Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery Program
Welcome to your Bariatric Surgery Center E-Newsletter!  
We are happy to provide another way to keep you connected to the latest news and information during your experience of Reshaping Your Life.

April Support Group

We are here for you! 
Inspiration  Education  Motivation  Fellowship
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room
Topic: "Working Through Loss on the Weight- Loss Journey". Plan to hear more about how grief and loss affect our daily lives and how it affects our weight-loss efforts.
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Saint Elizabeth Rose Room
Topic: "Open Topic". Plan to join whether you want to just listen or share in a round table discussion.
Things I Have Learned 


Benjamin Hung, MD

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Medical Director

Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center


Our Bariatric Surgery Program has performed more than 1300 weight-loss surgeries since 2002!


The surgery of choice in 2002 was the Open Gastric Bypass. With advances in technology surgeons began using the laparoscopic technique for most procedures which shortened recovery time as well as minimized postoperative complications.


In 2005, our program began offering another option for surgical weight-loss, the LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System. Ongoing research and patient trials revealed that patients were also having reduction in co-morbidities and excess body weight with the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.

In 2009, both Dr. Raymond Taddeucci and myself began performing the Sleeve Gastrectomy. 

Often patients will ask me, "What is the best surgery for me?" I respond by saying, it is the procedure that you feel the most comfortable with. It is not about what type of surgery you choose but rather the commitment to changing habits, lifestyle and follow-up with your surgeon and the team.


I want to share with you what I personally have learned from working with my patients over the years.


Traits of successful patients:

1. Well-prepared

2. Research the surgery diligently

3. Understand that surgery is only a tool

4. Make dietary and behavioral changes


6. Monitor adequate protein and vitamin intake

7. Make no excuses during the times that they 


8. Attend support groups or has a support

    system in place

The more you invest into your surgery and follow the required health habits, the better the results.


Traits of unsuccessful patients:

1. Lack of exercise

2. Do not change their eating habits

3. "Grazing"

4. Blame game (it's not my fault)

5. Avoid follow-up or seeking help


Myths and Stories:

1. "I can't afford to eat a healthy diet"

2. "I can still eat carbs"

3. "I did fine for a few years, but now I have slid


4. "My bypass doesn't work...can I have a band?"

5. "My band is so tight, I can only eat ice cream

     and chips"


Success with Bariatric Surgery:

1. 80 percent of people do well

2. Most never reach their "goal" but are still

    considered successful

3. Resolved health issues with less medications

4. "I went to Disneyworld with my grandkids"

5. "I ran my first marathon this year"

6. "Now that I have more self-confidence and energy

     I have started my own business"


In conclusion, I would like to share your success is our success. Remember, it is a lifetime change. You must always fight against bad habits as weight regain is possible.


Wishing you the best,


Dr. Benjamin Hung

Creative Cooking

Recipe of the Month 


                   Quick and Easy

                      Turkey Wraps

                created by Shelly Holman

  • 2 large lettuce leaves (I like green or red leaf lettuce)
  • 2 slices of lean turkey
  • 2 slices of provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup black beans (rinse and pat dry with paper towel)
  • Salsa to your taste (I like chunky salsa)

Place turkey slices onto lettuce leaf followed by cheese. Top with black beans and salsa. Wrap like a sandwich and enjoy!


If you have a healthy recipe you would like to share, please email to
Please include nutritional information if available.
Recipes must be original family recipes. If using another source you must send us copyright permission.   
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In the Community 

Making A Difference -

Sign Up for the 2013 Cornhusker Games!


Make your plans to sign up for the 5K Energy Walk on Saturday, July 20. 

The proceeds will support Teach A Kid To Fish - a non-profit foundation promoting movement to prevent childhood obesity.


Registration Information: Register by Monday, June 17 and receive an early entry fee of $25.00, a $5.00 savings.

Click here for more information


Save the Date!
Patient Reunion
September 28
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  

Spend the day meeting others  that have had surgery and enjoy a light-hearted day! Our goal is to provide fellowship, education and a time of reflection on how far we have come and the next step for improving our health. Stay tuned for more information and mark your calendar.


If you are interested in volunteering with reunion festivities, please contact Shelly or Marilyn.



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If you have a friend that is interested in weight-loss surgery, please share information on upcoming Reshape Your Life classes.

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The Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery Center team is here to help you take steps towards a healthier you.  


You can read previous newsletters on the Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery Center website.


For more information, or to contribute to the E-Newsletter, please contact our Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery  

Coordinator at 402-219-7638 or