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Sara’s Incredible Post Bariatric Surgery Success Story

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Sara with a pair of her old pants that she is giving away after her incredible weight loss

Former patient, Sara Keenan recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. She explained that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with CosMed’s Dr. Quiroz. We are so proud of her dedication and perseverance throughout her weight loss journey! – See more at: http://cosmedclinic.com/blog/#sthash.hBPoOlZl.dpuf

Former patient, Sara Keenan recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. She explained that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with CosMed’s Dr. Quiroz. We are so proud of her dedication and perseverance throughout her weight loss journey!

More about Sara’s Weight Loss Journey:

– See more at: http://cosmedclinic.com/blog/#sthash.hBPoOlZl.dpuf

Former patient, Sara Keenan recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. She explained that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with CosMed’s Dr. Quiroz. We are so proud of her dedication and perseverance throughout her weight loss journey!

More about Sara’s Weight Loss Journey:

– See more at: http://cosmedclinic.com/blog/#sthash.hBPoOlZl.dpuf

Sara, age 53,  recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. In the article, she explains that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with Dr. Quiroz of CosMed Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico.

More about Sara’s Weight Loss Journey:

After looking death in the face, Sara realized that she needed to lose a large amount of weight in order to live.  Weighing over 300 pounds, Keenan was struck with pneumonia, which was triggered by taking a narcotic for her back pain.  She realized then that in order to continue living, she needed to lose some weight.

After dropping an incredible 170 pounds, Sara searched long and hard to find the right doctor to remove the excess skin that remained.  That’s when she found Dr. Quiroz and learned about her options for plastic surgery after weight loss. Now, at age 53 Sara is turning more heads than ever before!

Read more about Sara’s amazing weight loss experience

 

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Here’s your First Look at the Winners of our Weight Loss Success Story Contest!

Its been quite a journey for these three weight loss success stories! All have struggled with their weight, many faced friends and even doctors who were unsympathetic and unsupportive.  One woman was called “fat and lazy” by doctors while another was called “glazed ham” by her teammates.

Fortunately, all of these women have an incredible support system of family and friends who have encouraged them to keep trying. Combine that with their own determination to keep researching the best diets, exercise and weight loss solutions available, all of these women have succeeded in losing more than 100 pounds each! As a result, they all have stories, advice and inspiration to share! Whether its our 2nd place winner who went on to get a full athletic scholarship to our Runner up who weighed in at 430 pounds before deciding to “dance the fat away” with the help of her closest friends, we are excited to introduce and share the journeys of these amazing women with you.

Weight loss Success Story

By the time a doctor finally discovered she had a Thyroid disease, Melanie weighed 366 lbs (although possibly more, because she refused to get on a scale).

The COSMED  Plastic Surgery Center  and VIDA Wellness and Beauty Institute are honored to introduce the Winners of our Weight Loss Success Story Contest!

1st Place: Meet Melanie

You may recognize Melanie from her guest blog post or as a COSMED Facebook friend. She has been an inspiration to many as she struggled to lose weight more than 100 pounds.

Her battle with weight started with PCOS (a disease that effects women- not being able to conceive, irregular periods, as well as weight gain, and hair loss). Because of this disease, her weight crept up, and she became increasingly more tired. She struggled to keep her weight down, without much success.

She spent many years and shed many tears going to doctor after doctor to seek help. But after she was told by a doctor that she was “fat, lazy and just needing to walk”, she stopped wanting to go to the doctors. Her condition worsened.

After 8 years, a doctor finally discovered she had a Thyroid disease, called Grave’s disease. Within days, Melanie had radiation on her thyroid and began medication. By this point her weight was 366 lbs (possibly more, because she refused to get on a scale).

Although she was active with her kids and ate well, weight loss was still difficult. She began researching gastric bypass, Lap-Band and other weight loss surgery options. Her insurance company said it would to take up to 2 years to get approved. That’s when she started researching doctors in Mexico.

Her family was nervous for her to go to Mexico for the surgery, but she was determined about having the surgery. She wanted to be around for her kids and knew that depended on losing the weight. She ultimately had Lap-Band weight loss surgery with Dr. Gonzalez of the VIDA Wellness & Beauty Institute.

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After Lap-Band and a Breast Reduction in Mexico, Melanie was able to do something she had always wanted to do, go RUNNING! Then she rode her bike 25 Miles!

