Rosie O’Donnell Credits Bariatric Surgery for Remarkable 40-pound Weight Loss

O’Donnell joins growing list of celebrities to undergo gastric sleeve surgery for overall wellbeing

Detroit, MI – While attending a sponsored American Heart Surgery Association luncheon on Valentine’s Day, Rosie O’Donnell announced that she underwent weight loss surgery. After a severe heart attack in 2012, the 5-foot-7-inch comedian was prompted to undergo bariatric surgery. She had the procedure in July 2013.

O’Donnell was considered pre-diabetic by doctors and suffered from high blood pressure and cholesterol. She said that she turned to gastric sleeve surgery after limited results in weight loss and overall health with diet and exercise alone.

With gastric sleeve surgery, about 80 percent of the stomach is removed. This immensely limits portion size, while increasing the patient’s chances for significant weight loss. In just over six months, O’Donnell dropped from 230 to 190 pounds. Doctors still recommend that she lose another 40 pounds.

The 51-year-old comedian follows a healthy diet and takes walks regularly, while hoping her bariatric surgery will inspire others to lose weight and overhaul their diets and exercise. Since heart disease is the number one killer of women, with victims often experiencing less life-threatening signs, O’Donnell wants women to be aware of heart attack symptoms and be vigilant about their health.

“You are worth it, take care of yourself, and know the symptoms of America’s leading killer of women and men,” O’Donnell said.

O’Donnell joins the growing list of celebrities to undergo weight loss surgery, including, Al Roker, Lisa Lampanelli, Randy Jackson, and others. The burgeoning popularity of bariatric surgery is due to its success in patients who can’t lose weight or increase health with just diet and exercise. This surgery gives these patients the head start they need to lose weight and get on the right track towards better health.

New York Bariatric Group has many success stories, like O’Donnell’s, about the long-term benefits of weight loss surgery. With four of the nation’s leading bariatric surgeons on staff, NYBG provides this safe, life-changing procedure, along with others. NYBG is also known as New York’s most elite and trusted company for the treatment of morbid obesity.

With offices in Nassau, Manhattan, Suffolk, and Westchester, NYBG is accessible to clients and takes pride in offering top-quality surgical care. For more information about the services offered at NYBG, go to or call their office at 800-633-THIN.


The New York Bariatric Group is comprised of four of the nation’s leading bariatric surgeons, representing New York’s elite institution for the treatment of morbid obesity. They provide bariatric surgery options such as laparoscopic banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass.  With an array of different types of bariatric surgery, innovative new solutions, ongoing bariatric surgery care, and more, the NYBG is different in the best way possible. With offices in Nassau, Manhattan, Suffolk, and Westchester, NYBG is accessible to clients and takes pride in offering top-quality surgical care. At the NYBG, treatment doesn’t end after surgery. NYBG wants to ensure a successful weight loss journey with after bariatric surgery care and support programs, including counseling, dietary assistance, and more. Learn more at or call the office at 800-633-THIN.


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle th