4 Pant Sizes & Feeling Better: Tish’s Gastric Sleeve

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The BeLiteWeight team wants to give special recognition to one of our beautiful and amazing patients Letitia for her incredible results with the Gastric Sleeve! Letitia, who also goes by Tish, recently sent us the above pictures and wrote this brief update for us to share:


"I have lost 58lbs and went down 4 pants size, feel tons better! Still, have 40lbs to go but am feeling confident that it will happen and in the meantime, I'm much happier with the way that I am looking thanks to Dr. Rodriguez and JoAnne at BeLiteWeight!""


Way to go Letitia! Our team is so happy for your success today and in the future to come!


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Get to Know Dr. Elmo Aramburo!

Weight Loss Surgery - Surgeon Elmo Aramburo BeLiteWeight wants to give a special thank you to one of our top skilled and highly beloved surgeons, Dr. Elmo Aramburo. For more than a decade Dr. Elmo has been working with Dr. Jose Rodriguez-Villarreal and partnered with BeLiteWeight. He has a young son Elmo Jr. who he loves to spend his time off with. He enjoys skiing, fishing, and inviting family and friends for backyard barbeques.

He is well known for his exceptional bedside manner and ability to help walk patients through the bariatric surgery process. A couple of friends that had surgery together over two years ago with Dr. Elmo,  Brandy and Danielle, recently updated us with their photos and expressed the following about care received with him and the hospital. Here is a little quote from their testimonial page and some of their before and after photos. Check out the links below for more. There is no denying Dr. Elmo produces results!

“I am beaming with confidence and energy. I feel like a teenager again and I owe it all to Dr. Elmo Armburo and his team at BeLiteWeight. The staff and facilities are amazing and a true reflection of care and sincere hospitality.  My experience was wonderful and I am beyond satisfied with my results.” – Brandy

"Dr. Elmo Armburo and his team at BeLiteWeight has help make these things possible.  I loved the staff and the facilities are amazing. The staff and doctors went over and above to take care of me and make sure all my needs were met." – Danielle


You can read Danielle's full story by clicking HERE

Brandy 2 years after gastric sleeve You can read Brandy's full story by clicking HERE

To leave you off here is a video from the wonderful Dr. Elmo himself… He truly looks forward to meeting you all!

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Potential Trigger Foods After Weight Loss Surgery


After having weight loss surgery the digestive system of the body is altered and its response to the same food you have always eaten may change. Although each surgery is unique, and each body responds to different foods in their own way, these are the certain foods groups that BeLiteWeight recommends caution. Feel free to try each of them out and test them, but be careful! Don't eat too much or too fast, and always remember to chew thoroughly! 


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Bread can expand when in contact with different liquids and chemicals in your stomache. You may want to forgo the bread basket when eating out. Save room for your meal! 


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Apple skins are hard to fully chew potentially causing problems with the stomaches digestion and issues smoothly going down.


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It is very easy for chicken to be too dry! Make sure your chicken is very moist, maybe with a sauce, and be sure to be chew it thoroughly. 


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As with bread,  pasta can easily absorb liquids and expand. It is also easy to take too big of a bite which can cause the uncomfortable "stuck" feeling. 


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These are the worst possible food after weight loss surgery! Sugary liquids sneak their way down to your stomache without much discomfort and quickly start packing on weight!


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Much like bread and pasta rice can expand a lot. Just be careful and don't eat too much or too fast!


Many of these foods are high in carbohydrates which takes up room in your stomache causing you to not be able to eat the protein rich foods that you need for your hair, muscles, and bodily functions. Focus on your protein first and then just a couple of bites of carbs.


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Rachel’s Second Chance at Life: The Gastric Sleeve

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Rachel had surgery with BeLiteWeight about 8 months ago and recently sent over some very good news and nice words about Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. Elmo Aramburo, and the rest of our medical team. We are very happy for you Rachel! Keep up the good work!!


