Patient Testimonials

Patient satisfaction is extremely important to us. We welcome your feedback at any time. Your thoughts and opinions help us to continually increase the level of care we provide. Below are some of the opinions of our patients that we’d like to share!

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“I was overweight for the majority of my life.  I struggled with depression and food was a very emotional thing for me.  I also grew up in the South where everything is fried and plates aren’t big enough!  When I was 19 I had a horrible car wreck that left me with very severe physical and emotional damage.  By the age of 24 I was over 300 pounds and worried that I might have a heart attack if I didn’t make some drastic changes.  I knew that surgery was the only option for me due to my physical limitations at the time.  After meeting Dr. Westmoreland and talking to him about my concerns with the gastric bypass surgery, he suggested the Vertical Sleeve.  His genuine concern and strong faith in God reassured me and my family that this was the right decision.  I have not had a single complication, I don’t have to take a handful of vitamins multiple times a day, and I can still enjoy a small treat every now and then.  I honestly don’t miss being able to eat a whole box of swiss rolls!  This journey has been a serious learning process, as I have had to learn how to eat to live and not live to eat.  If anyone is ready for a lifestyle change, you can’t find a better doctor than Dr. Westmoreland!  He is the most sincere doctor I have ever met!  You  know when you are talking that he is really listening!  I hope others can find the happiness that I have, and learn to love themselves and live a healthy life!”

*All testimonials on this website are actual patients sharing their experience and before and after photos. Please note that individual results will vary by patient.

“Dr. Westmoreland, I just needed to let you know – you saved my life…I truly believe that. My insurance changed right after I had the surgery done and your office does not work with them. Therefore, I have worked very closely with my physician making sure my blood work is done and I make sure I eat correctly.

I have lost 100 lbs and I am off all medications with the exception of my Levothyroxine which was taken down from 137 to now 88. I am no longer on a sleep machine, and I feel absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! My problem was binge eating. With the surgery I had to deal with my issues and not use food. I kept remembering “it is a tool”.

Eating right is my top priority. I eat quality protein, seeds, nuts and berries and dairy. I have never said I could not have a certain food. If I want an M&M, I will have one, I just no longer feel the need to eat a whole bag!!!! LIFE IS SO SWEET!!!!

I work out 3-5 days a week, at the least 30 minutes each time. Usually it is more like an hour. And, I am so excited with the warmer weather I once again can hike. One of the things I always loved to do but was unable to do after gaining so much weight. In 1995 I completed the LA Marathon and I think I just might do the one in Nashville. I do believe I have one more left in me. If I do, I will let you know…it was so important that I build muscle once again. I do at least 30 pushups a day, and I lift 5# weights. My arms, legs and back have lots of muscle and this is so important for me. Health has been my goal since day one and I feel I have succeeded!!!!

I want to lose another 30 pounds and I will! Thank you!”

*All testimonials on this website are actual patients sharing their experience and before and after photos. Please note that individual results will vary by patient.

“Dr. Westmoreland is the absolute best bariatric surgeon that anyone could possibly ask for. It’s very essential to research your Dr before making your decision. Dr Westmoreland has an excellent success rate, is accredited in bariatric surgery which is an added plus, he takes the time to explain complications and answer your questions, and before surgery he will pray with you and your family. He also prayed with my husband and I before leaving the hospital and asked if I had my directions for after care before discharging me or any questions. His office staff are diligent in being a part of your success. There is no judgement made only smiles and your questions answered. I was given all of the information needed before hand and as long as you follow these tools and exercise then there is no way you can be unsuccessful. I had surgery June 2013 and have already lost 145# in the last 10 months. I was able to come off many of my meds and can use a cane instead of being restricted to a rolling walker. I’ve also managed to start doing more exercise. I created a Facebook page for added support for new surgery patients and even those like myself that have had surgery because it is also key to have continued support. The page is TN BARIATRIC LOSERS and is a closed group meaning no one but members can see what you’ve posted. Thanks to Dr. Westmoreland, his staff including the nutritionist, the hospital support, tools provided, the hospital support groups and FB page I have and will continue to be successful. I can not give enough thanks to Dr Westmoreland. He is a fabulous Dr and as I stated to many times I am blessed to have found him and happy that he knew his calling. Thanks Dr. Westmoreland for all you do whether bariatric surgeries that have saved myself and others health or your other humanitarian efforts.”

*All testimonials on this website are actual patients sharing their experience and before and after photos. Please note that individual results will vary by patient.

“I have had such an excellent experience with Dr. Westmoreland. The Murfreesboro Surgical Specialists office staff members are so professional. I have never before experienced the depth of knowledge that the lady that deals with the insurance has. She will figure out all of the insurance requirements for you and make the process easy to understand and follow. I lost a total of 130 pounds over about a five year period. I got up to 278 pounds at one point. Now, I weigh 148 pounds.

