Some of our Patients share their weight loss surgery experience:

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Thomas Fernandez shown above at pre-op and 50lbs lighter only one month after surgery!

Thomas is known for being the Piolin por la Manana Show Producer for Univision Radio in Los Angeles.

Donna R.
Donna R went from 216 lbs down to 128 lbs! She discusses her surgery's success with Dr. Owens in this video interview:

Jose's Story is Coming soon... But his pictures speak louder than words!

My name is Jason H. and I got the gastric sleeve from Dr. Owens on July 22 2015. The only regret I have with the surgery is that I didn’t do it 10 years earlier!!! It was totally life changing. I have lost over 200 pounds and have kept it off!! I sleep better. I can exercise. I can do things with my son that I couldn’t do for over 10 years. If you are even considering doing this you must! Dr. Owens and the staff completely took care of me. Pain was minimal and I was back to work in a week.!!! He is simply the best!

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The quality of my life has increase 10-fold because of my decision to lose the weight and use Dr. Owens and his staff at the Coastal Center for Obesity! I’m now almost exactly 2 years past my surgery date, down 107 pounds, into clothes size 6/small, and can wear a lot of my daughter’s clothes!! Am SO confident in Dr. Owens and the surgery that I gave away ALL my big clothes (I had always kept some of my big clothes because I KNEW I’d regain my weight. Great self-confidence, huh?!) I taught aerobics for 25+ years, felt and looked great, muscular, packed. After I quit, it took quite a few pictures for me to realize that I DIDN’T look that way anymore. I knew I didn’t feel that great, but I attributed it to knee issues, high blood pressure, work stress. I was taking a lot of medication for all these issues. Looking at myself in the mirror everyday did not register to me that I was gaining weight. Even with my adjusting clothing sizes from XL to 3XL, it never clicked that I was gaining weight. I used 20-20 hindsight in the mirror and I kidded myself that I was gaining. I ate from stress, plus going out to lunch with my coworkers. Always wanted the best value so we hit buffets. Since I wasn’t working out, the pounds piled on. I finally realized I had gained so much weight that I didn’t want to appear in pictures, so I because the unofficial work and family photographer, to make SURE I didn’t appear in any photos. I was embarrassed to go out in public. We always had to get a table because I couldn’t comfortably fit my stomach under or against a booth table that didn’t move. I had severe joint pain in my knee, shortness of breath, depression and lack of energy. I felt I was also prediabetic. I was even approved for a temporary handicapped placard which was both a blessing and an embarrassment. The greatest embarrassment was at my daughter’s wedding in March of 2013, when I saw the mother/daughter bride getting ready photo. I have been seriously considering bariatric surgery for over 10 years; however, I kept telling myself that I can do this, I can lose the weight on my own.

After a TON of research, I contacted Dr Owens and his wonderful staff about the possibility of gastric sleeve surgery. They were so supportive and informative through the entire process of my sleeve surgery! I have a newfound positive attitude for the future. I have positive energy and health that I'm able to apply to myself and family. I can play with my grandkids. I don’t have to take blood pressure medication or pain medication. I don’t have sleep apnea anymore. We’ve saved a LOT of money on food in the home and eating out. I’m now a REALLY cheap date! I only eat maybe a couple of bites of my husband’s selections and the restaurant serving staff TOTALLY understand. (I still tip as if I ate a full meal, though) After surgery, I felt that I had my slender, high self-esteem life back. I will be eternally grateful to Dr. Owens and everyone involved with the program; they’ve helped me save my life.

Lynne S.

Douglas R.
Douglas lost 205 lbs from April 2011 when he underwent Gastric Bypass. Now at 205 lbs.(June 2012) he is enjoying being healthy and active.

Ok, I’m only 24 years old but by the time I was 23 I was 325 lbs. My jeans were a size 56. I remember being teased because of my weight and my nephew who is like a son to me calling me “fat”, which is what hurt me the most. I had no luck with the ladies and at my job I was going nowhere. I had tried dieting and regular exercise programs but nothing was working until one day my mom heard el Piolin por la manana and the surgery he had done and how well it worked for him. So we decided to go to the seminar about the surgeries and that’s when I decided that I was going to have it - in less than a month. On Sept 10 2007 I went into my surgery weighing in at a whopping 325 lbs and a 56-58 inch waist. But one year later I’m 24 years old 127 lbs lighter and a 36-38 inch waist! I’m definitely getting more attention from the ladies, and I’ve gotten a promotion at my job! I feel better than I ever have, thanks to Dr. Owens. I literally owe him my life.

