Total Pounds Lost: 129
Procedure Received: Sleeve Revision w/band
I am a wife of 33 wonderful years, mom to four adult children, and Honey to five amazing grandchildren. I got married at 18 years old weighing in at 135 lbs. I had our first two babies at 20 and 21 and that's basically when the weight roller coaster began for me. After having my first two children back to back I was not able to get the "baby weight" off. It was very difficult for me; and having two babies; trying to work full time, etc; I became a "stress eater"! Fast forward 10 years, now I'm 29 about to turn 30 and I weigh 190 lbs and we decided that we wanted to have two more babies. So, 2001, we have our third, and 2002 we have our fourth; in between both of those births, I had two miscarriages; which caused significant weight gain; anxiety and depression. After my last baby was born I decided in 2003 to get a "Lap Band" to help with my weightloss. I found an awesome surgeon here in Florida, and with the lapband my heaviest weight I was 282 lbs; I was able to lose and maintain with the lapband over 100 lbs. But over the years, I developed a hernia at the top of my band and I began having severe reflux; so it was decided by my doctors that the lap band had to be removed and the hernia had to be repaired to fix the severe reflux issues. I was terrified of the band being removed because that meant I would regain my weight back. I depended on my band so much. I began researching and found OCC; and have never been so grateful, or so happy since that day I contacted them via email. My insurance was going to require three different procedures here in the states, which meant it would take at least a year to get everything completed. After contacting OCC and speaking with the doctors, they determined that I was a candidate for the gastric sleeve surgery and that Dr. Aerial Ortiz would perform all three procedures which were removing my lapband, repairing the hernia, and performing the gastric sleeve surgery all at the same time. Dr. Ortiz and his staff were very professional, very knowledgeable, amazing bedside manners, and just down to earth to talk to. They made me and my husband feel safe and right at home the entire time we were in Mexico. My highest weight was 252 lbs, my starting weight at OCC was 232 lbs, OCC goal weight for me was 150 lbs (reached that 10 months post-op), my goal weight was 135 lbs (reached that 14 months post-op); as of today which is my FIVE YEAR SURGERY ANNIVERSARY, September, 20, 2022 I am 123 lbs. I have done so many things I had never dreamed of doing all because of Dr. Ortiz and OCC giving me my life back at the age of 46. I am now 51 years old and I am loving life!