"This surgery has changed my life! I feel amazing! I can't thank Dr. Rodriguez and his team enough for this second chance at life. My surgery was 10/13/2015 my heighest weight was 330 my current weight Is 196.4! I'm so glad that I was introduced to BeLiteWeight.com! You have certainly saved my life! Everyone was amazing!! They made me feel right at home! Took care of me and my husband. They were always cleaning and always checking to see if I was okay! I have told everyone who is looking at having the same procedure that I did to go here. Thank you for taking care of me"- Rachel


For more information about the Gastric Bypass and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight today!


Mental Health & Weight Loss Surgery

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Obesity not just effects physical health but has far reaching consequences on mental health as well. Studies have established that mental health conditions such as depression, mood swings, and anxiety are actually common among patients seeking weight loss surgery. Weight loss surgery has been shown to reduce the severity of the symptoms of depression by between 40 and 60 percent!

However, new studies hint that bariatric procedures not only help with reducing physical ailments of the body but also help with curing mental health conditions, especially depression, which is a prevalent issue for some patients seeking weight loss procedures. While it is well documented that mental health conditions, in some form or another, are widespread in the obese population until recently not much research was done on the benefits of weight loss surgery for these conditions. Fortunately, Dr. Aaron Dawes at the School of Medicine at UCLA conducted a study on the effects of weight loss surgery for patients preexisting mental health conditions. The results were powerful.

The findings discovered that having a bariatric surgery resulted in a dramatic drop in both the frequency and severity of the depression and its symptoms after the operation was noticed.

Findings after Bariatric Procedure

Decrease in rate of depression                

8% – 74%

Drop in severity of depressive symptoms   

40% – 70%

In light of the statistics reported, for many patients with severe obesity, certain mental health conditions should be considered as part of the physical disease itself and not treated as a separately. Furthermore, this research offers the intriguing hint that bariatric surgery not only helps in remission of physical ailments like diabetes and sleep apnea but also offers considerable improvements for mental health conditions as well.

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Out In The Sunshine: Jamie’s 7 Year Revision Update

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This is Jamie’s Seven Year anniversary of her lap band to gastric bypass revision surgery. She successfully kept the weight off for all of these years. If you are struggling with a prior weight loss surgery a revision surgery could possibly be your solution.

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 Mini Gastric Bypass on January 29, 2009. I had lost close to 90 pounds with my band* but after some other health issues (not band related) I found myself all the way back up to within 5 pounds of where I started originally back in 2003.

I couldn't live heavy any longer and found that I was missing so many vital things in my life like enjoying activities with my children. I wasn't looking forward to another surgery (I'm a surgery whimp) but I didn't see many other options since I was a total failure at dieting (obviously).

My revision surgery went well, I won't go into the fact that I think that all the surgeons we have are awesome but I wanted to tell you my experience with losing the weight.

At my one year surgery anniversary I wrote this for my blog:

Before Weight Loss Surgery I Weighed 92.5 Pounds More (Now its 109) and…

~Couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without being winded
~Couldn't bend over to tie my shoes without strategic propping involved
~Couldn't imagine that life would be any different than it was already was

Today I… Weigh Less Than I Did When I Was 14 Years Old and…

~Can walk long distances without trouble
~Can bend over to pick something up without feeling like I might fall over
~Can see great promise in future things to come my way and already have a life that is totally different from before

Now at my seven year anniversary I am STILL keeping the weight off and having weight loss surgery is STILL one of the very best decisions I have ever made in my life. I was a relatively "heathy fat person" so, other than having no energy, being heavy robbed me of more of my "life experiences" than anything else. Seven years later I am proud to say my revision surgery gave me those life experiences back. In the last few years I've gone on trips to Hawaii, Carribean, California, and around Mexico too. I can't believe how much easier it is to travel, work, and enjoy life. Each and every day I am so incredibly thankful to have had weight loss surgery.

Thanks for reading and allowing me to share my experience with you!


