Rachel Dolohan, a New Jersey music teacher, experienced a great life change whenever she decided to visit Dr. Karl Strom, bariatric surgeon with Mountainside Medical Center. Prior to this visit, she had an initial bariatric surgery that was not successful.

“When I first saw Dr. Strom, he discovered that my lap band had failed,” said Rachel. “He recommended that I have the sleeve surgery, which I underwent in September of 2014. With that surgery, I lost 100 pounds. It’s really been the best experience I’ve ever had. I’ve never felt healthier.”

Rachel gave birth to a son last September. “I’m about six pounds away from where I was before I had him which is great progress,” said Rachel.

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Rachel attends monthly support groups when her schedule allows and is still seeing Dr. Strom for annual checkups.

The entire experience left a lasting impression on Rachel. “Everyone who worked in the hospital as well as Dr. Strom and his staff have been wonderful,” said Rachel. “I know I have had the best possible experience that I could have had with this type of surgery. My life has truly changed for the better.”

For those considering bariatric surgery, Rachel encourages individuals to make sure they are ready for a big life change. “This isn’t a quick fix,” said Rachel. “Success won’t happen overnight. It’s something you have to work for every day but it’s more than worth it.”

About Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center

Mountainside Medical Center has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease. Mountainside Medical Center is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about Mountainside Medical Center visit www.mountainsidehosp.com.