Dollinda Jorgensen

Bariatric surgery patient enjoys her "second chance"

Dollinda Jorgensen

Following her first bariatric surgery in 2009, Dollinda Jorgensen lost more than 100 pounds after receiving a lap-band. But she credits her second operation at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center in 2013 – when a gastric sleeve replaced the lap-band – with “giving me a sense of control back in my life.” And Jorgenson isn’t alone, thanks to SRMC in Rio Rancho, where UNM and ABQ Health Partners are teaming up to make the hospital the state’s premier bariatric surgery destination. “As far as I’m concerned, bariatic surgery saved my life twice,” Jorgensen said. “I never get tired of talking about it.” In fact, Jorgensen – who at her peak weighed 254 pounds – likes talking about her experience so much, she’s something of a weight loss missionary. A data coordinator at ABQ Health Partners, she’s talked two coworkers into having the surgery, and she openly chats about what she eats and what her incision scars look like. She’s even happy to show the loose skin around her waist.

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Picture Credit: Sara Mota