My name is Nicole, and I am 38 years old. I had Gastric Bypass surgery in September of 2006. I was the heaviest I had ever been at 209 and was very unhappy with my body and very depressed! It was to the point I would turn down invites to go out with my friends. I hated getting dressed every morning, and it put a strain on my intimate relationship with my husband. I developed severe female problems, severe asthma, and I was very unhappy. When I talked to a neighbor who also had undergone Gastric Bypass surgery by Dr. Owens, I began to see it as a possible solution.I never in a million years thought I would have this surgery. Now I feel great, look great, and have been able to keep the weight off! I am now 115bs. When I saw Dr. Owens for my first or second follow up, he was very pleased. He told me that I am at the ideal weight for my height, and that this is why he loves what he does - because of patients like me. It made me very happy and will never forget that. He did a fantastic job, and I have no regrets.

Pacorro is a well known personality with his own national radio program. His job requires a lot of energy. He was concerned about his future; afraid of developing health problems. Pacorro has lost over 100 lbs so far!

Meet Francisco "Pacorro" Galvez..

jennifer had Gastric Bypass surgery with Dr Owens in November of 05. Here she is before and after.

The lap band surgery and the support from Dr. Owens are why I feel that my life has changed for the better. I can honestly say that I have a second chance of life to enjoy my new me and my 2 ½ year old daughter. I have lost 160 pounds in the last 16 months and have gained so much more health, happiness, and life.

On august 28th 2006 i gave birth to my 4th child and suffered a sub arachnoid bleed in my brain. I was told my weight combined with my pregnancy was a huge (literally at 320pds) factor for this and that i needed to drop my weight and fast. So i began researching weight loss surgery after a year and being referred to Dr.Owens by a friend whom had great results i set my date to start living and on October 25th 2007 at Alvarado hospital weighing in at 336 pounds and 31 yrs old Dr Owens gave me that life. Now 2 yrs later i am 152pounds and still losing i lost 150 pounds in the first 13 months...184pounds lighter i now enjoy all the things i was never able to do and can never say thank you enough. Today i celebrate my 10 yr wedding anniversary in a dress(size 8) and heels i would never have been able to wear before thank you Dr. Owens i will remember and keep you in my prayers forever.

I have always been a fat kid in school.I have been on countless diets through my life. I would lose weight, kept it off for a short period of time, then gained it all back plus some more. My husband and I decided to try to start a family in 2005. We tried for two years (2005-2007) but without success. I believe this was due to the fact that I was diagnosed with diabetes back in the early 2006. My highest weight was 225 pounds, a lot for someone who’s only 5’4”. I was on a medication for Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. My doctor believes that diabetes caused my irregular menstrual cycle. In September 2007, I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). A cyst had formed on top of my nerves, with excess weight, the pressure pushes the cyst down on to the nerve, causing a sharp stomach pain. This is also a reason why my period was coming irregularly. I decided on Lapband surgery in the beginning of 2008. I had the procedure on May 12, 2008. Four months after the surgery I was down to about 185 pounds. My diabetes was gone. My period also started coming regularly. In October 2008, I found out that I was pregnant. I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy. I gained a total of 40 lbs during the pregnancy (20 lbs in the last month alone). My daughter,Kayla Bree was born on May 26th, 2009. She weighed 10 lbs 9 oz. One week after she was born, I dropped 50 lbs. Kayla is doing very well. The pediatrician said that she developed fast compare to another baby her age. I truly believe that I would not be able to have kids if I had not had a Lap Band Surgery.

Obesity runs in my family and I have had a weight problem since 1980. Every diet I tried worked for a while and then I would gain it back plus a few more. I got to the point where I was a “pathological dieter”; the harder I tried, the worse it got. Finally about 10 years ago I gave up completely and boy did the pounds pack on then. I had so many aches and pains, walking was an issue and I slept my way thru Eastern Europe on a trip with my family. Compounding the problem were high blood pressure, sleep apnea, back pain, reflux and all the other obnoxious things that go with being overweight; fitting in theatre seats or airplane seats – not fun. Finally a couple of years ago, I started thinking seriously about getting help. I spent hours on the internet searching for solutions and investigating doctors. I spent time in a program explaining the process of surgery and helping me to understand that it wasn’t totally my fault – heredity can be a bugger. I spoke with a good friend who had bypass surgery with Dr. Owens about 5 years ago and she highly recommended him, so I decided to make an appointment. I immediately felt at ease with Dr Owens and we spoke for a long time about the options available and what I should expect. My insurance does not cover this type of treatment, so I had to make not only a health decision, but a financial decision as well. I told Dr. Owens that I was giving myself a new car (the surgery). His response was that I would be much happier with this “new car” than anything off a showroom floor. Here I am, 2 weeks post op and I can tell you he was right. I have lost over 20 pounds and have more energy than I have had in years. I am off the blood pressure meds and walking with ease. I have nothing but praise for Dr. Owens and his staff; they are there to help you in every step of the way. I look forward to being a poster child for the vertical sleeve surgery and sharing my story with others who fight the same battle.