“At first she could only walk one house, and back before she would get tired,” explained her husband, Marco. “But then she went two houses, then four houses… then she had her surgery. Everything went well, but her eating was a shock-physically as well as mentally. She had to be on a liquid diet for 21 days. But she was determined to succeed. She was back to walking… soon she was dropping weight and walking one block turned into walking a mile, then two. Soon you could see the change in her, she joined a gym and started working out almost every day, and her weight dropped by 100 lbs! “

Next, Melanie decided to get a breast reduction to help her with pain, and migraines. She opted to have the surgery with Dr. Quiroz of COSMED Plastic Surgery Center. “Now she is doing things that she has always wanted to do… like RUNNING! ” said her husband. “She also rode her bike 25 MILES!  She has recently told me that she wants to get her body lift, and run a half-marathon. That is her goal. ”

Melanie’s husband went on to say that “She encourages people to keep working out, and eating healthy and continuing research to help herself and her family live life to its fullest. She will talk to anyone about her weight loss, and her struggles. She makes me want to be better too. She has helped me to lose 18 lbs. Encouraging me to eat healthier, and cooking some amazing meals.  She is an amazing woman,mother,and most of all -friend.”

Stay tuned as we continue to share Melanie’s journey

2nd Place: Meet Amanda

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The following is Amanda’s story, as told by her mother:

Amanda is what the old adage refers to as “good on paper.”  She is driven, ambitious, smart, athletic as well as a devoted family member, dedicated community volunteer and compassionate citizen.  To those who do not know her as I do, Amanda may seem to have it all.  While she has worked very hard for everything she has accomplished, there is one area of her life where hard work has proven somewhat futile: her body.”

Growing up, Amanda was always the “big girl.”  I tried very hard to convince her that being tall with a bigger frame was an attribute not a curse.  An athlete all of her life I emphasized exercise over dieting because I wanted her to place her health above a number on a scale.  In the year between ages 10 and 11, Amanda went from a flat-chested tomboy to carrying around DD sized breasts.  Media flaunted women with big breasts, as being beautiful had no effect on Amanda.  Because her breasts grew so rapidly, they were covered in deep purple stretch marks and caused her to wear several sports bras and uncomfortable minimize bras at all times.  The large breasts made her feel even larger and out of place.  As a 5’10 busty sixth-grader, Amanda became fodder for bullies.  Most damaging was her father.  My husband has an irrational fear of having “fat” kids.  When Amanda was 7, my husband forced her to run to lose weight, punished her with exercise, and made her feel guilty about eating.  Facing constant ridicule from her father only perpetuated her self-loathing, which lead to years of slow, yet steady weight gain.

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Amanda received a full athletic scholarship to play softball in college. Despite all of this, Amanda continued to gain weight. She was teased and berated by her coaches, teammates, and male athletes on campus who called her “Amazon Amanda” and a “glazed ham” when she sweat while working out.

Amanda received a full athletic scholarship to play softball in college, her commitment included daily practice, weight lifting, conditioning, tournaments every weekend, and a diet plan.  Despite all of this, Amanda continued to gain weight.  She was teased and berated by her coaches, teammates, and male athletes on campus who called her “Amazon Amanda” and a “glazed ham” when she sweat while working out.  As a pitcher, every spectator was always watching her at her games.  This attention made her feel even more self-conscious as ESPN has only highlighted players that are thin and petite.  Because she did not fit this description, Amanda was called a “dyke” or thought of as mannish.

In an effort to quell these insults, she counted calories, kept a food journal, worked with a nutritionist, and consulted with doctors.  She underwent metabolic testing, took prescription diet pills, and had her thyroid checked every six months hoping to hear it was sluggish—desperate to find a cause of her weight problems.  Unable to find a reason or solution and weighing over 240 lbs, Amanda decided to research the Lap-Band in an effort to stop the inevitable future weight gain.  Amanda was not unrealistic about the Lap-Band.  In the three years after the surgery, her weight loss has been slow, but she has done it the “right way.”  I am so proud of her long lasting commitment to a healthier lifestyle.  Even though her softball career over, Amanda exercises daily and has completely revamped her eating habits.  She eats cleanly, organically, and avoids foods that compromise her progress.  She does not use her band as a crutch, but rather as a tool to curb her cravings for large portions and constant grazing.

Two years after working with the Lap-Band, and a loss of 50 pounds, Amanda had a breast reduction surgery with Dr. Quiroz that would change her forever.  From the instant she awoke after the surgery, Amanda has had more confidence than I could have imagined.  She still has some problem areas that were caused by her weight gain and subsequent loss, but the breast reduction made her really feel like her hard work was paying off.  Plastic surgery has a way of fixing the past and forgiving your sins, so to speak, when you have made a long-term commitment of maintaining a healthy body.  My daughter has made this commitment and I would love for her body to reflect how she feels and how far she has come in her journey.