Procedure Lap Band to Bypass Revision

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Vitamin Supplements: Post Weight Loss Surgery

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Did you know there are thousands of types of vitamins but only 13 essential categories? Vitamins may come across merely as a mix of letters and numbers for those who are not experts. For a common man who is not a doctor or a dietician, it becomes daunting to decipher the importance of vitamins for life. However, for patients of bariatric surgery understanding vitamins is absolutely essential.

It is well established that all types of bariatric procedures require vitamin supplementation for the rest of the life of the patient. Several surveys and trials conducted have documented the fact that micronutrient deficiencies are evident after any type of bariatric procedures.

While these restrictive procedures do not inhibit nutrient absorption, they still carry the risk of deficiency – as the amount of food gets limited, the vitamins and minerals also get limited often resulting with intolerance of nutrient rich foods.

This article will explain what vitamins are, why they are important, and how to best supplement them after having bariatric surgery.

What Are Vitamins?

Vitamins are chemicals that are needed by the body for good health, providing body maintenance and fighting illness. The body does not produce these compounds naturally and largely depends upon external sources (food) to find them.

Put simply, vitamins are

(i) organic compounds

(ii) not produced by human body

(iii) essential for life sustainability and

(iv) consumed in small quantities through food or supplementation.

Why Are Vitamins Important?

Vitamins are vital for the sustainability of life. Vitamins help the body build up its immune system; help cells in growth and development, and helps organs do their jobs. For example, Vitamin K helps in clotting of blood when there are cuts /scrapes in the body, Vitamin A helps in well being of the eyes and Vitamin D helps in synthesis of mineral called calcium which helps us have strong bones.

Vitamins are fundamental for life and living beings. They are essential for growth and development of multicellular organisms. Vitamins regulate appetite and hunger, brain activity, nutrient absorption, metabolic rate, fat and sugar metabolism, hormone function, energy storage, and more.

Bariatric procedures both alters the way food is processed and often causes the stomach to reject nutrient rich food. Fortunately, there are still ways overcome these deficiencies.

Why are they important especially after bariatric procedure like gastric bypass or DS?

Bariatric procedures can be classified as either (1) Core Restrictive (such as the band or sleeve which restricts the intake of food) or (2) Core Malabsorptive (such as the Gastric bypass which changes digestion and absorption). The surgeries are divided as follows..

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Wiih Core Restrictive procedures the intake of food is reduced drastically placing the body at a greater risk of developing a vitamin deficiency through a lack of food. Furthermore, with Core Malabsorptive proceures there is intentional reduction of nutrient absorption by the body.

Studies show that patients who have developed metabolic deficiencies after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass responded well to postoperative supplements and the risk of developing micronutrient deficiencies decreased over time. Studies further show that adherence to a strict vitamin and dietary regime as suggested by most surgeons, protects patients from developing severe metabolic deficiencies after RYGB and BP.

It is always wise to prevent a nutritional deficiency through proper supplementation than to treat it afterwards.

What Can I Do After Weight Loss Surgery?

Lifelong vitamins and minerals are VITAL to prevent deficiencies since your food consumption and/pr absoption is dramatically reduced. Certain vitamins are more important for those adjusting to life after weight loss surgery. 

While patients should also seek out specific vitamin supplements specifically for patients, such as Bariatric Advantage, below are some general guidelines and information. *There are general guidelines – Please check with your Primary Care Physician to see if your particular situation requires different or extra vitamins and supplements.

