Terry Tigner knew she needed to lose weight, but weight loss surgery wasn't part of her plan. Her friend Angela Taylor and the UVA bariatrics team provided the support and encouragement needed to take the first step.
Krista was diagnosed with a fast-growing breast cancer last year. She realized that, for better and for worse, breast cancer gets a ton of attention, and its portrayal doesn't always affect reality. Read her story.
When Marcia was diagnosed with melanoma in her pinky finger, her first doctor recommended amputation. Instead of accepting this, she got multiple opinions and found a surgery team at UVA who could save her finger.
In 2008, Matt Miller swerved on an uphill bike climb in the Blue Ridge Mountains. As he veered left, he met head-on with a Porsche traveling downhill at 40 mph. In an instant, the trauma would change his life forever.
Recovering from the physical injuries of a medical trauma is just the beginning. Learn how one patient overcame the emotional impact as well.
When physical therapist Amy Boyer realized surgery was the only option for relieving hip pain, she turned to someone she knew could relate: her patient.
Angela Taylor's struggles with weight management were compounded by tragic loss. Her endocrinologist recommended bariatric surgery. Read her story.
Mary's herniated disc caused a lot of leg and back pain. She put off surgery for years, fearing complications. Ultimately, she decided to go for spinal fusion surgery. Read & watch her story.
At just over one month old and weighing only six pounds, Sammy was the smallest patient ever to undergo a rare and complex heart surgery.
15 years ago, Lisa Coleman weighed over 300 pounds, and every diet she tried didn't work. She calls bariatric surgery the bravest and hardest decision of her life.