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Recent photo of Amanda after Lap-Band and her breast reduction surgery.

Amanda is in her last year of law school in Oregon.  Law school, like medical school, is one of the toughest endeavors a person can go through mentally, physically, and emotionally.  Law students have high rates of addiction and obesity.  Spending hours in the library, under constant pressure, really affects the minds and bodies of law students.  Given Amanda’s history of weight problems, she was worried that law school may derail her progress on her body.  Amanda broke the status quo.  She continued to exercise, eat right, and lose weight.  This demonstrates her commitment to her long-term health goals.

Many people believe that lawyers live decadent lives like those of lawyers in movies and on television.  Realistically, this is a very small portion of the legal population.  I am proud to say that Amanda will be going into public interest law, helping those who are poor, uneducated, and defenseless.  This past summer she worked, for free, for a child advocacy group in the low-income areas of Portland.  While this kind of work is emotionally enriching, attorneys in this area of the law are often paid less than schoolteachers.  As Amanda’s student loans top $200,000, most of her small income will be paid towards the federal government.  With the cost of plastic surgery often being prohibitive, I know that any surgical improvements on Amanda’s body may not happen until it’s “too late.”  At 25, she has the chance to redefine herself before life and age takes its toll.  Because of Amanda’s emotional history tied to her weight, her hard work on her journey to a long-lasting healthy life, and her future as low-paid advocate for others, I believe that Amanda deserves a little help in achieving a body that reflects what an amazing person she is.

Runner Up: Meet Megan

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Throughout middle school and high school Megan reached her ultimate height and weight…6’1”, 430 pounds. Finally, in her twenties, she proclaimed that she had a plan to lose the weight. With the support of her friends, she decided to dance the fat away. It took over two and a half years, but she shed 130 pounds by rocking it on the dance floor!

The following is Megan’s story, as told by her mother:

At age three, Megan was the size of a 6-year-old and she looked like one of those adorable Cabbage Patch Kid dolls. In elementary school her exceptional height and weight caused her to be mistaken for a teacher. In middle school and high school she reached her ultimate height and weight…6’1”, 430 pounds. These statistics could have devastated most girls in the throes of becoming a young woman, but not Megan… she stood tall and mighty. She beamed with inner beauty. She developed an attitude of determination to be successful despite her size. Finally, in her twenties, she proclaimed that she had a plan to lose the weight.

With the support of her friends, she decided to dance the fat away. It took over two and a half years, but she shed 130 pounds by rocking it on the dance floor. Men started noticing her  beauty and she started to seriously date. Unfortunately, romance had its limitations.  Her weight loss was accompanied by lots of unsightly, excess skin that folded on top of itself. Although she mastered the art of camouflaging it, she knew she needed surgery to match her body image with her self-image. Megan became the third generation in our family to turn to COSMED Plastic Surgery Center. She used her savings to go to COSMED where Dr. Quiroz performed a major “tummy tuck”. He removed enough skin to cover a basketball, tightened muscles and lipo-sculpted her mid-section. For the first time in her life, Megan’s amazing body matched her sparkling personality.

Ironically, two months after the procedure, she got pregnant. She gained weight. Now she weighed 373 pounds. Megan knew that this time dancing was not going to do it. Bariatric surgery was the answer.

Megan now weighs 230 and continues to lose. At 30, she is an example of how the stereotypic fat kid mustered up determination to change her life’s course.  She eats healthy and exercises several times a week. The COSMED mid-section surgery has held up beautifully. But this weight loss has produced “bat-wings” and pendulous breasts. She is looking forward to continuing her journey with the help of COSMED and VIDA.

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Thank you to everyone who submitted a weight loss story for our recent contest. With so many inspirational and moving stories, choosing the winners was a difficult task! We hope you will continue your journey with the help of friends, family and the COSMED and VIDA teams.

Stay tuned as we continue to follow all of our Weight Loss Success Stories as they take the next steps in  their transformations with the help of COSMED Plastic Surgery Center and VIDA Wellness & Beauty Institute.

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Plastic Surgeon Dr. Quiroz to Speak at 2012 Obesity Help National Conference in Atlanta

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Dr. Quiroz is a Board Certified, Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural International Surgeon, Licensed in both the United States and Mexico.

Dr. Alejandro Quiroz will be speaking at the upcoming Obesity Help National Conference in Atalanta this October 5th and 6th at the Atlanta Airport Hilton Hotel. During the event, he will also be available for free, private consultations. However, his schedule is filling up fast, so contact CosMed Clinic directly to book your appointment.