Vital Vitamins

  • Adult Strength Multi-Vitamin
  • Calcium Citrate w/ Vitamin D or Bone Health Blend (1500-1800 mg a day)
  • B-12 (1000 mcg a day. Look for Methylcobalamin first, a better active version of B-12)
  • Iron (males up 18mg a day, demales 29mg)

Supplement Guidelines

  • Do not take Calcium/Magnesium and Iron at the same time
  • Do not take fiber products with your vitamins
  • Do not take vitamins/supplements on an empy stomache
  • Use chewable, liquid, gummies or powders,


  • Start right after surgery.
  • Balances trillions of bacteria in our gut.
  • Promotes healthy immune system.
  • Helps with digestion and nutrient absoption
  • Promotes bowel functionality

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

  • Fish Oils, Flaxseeds, Hemp Hearts, & Chia Seeds
  • Balances hormones, Protects Brain, Enhances Skin and Eyes
  • Promotes bowel functionality

Additional Supplements

  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
  • Magnesium (Healthy bones, teeth, & skin. Promotes sleep. Take in evening with Calcium)


Although vitamins are important for everyone, they are especially Vitamins are critical for patients undergoing or undergone a bariatric procedure. Patients after a bariatric procedure should pay special attention to nutrients they put in their bodies. They should also take specifically formulated supplements, such as Bariatric Advantage, for post-bariatric conditioning of their bodies. Nutritional education in bariatric surgery is important for every patient in order to achieve healthful long-term weight loss.

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss options please call BeLiteWeight today!
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Hypertension: Bariatric Surgery & Medical Benefits

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Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, has become a common costly illness causing serious global concern. Studies show that one out of every 3 American’s live with hypertension which is costing our nation more than 46 billion dollars a year in health costs! With the burden of illness and mortality associated with high BP being so dangerous and diverse, hypertension should be declared a major public health concern and a national epidemic. Fortunately, the underlying causes of hypertension can be successfully addressed through modern forms of bariatric surgery.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension refers to a condition of body when the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels stands increased or elevated. This force largely depends on the quantity of blood pumped by the heart into the blood vessels (cardiac output) and the resistance of the blood vessels to handle this cardiac output. Basically. when elevated blood pressure occurs it means that the pressure against the blood vessels is raised signaling certain heart, brain, and kidney impairments which often ultimately lead to premature death.

Causes and Symptoms

Hypertension has a variety causes but none is as strong as its association with obesity. The direct correlation between high blood pressure and obesity, and specifically abdominal obesity, is supported with significant medical data. As obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years the rates of hypertension and high blood pressure have risen correspondingly as well.

High Blood Pressure is a very dangerous illness with far reaching consequences. Hypertension is the most prevalent cause of stroke and kidney failure and is always accompanied by obesity, diabetes, kidney disease and other co-existing problems. However, hypertension is usually asymptomatic, meaning it occurs without active signs of the illness and does its damage through its comorbidities. A brief list of these underlying illnesses that obesity and hypertension are associated with include:

·       Type 2 Diabetes

·       Coronary Heart Disease

·       Hyperlipidaemia

·       Sleep Apnea

·       Pulmonary dysfunction

·       Ischemic stroke

·       Osteoarthritis

·       Gallbladder Disease

·       Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis

·       More.

Resolution of Hypertension through Bariatric Surgery

The most medically supported long-term resolution to hypertension is reduction in weight and weight management. The weight loss offered by bariatric surgical options and the corresponding success reducing hypertensions comorbidities are both unmatched.. It has been documented that patients who underwent RYGB or other gastric surgery lose 61.6 and 47.5% of their excess body weight respectively. Research also shows that patients who underwent gastric banding, gastric bypass, gastroplasty, biliopancreatic diversion, or the duodenal switch reported major improvements in hypertension as their weight loss continued.

Medical data further shows that bariatric surgery is associated with a high rate of complete obesity and hypertension remission. A majority of patients after having had bariatric surgery saw complete resolution or improvement of their diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, and other comorbidities. This further underscores the fact that patients who undergo bariatric surgery experience remarkable long-term improvement and often complete resolution of their hypertension and its comorbidities.

The correlation between the remission of hypertension and bariatric surgery is likely due to the standard treatment for hypertension including the same diet restrictions as patients with bariatric surgery. Bariatric patients already undergo many of the same recommended restrictions on salt, fats, carbohydrates, and alcohol which help to reduce blood pressure levels. Gastric surgery is the perfect tool for those suffering from obesity and hypertension seeking empowerment over their disease.


