LAS CRUCES – In May 2015, Las Crucen Brittney Lozano, made a decision that would change her life. Following the advice of her doctor, she decided to look into bariatric surgery, a procedure that promotes weight loss by making changes to the stomach and sometimes the small intestine.
At that time, Lozano, who is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighed 227 pounds.
“Based on my height and weight, my body wasn’t made to carry that much weight,” Lozano, 31, said.
Being overweight made it difficult for Lozano to be active with her three sons, ages 7, 10 and 11. She also suffered from tendinitis (inflammation of a tendon) in her feet, a condition often caused by excess weight.
“It was the OBGYN who said I needed to get my weight under control,” Lozano said. “My dad passed away from colon cancer in 2014 and a lot of the issues that colon cancer has usually start with the stomach, so I thought I needed to take care of myself, so why not see if I qualify for the surgery.”
Lozano did qualify and after learning about the diet and lifestyle changes she would have to make before and after the surgery, she had a sleeve gastrectomy, a form of bariatric surgery, on Feb. 9, 2016 at MountainView Weight Loss Center, part of MountainView Regional Medical Center.