Extending Lives: Weight Loss Surgery

Time Magazine recently circulated a story that makes our team at BeLiteWeight proud. Recent research in Cleveland has shed light on to what BeLiteWeight has been the embodiment of for over 10 years: that weight loss surgery improves and extends lives!

The US team discovered with a study of about 11,000 people that suffer from obesity and related diseases that about 41 percent more people who would have died were still alive after 8 years!

If you are suffering from diabetes the gastric bypass has been shown to be an extremely effective way at putting many of the symptoms in recession. Many other health problems have been shown to be improved as well including hypertension and sleep apnea.

If you are interested in reading more about this we have included a link below. For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!


What You Need to Know About Bariatric Revision Surgery

Bariatric surgery has an incredible success rate—about 80 percent of the 200,000 Americans who have weight loss surgery each year see the results they expected, according to researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine. That's a lot of people whose lives have been changed for the better.

But what about the few who aren't so lucky?

Sometimes, weight-loss surgery doesn't work the first time. Sometimes the patient's body doesn't respond well to the procedure, sometimes the patient isn't ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Sometimes people need bariatric revision surgery.

Bariatric revision surgery corrects complications from an original procedure—and makes it easier for you join the 80 percent of Americans for whom weight loss surgery works.

Here's what you need to know about bariatric revision surgery:

It's not necessarily your fault the first surgery didn't work

Sometimes bariatric surgery just doesn't work. Maybe your body didn't respond to the treatment, maybe you had other medical issues that got in the way of your goals. The bottom line is that sometimes the surgery just doesn't work so another procedure is necessary.

You have several options

Obviously if the first procedure didn't produce the desired results, there is no need to try the same thing again. Luckily your surgeon can offer alternatives treatments, including which could include a lap band to gastric sleeve (revision), lap band to bypass revision or sap band over bypass revision.

The bottom line is that you and your doctors have options.

It's all about you—and your success

No two bariatric revision surgeries are the same. Every person's body is different and reacts differently to weight loss surgery. That's why it's important to connect with a surgeon who is skilled in revision procedures—and to take care of yourself first.

Together, you and your surgeon will take a close look at why the first procedure didn't work well and figure out a strategy for making the second one a success.

It's important to stay positive and forward-looking. Remember, you're only one step away from joining the 80 percent of healthy, happy patients.

7 Shocking Myths About Weight Loss Surgery

Not everything you hear about bariatric surgery–good and bad–is true. Here are seven shocking myths about weight loss surgery.

It's easy

Yes, the actual surgery has become increasingly easy for doctors to perform, but it still takes a lot of hard work and dedication by patients to make it work in the long haul.

You're going to be laid up for a long time

In the past, people who underwent bariatric surgery had an incredibly rough road to recovery. They spent up to a week in the hospital and a month or more convalescing at home. Today, however, many people are out of the hospital in a day or two and fully recovered in a week.

The scar is hideous

Nobody likes scars, and bariatric surgery is infamous for leaving people with large scars across their bellies. But thanks to advances in technology, most people who have weight surgery today only wind up with small incisions and even smaller scars.

You have to tip the scales at 300 or more pounds

People think there's a magic number you have to hit in order to qualify for bariatric surgery. There's not. It's based on your body mass index, your overall health and your ability to commit to making it a success.

You'll never get to eat good food again

Pizza, doughnuts, potato chips and pasta are all good things people who've had bariatric surgery eat–they just eat them in moderation and as part of a smart, balanced diet.

The cravings will drive you nuts

Yes, it's true that many people who undergo weight loss surgery suffer from intense cravings for certain types of food–especially fast food. But the truth is, the cravings eventually go away. It just takes a few months. And remember, just because you've had the procedure doesn't mean you can never eat good (but not necessarily good for you) food again. You just need to be smart about it.

It's guaranteed to work

No surgical procedure is every guaranteed to work. But the good news is that bariatric surgery has a very, very high success rate because the people who undergo weight loss surgery are committed to making it work. Each year, nearly 100,000 people undergo the procedure and the vast majority of them regain control of their weight–because they eat right, exercise and maintain a positive attitude.