”Even the furthest journey begins with the first step”
Did you know that if you or someone you know has Medicare part A and B that weight loss surgery could be a covered benefit?
The BeLiteWeight team knows this quote well and has once again helped a client through the hoops and requirements to have Medicare cover her initial weight loss surgery and as well as her revision surgery. Raeann agreed to share her results with all of you.
Raeann’s surgical weight loss ”journey” started quite early, she had Lap Band in 2007 but it had to be taken out in 2017. However, the story of our patient gets even more amazing. During her initial recovery from her Band removal surgery Raeann fell ill with unrelated thyroid issues but as she says, she never gave up! Eventually she recovered and had her revision to the Gastric Sleeve in July 2018! Today she proudly tells us about her achievements:
My starting weight with the band was 315 and got down to 100 pounds (I’m only 5’1″). I lost a total of 215 pounds with my band. In the year after my band had to be removed I regained up to 206 and then had my revision and I got down to 139.
Photos of her journey:
Our patient proves that it is worth it to be brave starting a new road, even when the destination seems very distant. If you or a loved one is suffering from obesity then you can also take this journey with us too! “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet”
Our team at BeLiteWeight is always excited and proud to hear from our wonderful patients that have found the success they are looking for. We just received an update from Michael to share that is really impressive! In just 13 months he lost roughly two hundred pounds and is now off all his medications! Here is his update in his own words:
“Finally hit Onederland! This quarantine was rough, but still managed to lose 13 lbs in the last 10 weeks. Now if I could be brave enough to go get a pedicure for these darn feet! Highest Weight:399 (was probably over 400 at one point) Current Weight: 199 Total loss: 200 Best part: off all medications and I feel great!
It is incredibly inspiring to hear from someone who has changed their life for the better in such a profoundly significant way. BeLiteWeight is so happy for you Michael!
One decision can change your whole life. Once again, BeLiteWeight is very happy to hear another beautiful story from one of our newer patients Heidi. It makes us especially proud to see her with such a big bright smile & writing such kind words in her recent letter. She gave us permission to share it!
At my heaviest I was 225 pounds at only 5’2. I was so physically tired carrying around the weight. I have an office job and kids that were older so my lifestyle really supported my obesity. I could get away with sitting most of the day at work and then when I got home I could do the same. Each day I would sit more and more because it was so exhausting to me to do anything else. So I just stopped trying.
One day when I was bringing groceries into the house I really lost my breath. I had to take a break between each trip back to the car. It was that day in 2018 that I decided I HAD to do something. I had been on every program you can think of before that, but I went right back online to sign up for a paid program. Once there I decided to look into weight loss surgery. I wanted something that would work this time! Then I saw how much it cost! No way I thought. It wouldn’t be an option for me and my insurance didn’t cover it. So, I google weight loss surgery without insurance and magically Beliteweight came up in that search! Being able to talk to real people and use a company that is based in the US sealed the deal for me. I had my surgery on December 7, 2018. I was still 225 pounds on surgery day.
I am now one year and 2 months post op. I hit my goal weight of 125 one year post op. I am now currently at 118. I am healthy and active! I just returned from a trip to Cabo where I was able to wear a regular bathing suit. You know what I mean, one that I didn’t have to be completely covered. I had spent many years avoiding trips and being around the water. I had to wear bathing suits that covered my entire stomach and shorts or a skirt kind of bottom to hide the thighs. I felt like to go to the beach or the pool I was still fully dressed. During my trip I never once felt like people were staring at me. I spent most of the days by the pool or at the beach… in my bikini!!! It felt amazing.
I have so many non scale victories I could continue typing for the next month. Everything I do is physically easy to me now. It doesn’t even cross my mind anymore. I think about something I want to do and I just do it. No regrets after at all. This has changed my life. It was the best decision I have ever made for myself. I am finally living again.
The support that you get from the people at BeLite is amazing. They have continued to stay in touch. The trip to Mexico for my surgery was amazing. The hospital there was better and cleaner than any I’ve ever been to here in the states. The surgeons are very attentive and really spend the time with you that is needed. I met my surgeon the moment I walked into the center. I had absolutely no issue communicating with any of the staff there. I literally speak zero amount of Spanish. They took great care of me before and after my surgery.
If you’re ready to start living again… this is the way to go!!! I’m so excited about my life I’m living right now and look forward to the life I get to live in the future.
Thank you for being such a great role model for others who are struggling to reach their target weight. In such a short time
It is truly special for the team at BeLiteWeight to hear from a patient that has found the long term success that they were hoping to achieve. 2 and a half years ago Tracy embarked on her journey with the Gastric Sleeve and chose our surgical team in Juarez Mexico led by Dr. Rodriguez and his excellent group of surgeons. She looks like a whole new person and we could not be more proud to share her letter!
Good afternoon!- I wanted to share my update with everyone. On the day of my surgery i weighed in at 430 pounds. Two and a half years after Dr. Jose Rodriguez Villareal did his magic i now weigh 115 pounds. I’ve dropped from a 34W to a size 4. People who haven’t seen me in years are amazed. I’m really amazed that I don’t have more loose skin than i do. (I recommend to anyone who has had this surgery to drink plenty of water whole you’re losing weight to help with the skin elasticity. ). Thank you so much to BeLiteWeight and Dr. Jose Rodriguez Villareal for saving my life!!
What an impressive job you have done Tracy!! With all of the hard work and progress you have made there is no limit to what is coming next!
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.
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.
The link above describes what it is to be a Fellow. (F.A.C.S.) and the section to read is #2.
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
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy New Years!!!
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.
Our BeLiteWeight team is no stranger to the scene of surgical weight loss options. After assisting more than ten thousand customers over the past fifteen years our patients stories have given us insight in to what options are better for certain people. Even if you or a loved one is not excessively overweight but is suffering from Type 2 Diabetes than bariatric surgery may help alleviate many symptoms and put the disease in to withdrawal. This has been the case for many of our patients!
However, certain procedures are more effective than others at combating Type 2 Diabetes. The two most common bariatric procedures are the Gastric Bypass and the Vertical Sleeve, but the Bypass has been shown to be exceptionally effective for those with Diabetes. This is likely to do with the the effects of the procedure on the stomaches absorption processes.
While BeLiteWeight has been vocal about this for many years, another study published at the end of last month concluded that the Gastric Bypass was the preferred option for Diabetes care. Nevertheless, both offer unique benefits and your entire medical history and current condition have to be fully considered before choosing.
For more information on Gastric Bypass and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!
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!