Fellow Of The American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S)


We are thrilled to announce that all four of our Juarez surgical team members are now Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.). Dr. Jose Rodriguez-Villarreal became a Fellow back in 2016 and just recently, Dr. Elmo Aramburo, Dr. Rafael Vizcarra and Dr. Daniel Urbina have received their credentials as well.  This is a huge accomplishment and great honor for them, and we are so proud to work with such a distinguished group of surgeons.

Dr. Jose Rodriguez Villarreal, F.A.C.S
Dr. Elmo Aramburo, F.A.C.S
Dr. Daniel Urbina, F.A.C.S
Dr. Rafael Vizcarra, F.A.C.S

The letters F.A.C.S. (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name are an indication to the patient that the surgeon has passed a thorough evaluation of both professional competence and ethical fitness. Fellows are board-certified surgeons or, in unusual circumstances, have met other standards comparable to board certification. A Fellow has committed herself (himself) unequivocally to place the welfare of her (his) patients above any other consideration; to avoid division of fees with other physicians; to make her (his) fees commensurate with the services she (he) renders; and to refrain from performing unjustified operations.

https://www.facs.org/education/patient-education/patient-resources/qualifications

The link above describes what it is to be a Fellow. (F.A.C.S.) and the section to read is #2.

Dr. Elmo Aramburo, Dr. Daniel Urbina, Dr. Rafael Vizcarra
Fellow Of The American College Of Surgeons Ceremony October 2019

It’s important to distinguish the difference between an “Associate” and a “Fellow”. Some surgeons pay a fee to become an “Associate” member, however, you cannot buy a Fellowship, it must be earned. The College admits to its Fellowship only those surgeons whose professional activity is devoted to surgical practice and who agree without compromise to practice by its professional and ethical standards.

The F.A.C.S. credential exists to foster the professional growth and development of surgeons, to promote high standards and best practices in surgical care, and to establish and maintain the patients’ confidence in the ability and integrity of their surgeon.

You can check ANY surgeons F.A.C.S standing here (be sure to choose the country of the surgeon on the left side before searching):  CLICK HERE


Best Year Of My Life: Laisa’s Gastric Sleeve


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New Year, New You! At least this was the case for Laisa in 2019 who is ‘beyond happy’ with her decision to choose BeLiteWeight! Laisa had her Gastric Sleeve surgery just days before the New Years and in one year shed over one hundred pounds! We recently received the update below from her along with some images that we are very happy to share:

So happy to hear from you! It’s been the best year of my life. I lost 109 pounds and I’m also down 4 dress sizes! I’ve had zero complications. I’m beyond happy with my decision and more importantly, choosing to go on this journey with Beliteweight 🙂 Thanks again for all of your help. I couldn’t have done it without you. Forever grateful!

weight loss surgery before and after vsg

A big congratulations to Laisa for her incredible achievements! She really looks great. If you have any updates of your weight loss achievements that you would like shared please send them to jamie@beliteweight.com. Happy New Years!!!

For more information on Gastric Weight Loss Surgery and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Couldn’t Be Happier: Michael’s Sleeve


BeLiteWeight would like to share an update from one of our patients that had the Gastric Sleeve with Dr. Rodriguez early this past year. He is showing incredible progress shown by the reduction in his blood pressure medication. Way to go Michael!

I am down almost 80lbs, I’m running, BP is down (not as far as I’d like but down) and I’m off 2 BP pills. Couldn’t be happier at this point.

For more information on Gastric Weight Loss Surgery and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Health & Confidence Back: Michelaine’s Mini Bypass


BeLiteWeight recently heard from a very special patient of ours Michelaine who recently found success with the Mini Bypass. 10 months after the surgery most symptoms of her diabetes are gone and she is wearing outfits she wouldn’t have dreamed of. In her recent two letters she details her experience with the medical care with BeLiteWeight in Mexico and has photos of the stages of her journey. It is quite impressive!

I finally decided to share my journey to weight loss. After being a tiny 112lbs after two children and still wearing bikinis somewhere after my third child and his medical challenges for 22 yrs now, I found myself not taking care of myself but still feeling like I was beautiful. Everyone told me how beautiful I was although I was steadily gaining weight. I went from 134lbs three years after my third child was born and feeling great because I had worked hard to get to that weight, fast forward 2018 to 209lbs. My heaviest weight documented, Type II diabetes, heart issues, knees and hips pain, couldn’t walk or climb stairs without being out of breath.


