Ingrid R How Weight Loss Surgery Changes Lives: Ingrid's Story

“I hope I will have a longer life now that I’m super healthy.”

Ingrid Rivas, 40, Jersey City

Mom of twin daughters, 4, and a son, 5

Date of surgery: May 28, 2021

Pounds lost: 82

Biggest benefit: “I feel great, I have a lot of energy. I was a size 2XL, then an XL, then medium and now I’m wearing a small.”

Naveen Ballem MD
Naveen Ballem MD

Lifestyle change: This native of Costa Rica works out on home equipment as often as possible and follows a healthy diet with smaller portions. “My kids and my husband are my all,” she says, “and I hope I will have a longer life now that I’m super-heathy thanks to this surgery. I want to live to 100!”

Bariatric surgery changes a person physically, but patients find it transforms their lives as well,” says Naveen Ballem, MD, Director of Bariatric Surgery at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC). “They develop new habits and new attitudes. It’s literally a new lease on a longer, better and healthier life.”

Learn more about weight loss surgery at Clara Maass Medical Center.