Woman Loses 100 Pounds, Finds Support After Gastric Bypass

Hallie lost 100 pounds after gastric bypass surgery at Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at Arkansas Heart Hospital and has kept it off for five years. Read her story.


“I decided to have the surgery because I was morbidly obese in my 30s and was basically a walking time bomb to have a major life-threatening medical emergency that could have resulted in death. I was tired of being unhappy and scared that I would die and leave my children behind. I felt that I truly deserved a happy, active life along with my children.


After gastric sleeve surgery, my quality of life has improved drastically. I lost 100 pounds and have kept it off for the last five years. I am no longer on blood pressure pills and no longer have low self-esteem.


The BMI team is a spectacular group of healthcare workers healing broken hearts one pound at a time. They gave me the best experience of any other hospital I tried going to for the surgery, hands down. They hold the bar high when it comes to customer service and give a helping hand to guide you with issues.

My stay with BMI was above and beyond great — the best patient care I have received, from housekeeping to the clinical staff.

The healing process was above standard because Dr. Bledsoe gave the best information about healing and care instructions — I had no issues. The new lifestyle is easy if you use the tools given to you. BMI has always given me support, even almost five years out.

If you are considering surgery, just jump in the water … The BMI team is there with open hands to help.”

If you are interested in taking the first step to a new you, visit bmi.arheart.com to learn about our minimally invasive procedures, surgery qualifications, insurance coverage and more.