I'm married and the mom of twin boys. I live in San Diego and work in IT at UCSD.


I had a LapBand placed in 2003 and lost 60lbs in the first year which I kept off for 14 years. My LapBand was placed by Pedro Kuri in Tijuana, MX. It was self-paid because my insurance didn't authorize that surgery at the time.


In October 2016, my acid reflux was so terrible I feared I had a prolapsed band but struggled to find a Bariatric surgeon that would work with a patient who got surgery in Mexico. Eventually, a bariatric surgeon at UCSD Medical Center took pity on me and took me on as a patient. I didn't have a prolapsed band, but I did have esophagitis and had all the fluid removed from my band. Subsequently, I gained 30lbs! He and I agreed that the LapBand needed to be removed and I should convert to a new weight loss surgery. After much testing and discussion, we agreed on a VSG and I am scheduled for Nov 20, 2018. That's tomorrow!


One of the things I did wrong, after my LapBand, was to try to go it alone. I didn't go to group, I didn't use support websites, and I didn't learn from the experiences of veterans who'd experienced the ups and downs before me. This time around, I'm going to do better and use the resources at my fingertips.

About Me
Surgery Date
Nov 19, 2018
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Before & After
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Morning of surgery
10 months

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