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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 StopObesityForLife.com or call their office at 800-633-8446.


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 StopObesityForLife.com or call the office at 800-633-8446.

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