Hypertension’s dangerous association with obesity and other major health concerns including stroke and heart failure classify the illness under the most serious category of diseases. In light of recent medical data, one can safely assume that bariatric surgery offers the highest rate of improvement, and often complete resolution, of obesity’s comorbidities including high blood pressure and hypertension.

If you would like to hear more about how the Gastric Sleeve and can potentially help your hypertension click here and inquire today!


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Types of Hypertension

Primary hypertension, also called essential hypertension, is a condition when the causes for high blood pressure are indeterminable. Primary hypertension gradually develops over the years and is affected by general factors such as size, family lineage, and pregnancy. Secondary hypertension develops when high blood pressure is the direct result of some other problem or condition in the body such as kidney disease, diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, hyperplasia, hyperthyroidism, or something else.

Measuring Hypertension

Blood pressure is usually expressed as two measurements: systolic pressure that is the pressure of the left ventricle of the heart while contracting or pumping the blood and the diastolic pressure that is the force or pressure of the left ventricle when it is relaxed. The normal blood pressure is measured when body is at rest. In general your systolic number should be more than 120 but less than 140 and your diastolic measure should be over 80 but less than 90. When the blood pressure at rest is higher than this, the condition is termed as high blood pressure or hypertension.

Forms of Treatment

A list of recommended treatments for hypertension include:

·       Lifestyle Changes

·       Salt, Carb, and Fat Diet Restriction

·       Moderate Alcohol Consumption

·       Reduction of Weight

·       Regular Physical Activity

·       Prescribed Medication

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Obesity: Bariatric Surgery Benefits

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   Snoring is often joked about socially but generally goes unnoticed as a medical concern. Unfortunately, a serious sleeping condition often gets overlooked, which can triple the risk of death for the affected! Certain signs such as consistent loud snoring, daytime fatigue, and weight gain may be indications of this serious illness called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

What is Sleep Apnea?

   Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder that interrupts a person’s breathing while they are asleep. People with this disorder repeatedly stop breathing while sleeping which usually results in a reduced oxygen supply to the brain and the tissues of the body.

   Each pause in breathing is called an “apnea” and can last for several seconds to several minutes. When breathing is paused, carbon dioxide builds up in the bloodstream and chemoreceptors in the blood stream instantly respond to the high carbon dioxide levels. The brain is then signaled to wake the sleeping person and breathe in air in order to release the carbon dioxide built up. Breathing normally restores oxygen levels and the person falls asleep again.

Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart Problems
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Weight Gain

Bariatric Surgery as Resolution for Sleep Apnea

   Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common chronic disorder that often requires lifelong care and tends to affect those with obesity at much higher rates. It is well documented that daytime fatigue can be prevalent in obese patients even though they may not demonstrate symptoms of sleep apnea. However, there is strong data demonstrating the fact that obese patients run a proportionately much higher risk of having sleep apnea.

   Research and statistical data show that bariatric surgery is an effective treatment for OSA in patients who are obese and often also resolves the underlying co-morbidities of sleep apnea. While scientific reasoning for this requires further study it is theorized that the weight loss is associated with a decrease in upper airway collapsibility, which is one of the major causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

   Effective weight loss through bariatric surgery has helped many patients achieve complete resolution and improvement of their co-morbidities such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea. Studies show sleep investigations performed approximately one year after the bariatric surgery revealed a significant decrease in the number of "apnea" episodes per hour of sleep and an improvement in all sleep quality related measurements as well. Bariatric surgery is perfectly suited for obese patients with OSA.


   The correlation between Sleep Apnea and obesity has been well documented and supported through modern science. Clinical data, medical trials, and patient testimonials all underscore major improvements in the symptoms of Sleep Apnea after bariatric surgery. Procedures like the Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB), Mini-Gastric Bypass (MGB), and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG / Gastric Sleeve), have been shown to reduce all signs of sleep apnea including postoperative sleep quality, reduce daytime sleepiness, and remove the need for a night time sleeping machine.

