Our Patients

Some of our patients shared their before and after surgery results in order to help you with your difficult decision as to whether you should have bariatric surgery. DISCLAIMER: Please note that there’s no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary.
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“Good Day Dr. Christou. I’m sending you pictures, before and after, for my 6 months ‘extreme makeover’ since my surgery May 30, 2017. Thanks for changing my life. I’m feeling like a billion bucks. You can share them with future patients for inspiration. I would have liked to talk with someone pre-surgery that did not have any complications like weakness and energy loss. All the patient I met had some levels of difficulty which made my final decision to go forward with it a bit difficult. If I had met someone that got through it like I did, my decision would’ve been much easier. So, for that reason, if you have patients that are indecisive, I’m available to talk about my personal journey. Thanks Doc. Cheers Jason”
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“I had surgery with Dr. Chow on February 18, 2016. I was treated with respect and kindness by everybody on Dr. Chow’s team. He was available and answered all my questions and was patient with me and worked to alleviate any fear I might’ve had. I also felt supported afterwards with my questions and uncertainties. I would recommend him to anybody thinking of having bariatric surgery. One of the best decision I’ve ever made!”
“Dr Chow is incredibly professional and certainly an expert in the domain of WLS. He was very patient during my sleeve consult, and the day of the surgery he came to see me in the room to ensure I was not nervous and to assure me that all would be well and to see if I had any last minute questions. He answered all my questions pre and post op, and what I liked the most was the SINCERITY in his eyes when I asked him why he decided to specialize in bariatric surgery. His answer was that he enjoys seeing patients get off medication and lead happy, and healthy lives 🙂 He’s wonderful and I have absolutely no regrets having him as my surgeon. Don’t think twice, get this procedure, you’ll be glad you did. THANK YOU Dr Chow. You changed my life!”
“I can’t say enough positive things about Dr Chow. He was more than competent, professional, efficient and he had the best bed side manner of any surgeon I’ve encountered. Highly recommend!!”
“Dr. Chow was the best!!! I was travelling from out of province for weightloss surgery and Dr. Chow was always available via telephone to answering any questions I might have before my surgery. I travelled to Quebec to have my surgery on June 14th. Before and after the surgery Dr. Chow was amazing, answered all my questions, put my mind at ease and reassured me that things would be fine. After the surgery Dr. Chow was always there for any questions I may have and the follow up was amazing!!! I would recommend Dr. Chow for bariatric surgery to anyone thinking of it !!!! He has changed my life!!!”
“Dr. Chow performed my RNY bariatric surgery on July 23, 2019. As a patient travelling for surgery from afar, our pre-surgery conversations put me at ease and made me feel confident in Dr. Chow and his team. I had lots of questions and worries and Dr. Chow and Angela Rieux (the coordinator) was attentive to each of them. I appreciated his bedside manner and attention to detail while I was an inpatient. I have so valued all of my postoperative care with both Dr. Chow and the dietician on his team Monica. I am so pleased with my surgery, the results and am thankful to Dr. Chow!”
“Dr. Simon Chow was the surgeon for my bariatric surgery back in January of 2020. He is very professional and puts you at ease. I highly recommend him.”
“I had surgery with DR.Chow in November of 2018. As an ICU nurse I was thoroughly impressed with his amazing bedside manner, his kindness, knowledge and confidence. I felt at ease having surgery knowing he was the one doing it. The entire team were always so eager to help with information and questions I had. Amazing group of staff and certainly an amazing doctor. Highly recommend!!”
“Not only was having gastric bypass surgery on Aug 28th, 2018 the best decision of my life, but I couldn’t have chosen a better team of people to take care of me. Dr. Chow is extremely kind, patient, professional, sympathetic, understanding, and will answer any and all questions you may have. I never once felt rushed with him and when speaking with him, he gives you his undivided attention. Zero judgement, only there to help and make you feel comfortable and at ease. Anyone considering having gastric bypass, and having doubts, should communicate with Dr. Chow and/or his team… they are ALL great! I highly recommend Dr. Chow. Thank you for changing my life already!”
“I did my surgery on November 20th 2018. 1 week later my general practitioner family doctor saw the cuts and scars and told me it’s the best and cleanest cuts she’s ever seen in her entire professional career. His work was impeccable, i felt up and ready to go the bery next day after the surgery and able to eat properly without nausea or acid reflux! Also his bedside manners were impeccable, he was very reassuring, friendly but assertive. He never made me second guess or doubt if he knew something. Just be careful that the hospital in Montreal where he works doesn’t have proper parking but that’s not on him. Just an fyi for all of you! Highly recommend, very proud of his work. Thanks Dr Chow!”
