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Gastric Sleeve in Mexico Trip Details

Mervelle S

On December 20, 2013, my lifestyle change and begin with gastric sleeve surgery. I had the best surgical team ever. My surgery was lead by Dr. Elmo Aramburo and assisted by Dr. Jose Rodriguez Villarreal.

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78 pounds lost in 8 months- Before and after weight loss surgery | #wls #weightlosssurgery #vsg

Jenny E.

Hi there and happy holidays. I am 8 months post surgery and feelings like a million bucks.  

Here is a before and after shot. Was a size 18W-20W now a size 12 misses.  Started at 268lbs currently 190 lbs..

Monica H.

I want to update you that I've lost 40 lbs, am now under 300 lbs, and am happier than I have been in years. This surgery & decision to change hasn't just been a good physical health choice but an excellent mental h


Hi Ishi, im writing to think you for all of your help with my surgery, Dr. Rodriguez is wonderful I would recommend him to everyone.

I had my surgery the gastric sleeve on 7-1-10 my dr, was dr. jose rodriguez. My


Well, it's been 5 months, as of Valentine's Day, the 14th…and that day, I hit 100 pounds lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so ecstatic, I can't stand myself!!! It was everything I had hoped,


I am doing fantastic!!!!. Had no vomiting or stomach sickness after surgery ,but still have gas pains,expecially at night.My husband and I had a pleasant trip and have no complaints. Our driver Hector picked us up at 9:00. He


I am very impressed with how easy it was to schedule my surgery, and how smoothly everything has gone. The drivers were prompt and courteous. The medical staff was very knowledgeable, efficient, and showed great concern for my

Lucinda R

Everything went very well, the care I received from the Star Medica hospital was excellent. I really liked the beautiful, private room that I stayed in at the hospital. The entire hospital staff treated me like a queen. The dr

Don L

My name is Don. I had the surgery done 5 weeks ago today. I had the gastric sleeve and It has completely change my life in just 5 weeks. When I started this venture I weighted 340 pounds at my weight I had to go on a liver shr

Andre P

"Here are the pics you picture is in texas, the time of the surgery. The other one is today at work, I still have alot of work to do, but i am getting there." :-)

Kevin P

I was 353 December 2009 and now in  December 2010 I am at 178!!

Surgery was at the end of March so I have been working hard on it and there is the days I am good and a day here or there where I find my


Hi JoAnne,

The surgery is one of the best things i have ever done. I enjoy life so much better. 75lbs gone, I am very happy i took control of the situation.

Vince B

Whats up Joanne, I told you I would send you some Pics:-) I'm in the Virgin Islands for the next 2 months, when I get home I will send you some more.

Procedure & Date: Sleeve Gastrectomy - Dec 9, 20

Mike and Bel L

Sorry we have not done this sooner. The before picture was taken in February 09 at Daytona Beach ….3 months before the surgery. I was weighing 300lbs and Belinda was weighing 233. The after picture was taken May 29th al

Angie B

I am doing great after my surgery. I had tried every diet program that came along and never had the success that I have had with this surgery. I weighed this morning and have lost 49 1/2 pounds. I will reach the 50 lb. mark th

Robbyn A

My first impression was that Dr. Jose Rodriguez was a caring man. My impression only changed in that I realized just how good he is at what he does, and that the patients come first with him. He brings his own surgical staff w

MaryAnn E

Hi my name is MaryAnn and I am 23 years old. After a year of talking to Ishi with belitewight I finally made the choice to have wls.

On 7-12-10 my life became forever changed. I went to Dr. Rodriguez & Dr. Ara

Lynn & Montzie

I am glad my journey with belite has been such a great experience. I have went from three blood pressure medications, two cholesterol medications to no medications. I had to add one blood pressure medication about three months

Kelli F

I haven't had the chance to tell you yet… but THANK YOU!. I had the lap band in December 2007. It will be three years in a couple of months. I have easily and happily lost over 150 lbs. I am only 50 lbs from my goal

Debra W

Well it has been 6 months since I had my Gastric Sleeve surgery done. I am down 66 lbs. I have spent the last 25 years of my life trying to figure out howI got so heavy and how to get it off. I have tried all the programs and

