Kennedy's Bariatric Program Helps Former Philadelphia Eagle Get Back in Shape
Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Program Coordinator Lisa Shaw, RN, CMSRN, CBN and Barrett Brooks

Former NFL offensive lineman Barrett Brooks choose Kennedy's premier bariatric program to help him get back on track when his weight began to negatively impact his health. Medical director of the Kennedy Bariatric Surgery Program, Dr. Marc Neff performed a sleeve gastrectomy on Brooks, a procedure that reduces the size of the stomach by 25%.

Brooks notes:

"I went from being an athlete to a slob, and I feel like an athlete again," says Brooks, who's dropped 50 pounds since his bariatric surgery on Valentine's Day. His weight was 352 on Friday.

"Before, I couldn't jump high enough to slide a piece of paper under me," says the 38-year-old father of five, who lives in Voorhees. "Now I can dunk a basketball."

Kennedy's Bariatric Surgery Program is the region's only bariatric program accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Bariatric Surgery Center Network.  At Kennedy, you'll get the expert support you need every step of the way—from your first counseling session, through your stay in one of our specially designed bariatric surgery suites, to your ongoing nutritional education and support as you adjust to your new, healthier lifestyle.

To find out how Kennedy's Bariatric Surgery Program can help you take control of your weight—and your health, visit our bariatric website, kennedybariatric.org.

Read more of Barrett's story on Philly.com.