Skip to Main Content

A renowned ex-NFL athlete addresses his health concerns through bariatric surgery

Former NFL star Gaylon Gaynes would never have imagined undergoing five years of dialysis early into his football career after getting diagnosed with a rare kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).

He says undergoing dialysis gave him the wake-up call he needed. “I believe it kind of put me in a situation where I had to focus more on my health and my body and what I needed to do to improve." He underwent a kidney transplant but realized he had packed on the pounds.

"When you stop playing, and you still have the eating habit, you gain, and you gain, and it was kind of hard to control everything," he said. With his weight clocking in at 380 pounds, on top of sleep apnea and high blood pressure, Gaylon approached St. Luke’s Health to undergo gastric bypass surgery.

Gaylon’s bariatric surgeon, Dr. Juliet Holder-Haynes, explains the weight loss procedure and how it is performed at St. Luke’s Health, which involves less pain and faster recovery times.

“We do it minimally invasively, which means we use very small incisions, about a centimeter in size. And we can use a camera to see inside of the abdomen and do the surgery very safely and successfully without having to actually cut the patient open."

After his surgery, Gaynes enjoys being active with his family. He even gets to watch his son play college football.

Patient Stories

Not Your Mama’s Meal Planning: Discover Personalized Nutrition

MAR 06, 2024

Are you seeking a diet as unique as you? With personalized nutrition, that’s exactly what you get. Learn what this new approach is and who benefits.

Read More Additional information about Discover Personalized Nutrition and Meal Planning

Have 5 Minutes Free? Love on Your Heart!

FEB 13, 2024

To improve your heart health, small bursts of action can make a big difference. Have five minutes? That’s enough time to give your heart a boost.

Read More Additional information about Have 5 Minutes Free? Love on Your Heart!