I’ve struggled with my weight for 25+ years. I’ve tried dieting and exercising but had little long term success. I was always against surgery because it seemed like the easy way out. However after months of consideration, I finally decided to take action to become healthier and feel better about myself. I was referred to Dr. Baranov by my primary care with high regards for his bariatric program. After attending the informational seminar, I learned that diet and exercise alone wouldn’t sustain weight loss. After my initial consult with Dr. Baranov, I followed his strict diet regimen for several weeks and was able to lose 30 pounds. I was finally approved for surgery and felt nothing but excitement. My life was about to change for the better. The weeks leading up to my surgery I did develop some anxiety for the recovery. I’m not someone who tolerated pain very well. I had surgery 1 week ago. I came home in less than 24 hours after the surgery in ZERO pain! I am very pleased with the care and treatment of Dr. Baranov and his team at Saratoga Hospital. I highly recommend anyone who is considering bariatric surgery to take the initial steps and attend the informative seminar. You won’t regret it. You’re life will be changed forever.