure that I got my protein in. (yuck) I wish well wishes to all that are on the path to a new you! YOU DESERVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!




CRYSTAL LEWIS

Date of Operation: May 25, 2010

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WHEN I STARTED MY JOURNEY ONLY 5 MONTHS AGO I WAS 310 LBS AT 32 YEARS OLD AND MISERABLE. I HAD HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE , HIGH CHOLESTERAL AND THATS JUST TO NAME A FEW PROBLEMS. SO FAR IVE LOST LBS AND 37.5 INCHES AND STILL MORE TO LOOSE. I CANT WAIT. MY OVERALL LIFE HAS CHANGED IN ONLY A SHORT 5 MONTHS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING CHANGE MY LIFE. I'LL UPDATE ANOTHER PIC IN ANOTHER 5 MONTHS.




Amanda McDaniel

Date of Operation: December 30, 2009

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Wow where to begin! First I am so thankful to Dr. Kuwada and the staff for this wonderful experience. For the past 10 years I had struggled with morbid obesity. I came to the center at 285 only about 20 lbs from being considered super obese which was a shocker. I had done my research and knew going in to this journy that I was interested in the Gastric Sleeve. On 12/30/09 I had my surgery and 10 months later I have lost 100 lbs. The surgery has met and exceeded my expectations! I am so pleased and finally feel like myself again. I am currently 184 and am working to loose at least 20 pounds more or even possibly reach my goal of 145-155. I would do it over again in a heartbeat and just wished I had done it sooner. Thanks Dr. Kuwada! my before photo was labor day '09 , after photo is labor day '10




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