Orlando Rivera, a disabled veteran, had 13 leg surgeries and different back injuries that prevented him from exercising.
In fact, he had to use a cane or walker to get around. At his heaviest, he was 296 pounds. He experienced heart issues, was hospitalized several times and nearly had a stroke. Orlando knew he needed to lose weight to avoid open heart surgery. He tried different weight loss programs and had temporary success but ultimately would gain the weight back.
After having weight loss surgery at Baylor Medicine, he now weighs 208 pounds and says he feels lighter, and he can walk more than five feet without stopping and gasping for air. "The results are phenomenal, and I feel better about myself," he shares. Orlando's heart is functioning better, and he is excited to spend many more years with his kids who are currently 19 and 25.