Meet Renon


Renon, a 39-year-old from Arizona, chose to have weight loss surgery with us, Elias Ortiz & Company (EOC), because they had struggled with their weight for most of their life. Despite trying various diets and exercise routines, Renon experienced a roller coaster of weight fluctuations. After the birth of their second child, Renon’s weight skyrocketed, leading them to research successful cases at EOC. Having relatives who had gone through the process and being comfortable with traveling to Mexico, Renon made the decision to undergo gastric sleeve surgery with Dr. Ortiz on October 9th, 2023. Despite facing some medical challenges, Renon found the entire experience with EOC to be accommodating and informative. They highly recommend considering surgery for those struggling with weight issues, emphasizing the positive impact it has had on their life. Renon’s relationship with food has greatly improved, and they no longer rely on diets. They have experienced significant weight loss and continue to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Overall, Renon believes weight loss surgery has been a life-changing experience, empowering them to enjoy activities and improve their overall well-being.


Hi, I’m Renon. I am from Arizona in the United States and I am 39 years old. I chose to have weight loss surgery with EOC because I have lived my life on a diet. I was, I think I was probably like 5th or 6th grade when I started to put on weight. I wore like a size 18 my freshman year of high school and like I just always really struggled. I always tried to like exercise and eat well, right? Like I was on a gluten-free diet for years to manage my weight and it did help, right? Like you got down to a size 16 and kind of maintain that. But it was always very much a roller coaster up, down, up, down, up, down constantly. And then in my later 30s, I had a second child and my weight just shot up and it was so hard to manage and I knew people had gone to EOC and been successful. So I did too. I have two relatives who have gone through EOC a couple of years prior. And so I asked about their experience and I am not scared to travel to Mexico. I love Mexico. I’ll take any excuse to go. So it was an easy decision. My surgeon was Dr. Ortiz. I had the gastric sleeve on October 9th of 2023. I had some like additional medical challenges, but they were really, really accommodating, really informative. It was a wonderful experience. Super easy, very easy, very pleasant. My one piece of advice for people considering surgery is to just do it. Just hop right on board and do it. For me, I very much wanted to like do it naturally or prove that it wasn’t like a willpower issue or and all of that junk in my head trying to prove it or whatever. I kind of lost part of the fact that like you don’t eat when you’re not hungry. And this has really been the edge that I needed. I push food away naturally. I, you know, when I’m full and full, I don’t have that desire to incessantly eat. There are definitely some things like I definitely it’s a mental health kind of thing. And I had some bad habits that I still work through. But this has been the edge that I needed. It’s been life changing. And the sooner, the better, in my opinion, especially if you’re struggling like I was since childhood. I mentioned before, I love Mexico. I hardly need an excuse to go. We go every year. So in this case, I don’t usually go to Tijuana. But we drove it. It’s like a six hour drive. And driving in Mexico is always an adventure. So I think for a newbie, definitely just take advantage of the fact that the drivers drive for you. They’ll meet you at the airport. But really, the EMC office was really accommodating, very much the feel of an all inclusive resort, right? They walk you through every step. Somebody is there to hold your hand the entire way. You’re never alone. And you’re with a group of people doing the same thing. So you’ve got a lot of support, even going by yourself, very easy. My family stayed at the hotel. So we were all there for the week. But it was great. It was a great experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat. The problem with being overweight, I think, is the bigger thing, right? It starts to affect your health. Nobody gets away scot-free. Eventually, it all catches up with you. And so weight loss surgery changed my life by enabling me and empowering me to do the things that I love. There is nothing sadder than being out of breath when you’re playing with your kids or wanting to do a 5K or go hiking or play pickleball. And you’re just thinking, like, that sounds like so much work. And you don’t think about, when you’re overweight, how exhausted you feel all the time. It’s literally harder to get out of bed. It’s harder to do the chores around the house. It just makes life so hard. And so this has been very freeing. I don’t worry about food like I did. Like I said, I was perpetually on a diet. And now I have a more natural relationship with food, even though definitely the mental health part plays in. But I start to feel normal. I have lost 52 pounds. And I feel like I should have lost more, right? You always compare yourself to other people’s journey. Or you’re always trying to find, like, who started at my same exact weight, at my same exact height. How much can I expect to lose? But really, this is an individual journey. I’m very glad to have lost the 52 pounds. I don’t want it back. Everybody else can keep it. But I definitely hope to continue. And I very much try to get my protein and my fiber in. That’s the two focus. And so the biggest part, I guess, in all the weight loss is that I want a healthy relationship with food for the rest of my life.

Health Disclaimer: This website provides information about health and related subjects. The information provided on this site, or in any linked materials, is for informational purposes only and is not a substitue for receiving direct professional medical expertise and / or treatment. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency services immediately. 

Recipe & Food Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any outcome of any recipe you try from the website. Take care when using cookware including knives and other sharp or hot objects. Review all ingredients prior to ingesting to ensure you are not allergic to anything in the recipes. We do not provide any assurances or accept liability in regards to quality, nutritional value or safety when using the recipes provided on this site. 

Check your BMI Today!

See if you qualify for Weight Loss Surgery!

Take your first step by telling us a little about yourself. A coordinator will be in touch to discuss your weight loss surgery options.
All form fields required.

The following information is for calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine which surgery you qualify for.

Contacting you by phone is the fastest way to discuss your qualifications and next steps. Please make sure your phone number is accurate.

Knowing more about where you've been and want to be will allow us to have a better conversation with you about reaching your goals.