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Young Woman’s Weight-Loss Journey at Good Samaritan Hospital

April 30th, 2014

West Islip resident Elyse Capozza has not only lost 170 pounds after having bariatric surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, but has gained a new perspective on life. Over the past 15 months, she has gained confidence, gotten her dream job as a math teacher and made new friends while losing weight and getting healthy – and every step has been documented in a series of videos posted on You Tube.

“I have met amazing people through the bariatric weight-loss program and support group at Good Samaritan,” said Ms. Capozza. “Before, during and after my surgery they were there for me, answering my questions and cheering me on to success.”

Ms. Capozza is very thankful she found the right program that led to her weight loss and healthier self. Her decision to have bariatric surgery took several years which began her weight loss journey in November, 2012.

“Weight loss surgery is not a quick fix but a tool to get the outcome you desire,” said Ms. Capozza. “The diet regime is hard work but well worth the outcome. I feel like I could accomplish anything now.”

Follow Ms. Capozza’s journey of weight loss at


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