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Susan had bariatric surgery with Dr. Ponce in 2006.  "Other then getting healthy I wanted to be able to get on my horse without my husband boosting me up there, building me a set of steps, or holding the stirrup on the other side so I would not pull my horse over on me," says Susan. "At the time I had the gastric band my boys were junior rodeo competitors, and I wanted to be able to travel and ride with them without them being embarrassed.”

Susan lost 97.5 pounds. “Dr. Ponce is a wonderful man. I love him dearly, he has changed my life so much.  Now I’m able to saddle my own horse, get on, and ride with my boys wherever they want to go!”

“Dr. Ponce saved my life, my migraines have decreased, my cholesterol is way down, and I don’t feel like I am carrying boulders around on my chest."

"I eat healthier. I haven't had a Pepsi in 7 yrs, and I was a die hard Pepsi addict. I recommended the gastric band to all my friends. My best friend had it done. She has grandchildren and is so much healthier and happier after having the gastric band.”

"My best advice to anyone having the gastric band is to keep a photo diary. To see how far you have come on this amazing journey. I hold a special place in my heart for Dr. Ponce! 

Individual results may vary.



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