My life was changed on the day of surgery. The Gastric Sleeve has changed me from size 22 to a size 13. I have lost over 60 pounds in almost 4 months. I feel happy, my life changed I can now go for walks without loosing my breath after the first five steps and my kids can now give me a complete bear hug not a half a hug. The back pain is now completely gone and shopping is fun. I didn’t tell my children ahead of time that I was going to have surgery I didn’t want them to worry. I did tell the rest of my family and a few friends though. Everyone was supportive of me. Now that I’ve lost so much weight, a lot of my friends are asking me more about it!

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"Feb 5th 2003 my life as I knew it was forever changed. Little did I know just how much it would be. From 292 lbs to 120lbs I now can live my life as it was meant to be lived. Words can't clearly express my gratitude. I have learned how to care for myself with your help and the support of other patients and my new friends... At 120lbs I sure look good doing it . If having a healthy future is something you really want for yourself and your family then this can be yours too. I coming up to my 2 year surgery date and life is VERY GOOD. Thank you Dr Owens for your excellent care and all the Coastal Center staff you have helped me change my life. I have become the real & true me and I LOVE who I have become!"

“Dr. Owens truly saved my life. I have no doubt that the results of being morbidly obese would have ended my life. I had Lap band surgery on June 24th 2004, at the time I weighed 276 lbs...I have an ankle fusion and knee problems so the weight really caused great pain. I am currently 180lbs!!!!! I went from a size 26-28 to a current size of 14 and I am still losing. Since the weight loss I have so much energy and the joint pain has disappeared. Dr. Owens and his staff are wonderful, I have been seen at all 3 clinics, San Pedro, Chapman, and Alvarado. I have only great things to say about Dr. Owens as well as his staff. From reception to insurance as well as nursing his staff are professional and caring. Knowledgeable staff definitely makes the difference."

I would like to thank Dr. Owens for giving me back what I didn't realize I had and that was my life! I now weigh 175 pounds. A loss of 177 pounds!! Over half of me…

I’d wanted Gastric Bypass surgery for years but no one in my family would let me do it. I’d been morbidly obese for around 9 years. Everyone including my G.P. was completely against the Gastric Bypass. When I heard about the Lap Band I was so excited! Surely I thought that no one would object to this. I researched it, called different physicians and finally made an appointment with Dr. Owens. I just love him. It was slow losing weight and I was a little discouraged. Today I weigh in and I’ve lost 101 lbs!! I’m very close to my goal. I rarely think about food . When I do, I’m very conscious about what I eat. Dr. Owens has made this journey so much better than any other doctor could have! I drive 100 miles to see him, but I wouldn’t ever think about changing doctors; he’s worth the drive! Karen

I decided to get the Lap-Band procedure when i was only 17 years old in December of 2007. I decided to do this for my futue and self-esteme.Seeing part of my relatives being obesed and seeing how sick they were from being obesed, encouraged me to get the Lap-Band. I decided to get teh Lap-Band because i knew it was a safer choose in my age. Before surgery i came to weigh 256 Lbs. today after a year and a half i weigh 126Lbs thats a total lost of 130 Lbs!! Now in this new body I feel more energetic, my self esteme has gone up in a huge way. Im more active when i excersice. My emotions and view of the world and my suroundings have change. I see things more in the positive way and Im enjoying life more then i did before.

"My battle with morbid obesity began when I was 19 years old, and for 16 years, I yo-yo dieted my way up to 367 lbs. My life changed on May 2, 2003 when I had Gastric Bypass Surgery through Coastal Center for Obesity. In my first year postop, alone, I lost 184 lbs - more than what I weighed at one year out! To date, I've lost 222 lbs and have been at goal since 15 months postop :) I've gone from a Women's Plus Size 7X to a Misses 4. It hasn't been an easy ride, but it is so true when they say that the surgery acts as a tool - not an easy tool but definitely an effective one! I have found that it is no longer just willpower that is keeping me on the right path, and my new anatomy helps to "force" dietary compliance. I am more in touch with my body now more than ever, and I can actually feel hunger and fullness knowing when I need to eat something (and when it is time to stop). I never had this before - rather it was just eat and eat until there was no longer any food left. Before the surgery, I was always eating to feel full and thus satisfied, neither which ever really happened, but since surgery, most of the time I've been full before I am satisfied. For the first time in my life, I finally have control around food (instead of it controlling me), and I am confident that I'll be able to maintain the weight I've lost :) I definitely have no regrets, other than wishing I hadn't waited so long to find out about and follow through with WLS and Coastal Center for Obesity!"

Before the surgery Gabe suffered from severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure and heartburn.