   If you would like to hear more about how weight loss surgery can potentially help sleep apnea and weight related comorbidities click here and inquire today!

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Types of Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea exists in the following types:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This is the most common type of sleep apnea and occurs when the tissue at the back of the throat relaxes during sleep blocking the airway or air passage resulting in loud snoring.
  • Central Sleep Apnea: This type of sleep apnea is less prevalent as it involves a person’s central nervous system and is not characterized by snoring. It occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex Sleep Apnea: This is combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Major symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud and chronic snoring every night
  • Choking, snorting, or gasping during sleep
  • Pauses in breathing while asleep
  • Waking up at night feeling short of breath
  • Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Obesity

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

   Diagnosing sleep apnea is tricky because it is impossible to observe the prominent symptoms of sleep apnea by one’s self as the apneas occur only when asleep. Fortunately, there are ways to get around this difficulty. A person may ask someone in their home to observe their sleeping habits or can use a cell phone or electronic device to make a recording of their sleeping themself.

   If you are unsure about your sleep apnea diagnosis it is highly recommended to seek the help of a professional medical practitioner who can monitor any snoring, choking or gasping while you are asleep.


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Sterilization Area Tour at Star Medica Hospital

The BeLiteWeight team takes the quality of medical services very seriously. As with all hospitals in the United States and worldwide, some surgical equipment is meant to be sterilized and reused for future surgeries. All of the hospital's reusable surgical equipment are sterilized with the same medical standards and processes as all US hospitals except for disposable equipment which is broken and destroyed after one surgery. All medical equipment used by our surgeons undergoes an extensive multistep sterilization process which includes chemicals, heat, and gas processes, that are verified through both paper and bacterial sensors.

In the folllowing video, one of our top surgeons, Dr. Elmo Aramburo, takes us on a tour through the sterilization area at the Star Medica hospital in Juarez, Mexico.  He shows us the actual processes that all reusable surgical equipment undergo for sterilization. (Below the video is a written summary of the process.)

The video begins at the area where the tools are brought in directly after the surgery. It is here where the first stage of sterilization takes place and disinfectant chemicals are used to initially clean the equipment.

During the second stage of sterilization all of the equipment is brought to a different room and examined for defects. The primary purpose of the examination stage is to ensure perfect mechanical functionality of the equipment for future use. All of the tools are inspected for any damages, or signs of wear and tear, during use that could possibly have an effect during surgery.

The third stage, is the packaging and labeling of the surgical equipment. There are two primary steps in each packaging. The first step includes placing heat or gas sensors inside the surgical equipment which test and verify it is sterilized. The next step involves sealing the packages using a special gas or heat sensitive tape which changes color. The purpose of this tape is to differentiate equipment which has gone through the gas or heat sterilization processes from those which have not.

The fourth stage includes the actual heat or gas sterilization processes. Each batch of equipment goes through either a heat sterilization machine or a gas sterilization machine. With each batch of equipment, a sealed vial of live bacteria is placed alongside the equipment as well. This vial serves as a safety sensor. During the heat or gas sterilization processes the bacteria in the vile dies and the liquid changes to a black color. This change in color is a safety check for the effectiveness of the sterilization process.

The next stage of sterilization involves verifying the heat and gas sterilizations were successful.  First the tape on the packaged equipment and the vial of bacteria are both checked for color changes. These changes in color serve as proof of proper sterilization and if the liquid or tapes do not change color sufficiently, the process must be repeated.

Only after all of the above stages and steps have taken place is the equipment considered verified sterile and moved in to another room where all sterile surgical equipment is stored until surgery. The last safety check occurs when the packages are opened in the operating room for future use and the sensors inside the packaging are checked for color changes as well.

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