Patient Testimonials

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Michael & Vickie Blubaugh

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Michael Blubaugh I tried diet after diet, but all were ineffective. My wife first had weight loss surgery. I could see in her eyes that she felt great about herself. She inspired me to pursue surgery, which was the best decision that I made in over 20 years. Since I had the surgery, I am no longer a diabetic, my back pain has decreased, my hypertension is controlled and, best of all, my self-esteem has increased. I feel so much better about myself. There were times when friends and family didn’t even recognize me. I get so many compliments. Since we both had the surgery and achieved our weight loss goals, we have never been happier, thanks to Dr. Moon.…

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Linda Lacovic

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It took me a year after attending a seminar to schedule my weight loss surgery surgery. My biggest fear was that I would not do well and fail to lose weight. Dr. Moon provided me with information and the support I needed to be successful. He and his staff went above and beyond any expectations that I had had. The surgery increased my overall health and well-being. I no longer take medication for diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol; my blood work is all within normal limits. My family doctor even told me I have the blood pressure of a teenager. It’s the little things; I can now sit my purse beside me when I sit in a chair instead of…

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Ed Pavlosky

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I will never forget the struggles of losing weight and the lack of energy. After surgery, my energy level increased and I am no longer taking any medication to control my high blood pressure. Losing weight also helped my depressive symptoms. I look forward to getting up in the morning and doing things that make me happy. We recently traveled to Alaska and walked many miles enjoying the scenery without feeling tired, short of breath, or strain on our joints. At age 60, my friends and family tell me that I have never looked better. My self-confidence has improved. Everything in my life has changed for the better. Dr. Moon and his staff coached us through each step and continue…

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Charlene Ronan

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My overall quality of life has improved since I had my surgery. I used to feel tired all the time. Now, I have so much more energy. I used to go home from work and lay on the couch until bedtime. Going out was a struggle. Since I had the surgery, I get up early in the morning, go to work for 9-10 hours and still have the energy to do what I like to do. The difference in the way I feel is like night and day. Dr. Moon gave me my life back. I learned so much at the seminar he presented. I am so grateful that I took the initiative to schedule the initial consult. The staff…

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Tim Auvil

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My wife had the surgery first. After seeing her results and how it improved her life, I did it for us. We are our own little support group. In one year I lost 142 pounds thanks to Dr. Moon and his support. I went from a size 52 to a size 38. We are enjoying life. We bought a kayak, we walk and participate in activities that we were not able to do prior to surgery. We never wanted to go anywhere because walking was a chore. Now, we are the first to initiate outdoor activities with our family. - Tim Auvil Anita Auvil At the weight I was prior to my surgery, I felt depressed and was concerned about…

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Amy Taylor

After

I had struggled with my weight for many years. I tried different diets and would lose weight only to gain it back and then some. I got depressed and lost my self-confidence. I had high blood pressure, my legs and back always hurt, and I would get short of breath very easily. I got on my scale and it read 279 pounds. That is the day that I decided to really do something about my weight. After discussing it with my family doctor, she referred me to see Dr. Marley about possible bariatric weight loss surgery. After attending his seminar, I knew that the Lap-Band was the right choice for me. My surgery was in January 2011 and since then…

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Larry Sprankle

After

When I went to my first seminar, I thought, is this really going to work for me? I had tried so many other ways of losing weight over the last couple of years, and nothing had worked for me long term. I was excited to start learning about the LAP-BAND procedure because it is less invasive and because it has a quicker recovery period. I still had concerns of whether or not it would work for me. I knew I had to do something about my weight. My ankles and knees bothered me from the excess weight and I was already being treated for my high blood pressure. I had my LAP-BAND surgery in January of 2009. I was told…

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Jayme Paul

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My testimony – In June of 2006 I had Lap Band surgery done at Windber Hospital.Dr. Kim Marley performed the surgery. Since that very day my life has been totally different.It has been a wonderful experience. Before my surgery I had all different types of medical problems,which I might add have all been corrected since my surgery. My life has had many changes,all good I might add.Dr. Marley and his entire team have been a very important part of my life changing experience.I have never felt that I couldn’t pick up the phone and hear one of their voices on the other end. They are without a doubt the most caring people I’ve met in a long time.They are more…

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Rhonda Yonish

After

I lost it. I graduated high school in 1981 I weighted 135 and thought I was fat. I was also married that same year. I started gaining weight right after that. I would go on diets but they never lasted more than a few day. By the time my first child was born in 1984 I weighed 200, I was 240 when my 2nd child was born in 1988, and when my last child was born in 1999 I weighed 300 pounds. I stayed around 300 – 315 pounds for the next 9 years. I thought about getting the gastric bypass and even called for information on that, it seemed too scary and I was told I would have to…

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Helen Onstead

After

My Lapband Journey Like most people who are over weight, I tried all kinds of diets. I would either not lose much weight or I would lose weight and then gain it back. Having acquired several severe medical problems and almost dying, I was determined to lose weight and I did. It lasted about a year and again I started to gain it all back. I started to work out at the gym two days a week and this did help with my hyperlipidemia and also my hypertension. I also gained some strength, but the weight remained an issue. I have had COPD and asthma for seven years. I struggled with breathing and have had many episodes of bronchitis and/or…

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Martha Erhard

After

My name is Marti. I am 64 years old and was morbidly obese. I saw my Family Doctor every two or three months for treatment of high blood pressure, diabetes and spinal stenosis: three blood pressure medications, a diuretic, a “sugar” pill and powerful medications for continuous low back pain ran my life. My family has an obesity problem – grandparents on both sides, father, cousins, sisters, brother, but I passed it off by telling everyone that I was a premature baby and that in order for me to gain weight, the doctor put me on double strength Karo formula plus my Mother’s breast milk and my first foods were cooked pudding and mashed potatoes at 6 weeks of age.…

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Rose Ann Kleinman

I want to start by thanking Dr Marley and his entire team. I am very blessed to be a part of this group. When I wasn’t sure if surgery was the right thing for me, I prayed on it. When I received word that everything was approved for the surgery, I knew my prayers had been answered. My surgery was on December 17, 2007, and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. In addition to having asthma, my legs ached most of the time. I can’t describe how much my life has changed. Not only do I feel better physically, but my self-confidence has improved tremendously. It is so nice to be able to walk a…

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About Alleghenies Surgical

Alleghenies Surgical is proud to serve the Johnstown area to include the surrounding Cambria and Somerset counties. We have a team of highly trained professional staff members that are dedicated to handling your surgical needs. Our surgeons are highly experienced and caring surgeons. They offer weight loss (bariatric) surgery, minimally invasive (laparoscopic) general surgery procedures, as well as endoscopy (scopes) services. In addition to providing scheduled and emergency general surgical services for patients, we also specialize in anti-reflux surgical procedures like the LINX procedure.

Alleghenies Surgical specializes in a variety of metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures like the Lap-Band, Gastric Sleeve, and Gastric Bypass procedures for weight loss.

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600 Somerset Avenue
Windber, PA 15963
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