Weight Warriors

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Detra’s weight loss surgery helped heal her body and get her off medicines that she needed before. Watch the video above to hear her story.

The Sterling Bariatrics team helped Kevin get his confidence back. Watch the video above to learn more about his journey

Lea wishes she had called us sooner. Here’s her story.

Sterling Bariatrics helped Kent turn his life around. Find out more about his weight loss journey by watching the video above.

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Gastric Sleeve

Lei Ann Barnes, BSRT(R)(T)

After over 5 years of infertility medications and treatments and the birth of my son in June 2021, I was at my highest weight and lowest mindset. I wasn’t happy with the girl in the mirror and barely recognized her. I knew I had to do something and that I couldn’t do it alone. Tracy, Kelli, Dr. Holt and the rest of the team at Sterling Bariatrics walked me through my options and helped me make the right decision for my life and new family. It’s been almost 1 year, almost 100 pounds and they continue to encourage me and help with recipes and tips for continued success. I have more energy for my husband and son, I’m off blood-pressure and blood sugar medications and feel like the old me again, inside and out! I’m so thankful that Sterling Bariatrics is a part of our hometown health system.


On November 29th my life changed. I was on numerous medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, and other weight related issues. I was tired of living that way. I knew if I didn’t get control of my weight that it was going to kill me. I placed my faith in Dr. Holt and the wonderful staff of Sterling Bariatric Center to help me in my weight loss journey. Everyone was wonderful! I am so glad I chose the Sterling Center for my gastric sleeve. They are simply the best! They continue to give me support as I go forward with my weight loss. Having the gastric sleeve surgery at the Sterling Center was the best decision I have ever made. Today, I am down 60 pounds.


I had attempted to use another facility local to me but once I spoke to Karole at the Sterling Center it was obvious that I had found my place! They made the entire experience so pleasant & answered all of my annoying questions! I am down a total of 60 pounds at 6 months post op & I have Dr. Holt, the Sterling Center & Colquitt Regional Medical Center to thank for my success! I would do it all over again!


My gastric sleeve procedure was on June 23, 2017 and since that day, I have NEVER looked back!  I am almost 7 months post-op and have lost a total of 82 pounds so far. The only regret that I have is that I didn’t do this sooner. Dr. Holt and the entire team at The Sterling Center have been fantastic to me! Not only has this been a fabulous physical transformation, it has been an even better emotional transformation. I’ve always been loved by others, but now I finally love ME and what a blessing that self-love is!


I had the gastric sleeve on July 18th 2016, and have lost 105 pounds. In my 23 years on this earth, nothing I have done has been as worthwhile as the surgery. From the moment I woke up, I knew my quality of life was forever changed for the better. The surgery is not magic, though, the surgery cannot make you want to work hard and lesrn discipline and restraint. Rather the magic comes from the way my self-esteem and self-worth have exponentially grown.

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Matthew Clifton knew he needed to make some changes and adopt a healthier lifestyle.  Using the Orbera intra-gastric balloon, Matthew lost a total of 48 pounds.  His cholesterol went from 240 to 151 and his energy level improved dramatically.


I had the Orbera procedure in Dec of 2015. To me this sounded just like what I needed to jump start the lifestyle change I wanted and desperately needed. It was non-surgical and was up to me to lose the weight and keep it off once the balloon was removed. I lost 58 lbs. before the balloon was removed. After removal, because of the changes I had made in the 7 months with diet and exercise I lost another 12. I have managed to maintain that weight loss from July 2016 to today.


Thank you for your interest in Sterling Center Bariatrics! We look forward to helping you start your weight-loss journey. The next step is to scheduled your confidential 30-minute session with our Bariatric Intake Coordinator, Kelli Kennedy, FNP-C.