Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Success Story: Ramon Lopez
…after the miracle of bariatric surgery I am 262 pounds lighter and am now able to do things that I never thought I would ever do.
— Ramon Lopez: Gastric Bypass Surgery, July 2004
"At 464 pounds I wasn't living but merely surviving, not even a good life, just surviving," explains Ramon Lopez.
"I was embarrassed to go out with my family. I couldn't tie my own shoes or enjoy my nephews and nieces the way an uncle should.
"Well today, after the miracle of bariatric surgery, I am 262 pounds lighter and am now able to do things that I never thought I would ever do. I sometimes ride my bike 20 to 25 miles a day simply because I can. I have become a social butterfly and no longer bear the pain of carrying around an extra person."
Ramon had gastric bypass surgery on July 7, 2004 and lost the first 202 pounds during the next year and a half. Since then, he’s shed an additional 60 pounds.
"I would like to thank Dr. Richard Symmonds and Scott & White hospital for saving me and giving me back my life."
Ramon sent us some recent photographs taken by his friend, Yvonne McCarthy. He’s kept his weight in the 187 to 195 pound range through daily treadmill exercise and a free weight workout three times a week. He still loves bike riding, too, as it is very freeing and fun, and he rides as often as he can.
More good news: Ramon is no longer taking the 13 to 14 medications he was using before surgery. He does take his daily vitamins, though — something he once struggled with. Nutritional supplements will always be a necessary part of Ramon’s lifestyle change after weight-loss surgery. He wants to encourage everyone who has had the surgery to take their vitamins, emphasizing their importance by simply saying: