Marcelino Valdés is a Cuban singer and Miami resident who changed his life and transformed his body with a 100 pound weight loss. Read the singer’s story in his own words:
“My whole life I have been a professional singer, but when I began to tip the scales above 300 lbs. it became hard for me to perform at my best. I had diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. I took insulin and a lot of pills. A friend of mine had weight-loss surgery with Dr. Werner Andrade and was very happy with the progress she made under his care. Sometimes word of mouth is impactful, so, I made an appointment to see Dr. Andrade. I’m glad I did because today I weigh over 100 lbs. less than I did before having surgery. Most importantly, I have been able to keep the weight off by sticking to guidelines suggested by Dr. Andrade and his staff.
I’m in great health after having weight-loss surgery performed by Dr. Andrade at Hialeah Hospital. Today, I’m glad to say I only take one medication for neuropathy, but, not every day, only when I need it. I don’t have to take insulin any more. My blood pressure is now under control. I followed up with everything Dr. Andrade told me to do, I did everything he said and followed his guidelines and today I’m benefitting from his care.
I had to take control of my weight. At one time prior to surgery with Dr. Andrade, I weighed 309 lbs. and today I weigh just 205 lbs. I have been as low as 195 lbs. But, today, I normally fluctuate between 197 and 205 lbs.
One of the main benefits I am enjoying is the fact that I can now walk six or seven miles without any struggle at all, but that was not the case before I had weight-loss surgery. I can run too, but I walk because it is better for my health. Dr. Andrade is very knowledgeable and by listening to him, following up with his care, I have changed my life. In my opinion, weight-loss surgery was not hard to get through, as I was amazed the day after surgery, when the nursing and physical rehabilitation staff had me up and walking around the hospital. I had the mindset and the thinking that I wanted to do this for myself and for my future health. Because of that I think the surgery was no problem for me. I kept telling myself, think positive, you can do it.
Today, over a year after having weight-loss surgery with Dr. Andrade I still feel great. I spend a lot more time in front of the mirror. Before getting help with my weight loss from Dr. Andrade, my pants size was a 42. Today, I wear a size 32. It’s hard to imagine that I lost 10-inches off of my waste but I did. Now, when I go shopping, I can buy anything I want. I’ve definitely become more fashionable. Lastly, I look forward to getting back on stage and singing. I want to see how much better I sound and am able to connect with the audience being 100 lbs. lighter on my feet.”
– Marcelino Valdés
- This testimonial reflects results achieved by this patient. As each case must be independently evaluated and managed, actual weight loss will vary.
- This surgery is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities.
For more information on Dr. Werner Andrade, his specialties in General and Bariatric Surgery or to learn more about him visit: www.DrWernerAndrade.com