More about the Obesity Help Event:
Whether you are looking into weight loss surgery or have already had weight loss surgery, this event will have something for you! Speakers will be providing information on bariatric surgery, plastic surgery, nutrition, self esteem, relationships, dressing for success, exercise and becoming the best you can be wherever you are in your journey. In addition to the many breakout sessions, the main stage will be offering motivational speakers as well as a professional Q & A panel.

More about Dr. Quiroz:
Dr. Quiroz is the chief plastic surgeon at COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico. He is board certfied and is licensed to practice in both the United States and Mexico. He is an expert in body lifts and body contouring after weight loss (Post Bariatric Surgery).

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Melanie’s Journey: How Weight Loss Surgery Changed My Life

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Melanie with her husband after having surgery in Mexico, “I have never been happier IN MY LIFE! I have gained years on my life, I have gone hiking, running, wearing a ‘normal’ seatbelt on a airplane flight- instead of the fat-belt extender, and being active in my kids life!”

The following success story was submitted by Melanie, a patient of CosMed Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico

My name is Melanie, I am 37 years old, and this is my story…

I have not always been overweight, but when I had kids, I found out that I had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). One of the many symptoms is weight gain. There is no cure. It is sort of a catch 22, because one of the treatments is weight loss.

After MANY more years of gaining weight, and being so tired that I couldn’t even keep my eyes open, I would go to doctor after doctor…and having MANY doctors tell me “you just need to get off the couch”  “stop being lazy” (yes, they ACTUALLY said this to me!)

I FINALLY found a doctor that discovered I had a Thyroid condition!  EIGHT years passed, before I was Diagnosed! So between both diseases, I ballooned up to 366 lbs.  I told my husband that I wanted to be an active part of my kids lives, and I wanted to watch them grow up, so I made the decision to have surgery. At first I was determined to get gastric bypass but  I needed to jump thru hoops to TRY to get anything done – up to two years! So I looked into alternatives. I still wanted to to have Gastric Bypass, until I found Dr. Gonzales. I researched him extensively, looked on weight loss blog sites, etc. My husband was SO against going to mexico, let alone for a SURGERY!

What we didn’t realize was that doctors in Mexico are trained a lot longer than Doctors in the US. After meeting the Doctor, having him explain the benefits of Lap-Band, and knowing that he is one of the top weight loss surgeons in the country, my husband was asking ” so how soon can I get my wife into get the lap-band?!” I had my Lap- Band surgery in January of 2007. Since then I have lost 123 lbs!!  (It is hard to lose more, since most is skin) The bed side manor of the doctors, is BY FAR the best in the WORLD!

When I had my surgery, I needed to used the restroom, after all the IV.  I saw Dr. Gonzalez and when he asked me how I was feeling,  I asked him for a nurse, because I needed to go- he said, “We don’t need a nurse… I am here, & I will help you”. He proceeded to help me up, to the restroom, waited outside the door, then helped me back to bed! Even in all my grogginess, it is something I will NEVER forget. Genuine, caring  and compassionate!

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Melanie before weight loss surgery, “I FINALLY found a doctor that discovered I had a Thyroid condition! EIGHT years passed, before I was Diagnosed! So between both diseases, I ballooned up to 366 lbs. “

Well, needless to say, I have never been happier IN MY LIFE! I have gained years on my life, I have gone hiking, running, wearing a ‘normal’ seatbelt on a airplane flight- instead of the fat-belt extender, and being active in my kids life!   But the happiness came to a grinding halt, when I started having a lot of pain in my neck and shoulders. Again, back to sleeping all day and night, doctors, tests –all to find out I had Fibromyalgia. Disease #3. This was life changing. I could no longer function normally. I hated sleeping all day again, and not be active with my family. UGH.

The doctors wanted to start me on yet ANOTHER med, but I refused. I changed my diet, changed my exercise, and learned my limits. I was taking my life back- but there was more. After many wasted  years of being overweight, I had tons of extra skin.  I had many back problems and migraines up to 3 times a WEEK, and neck pain. I knew that I needed to have a breast reduction/lift to help with this. I know I also have to have a full body lift, but I started with my breasts first. BY FAR, it is THE SECOND BEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE!!  As soon as I woke up from surgery, I didn’t have anymore back/ neck pain! After about a week, I realized that I no longer was getting migraines!!!

Dr. Alejandro Quiroz: Since going to CosMed, I had met him many times, and I knew when the time came, I would have my plastic surgery done by him. Again, I  researched him EXTENSIVELY along with recommendations, and pictures and found that he was another doctor who is top in his field!

