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Lap Band Surgery Story — Veronica King

Veronica King struggled with her weight since she was a child. She developed low self-esteem that had her avoiding scales, mirrors, and cameras.

As she got older, Veronica noticed she had increased difficulty walking and a slower metabolism.

Along with a family history of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, she felt trapped in a downward spiral and knew that the only way out was to make a change.

Veronica's Bariatric Patient Story — A Life-Changing Decision

Before undergoing laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (lap band) surgery at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Veronica was 270 pounds.

Since her lap band surgery, she has lost 150 pounds, more than half her body weight.

She fills her schedule by:

  • Working full time
  • Volunteering on her days off
  • Walking
  • Taking Zumba classes

Veronica now has the confidence to love and believe in herself again. Healthier than she was before, she has the energy to keep up with her kids and be the best mom she can be.

“This journey to change my life has been the best thing that I ever did for myself. It brings me great joy to share my experience with others and in doing so to inspire them to ‘get up and get moving!’”

Note: This patient's treatment and results may not be representative of all similar cases.​​

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Bariatric Surgery at UPMC

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