 During the same time as fighting for my son’s life I fought for my own through cancer multiple times and went through the hardest divorce of my life. I didn’t know who I was, I didn’t like myself and always had on a happy face and was there for everyone else. On day while sitting Indian style it was almost like I could feel my skin stretching. I know that sounds crazy but I know I could! When the scales showed 209 I was done! I wasn’t going to let myself become a person that couldn’t lift their legs, sit in a booth etc… I wanted to be able to kayack, white water raft and all the things I once enjoyed and most importantly be here for my children and the love of my life. I made the decision to seek help. This is when I came across Be-Lite. 


I was full of questions as I’m very OCD and obsessed with having to know… The Be-Lite staff was very patient with me. They explained all my options as well as the other thousand of questions.It took me about six months to make my decision to have the Metabolic Mini-bypass. Then came the task of convincing my boyfriend it was okay to go to Mexico and let them preform a surgical procedure on me. 


He did his own research, as he always does, tried to convince me I was beautiful and didn’t need surgery. Due to the way my body held weight I never really looked as heavy as I was. Once I told a few my weight they were shocked. Many of my friends that looked heavier actually weighed less than I. He finally agreed.


I will say that he and I were completely impressed with Dr Rod and staff as well as Hospital Angeles’ . We had a better experience in Mexico than we have at most American hospitals and not once did we have to ask for anything medical wise and wait on someone to assist us. I did throw a latex sensitivity while there which they were quickly on top of it even managing my pain without asking! 


Upon returning home I did have some unusual complications to which the Be-Lite staff and Dr Rod were right there for me. My stomach opening had cinched down to less than 5mm so I wasn’t able to swallow anything even water at times. I had three procedures to stretch the opening. Dr Rod kept in touch with me and even offered to bring me back to Mexico at their cost if needed. I couldn’t have asked for better care! He kept up with my records from the doctor here. My doctor here stated after the first procedure that everything that was done in Mexico looked fantastic! It was beautifully done. This was very comforting as once I started having the set back you can’t help but think did you do the right thing. 
I’m happy to say that 10 months out tomorrow, I’m down 80lbs and 4-6 pant sizes. My shoes are even either to big now or fitting better. My diabetes is almost none existence and I can walk circles around walk I could! My heart is great. And my doctor reports that my numbers are fabulous! I’m still about 10lbs from where I would love to be but and very happy with where I am. 


I can’t thank Dr Rod, Jamie and all the other staff with Be-Lite and Dr Rod’s team.


PS. Vulnerable Moment because I’ve never posted pics. Jamie and the team have often asked…. These opened not only my eyes but the eyes of my boyfriend when I started comparing before and after with him….
I hope my story helps someone whom may be undecided in their journey.


 — feeling wonderful.Michelaine


(Follow Up Letter)


my boo said I almost looked to good to go out in this outfit. 10 months ago I would not have even attempted shorts in fact I hadn’t felt comfortable in shorts in quiet some time much less this type.


Again, thank you so much for giving me my health and confidence back! 


Warm Regards,
Michelaine

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Thank you so much for sharing Michelaine! We are sure others will find your story inspiring and helpful. Continue being awesome!

For more information on Gastric Weight Loss Surgery and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

NO Regrets: Dionne 1 Yr Post Sleeve


weight loss surgery before and after dionne gastric sleeve

Our team over at BeLiteWeight would like to give special recognition to Dionne for her amazing achievements with the Gastric Sleeve in just one year! Check out her latest letter.


“I really had to send my biggest thank you to you and everyone at Beliteweight and a special thank you to Dr Elmo/Dr Rodriguez and the whole team. I wish you guys knew how much you’ve change me as a person and not just my physical appearance although I do enjoy it. I’ve realized that I was just existing and not LIVING. Love you all, please share with the team.Thank you again! I’m still shooked at how much my body has change. I certainly have NO regrets at all. My last weight was 188.

It is really great how appreciative and optimistic you are Dionne! We are so happy for you.

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Bariatric Surgery & Your Liver



The benefits of bariatric surgery for the moderate to morbidly obese cannot be understated. Over the past 30 years medical advancements and research has led the bariatric surgical industry to a point where each year tens of thousands of people are finding success with options like the Gastric Sleeve and the Bypass.

Candidates for these weight loss surgeries are at a higher risk to already have and be more susceptible to liver disease and other underlying medical conditions. Studies have conclusively shown that for the majority of people bariatric surgery is an incredibly effective treatment for these conditions. However, there are important exceptions to be aware of with respect to malnutrition and anorexia.


It is an issue for certain individuals to not properly nourish their bodies after having gastric surgeries and to fall in to a cycle of non-eating or only eating very limited amounts of food that does not provide the body with what it needs.


To maintain a healthy liver after weight loss surgery it is especially important to maintain a consistent intake of high quality protein and nutrient dense foods. At BeLiteWeight we take pride in our teams extensive knowledge and follow up care so that our patients are able to thrive!