Dr. Westmoreland performed the gastric sleeve procedure on me in October, 2011. One of the best things that I like about Dr. Westmoreland is that he is not afraid to profess his faith. He prayed over me before and after my operation and at my first post-op visit. I appreciate a surgeon with courage and conviction. I would recommend him to anyone who is thinking of getting bariatric surgery. I really appreciate Anne Marie Couch, the nurse the runs the support group. Her support group meetings are very informative and helpful, especially before you have your surgery, in order to ask questions and to find out what is going to happen and what to expect. The patient information given by Anne Marie and the nutritionist in the patient education booklet is extensive and extremely helpful!”

*All testimonials on this website are actual patients sharing their experience and before and after photos. Please note that individual results will vary by patient.

“Dr. Mark Akins came highly recommended to me when I had to have my gallbladder removed 2 years ago. Dr. Akins and his staff were very courteous and made me feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend Dr. Akins and his team to anyone. You won’t regret it. ”

*All testimonials on this website are actual patients sharing their experience and before and after photos. Please note that individual results will vary by patient.

“Let me tell you about my experience with Dr. Westmoreland. I am in my early 20s and weigh in at over 450+. I had never had any type of surgery and was very nervous. With Dr. W there is no reason for worry. Both he and his staff are courteous and caring from the start. His self pay price is the best price for the best surgery north of Mexico. I was treated as an individual and he was very down to earth. It reassured me so much that he was a Christian. I was so nervous the morning of the operation, but I managed to only cry one time. Dr. W entered the room and said he would like to pray with me. As he began the prayer, tears filled my eyes and streamed down my cheeks. He is truly a caring man, He remembered the name of my friend who went with me and some of our back story. Did I mention that his anesthesiologist, Dr. Casey, is also amazing! I went to my PCP just yesterday and several of the health care professionals at the clinic were in awe of the incisions. They are small and stitched internally. They said it was fantastic work and there would probably be hardly any scarring if any at all. If you want a surgeon who doesn’t have “God Syndrome” but prays with and for you TO God, then chose Dr. W. You will not regret it. If you ever read this Doc just know that I appreciate you very much. God Bless!”

*All testimonials on this website are actual patients sharing their experience and before and after photos. Please note that individual results will vary by patient.

“I wanted to commend you Dr. Akins, not only for the surgery that was performed, but also the personality and calming nature you possess. This was my first time in a hospital for myself and I could not have asked for a better experience. Since this was my first surgery, I didn’t know what to expect, but you went through in detail everything that was going to take place and this put me at ease.

Also, I had a nurse named Ann , which took care of me beyond means. She was very informative and walked me through everything that was going to happen. She not only maintained professionalism, but a very nice smile the entire time. The only thing she did not do for me was roll out a red carpet, and that’s because she didn’t have access to one.”

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“I was referred to you by the health clinic in Smyrna for immediate surgery and you took me in right away. Great job!”

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“Although it has been a while since I had an appointment with your doctor, he and the staff are excellent people. He and the staff treat you as though you are a person, not a “quota” like other places I have been. They take the time to give you the answers to all the questions, and give additional advice…”

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“I was treated with respect from the first phone call to the office to the examination by the doctor. Everyone was professional and friendly. I love the new office – especially the new larger waiting room. Thank you so much!”

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“I was very pleased with my experience. Most of all, I was pleased with the doctor. He was very knowledgeable, patient, and his follow-up was excellent. He called me himself a couple of days after my surgery to check on my healing and progress. I would recommend him as well as the facility to anyone needing hernia surgery. Thanks.”

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“The doctor really cares about you and your family.”

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“Everyone I came in contact with during my office visits and hospital visits were great. They treated me like I was their only patient and that made me feel at ease and comfortable going in to surgery. I will recommend you to everyone in my family and to my friends. Thanks for everything.”

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“My experience here was awesome! No complaints at all.”

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“I felt comfortable immediately upon arrival. The doctor was a calming and caring physician and that meant more to me than words could say. Thank you so much!”

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“My doctor was very nice and helped me a lot. With this being my first surgery, he made me feel very comfortable and removed any worry that I had. I appreciate his compassion and his ability to make me feel at ease.”

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“I was very happy about the doctor being flexible and willing to do my procedure during my consultation.”

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“Very comforting to finally have a thorough explanation to a problem.”

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“During my procedure, which was very emotionally stressful for me, Dr. Akins and the staff were very informative and responsive to my concerns. My doctor also called my home over the weekend with my results to keep me from having to worry. I appreciated his respectful treatment of me.”

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“My doctor was very patient and explained everything in a way that I could understand.”

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“The office staff is very accommodating and professional. My doctor took the time to explain the procedure that was done, the situation and the surgery option in great detail so we could make an educated decision. It was a great experience and we will return should the need arise.”

*All testimonials on this website are actual patients sharing their experience and before and after photos. Please note that individual results will vary by patient.