Gastric Bypass in Tijuana
For individuals struggling with obesity who have been unsuccessful in their ability to lose the extra weight through diet and exercise alone, gastric bypass bariatric surgery is often an effective answer. The caring bariatric surgeons at VIDA Wellness and Beauty perform gastric bypass surgery in Tijuana for local patients and for out-of-town patients visiting from other parts of Mexico and the world. In fact, countless individuals make the short trip across the border from San Diego, Calif., to receive treatment from the internationally renowned bariatric surgeons at VIDA Wellness and Beauty.
How Gastric Bypass Surgery Works
Gastric bypass works on three levels to help patients lose excess weight:
- It restricts the amount of food that a person can consume (the restrictive component).
- It limits the amount of nutrients and calories the body can absorb (the malabsorptive component).
- It reduces the levels of certain hormones present in the gut, slowing the hunger sensation and increasing the sensation of satiety after eating (the metabolic component).
The Gastric Bypass Procedure
The Tijuana bariatric surgeons at VIDA use the Roux-en-Y technique for gastric bypass, using the laparoscopic approach to surgery when medically appropriate. (Laparoscopic surgery requires smaller incisions and is therefore less invasive than the traditional open approach, which requires one large incision and typically a longer recovery period.)
During the gastric bypass procedure, the bariatric surgeon reduces the size of the functional part of the stomach, to the dimensions of an egg. Next, the surgeon creates a small opening (a stoma) between the stomach and intestine. He attaches a section of the small intestine to the smaller stomach pouch, so any food bypasses the part of the small intestine that is responsible for absorbing nutrients and calories.
After having gastric bypass surgery, the smaller stomach pouch allows individuals to feel full after eating only a small amount of food. Also, the stoma causes a delay in the emptying of the stomach, so patients feel satisfied longer. Finally, because any food consumed by the patient bypasses the absorptive section of the small intestine, the body absorbs fewer calories and nutrients, leading to weight loss.
Life After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery can change your life for the better, but it is a serious undertaking with a serious recovery process. Although you can return to work about one week after the procedure, you must adhere to a liquids-only diet for several days following surgery. You can slowly resume eating solid foods after that. For the rest of your life, you will need to eat smaller portions of regular foods.
Your VIDA Support System
Successfully losing excess weight with the help of gastric bypass surgery — and keeping it off — requires a lifelong commitment to making healthier lifestyle choices. To help you transition to a healthier lifestyle and maintain your ideal weight for the rest of your life, VIDA wellness and beauty provides access to a team of medical, health and wellness professionals. We can provide nutritional counseling, psychological counseling and beauty treatments, as needed. By coupling your dedication to leading a healthy lifestyle with our professional support system, you can finally achieve success in weight loss.
To schedule an appointment with a VIDA bariatric surgeon to learn more about gastric bypass surgery, contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty by calling 1-619-955-2666 (toll free). VIDA has the first internationally accredited surgical facility in all of Mexico!