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!

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5061986/

Cheesy Bacon Keto Salad



With Barbecue season under full swing it is time to bring out the big guns and cook up the cheese and bacon! Or maybe its best to stay health conscious… Well with this new recipe you won’t even have to compromise. Many flee at the thought of vegetables but when prepared well they are really one of the tastiest options. Not to mention being full of nutritious vitamins and organic compounds that fight deterioration and disease! This recipe is so simple, delicious, nutritious, and family-friendly that the BeLiteWeight team is confident if you take the time to test it out you will be well rewarded!

Only Five Ingredients

1- Fresh Greens (Broccoli / Spinach)

2 – Diced Onions

3 – Sliced Almonds

4 – Keto Ranch Dressing

5 – Smoked Hormone Free Bacon

Just 3 Steps

1 – Cook the Bacon

2 – Chop the Greens, Dice the Onions, and Slice the Almonds

3 – Throw them in a bowl and take them out to your next barbecue!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Recipe Adapted from:

https://thatlowcarblife.com/broccoli-salad-with-bacon/

Courage to Change My Life: Jeff’s 4 Year Update


weight loss surgery before after vsg gastiric sleeve

Earlier this month we received a touching letter from one of our blinding success patients Jeff who has really turned his life around since we first chatted with him on the phone about 4 years ago. Read for yourself!

I just wanted to drop a quick note to the amazing folks are BeLiteWeight.com and give a quick update. It’s been four years since I found the courage to pick-up the phone and change my life.

When I decided to change my life, I was miserable and unable to do so many of the things that I wanted to do. I was always tired, miserable and my life was absent of anything to keep me going – except food.

When I called, I wanted to do the surgery fast! From the time I first called there was only three weeks until I left for the Gastric Sleeve.

The experience was amazing – and the years following the surgery have also been amazing! I feel great, look great and people tell me that I look so much younger now than I did then.

I can’t tell you how greatful that I am to everyone at Beliteweight for the amazing guidance that I received and for the support leading up to the surgery and the post surgical support that was fantastic from the minute I got home until I felt like I had it under control.

The process was worth it, the cost was unbeatable and the way my life was changed cannot be put into words.

The BeLiteWeight team is so proud of you Jeff! Keep up the hard work and you can achieve all of your goals and inspirations!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today!

Keto-Korean Beef Short Ribs


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For our next recipe get out your steak knives! With only 2 basic steps and 8 easy ingredients this keto-friendly and high protein meal is a perfect option for health conscious individuals interested in losing weight!

Ingredients

2 lbs of Beef Chuck, Flanken-Style Short Ribs (3/8 to 1/2 inch thick)

1/2 Green Onion – Chopped

2 teaspoons Dark Sesame Oil

1/4 cup Soy Sauce

2 Minced Garlic Cloves

1/2 TSP Black Pepper

1 TBS Toasted Sesame

1/4 Cup Water

Directions

#1 – Combine onions, ginger, oil, garlic, pepper, and water in a small bowl and pour in to a plastic container with the beef. Marinate for 4-8 Hours.

#2 – Grill! For best taste cover the meat over medium-high heat for 5 minutes before turning over and continuing for another few minutes!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

* Recipe Adapted from KETO RECIPES – Pilcook Books

** One of our patrons suggested adding Ginger and it is quite a valuable upgrade! & Be sure to always purchase organic and non-GMO ingredients!

How to Live Again: Karina’s 3 Year Update


One of our most inspirational patients sent us this heart warming email that the team at BeLiteWeight is honored to share with you! Below are pictures of her throughout her journey. You are amazing Karina!!

My heart is full of gratitude as I sit down to write this email . Next week will mark 3 years since I’ve had surgery with Dr.Rodriguez. What a roller coaster this ride has been. From learning to portion control, learning new habits, learning to love the gym , it has honestly been learning how to live again. >>>> We all these changes came self love I never knew I had . Confidence to follow my dreams and the well power to keep going. I have been able to maintain an average of 105lbs lost and have gained about 15 safely . I have had a breast reduction with a lift and I am currently recovering from a tummy Tuck with lipo of the back and flanks. I feel great . Life is great. The work is never done that’s for sure . We will forever gain and loose and fluctuate. What’s important is the healthy habits I have been able to maintain and the structure I have set for myself . I will once again tell you I’ll never forget that lunch time phone call outside my local Starbucks where you told me your story and within a month I had my surgery booked . I was ready .

2 Months!

4 Months!

10 Months!

1 Year!

18 Months!

Doesn’t she look incredible? Karina, you are such an inspiration to people who want to make a major change in their life!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!