Meet Cynthia

Gastric bypass changed my life for the better

Cynthia had struggled with her weight since she was very young and recalls going on a “food binge.”

When she got on the scale a few years ago and saw that her weight had reached 400. 5 pounds, she knew it was time to take action. “I said, it’s time to get rid of this weight. It’s time to lose it.”

Cynthia had gastric bypass surgery at UPMC Hamot with Amjad Ali, MD. She exceeded her target weight loss by 20 pounds and credits Dr. Ali for helping her along the way.

“Dr. Ali – he’s just awesome. Very informative. When I fall, when I gain weight, he’s right there to build me back up.”

Since the end of 2006, UPMC Hamot has performed more than 500 minimally invasive bariatric surgeries using the da Vinci® robotic surgery system.

Following her surgery, Cynthia began exercising and has seen her health improve significantly, which continues to motivate her even more.

“It has changed my life for the better, and I think it’s helping me live a little bit longer.”