My husband met him, and felt the same way that he felt when he met Dr. Gonzales! He explains things in a way that the average person will understand. Most Doctors give you a whole bunch of technical bull, that leaves you more confused, then they leave… NOT HIM!  Dr. Quiroz was patient with all our questions, all our concerns, and took as long as we needed until we were content with our decision to go forward with the surgery!

The trust and compassion that you feel with the Team at CosMed, is indescribable. They TRULY care about their patients, before, during and after surgery! The front staff is amazing. They always call to check on me. When I had worries with my breast reduction, I emailed the Doctor, and he called me back!  THE DOCTOR! I was a little stunned at first. I expected a nurse to call like they usually do in the States! But I was happy that I got to voice my concerns with the Doctor HIMSELF, instead of thru a third party! Just talking to him, calmed my fears, and I will forever be great full for that.

I have not been able to have my body lift, but when the time comes, you better believe that there is only ONE place that I will be doing it! COSMED!

If I can do this, with all the trials that I have had in my life, YOU can too! We all have the power to make the changes that we want to be.. I hope that one day, you will see the “new & improved” pictures , after my Lower Body Lift (LBL), but until then, here are a few before and afters of my weight loss!  (Oh, and when I started eating right, and making changes and losing weight, so did my husband! lol)

Before and After

Love, and many Blessings…

-Melanie Corral
CosMed Patient

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Enter to Win $4000* off Plastic Surgery for you & a friend

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Have you and a friend recently lost a significant amount of weight either naturally or through bariatric surgery? Share each other’s story with us for a chance to win thousands of dollars off a body lift, breast lift, or other after weight loss surgery procedure.

Do you have a friend who has lost a significant amount of weight and would benefit from a body lift or other post-bariatric surgery procedures? If so, we’d like to help by offering a chance to save on After Weight Loss Surgery procedures.

Simply email contest@cosmedclinic.com explaining why your friend deserves the very best in post baratric surgery. If chosen, you and your friend will each receive $2000 towards surgical fees on post bariatric plastic surgery at COSMED*.

We’ll also award a $1000 gift certificate to one runner up and $500 for each 3rd & 4th place winner.*

We understand it takes a lot of hard work and a great deal of courage to become healthier and leaner. COSMED would be proud to join with you and your friends on the rest of your journey towards a healthy and renewed self-image.

Share your story before August 31, 2012 for a chance to win.

*Prize money is non-transferable & can only be used on surgical fees at CosMed Clinic for post bariatric surgery procedures.

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Help us Tip the Scales in the Right Direction! CosMed Donates $1 for each new Facebook “Like” to Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America

CosMed Plastic Surgery Center will Donate $1 for each new Facebook Like to WLSFA during the month of May

CosMed Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico is a proud sponsor of the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA).

In addition to participating at the upcoming WLSFA event in Las Vegas May 18-120, CosMed will be donating an additional $1 for each new Facebook like generated on the CosMed Facebook Page during the month of May.

The nonprofit works towards ending obesity by empowering people to move from surviving to thriving through weight loss surgery, education and support.   WLSFA and its sponsors also support research to find solutions to enhance the quality of life of the morbidly obese community as well as raise awareness and funds for surgery.

Show your support of this important cause by “liking” the CosMed Facebook Page now
More about Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America
The WLSFA is a nonprofit organization powered by Weight loss surgery patients & their supporters, Bariatric Surgeons & their practices, Hospitals and Corporations. Together they raise funds and gather resources to give away in the form of Surgery Grants to people denied access to the medical treatment of obesity. Learn more at www.wlsfa.org

More about CosMed Plastic Surgery Center

Board Certified and Licensed to practice in the United States and Mexico, CosMed Clinic’s Chief Surgeon, Dr. Alejandro Quiroz is internationally recognized as one of the top plastic and reconstructive surgeons specializing in post bariatric / after weight loss surgeries. Dr. Quiroz has dedicated the last eighteen years to performing thousands of body lifts, contouring and skin tightening procedures especially needed after patients undergo rapid weight loss. CosMed´s bilingual staff is representative of the highest caliber of medical professionals all dedicated to providing the highest level of safety and service to all patients. His state of the art plastic surgery center is located within the new VIDA Wellness and Beauty Institute in the upscale area of Tijuana, Mexico . Visit CosMedClinic.com to see patient success stories, ask questions and learn more about the latest techniques in Post Bariatric / After Weight loss Surgery.

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Post Bariatric Success Story: Patient Journey into Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery in Mexico

We found this collection of YouTube videos from one of our patients telling the story of her incredible journey into reconstructive post bariatric surgery. If you are considering post bariatric surgery, take a moment to watch her video stories.

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