At CEMMS Waterfall City we are very proud of all of our success stories. If you are a CEMMS patient willing to share your story with others please feel free to contact us.  

August 8, 2018

One of our younger patients, Judd, has documented his weight loss journey in a 3 part series on Youtube. For any prospective or current patients we hope that this can aid in understanding (and relating to)  your own journey with regards to bariatric surgery. We are incredibly proud of Judd and even more proud of his eloquence in relaying his experience thus far. 

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Any surgery can be daunting. No amount of reassurance from professionals and statistics of success may be able to change that. However, bariatric surgery is more than just an operation; it’s a transformation, a new lease on life. 

Nobody really wants health complications and the rapidly deteriorating quality of life associated with a large BMI. The benefits of bariatric surgery are numerous. Chief among them, the fact that...

April 12, 2018

It is with great pride that CEMMS Waterfall City can make the following announcement that will with no doubt change many lives in the future.

After extensive negotiation, Prof Tess has made an enormous breakthrough with a leading medical aid provider. The before mentioned organization will now be paying for diabetics to have bariatric surgery from BMI 30 and above. Prior to this, only patients from a BMI 35 were considered. 


January 8, 2018

 Martin-BPD Patient

Tell us a bit about your journey and what motivated you to finally get the surgery done.

Well, the motivation was that I got fat, and it takes a long time for a fat person to see themselves as fat. I was getting unhealthy so I finally made the decision to make changes. That was when I started the process with the team. I found out within that process that I was actually a lot sicker than I initially thought....

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Patient's Testimonies

Testimonials from some of our patients – well done, we are so immensely proud of you!


One of our dieticians, Nicola Drabble was totally surprised when one of our patients competed with her at the Durban Half Iron Man in June - he has lost 54kg and his wife said no one can believe he is actually doing exercise! 

Age: 36

Weight before surgery in 2015: 158.8

BMI before surgery: 42.6


We got a photo from one of our female patients at the top of Mt Kilimanjaro! She has also run a marathon and has walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Age: 50

Weight before surgery in 2014: 138.8

BMI before surgery: 43.4


One of our male patients also did the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Age: 51

Weight before surgery in 2014: 121

BMI before surgery: 38.4


A male patient cycled from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburgh and then he participated in the Amashova (PMB-Durban) - The first time he ever saw us he needed to stop for breath 3 times!

Age: 36

Weight before surgery in 2012: 152.7

BMI before surgery: 49.3


Nicola also saw another female patient at the Magalies Monster MTB race- it is one of the toughest in Johannesburg and she is doing the Berg and Bush 3 day stage race in October. 

Age: 36

Weight before surgery in December 2014: 142.8


One of our male patients did a 4 day stage race for Charity in September 2016

Age: 47

Weight before surgery in September 2015: 177.9

BMI before surgery: 56.1


A male patient is in New York pursuing an acting career.

Age: 28

Weight before surgery: 88.8

BMI before surgery: 35.6


A female patient decided to do bungy jumping and sky diving with her boys - weight limit of 100kg! As you will see she would never qualified before the surgery!

Age: 38

Weight before surgery in October 2013: 160.8

BMI before surgery: 53.7


One of our female patients has become a professional body builder.

Age: 35

Weight before surgery in Sept 2011: 123.6

BMI before surgery: 43.8


We have several families who are doing very well, both individually and as a team. One of our male patients has been seen participating in many trial runs around Johannesburg.

Age: 62

Weight before surgery in Feb 2014: 152.8

BMI before surgery: 45.6

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