“I’m having an amazing experience with Dr Chow’s team. Before surgery they reassure you and make you feel super comfortable. After surgery, they’re always available, they’re very professional and kind. its been 3 months since my surgery, I lost 65lbs already and im feeling great. I recommande and give two thumbs up to Dr Chow and his team, they’re the best!”
“I had surgery with Dr. Chow on Sept. 20, 2016. Dr. Chow and his team made me feel secure in my choice of having bariatric surgery. I felt supported throughout my journey and still is, because I’m not done yet. I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of having this life changing surgery to consult with Dr. Chow and his team, you wont regret your decision… I know I don’t!”
“I had bariatric surgery (sleeve) performed by Dr. Chow in March of 2017. Highly knowledgeable and very compassionate. He quickly replied to my texts/phone calls to address my concerns. Great follow through. If one is considering bariatric surgery, this gentleman will surely assist you on your journey. A true asset to his profession.”
“Dr.Chow has wonderful bedside manners. Always polite helpful answering my questions. Loved his staff. Thank you for changing my life. I traveled from Toronto to have my surgery in Montreal. His staff was always accommodating getting my appointments and scheduling to best suit my travel.”
“Dr Chow performed gastric bypass surgery on me in November, 2017. I travelled from out of provibce for this surgery and as I was paying the entire cost privately, I did a lot of research before selecting Dr. Chow. At the three month mark, I have lost 46 pounds and continue to lose. I was 228lbs at the start and could not lose a pound. I am very happy with my progess, with the ongoing support of Dr. Chow and his team. I am happy, healthy and very satisfied with this decision. Thank you Dr. Chow!!!!”
“Contrary to popular belief, morbid obesity is not a life choice. I had previously tried a whole host of diets and exercise regimes over many years before considering bariatric surgery. But once the surgical route realistically became the only viable option for me, I wanted it done quickly and safely, by someone who knows what they are doing, and where a comprehensive support structure is already in place. Dr. Chow is a dynamic, grounded, and caring surgeon. The private hospital where the gastric bypass procedure took place offered superb care. My surgery went very well with no complications. There is clearly a holistic philosophy behind the way the WLS centre operates where both the surgeon and the other members of the team (nurses and dietitian) prepared me for the surgery, guided me through the process, and ensured a diligent follow-up after the surgery, all while making use of the most current technologies to assist in monitoring my progress in real time. Bariatric surgery is not a magic solution. It is a very powerful tool which needs to be put to proper use in order to achieve the expected health benefits. Throughout the process, your body undergoes tremendous changes and needs to adapt. This is why it is so important to partner with someone who takes a comprehensive approach to patient care rather than looking at bariatric surgery as a one-off event.”
“I am very happy with my choice to have gastric bypass surgery and very happy that I had Dr. Chow do it. I have had no complications or issues since the surgery and this is mostly do to the surgery done right the first time. I didn’t have to ask a lot of questions or call him about issues because there were none. The whole team at WLS and the staff at the hospital all were very professional and compassionate. I wholeheartedly would recommend him to anyone considering this type of operation.”
“Dr Chow performed my sleeve gastrectomy in Jan 2018, the procedure was uneventful and the outcome was excellent. Staff and overall support at the physimed was quite good. Dr Chow was very accessible with any concerns in the post-op period which was reassuring. I would strongly recommend him if you are looking for a private surgical option in Quebec. I was extremely glad I was able to have the surgery in Montreal as a person whose BMI was not high enough to qualify in the public system, but high enough to significantly reduce my quality of life and create health risks that I don’t need. I had not been able to control my weight despite years of trying what I felt was my best. I considered going to Mexico but thank heavens I was able to have a totally great experience at home. It was huge to know I could go to my local hospital with public coverage if something didn’t go perfectly and and I needed urgent/intensive care. Thankfully everything went perfectly and I was back at work in 1 week. Didn’t need to tell anyone, didn’t need medical leave. I am now about 6 months post op and I have a normal BMI and excellent quality of life with zero complications. I used to have obesity and now I don’t and it was not that hard. Well worth a consult.”
