For bariatric patient Cristina Urquidi, keeping the weight off was never easy.

Urquidi, the mother of two teenage daughters, faced high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, all of which she managed with medications. Making the decision to undergo bariatric surgery wasn’t just for her, but for her daughters, as well. Urquidi wanted to live long enough to celebrate graduations, weddings and grandchildren.

In 2013, Urquidi attended a Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare weight loss surgery seminar. After completing the seminar, she met with Dr. Jorge Acosta to discuss surgery for a gastric sleeve—an operation that removes part of the stomach and creates a new, tube-shaped stomach or “sleeve.” After months of preparation and meetings with a registered dietician, Urquidi underwent surgery.

Since the surgery 18 months ago, Urquidi has lost 80 pounds and no longer takes medicine for blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes. As a Las Palmas Del Sol Bariatric Center patient, she meets regularly with her dietician who works directly with Dr. Acosta to ensure that she continues to keep the weight off.

On Aug. 1, Urquidi celebrated her weight loss surgery success with family, friends and the El Paso community in this year’s Bariatric Fashion Show. She was one of 20 bariatric patients who participated in the event at Cielo Vista Mall, which celebrated healthy, active lifestyles.

Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare now offers two bariatric centers, including a new center in west El Paso located at 3800 N. Mesa, Suite B3. To learn more, please call (855) 734-2468.

Dr. Jorge Acosta and Patient Christina Urquidi recently spoke with KTSM about the Bariatric Fashion Show.