Gastric Sleeve, Missouri - Patient Story.

Ricki Chase. from Boonville

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Reasons to choose Dr. Ortiz at OCC.

The reputation and in the US I was told I didn't weigh enough. The wait in the US would have been a long time, but OCC was about a month after I started the process.

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Sick me vs. Healthy me

I was coated in Ulcers, sick every day of my life. I had a hiatal hernia, which OCC fixed as well. I was so sick all the time and for some reason I couldn't lose weight. I gained a lot after having cancer, which is not normal, and my thyroid went to not functioning. Even on the high thyroid dosage, I couldn't lose weight. I threw up all the time and barely eat. No doctor could explain any of it. I was loaded on stomach medication. On top of this I have severe fibromyalgia. The VA covers all my medical, but they couldn't do any surgery like this because I didn't weigh enough at 222 pounds. I also didn't have high blood pressure, but instead low blood pressure. I didn't have diabetes or high cholesterol. I was told maybe I was just one of those people who was supposed to be bigger. And for the stomach sickness, there was nothing they could do except give me medication. I was so unhappy and felt like I was dying every day. It was a time frame of years of misery, that I dealt with, wanted to die because of the pain and sickness, but continuing to live for the sake of my daughter. I was told about OCC, and that I could get the surgery there, and although I didn't think I would lose any weight because I barely ate anyway, I jumped at the chance of cutting out the worst part of my stomach. I sold my old house, at a reduced price, just to have the money quickly for the surgery, although the price is very low compared to anywhere else, if you want it done right, and I put down my deposit and scheduled my surgery for about a month after that. I did the diet and shakes and vitamins like I was supposed to, and then got the surgery. My life has changed forever. I am no longer on a huge amount of medications, but instead I am just on my thyroid medication, which the dose has been decreased, only one stomach pill which is protonics, then my Fibromyalgia medication, but only Lyrica and then my muscle relaxers at night. So instead of taking 20 medications I am on 4!!! My life is so much better. I live my life every day. I actually eat more than I used to, my constipation is better. I feel like I have my life back, and I enjoy living once again. OCC saved my life and gave it back to me. I am taking my daughter to get it done as well as soon as her passport is completed. I want her life to be great too!!!!

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