Joe L

I was an eating machine, a food-addict, the "big guy" at work; I lived to eat. I knew I needed to make a change and I could not do it alone. This is when I found BeliteWeight. My patient facilitator and I discussed a


Hello JoAnne:

I just wanted to give you an update on me. I am very happy. I am at 145lbs and I am getting in shape for a lifetime goal, to complete a triathlon. It will happen on 09/09/2012 God permitting. I am un

Al K



Olga N

I converted from a Lap Band to a Gastric Sleeve and it has been very successful for me. I was so afraid to go to Mexico but Dr. Rodriguez and his team team are one of the best and most experienced Bariatric surgeons in the wor

Daniel H

I had the Lap Band surgery and started at 315 lbs at age 39 on August 28th 2010, and have ended up 196 lbs at age 39 on March 19th 2011. I feel great w/ tons of energy. I would recommend this surgery to anyone.


Dear BeLiteWeight, these are my before and after pictures 22 months post-op, (better late than never :-) I will always be ready to praise Dr. Jose Rodriguez expertise; I'm an RN in the OR and I questioned him on the phone.

Terry W

My experience with BeLiteWeight has been nothing short of life changing and quite possibly life saving. It's the most pleasant surprise I've had in a long time. When I say "surprise," I mean it was everything

Stephanie T(3)

 I am the definition of a roller coaster dieter. Every time I had a baby (I had 4) I would go on a new diet then gain twice of what I lost. I wanted to the gastric sleeve, but because my insurance changed the policies eve

Jennifer (T2)

I have struggled with my weight most of my life. I was always around 140 lbs. in high school and after I graduated I was married and had a baby. When I delivered my daughter I was about 220 lbs. I was wanting to have the baria


I had done WeightWatchers, bought all the over-the-counter weight loss aids, nothing worked. I had high blood pressure and both of my parents died young, scaring me to what the outcome of my future was. I am blessed with three

Jennifer (T1)

My name is Jennifer, I had Lap Band surgery in Tijuana, Mexico in March 2011. At the start of my pre-op diet, I was 264.8 lbs. and I am 5'4 tall. In less than 23 weeks, I have lost 80 lbs. at 184 lbs. I have struggled with


After 23 years of drugs, I turned my life around for the better by becoming completely drug-free, but it resulted with me constantly eating. By November 2007, I weighed my heaviest of 257 lbs. I needed the extra push so I coul

Tami W

It was really hard to find before pictures of myself because I avoided the camera like the plague! Before I had weight loss surgery, I weighed about 210 lbs. I decided to have lap band surgery in 2009. I only lost 20 pounds wi

Barbara M

I love my doctor!! I think we all say that about the person that was instrumental in saving our lives but if I had to do it over again...absolutely and would never change my doctor. I love ya Dr. Rodriguez and thank you and yo

Wendy G

Hi JoAnne and any other interested parties,

I can't believe it's been a year since's an update...

I have lost 73 pounds and have gone from a size 24 to a feet

Eric B

I have always been the "big" kid in class. I played 3 sports in high school (football, wrestling, track) and played football my freshman year of college. I hurt my knee twice that year, which is when the weight start

Janet R

 One year ago I reached rock bottom. I could not do anything I wanted to. If I had to walk a distance I would fret over how I was going to get from point A to point B. I started at 245 lbs, which to some that does not sou

Leigh Ann

My current weight is 138-140 (I started at 195) I do not drink protein shakes but I do get my protein in, I take daily vitiams I also take one biotin a day, I do not excerise but I do watch my 2 year old grand baby and she kee


Thank you Dr. Rod, Dr. Elmo and your staff and thanks to BeliteWeight. I now weigh 190 lbs, down from 340 lbs, it's been one year as of 7/1/12 and I've lost 150 lbs. I went from a 48 in my waist down to a 33 in my wais

Tonya O

Well, How do I begin....

My weight has been out of control for approximately 25 years. Once I had my son (that many years ago), I have never been able to get my weight under 200lbs. NEVER!

I am was a


For years I've accepted my being overweight as my curse. I tried everything to lose weight including the popular and fad diets. I approached my doctor about having weight loss surgery only to have my health insurance deem

Jamie E

Disclaimer: I work for BeLiteWeight but I'm doing a testimonial because I had surgery, lost weight and was pleased with the care I received at the hospital etc.

