Patient Testimonials


“My life has changed dramatically in the 3 years since I had Gastric Bypass surgery. I moved back home to Illinois, have been unemployed, got divorced, and found love again. All the while, my new body was going through a lot of changes. It all made me stronger and better. My highest weight was 394 pounds, and when I started my journey with Dr. Chastanet I was about 374 pounds. I had gastric bypass surgery on December 5, 2011 and today I have maintained my current weight for 1 year. I fluctuate between 160-165 pounds.

I take my vitamins and iron, ensure that I get plenty of protein, listen to my pouch, and I workout 6 days a week. I have raced a few 5K’s, but my knee caused a lot of issues so I spin, do HIIT workouts, yoga, and strength train. I sometimes hike on weekends. I have eliminated pasta, bread, and rice because those are my trigger foods. I eat lots of chicken, fish, tofu, eggs, quinoa, veggies, and fruits. I am lactose intolerant so I drink almond milk or coconut milk. I still have my gall bladder. I am active and feel alive and healthy. This surgery was a pivotal moment in my life because I am now a participant in my life rather than a spectator.

Thank you so much Dr. C for giving me my life back! I have never felt more alive and I am optimistic about a healthy, bright future that lies ahead of me. -Angela F, January 2014


“Having GBS changed my life. I had high blood pressure since I was 18, always in pain and never had any energy. Since GBS I am healthy,full of energy and pain free. Choosing Dr. Chastanet saved my life. I never imagined that life could be this much fun. I tell everyone I know what I did and I will always recommend Dr Chastanet. I have been given a second chance at life, and it has been amazing so far, I am ready for this chapter.” – Carey P. Feb 2012


“My name is Cat . I had Gastric Bypass surgery on June 20, 2012. My highest recorded weight that I had was 235 pounds (before I met the surgeon) and I am 5’2 (and a quarter). At my first visit with the surgeon, my BMI was 41. I had sleep apnea and knee problems. I didn’t have much energy to keep up with my then 6 year old daughter. I wasn’t very active. I wasn’t very happy with myself or my life. My confidence was dropping month by month. I had tried dieting and successfully lost weight multiple times. I even lost 60 pounds one time! I couldn’t seem to keep the weight off though. In fact, I would gain back what I loss and then some. It was not very encouraging. Knowing that I couldn’t lose the weight on my own, I decided to look into other options. I heard about Dr. Chastanet through a friend who had Gastric Bypass surgery with him at Chesapeake Regional Hospital. She lost over 100 pounds and loved him! I felt encouraged and decided to check him out. I went to the information session, did a LOT of research and decided that Gastric Bypass surgery was for me and the Dr. Chastanet was the man to do it. I had a wonderful experience with my surgery. I had no complications. My sleep apnea is gone. My knee problems have been reduced. I now lead an active lifestyle. I am an avid cyclist and love to get out ride my bike! I can run around and play with my daughter and not get worn out. I feel better than I ever have before! I feel confident and it shows. I have lost 94 pounds so far from my highest weight. I went from a size 18/20 to a size 4 and even those are getting big on me! I couldn’t have chosen a better surgeon! Thank you Dr. Chastanet for helping me to improve my health and quality of life.” – Cat S. Feb 2012


James went from fat to FIT!– James W. Feb 2012

“I feel SO pretty now when I get dressed!  It’s so easy putting nylons on!” – A.T.,  February 18th, 2014

“Dr. Chastanet, thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough for all that you have done. You have made this entire process a success for me.  Since day 1, you have shown compassion, professionalism and I have never had more confidence in a doctor than I have in you!  My life is back and I feel healthier than I ever have before.  I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone that may be in the need for your help!!  You are the Greatest!” – Lisa G., March 2014

“I have been very pleased with the weight loss surgery. It really changed my life. I reallly feel alive, and I can get out and do things with my kids, when before I couldn’t. I went from 258 to 145, and I’m doing really good. Dr. Chastanet is one of the best doctors I have ever had. I want to thank him so much for being so good to me. I wouldn’t have went to any other doctor. He is the best! Thank you always!” – Alison H., Sep. 2012

“My name is Sarah. I am 50 years old. I was weighing 236 and a diabetic, and had high blood pressure, sleep apnea and was about to go on insulin. My health was getting worse every day. I had been thinking about the surgery for a long time and knew my insurance didn’t have the rider. I was lucky that the office had a self-pay program for a great price. At one year after surgery I have lost 90 lbs., and I can do anything now. I work out 3 days a week. I take no medication. At my last check, my blood pressure and diabetes are normal. Life is great and I am thankful for my doctor. He was great every step of the way. I would recommend any one to do the same. You owe it to yourself and your FAMILY.” – Sarah H., Aug 2012

” My name is Andrea. I highly recommend Dr. Chastanet’s team! The journey has been so exciting. My top weight was 275lbs. My weight today, just a quick month and a half after surgery is 238, a total loss of 37lbs. I feel SO much better, both mentally and physically. My blood sugars dropped. 30 minutes after eating my blood sugar is now 103. I used to be in the 200s. Thanks everyone! I’m on my way to a happier, healthier life! -Andrea T., June 2012

“I had my bypass in February 2010. Dr. Chastanet was awesome before and afterwards. I feel great now and I have lost 165 lbs., which is half my body weight. I am so glad I had this done. I have lots more energy now.” – Darleen H. Jan 2012

“I’ve lost over 100 pounds and I’m keeping it off. Everyone at Chesapeake Weight Loss is wonderful. The gastric bypass surgery I had was a life changing event for me. Dr. Robert Chastanet went out of his way to be there for me. When I awoke from surgery, his was the first face I saw. He personally made sure I had everything I needed. And when I left the hospital, he was even there to walk me to my car. Anytime I need him , he’s only a phone call away. I simply can’t say enough good things about Chesapeake Weight Loss. They really know how to take care of their patients.” – Joe K. Jan2012.