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My Journey Is Still Going

My name is Teresa and I had my surgery a year-and-a-half ago.

Coming up to the surgery, I was terrified. I thought that it was going to be like other surgeries I’d had in the past with a long recovery.

I was very reassured by the staff here at Blossom. Dr. Tom was fabulous.

The day of the surgery they took such good care of me and that evening I was up and walking around. By the end of the weekend, I didn’t feel like I had gone through anything surgical.

Everything changed as far as the way I was eating and what felt right, but it wasn’t painful–it wasn’t hard! Staying on my diet was very easy.

I’ve been wanting to do this my entire adult life. I have struggled through every diet you can imagine, but at the end of the day I just couldn’t do it on my own. It just wasn’t going to happen.

I came to Blossom–I have three grandchildren…well, two at the time; the third one was on her way–and I wanted to be able to get down on the floor and play with them. I wanted to be active. We have four daughters; I wanted to spend more time doing stuff, rather than wishing I could do stuff.

Now, 100 lbs later, I’m there. Now, it hasn’t cured every one of my health issues, because not every one of my issues was weight-related, but my cholesterol is down.

When I came a year ago, Dr. Tom couldn’t promise me how much I was going to lose; it would all depend on how well I followed the program. I could barely dream that I would lose this much, and I have the tools now to continue losing. I’m not done.

My journey is still going. If I never lose another pound, that’s ok! I like me.

My husband–we’re going to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary next year. He came to Blossom just a few months ago and had his surgery and he’s down 80 lbs. Between us, we’ve lost a rather big adult and next year for our 30th Wedding Anniversary, we’re going to do our Vow Renewal; we’re going to have that wedding we never had.

When we talked about doing the surgery–I’ve had surgery in the past, so I knew that it wasn’t going to be a pleasant experience–I expected to take a couple weeks to recover, but the reality was that it wasn’t a big deal to me.

I really feel that I have the tools now to never go there again and it’s my goal to lose some more. If I lose it–great! If I don’t, that’s OK, too. I like me! I like where I’m at 95 lbs later I’m a happy girl. I would not hesitate to do it again.

If I had anything…any opportunity to change any of the choices I’ve made, the only choice I would have made differently would to be have gone for it sooner.


Blossom Bariatrics is a weight loss surgery center located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Award winning surgeon, Dr. Thomas Umbach, is dedicated to helping individuals improve their health, and live more fulfilling lives by losing their excess weight.

Over the years, Dr. Tom has helped hundreds of patients lose thousands of pounds through the gastric bypass, gastric lap band and gastric sleeve procedures. His patients have truly Blossomed as they have gone on to enjoy the simple pleasures of life again; such as playing with their children or grandchildren, riding a roller coaster for the first time, or starting to date and travel.

Dr. Tom Umbach is a nationally recognized, fellowship-trained Las Vegas bariatric surgery specialist. His gastric bypass practice specializes in both advanced and traditional laparoscopic (minimally invasive) procedures. The bariatric practice delivers outcomes that exceed national averages of weight-management success due to Dr. Umbach’s surgical expertise, compassionate care, and exemplary pre- and post-surgery services.

If you are looking for the premier weight loss surgery center located in Las Vegas, Nevada contact Blossom Bariatrics today at (702) 463-3300 or visit