It was a struggle throughout my life with weight management. I tried all kinds of ways but in vain. When I was younger, my body could handle the excess weight, but as soon as I reached 40, I started getting other co-morbidities. I got Sleep Apnea, was lethargic, and was close to getting hypertension and diabetes. It was a no brainier at that time, that if this is not controlled and I did not reduce weight, I would eventually have more co morbidity’s like Arthritis, diabetes, hypertension which could lead to Cardio vascular diseases and more. That is the time when one of my doctors advised me of this procedure. I then attended different seminars, searched the internet and finally decided to get the Gastric Lap-Band done with Dr Owens. My pre operative weight was 255 lbs. and now it is 202 lbs.

September 5th, 2003 marked the turning point in my life along with the day of my Lap Band surgery. Prior to surgery I weighed 390 pounds. I had problems walking, sleeping and life was miserable. I tried everything to loose weight but long term success eluded me as the yo- yo effect saw a continued steady weight gain. I found Dr. Owens via the internet after researching local hospitals. His web site is awesome and explains everything. I attended the seminar then scheduled the required office visits. Blue Cross approved me for either procedure the Lap Band or Bypass. I own my own business and was concerned about down time so I elected for the Lap Band. I had the surgery on a Friday and was back at work Monday (typically more rest is recommended) feeling great. Weight loss was steady as I learned how to use my new tool. As of this writing I am down to 260 and have been stable for months. I am now able to return to past activities such as Kayaking and bicycle riding. I feel great and as my body continues to change and improve I will always remain grateful to Dr. Owens for helping me regain my life.

"What the lap band and Dr. Milton Owens have given me.

Dr. Owens and the lap band have been a true gift to me. I began this journey 257 pounds not able to walk across the street without stopping to take a break. I began this journey as a very sedentary person. I struggle with weight loss because I had my thyroid removed years ago and the lap band has helped me to lose the weight I had gained so quickly after my thyroidectomy.July 5th, 2005 that all changed for me thanks to Dr. Milton Owens. The surgery allowed me to lose weight and gain mobility with the surgical skills and gift of Dr. Milton Owens. I have accomplished a lot since my lap band surgery and the most exciting is that I am now a goal oriented person. I have attained quite a few goals since surgery. I have been a participant on a weight loss DVD Weigh2Win. I have completed a six month training/running program. I have completed the LA Marathon. In August I will attain my Bachelor's degree in management. This fall I will re-enter the profession of my dreams, I will be a Sixth Grade teacher! All of these and so many other profound moments in between have occurred thanks to my successful lap band surgery. I am so very thankful, grateful, and appreciative of Dr. Milton Owens and the gift he has provided me, thank you.

I had a year of fill treatments and I am happy to say I reached my 'sweat spot' or point of restriction June of 2006 and have maintained that to date. Each fill is an opportunity to spend time with Dr. Owens and learn more about the lap band. Fills have never been scary to me they have always been moments of opportunity, helping me to reach my goal 'restriction'. I am very happy to share my wonderful experiences with Dr. Milton Owens with anyone that asks. I have many times been seen lifting my blouse to show my five tiny scars or letting others feel my port which is funny in the mall or at Disneyland. I will do anything to ease someone's apprehension or recommend Dr. Milton Owens and lap band surgery. I am so happy I made the choice and chose Dr. Owens and Lap band surgery. July 5th, 2005 was my real day of Independence! :) Again, thank you Dr. Milton Owens for providing me such a powerful gift. A gift, I choose to use to the best of my ability each day of my life! "

Dr. Owens changed my life. He waved his magic wand and made ME again. I was a pretty large girl most of my life, but it got much worse after each of my daughters were born. I've always been adicted to food, and I was a binge eater in the past. I had tried everything (acupressure, hypnosis, Weight Watchers, Lindora, Curves, Phen-fen, all types of diet pills, and even the 'Biggest Loser' at home). NOTHING worked. The decision I made to have gastric bypass surgery SAVED MY LIFE. I thought long and hard about it, but the one reason that finally made up my mind was my daughters. I wanted them to see their mom happy and living life to the fullest (not just some lump on the couch that didn’t do anything with them). I started at 450 lbs, and I am now down to 220 in 18 months! I have never felt so alive in my life. I can walk faster then my kids, I can run and play, I fit into the seats at the movie theater, and much, much more… Its the most amazing thing that has happened in my life since the birth of my kids.

I worked as an RN at a university hospital that had a surgical weight loss program. I refused to look at surgery as an option for myself. WHY???? Because I believed that my weight was my responsibility. That I had gained it therefore I must loose it and I should not do anything as drastic as surgery. At that point in time I weighed 280 pounds and had tried most diet and exercise programs ever developed. I began to learn about surgical weight loss; the process, the procedures and most importantly to me the disease aspect of obesity. Dr. Milton Owens was my surgeon and Dr. Douglas Krahn assisted with my case. I chose to have the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and I had laparoscpic surgery on July 24, 2004. I was back to work in 2 weeks. I proceeded to lose 125 lbs in about 18 months.