I had revision of my prior Lap Band surgery to a

Leslie W

I had the Gastric Sleeve on March 22, 2012 in Tijuana, Mexico with Dr. Jose Rodriguez-Villarreal  & Dr. Elmo Aramburo at the INT hospital through BeLiteWeight.

Dr. Rodriguez and team - He's amazing, p

Lakeeta G

I have been overweight ever since I was a child. Being ridiculed and teased my whole life about my weight growing up wasn’t easy. Trying various diet pills and workout routines just didn’t seem to work for me. So o

Kelly T


It was great talking to after 3 years. Here are the before and after pictures I promised. They are not the best pictures but boy can you tell how much weight I have lost. I have my life back and am having a

Tracy O

Ohhh what a journey I have traveled!

I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Juarez, Mexico in June of 2011. Words can not begin to explain the way I feel about Dr. Jose Rodriguez and the staff at BeLiteWeight. After a

Lisa Savannah

Lisa did an updated blog post about her obesity struggle and ending up on a cover of a wedding magazine. It's very inspiring and you can read it by clicking here.

BeliteWeight saved my life. I was the girl who

Rose B

My name is Rose. My daughter, Lisa, and I had gastric sleeve in Juarez Mexico, I have lost over 60 pounds and have gone from a size 18 pants to a 10! This surgery has changed my life!

As a medical professional I c

Jan G

Date: Friday, January 18, 2013, 4:48 PM

A update:
Doing great!
Had Gastric Bypass on May 9th 2012
Surgeons: Dr. Jose Rodriguez & Dr. Elmo Aramburo
Starting weight: 269
I now weigh

Erika L

Hello Ladies!

I hope you are both doing well and had a lovely Thanksgiving! I wanted to let you know that I am officially at 50 pounds lost! I feel amazing! The sleeve is my dream life! It is not a panacea, I am c

Tammy O

Hi my name is Tammy O,

I had the Gastric Sleeve done on August 25th 2012 in Juarez Mexico at Star Medica. The surgeons and physicians are Dr. Jose Rodriguez-Villareal, Doctor Elmo Aramburo, Doctor Leticia Solis, a

Sonya T

Hello, Ishi... As you know I had my surgery the end of September 2012 & I am doing very well. I have lost 72 pounds so far (4 1/2 months) and I am feeling great!

I want to lose another 100 pounds but I will surely k

Regina R

Hi Joanne,

Wow, what a weekend. I have to say, this was an awesome experience. Your staff, Dr. Rod, Dr. Elmo and the staff at Star Medica, were all so awesome. I am so happy I chose to go with Dr. Jose Rodriguez a

Kristy W

 My Gastric Sleeve surgery was on December 13, 2012 with Dr. Jose Rodriguez & Dr. Elmo Aramburo in Tijuana, Mexico.

I was 230 pounds and before my surgery it was hard for me to pull myself up onto my hors


Vicky sent photos for us to see and gave permission to share them with you.

Amy P


I had the gastric sleeve done February 14th 2012. This has been the best thing I have ever done for myself! I weighed 199 lbs when I had to have a heart procedure which scared me into looking into weight l

Carmen M

 Carmen had her weight loss revision surgery on 4/24/2013 and sent this email on Sunday, 4/28/2013 once she got home. She gave us permission to share it with you.
Good morning, Joanne!
Just wanted

Maggie B

I just want to tell you how happy I am with my new body. Dr. Jose Rodriguez did a fantastic job with my weight loss revision surgery. I had fabulous care. I know others that have gotten gastric surgery in the states. Som

Cathryn E.

