By Erin Murray
HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas (KVEO/NBC) - Arnold La Count loves being active with his 6-year-old son.
A year ago he was over 500 pounds. Playing and being active was not possible.
Today La Count is hovering just over 200 pounds.
"There was a lot of things I couldn't do. I got to a point where I couldn't participate in family ordeals, I couldn't go places. I was embarrassed by the way I looked," he says.
To help drop the weight, La Count received gastric plication, a new weight loss surgery. The surgery reduces the size of a person's stomach.
"It is one of those procedures because it is so new, we still call investigational, we have to do many studies and keep track of these patients in a different way," says bariatric surgeon Dr. Luis Reyes.
Read more on KVEO's website.