Spotlight Patient: Kayla La Vende

Kayla La Vende before and after photo on the left she is heavier in a blue dress, on the right she is about 180 lbs lighter.

Kayla is a past patient of doctor Ortiz. With surgery and good habits she was able to bring her weight down from 340lbs to 163.8lbs. Her journey is so inspiring she has been featured in the The Daily Mail!

What is your name?

Kayla La Vende

What was your surgery date and who was your surgeon?

Dr Ortiz June 6 2018 (sleeve)_HW-342lbs CW-155lbs

What led you to have surgery in Mexico?

After going to some local companies for consultations I was not impressed with their communication and care so I researched the best place on the west coast and Elias Ortiz & Company kept popping up! I did lots of research on the company and found nothing but amazing reviews. I contacted Sheila and she was amazing! Informative and very patient with me and put my mind at ease. After that it was a no brainer.

How has surgery affected your daily lifestyle?

I am now physically able to do things I have always been afraid of doing or unable to do because of my weight. Also mentally I am much stronger and very disciplined and have structure.

What was the best part about surgery with us?

The staff! You leave feeling like family. Everyone is fun, caring and so helpful, you are given instructions every step of the way (even after you leave) that will set you up for success.

Tell me more about you (how many kids, married, career etc…)

I am 35, born and raised in Sydney Australia moved to Las Vegas 12 years ago. I design and make costumes and props/sets for a show on the strip.

How long have you struggled with weight?

My whole life. My earliest memories were being on diets and going to doctors to figure out why I was so much bigger then my older sisters.

Tell me one thing about you that no one would guess?

In my spare time I volunteer and dress up as a Disney princess and visit children in hospital.

Kayla, it was all my pleasure working with you. Thank you for being such a great aspiration to all of us here at EOC. You’re a true success story and will always be an EOC family member!

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CREDENTIALS

Dr. Elías Ortiz, Bariatrics

Professional License Number: 8684409

Federal Taxpayers Registry: OIGJ810323D28

CURP: OIGJ810323HBCRMS08

Qualifications

Undergraduate Degree in Medicine (1999–2004), Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Baja California
– Overall average: 8.85 / 10

Undergraduate Internship (2004–2005), Regional General Hospital No. 1, IMSS, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
– Overall average: 9.49 / 10

Social Service (2005–2006), Mobile Unit No. 19, SSA, Tijuana, Baja California Mexico.

Graduate Professional XXXI National Aspiring medical residencies
– Place finish in specialty group (Surgery): 32 of 3602.

General Surgery Specialty (2008-2012), Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center, Mexican Social Security Institute
– Total Rating: 96.40 / 100.

Certifications

Certificate of Accreditation of Foreign Language Skills: English. April 22, 2006, at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico

Resident Coordinator of General Surgery, generation 2008–2009, Regional General Hospital No. 45, Mexican Social Security Institute, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Chief Resident in General Surgery, 2011–2012 in Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center, Mexican Social Security Institute, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Professional Experience

2nd Regional and International Congress on Obesity conducted by the Association for the Study of Obesity and its complications AC.
– May 2004, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
– General session speaker
– Regional General Hospital No. 45, May 15, 2008, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
– General session speaker
– Zapopan General Hospital, November 5, 2008, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
– General session speaker
– Regional General Hospital No. 45, February 12, 2009, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

1stCourse News and Controversies in Surgical GERD
– April 2009, Regional General Hospital No. 45, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Laparoscopic Surgery Program in the Regional General Hospital No. 1
– Social Security Institute, April–May 2010, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Laparoscopic Surgery Program in the Regional General Hospital No. 1
– Social Security Institute, June–August 2011, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Gastric Plication Surgery Mini Fellowship
– Hospital Angeles Tijuana, November 2011

Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery Mini Fellowship
– Hospital Angeles Tijuana, December 2011

Bariatric Surgery Program at Hospital Angeles Tijuana
– November–December 2011, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Theoretical and Practical Course XIV of Endoscopic Surgery, AMCE, AC
– Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center Gdl, Jal. January–February 2012

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