Dr. Elmo Aramburo was outstanding!! From putting me at ease before the surgery to great follow-up care after, he checked on me a couple each day post-op, and was so personable and caring!  I had a GREAT experience in Juar

Patricia C

Hello, I am almost a year post op and I am thrilled with my weight loss. I did not have a high BMI but I did weigh 205 pounds and only 5'3. I had high blood pressure and arthritis and pain daily walking carrying around all

Myrna & Melissa

 Video recorded April 24, 2013

Myrna is a nurse in the USA and she accompanied her daughter, Melissa, three months ago for her Gastric Sleeve surgery. She felt comfortable with her daughter's experience,


Yes, I am back from my surgery in Juarez and it was an amazing experience. Despite a rough flight out there, it was amazing!  The flight was over 3 hours late getting into El Paso but the surgica

Angela S

My name is Angela, I have been over weight my whole life until BelightWeight helped save my life. When I say saved my life, I really mean it. I was so depressed that I didn’t even want to leave the house. One day searchi

Erin L

Hi, My name is Erin.  I am 37 years old.  I had my weight loss surgery on 4/20/2012.  I consider this date a re-birth.
Before my weight loss surgery, I had gained and lost over 200lbs over the previous 12

Emily C

 If anyone is questioning what to do, Gastric Sleeve surgery is the right decision! I went down May 1st to have the Gastric Sleeve done.  I truly enjoyed every aspect of the entire experience.  (Well maybe not r

Brian R

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. I was really excited that it has almost reached my 2 year mark from my surgery date. Like I told you earlier, I have lost a combined total of 220 l



I am happy with my gastric sleeve surgery and have gone from 216lbs in October 2012 to 160lbs in February 2013. I am only 4 months out and approaching my goal. 56 pounds gone forever!

(My husband and my mother-in-law ha



I have been very happy with the results from my Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. I had a lap band for 3 years but had to have it removed when I had peritonitis (not related to the band). I of course gained back 40 pounds very quic



The video was taken two days after Stephanie's procedure while she was still at the hospital. Here is her 1 year update she sent us along with her "after" photo:

Sometimes we aren't blessed with the pe



Video recorded on April 24, 2013:

Kiely has lost 107 pounds after her Gastric Sleeve Surgery eighteen months ago. Recently, she accompanied her friend to the Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico for her own surg



Tammy sent us her before and after Gastric Sleeve Surgery photos and said we could share them.

Thanks Tammy for sharing them with us!

Procedure: Gastric Sleeve / Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Surgeon: Dr. Jo



 I had surgery July 11, 2012. I weighed 246 pounds. This is August 25, 2013 and I have weighed 150 for a couple of months now. I remembered that at the middle of October I weighed 190 pounds. So in three months I lost 50



All my life I have struggled with my weight.  I have always been the biggest of all my friends.  I have had to special order clothes. 

In January 2012, my health was dramatically declining.  I was pu



My journey with my weight was a life long struggle, I was always overweight even as a child throughout life. My weight hit all time highs and on occasion I was able to take weight off, but it always came back. 
Gastric Sleeve Before and After Photos - Almost Divorced over Weight Loss Surgery |


In January of 2011, my husband, Victor, was given a gift with the stipulation he was to use the money for gastric surgery. We began to explore the options and facilities near us. We found the cheapest facility would do the sur



Hi Joanne! First off thank you so much! I would be honored to share my experience with others. 

I had my lap band surgery a little over 3 years ago. Throughout my entire life I always struggled with my weight. As a



First I want to thank JoAnne (Program Director at BeLiteWeight) for asking me to write this and allowing me to share the story of my weight loss journey.

A little more than a year ago (Aug. 2012), my family doctor had i

Gastric Sleeve Before and After Photos - Stephen\'s Story |


All my life I have always been over weight.  Always the largest in my family, the largest of all my friends, and always had to order special sized clothes.  

My weight kept creeping up and up.  I was out



Letisha had her Gastric Sleeve surgery on April 16, 2012 with Dr. Jose Rodriguez & Dr. Elmo Aramburo. She sent us an updated before/after photo on October 27, 2013 and has lost 155 pounds. She gave us permission to share i

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery In Mexico

David S

Rebecca and I cannot tell you how much we appreciate all the work and care you, Bibi and your team of doctors provided... us. You all should be recommended for the bronze star or legion of merit when it comes to going beyond t

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Before and After Photos - VSG #wls #weightlosssurgery

Arianna O

It all started on April 20,2013 when I began to do research for weight loss surgery online. BeLiteWeight was the first thing to pop up and I decided to click on it. I called the number that they had listed and spoke to Ishi, a