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Date of Operation: September 1, 2011
Lovelace Bariatrics Changed My Life: After the birth of my first child, I began using birth control pills and soon switched to injections for birth control. In less than a year, my weight ballooned up to more than 250 pounds. I stopped the injections and worked hard to get my weight down, but I was only able to lose 10 pounds. With the birth of my next two children, my weight yo-yoed up and down, always staying well over 200 pounds. After my third child, I decided it was time to get serious. I tried every fad diet and weight loss system out there. I weighed my foods, worked out five times a week. I could never get the weight off. I decided this was how I was meant to be – a size 18 forever. All that changed in August 2010. During a routine physical, I was told by my physician I was pre-diabetic. I knew something had to change. I began to research Lap-Band surgery, and I soon discovered that Lovelace was the first health plan in New Mexico to offer the procedure. I attended a seminar in January and by March, I was on my journey. With the help of the Lovelace dieticians, I was able to learn how to eat with the Lap-Band. My pre-op weight was 239. By the middle of 2012, I had gotten down to 170 pounds. I was thrilled by the weight loss, but knew I had more to go to attain a healthy weight. I spoke with my surgeon and we decided to remove the Lap-Band and instead go with the gastric sleeve. The results with the sleeve were more than I ever expected. Within six months, not only had I reached 100 total pounds lost, but I had reached a healthy weight and BMI. The staff at the clinic was by my side every step of the way. No matter my needs, they were there for complete support. They helped me achieve my new healthy lifestyle and continue to help me maintain my weight loss.
Date of Operation: October 4, 2010
Being overweight all my life took a toll on me when I was at my highest weight tipping the scale at 325 lbs. and failing health. When my granddaughter was born I knew that I had to do something drastic if I wanted to be around for her and my family. In one year the lapband system has help me lose over 100 lbs. and has saved my life. My one year post surgery physical has brought awesome results with no more diabetes, gout, aching joints, high cholesterol or sleep apnea. I'm normal!!! Words cannot express the appreciation and heartwarm "Thanks" to Lovelace Bariatrics and Dr. Lilibeth Sanchez and staff. You are all awesome!
Date of Operation: March 31, 2011
I am very glad that I decided to have the Lapband operation. Since the operation on March 31, 2011, I have lost 60 pounds. It has been a struggle, but having the Lapband as a tool has helped tremendously. The team at Lovelace Westside Bariatrics has been nothing but helpful, caring, and understanding. Recovery from surgery was almost non-existant! Back to work after 4 days and felt great. Keep up the good work and so will I!!!