Margarita's Story - Gastric Sleeve
Weight Loss Surgery: Sleeve Gastrectomy - Age 69, Total Lost: 130 pounds lost so far*
"After surgery I felt so good, I wondered if I had actually had the surgery" —Margarita
At 67 years of age, I finally took control of my life and had weight loss surgery at UCLA with Dr. Chen.
I had requested for many years WLS from my primary care physician but she was against it. Thank goodness I found Dr. Chen. He and his entire staff made me comfortable and hopeful for a positive health resolution.
My obesity effected my marriage, my relationship with my entire family and my career. I felt sub-human. A failure…with health issues: Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, I’ve had double knee replacements and my hips were probably next. It all started with puberty…and with each childbirth I gained & kept on more weight till I’m sure I weighed more than 300 lbs. At 5’3’’and more than 300 lbs. that was a lot of stress on my body.
I was excited to start the program! The diet was tough but I was determined to reach the weight goal set by Dr. Chen and his staff. I was so pleased to have succeeded and my surgery was a go!
After surgery I felt so good, I wondered if I had actually had the surgery. After the first month post op I was only able to eat small portions. And to this day, a year and a half later I’m still amazed at how little I am able to consume. I’m continuing to get smaller, the weight loss has plateaued at 170 lbs. From my highest weight of approximately 300 lbs.++, I have loss about 130 lbs. total to date. I have reduced or eliminated most of my medications. My diabetes, high blood pressure and all other ailments are under control and no longer an issue.
From many pills a day; I now take only 2 and at the lowest dosage. I am happier, I have more confidence, I now love to shop! I’m stronger, I love going to the gym and have more endurance. I’m proud of myself, for taking my health into my hands and giving myself more years of health. WLS was the best thing I’ve ever done! Thank you, Dr. Chen!