SUCCESS STORIES 2017-11-03T14:50:49+00:00

Lives Changed

Adriana

“I just passed my eight month mark, and wanted to say, again, a big thank you to everyone at A Lighter Me and Dr. Ortiz!”*

I just passed my eight month mark, and wanted to say, again, a big thank you to everyone at A Lighter Me and Dr. Ortiz! 129 pounds down and only 15 to go! You have changed my life in more ways than just health.*

Amber
“On the fence about having surgery? JUST DO IT! The benefits far ‘outweigh’ the risks!”*

On the fence about having surgery? JUST DO IT! The benefits far “outweigh” the risks! I was 30 years old and wasn’t going to make it to my 40th birthday… This is the best thing I ever did for myself! Lots of years ahead of me now being healthy and happy!*

Gonzalo
“Going from 7XL and almost 8XL to now fitting in an XL feels amazing.”*

Going from 7XL and almost 8XL to now fitting in an XL feels amazing. It’s been a beautiful, hard, and challenging journey but I still have a long way to go to reach my goal. Couldn’t be anymore proud of myself!*

Holly
“…Today I like who is looking back at me!”*

Some days you see yourself as that 300-pound person you hated for so long; others you look in the mirror and wonder who that is staring back at you. Today I like who is looking back at me!*

Lindsay
“So many stages of self. I still look twice in my reflection because I don’t realize it’s me”*

So many stages of self. I still look twice in my reflection because I don’t realize it’s me. It’s a pretty strange feeling.*

Lisa K.
“…I am 19 months out and I feel amazing. I am so happy and full of hope and joy…”*
Pre-Op: I went to see my PCP to talk to him about my plans for surgery and it went great. He and I had talked before and he has been very encouraging. He had hired an intern in his office, a woman I hadn’t met before. When she heard about my surgery plan (RNY), she told me her husband is a bariatric surgeon in the Seattle area. She asked me what my surgeon’s name was in Mexico and I told her Dr. Elias Ortiz. She said that he had trained her husband in bariatrics, that he was the best there is, and that I should feel very comfortable with my decision! I loved this wonderful confirmation!

Post-Op: I had gastric bypass with Dr. Elias Ortiz on June 25, 2015. I am 19 months out and I feel amazing. I am so happy and full of hope and joy. Those are things I didn’t feel much before. Thank you Dr. Ortiz and team for everything! I’m going back for plastics very soon! I can’t wait!*

Studies by the National Institutes of Health demonstrate that weight loss surgery, when compared to non-surgical treatments, yields the longest period of sustained weight loss in patients who have failed other therapies.

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Lisa S.
“I have to say this was the best decision I ever made! Thank you ALM!”*

I have to say this was the best decision I ever made! Thank you ALM!*

Michele
“I feel amazing!…I haven’t been able to wear a size 14 since high school*

I feel amazing! I have 12 more pounds to lose but now I think maybe 20 more would awesome! Hopefully I can have plastics soon. Size 22 to a 14!! I haven’t been able to wear a size 14 since high school.*

Nikita
“I owe so much to ALM to helping me take my life back. For helping me gain confidence..”*

I’m basically your typical girl and have always dreamt about looking and feeling beautiful on my wedding day. At my highest weight of 330 pounds, I felt like that would NEVER happen. I took a leap of faith and decided to travel to Mexico to get the VSG done with the hopes of losing weight.

Now, here I am at 180 pounds and healthier than ever! I got married this past Saturday and can honestly say I felt gorgeous! I didn’t mind the attention being on me. I felt comfortable in my own skin. I loved my dress because I felt like it actually hugged my body instead of hid it.

I owe so much to ALM to helping me take my life back. For helping me gain confidence. For helping me feel like the only woman in the world on my wedding day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.*

Renee
“I just want to thank Dr. Ortiz and the ALM crew for giving me my life back and my independence.”*

I just want to thank Dr. Ortiz and the ALM crew for giving me my life back and my independence. This morning I was able to change a flat tire in about 20 minutes. When I was 140 pounds heavier, I couldn’t do that! I’m smiling because you helped to save my life.*

Tarina
“It definitely has not been easy but it has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself”*

One year ago I embarked on my weight loss journey. I have lost roughly 86-88 pounds. It definitely has not been easy but it has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I started this journey because of health issues I was having. I was told that I inherited my mother’s Degenerative Heart Disease, and the number one factor that would lead to an early death was being morbidly obese. Those were hard words to hear! My mother went through hell with her heart disease, two different open-heart surgeries, multiple angioplasty surgeries, and overall poor health. I talked with my mom and told her that I didn’t want to go down the same path she had and that I was going to take the steps necessary to ensure that I didn’t. She supported my decision 100%. Ironically today is my one-year anniversary of my weight loss surgery; it is also the two-month anniversary of the day we found my mother dead from a massive heart attack. Here is to continuing to live the best and healthiest life I can for many many years to come!*

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