Weight Loss Surgery Patient Testimonials

Dr. Howard helps patients in The Woodlands, Texas with their weight loss surgery needs. Here are a few of Dr. Howard's patients as they share their experiences of what it's like to visit Dr. Howard for weight loss surgery and the positive impact it has had on their lives.

Katie Payne

Surgery performed: Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Katie Payne, a former Navy enlistee, found comfort and stress relief in running during her military service. After transitioning to motherhood and facing health issues due to a sedentary lifestyle, Katie decided to reclaim her identity and go after a healthier life. Weighing 227 pounds, she opted for gastric sleeve surgery recommended by Dr. Drew Howard. The surgery was successful, and Katie lost 90 pounds, leading to improved health and a renewed passion for running. 

With a healthier diet and exercise routine, Katie regained her energy, overcame sleep difficulties, normalized her blood pressure, and eliminated severe migraines. Inspired by her military background, she ran half marathons and set her sights on the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C., paying tribute to her service. Katie, now 43, continues her running journey and credits Dr. Howard for changing her life, emphasizing the parallels between overcoming challenges in running and life through perseverance and determination. 

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Tamara Blanton

Darrell Ragston

Surgery performed: Sleeve Gastrectomy


Dear Dr. Howard,

I just wanted to give you a little update on how the surgery you performed has changed my life. Since I first consulted with you. I have lost 160 lbs—I am literally less than ½ my original size of 294 lbs. This exceeded your goal for me by about 30 lbs. I went from a BMI of 40 to a BMI of 23. I am a size 4 in jeans and a size small in most things. 

More importantly, I have changed my entire life. I eat completely clean, I exercise every day including running, spinning, weight lifting, yoga and horseback riding. I have become an avid runner. Since my surgery, I have competed in 6 half marathons and am in training with a running coach to run a full marathon in August. It was my will and desire to change my habits that caused this to happen but the surgery was a huge catalyst and I want to thank you for it. I have had no ill effects, no problems whatsoever post-operatively. 

I feel like I have been given a new life and I am truly blessed for it. Thank you for the role you played in giving this opportunity to me. I am 53 years old, but I feel 20 years younger and I am in better shape than I have ever been in my entire adult life!

Michael Cullen

Surgery performed: Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

"I have known Dr. Howard and his family (parents and siblings) since I moved to Texas in 1988. There was no doubt I would use him as my surgeon. Dr. Howard performed a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) on September 22, 2014. While this procedure is not a cure all for obesity, it is a fantastic tool if you want to bring your weight down at a steady and fairly rapid pace. When following the program set out by Dr. Howard I consistently lost about five pounds per week. After having this surgery, I feel much better and participate in a lot more physical activity than I did prior to the surgery.  I have eliminated all prescriptions except for one mild blood pressure drug."

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