Award-winning actor Billy Gardell took a leap of faith to overcome obesity and improve his odds of reducing health issues by undergoing weight loss surgery. At 53 years old, Gardell made a life-changing decision after seeing his co-star Melissa Mccarthy’s weight loss success. Gardell captured national headlines for his weight loss surgery transformation in 2022.
What Surgery Did Billy Gardell Have?
Billy Gardell developed type 2 diabetes a year before COVID-19 hit. He went on medication and lost 30 pounds. In July 2022, Gardell decided to undergo Gastric Bypass Surgery, medically named Roux-en-Y. The gastric bypass is a reputable and fast-acting bariatric procedure proven to offer long-term fat reduction.
How Gastric Bypass Works
The RNY bypass operation shrinks the stomach to the size of a golf ball and reroutes and bypasses a section of the small intestines. It frees the patient from obesity-debilitating food tendencies by shortening food absorption, which minimizes hunger and makes patients feel full after eating smaller portions.
How Much Weight Did Billy Gardell Lose?
In a few short months since his weight loss operation, Gardell dropped from 370 lbs down to 240 lbs, shedding over 130 lbs. Such a drastic transformation is only feasible by receiving bariatric and metabolic surgery.
“It has been a long journey… I am living healthy and loving it!” revealed Gardell in a recent interview with ET
His success story is not rare, as this bariatric tool is highly effective for most patients. Millions have taken advantage of GI surgical procedures like gastric bypass and gastric sleeve (VSG) and have lost over 125 pounds within 18 months.
William Gardell Jr. Profile:
- Age: 53 years
- Height: 5’11
- Starting Weight: 370 lbs. (BMI: 51.6)
- Current Weight: 240 lbs. (BMI: 33.5)
Billy Gardell is an American actor and stand-up comedian best known for his role as Mike Biggs in the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. Gardell began his career in stand-up comedy, performing at open mic nights in Pittsburgh. After being discovered by comedian Dennis Miller, Gardell was cast in the film Bad Santa alongside Billy Bob Thornton.
The CBS show Mike & Molly scored Gardell an Emmy nomination, a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor, and a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. He starred in the show for six seasons until it ended in 2016. After Mike & Molly ended, Gardell went on to star in the CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola, which premiered in 2019.
In addition to his television work, Gardell has appeared in numerous films, including You, Me, and Dupree, Avenging Angelo, and Dragon Wars: D-War.
Along with acting and stand-up comedy, Gardell is an author. He released his memoir, “Grunts and Growls: The Untold Story of a Stand-Up Comedian,” in 2017. Gardell has also appeared on several television talk shows, including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Why Billy Gardell Decided to Have Bariatric Surgery
Pennsylvania-born William Gardell Jr. struggled with weight throughout his life and acting career. In a recent interview, Billy Gardell announced that he was facing serious obesity-related health problems, including Type II Diabetes which required pharmacotherapy intervention (medication).
The Covid-19 pandemic also heightened the demand for life-saving weight loss surgery due to the tight stay-at-home restrictions and psychological disruptions resulting in overeating, weight gain, food addictions, etc.
Contact us immediately if you or someone you know is having trouble controlling their weight. Find out if bariatric surgery is the best option for you.