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Personal Stories


Louise Before Weight Loss SurgeryI'm 63 years old. I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. My "before" picture was in September of 2005, on Grandparent's Day. I was on oxygen during the day, CPAP (sleeping oxygen) at night, steroids, blood pressure medication and inhalers. I have always smiled for photos, but on that day in 2005, I was dying inside of my 243 pound body. My pulmonologist tried to help me and said "We could see if you could have gastric bypass surgery."

Louise After Weight Loss SurgeryI jumped at the chance and contacted the Alvarado Bariatric Clinic to find Dr Julie Ellner. She operated on me November 21, 2005 and it was a MIRACLE!! No more oxygen, no more CPAP, no more medicine - I'm FREE!

"I can now travel (look at my London picture) and I swam with the dolphins in Baja (see other picture), which I would have never been able to do without the surgery, which saved my life! I've lost 120 pounds and Paris, here I come!!Louise After Bariatric Surgery