“After gaining over 70 lbs due to quitting smoking 5 years ago and not being able to lose it, it was time for a change and the surgical bypass surgery was exactly what I needed. Dr. Christou and his staff have been excellent at providing information and assistance both before and after the surgery. The outstanding support made it easier to understand the process and its impact on my life and provided ease of mind prior to the surgery. The day of the surgery, I was back in my room within 4 hours, was released from the hospital a day and a half later without the requirement of painkillers. I started walking my 10,000 steps a day that very same day. Today, three months after surgery, I have lost 71 lbs, 23 centimeters around the waist, 9 centimeters around the neck, I can run at a pace faster than 6 min/km and I am full of energy ! I eat better, I feel better, my self-confidence is up and get compliments daily, thanks to Dr. Christou and his staff. I must also mention that the follow-up with Jessica, the weekly phone calls and her accessibility via Tactio have been very beneficial to help me succeed through the first 3 months. I recommend this surgery to anyone who needs it, it’s the best life changing decision I have ever made. Thank you WLS. Eric”
“To the WLS team- I am so overjoyed that I have my life back. I am incredibly lucky. I am unable to fully express my gratitude. I used to be a 56 inch waist line. I now am down to a 38 inch waist. I no longer take insulin. I feel like I am living a dream. As soon as I can I want to come back and visit to say Hi!”
“Thank you! I’m so pleased to advise you that since my gastric bypass surgery on July 6, 2010, I have reduced and maintained my weight from 325lbs / size 26 to current size 8-10 (165 lbs). I have a “sensitive” stomache – one that forever reminds me stick to healthier food choices. I feel very privileged to have had the most knowledgeable and competent surgeon, in my opinion, as I’ve met others who had procedures done in the US and I’m so glad I didn’t! Thank you for giving me my heath and avoiding further obesity and diabetes!”
“I underwent the surgery over 6 months ago, and it has completely changed my life. The weight has been melting off , with a little help from some exercise and healthy eating. I feel so much better going out and spending time with my family and friends. I love being able to run around with my kids without feeling tired all the time. I sleep “so much better and wake up feeling ready to start my new day. I highly recommend the Weight Loss Surgery Team. I completely trust them, and found comfort in this experience.”
“I had the gastric bypass surgery (RNY) on February 16, 2016. It was the best decision I ever made. The staff at the Weight Loss Surgery Clinic were absolutely supportive and answered all my questions with patience and grace. The surgeon, was also available to appease any fear I might’ve had, I never felt like I was disturbing him. My stay at the hospital was very good (for stay at the hospital), the surgical staff, the nurses and the orderlies did everything they could to make me comfortable and encouraged me. The pain was non-existent though there was discomfort because of the gas used during surgery. I would recommend it (the surgery, the surgeon and the entire team) to anybody who asked. If you can, go for it, it is so worth it!!!”
“I am writing to give an update on myself, in fact I’m super well. This morning on the scale I weighed 132 lbs. When I came for my first consultation I was 232 lbs which means I lost 100 lbs*. While I still have 7 lbs until I reach my ideal weight (125 lbs), that being said, I am fine the way I am and it doesn’t bother me if I don’t reach 125 lbs. Thanks to the surgery (bypass), but also the gym that I go to daily, we can say it’s been a total success. I don’t even need reconstructive plastic surgery; the result is spectacular. Again thank you and extend my greetings to the team.”
“Life before this surgery wasn’t all that great. Many of the things that non-overweight people take for granted, like climbing stairs or going on a rollercoaster, were almost impossible for me to do. All physical activity was a struggle for me, and so I avoided it whenever possible. My health was poor, I was sick more often than everyone else, and I couldn’t sleep well because I had sleep apnea. My quality of life was simple not where I wanted it to be. I had tried diets and exercise, as I’m sure most overweight people have. They simply didn’t work. I realized that I had two choices: Either keep going down this destructive path and spend the rest of my days in poor health, or have the surgery and try to turn things around. Well, I am glad to say that this surgery was a great success for me, and I have turned things around. I’ve lost 135 pounds*  in 14 months and I am still losing. I am more active, my health has improved, I no longer have sleep apnea, and my overall quality of life is much better than it was before. It was a big decision to make, but I felt it was the only one I had left, and I am glad that I made it.”
“Dr Chow performed my surgery on July 5th 2016. The procedure was successful and I managed to lose 80% of my excess weight in the first four months*. Dr Chow was very helpful and comforting. He is the type of person that would go the extra mile to make sure that you are well. He answered all my questions and took good care of me from pre op until post op. If you are struggling with your weight, I definitely recommend this surgery. I never thought it was possible for me to be ‘normal’. I am getting closer to my dream weight every day thanks to the excellent efforts of Dr Chow.”
“My beautiful personal journey continues this morning. On 17 November 2015 was my bariatric surgery, loss of 132 lbs in 1 year*, and today, 23 November 2016 already in reconstruction project. I’m so proud of my journey and my efforts, the rest of my body is still well despite this massive weight loss. I’m really grateful for all the beautiful things that are offered to me. It is difficult to see me like this in this school photo October 2015 and 2016; phew, what a transformation…”
*Please note  that there’s no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary.