Rogelio's Story - Gastric Sleeve
Weight Loss Surgery: Sleeve Gastrectomy - Age 27, Total Lost: 120 pounds lost so far*
"I had the best experience ever with the staff at UCLA."
I had been overweight since I was a little boy. It was not until I was about twenty years old that I realized my weight was not very healthy and I started to look into weight loss options. First, I started by changing my eating habits, but with college and work, it was practically impossible to maintain. Years later, my health continued to decline and I was struggling to do simple every day activities like tying my shoes, getting in and out of the car, and even trying to enjoy simple walks.
It was all terrible. My social life was affected to the point that I would avoid certain situations and even traveling because of the fear of not fitting in the plane seat. I also tried Herbalife, but there was a lack of a proper support system, professional guidance, and the cost was very high. I decided to seek bariatric surgery because my excess weight was affecting my overall physical and emotional state and non-surgical methods just weren’t working.
After surgery, I noticed that my energy levels increased dramatically. I have energy to work all day and continue with part of the night. Before, I would finish my workday and be ready for my bed or the sofa with a bag of chips and soda. Now, I have two jobs, and I work out every day. I had the best experience ever with the staff at UCLA. Thank you to everyone, from the receptionists to the wonderful team of surgeons, nurses, and dietitians. I feel more confident to take risks and do things I would not have done before because of my weight. My only regret is that I did not do this sooner!