April 28, 2021
DALLAS – Amber Espinoza, RN, had been taking care of bariatric surgery patients at Medical City Dallas and seeing the phenomenal benefits when she decided to undergo weight-loss surgery herself.
“I had surgery in June 2020 and was back to work within two weeks. I have lost 135 pounds and counting since then,” Amber Espinoza says. “This surgery was the best decision and I encourage anyone who is on the fence to do it.”
Espinoza says she was borderline diabetic, hypertensive and unable to start a family despite having tried many times unsuccessfully to lose weight. She experienced firsthand what it is like to go through bariatric surgery after caring for these patients following surgery. She went to see Christopher Bell, MD, who she had worked with, to begin the gastric sleeve process.
“Our team has performed more than 2,500 robotic surgeries at Medical City Dallas,” Dr. Bell said. “Amber’s transformation is a testament to the safety and excellence of our bariatric outcomes using robotic techniques. It can result in quicker recovery and less pain.”
Medical City Dallas maintains the longest continuously running bariatric program in North Texas, offering weight-loss surgery since 1979. The Bariatric & Metabolic Institute offers a full range of weight-loss surgical options including gastric banding, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch and revision surgery.