Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Tijuana, Mexico

At VIDA Hospital in Mexico, the skilled and caring bariatric surgeons offer gastric sleeve bariatric surgery, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy. This advanced procedure might be an appropriate weight-loss tool for patients who are not suitable candidates for other types of weight loss surgery — such as gastric bypass surgery — due to certain risk factors, including an extremely high body mass index (BMI) and some medical conditions such as anemia.

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a restrictive bariatric procedure that reduces the capacity of the stomach by removing 70 to 80 % of it. Leaving a vertical tube resulting in a decreased capacity to eat the same volumes of food as before the surgery.

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Gastric sleeve surgery has gain popularity in the last years become the most popular bariatric procedure worldwide. Due to the simplicity, safety, effectiveness to lose weight, and metabolic changes comparable to bypass, that helps reverse chronic diseases.

  • 70-80% of the stomach removed
  • 60 to 80% % excess weight loss
  • The restrictive procedure with metabolic changes

The knowledgeable bariatric surgeons at VIDA  prefer to use the laparoscopic approach to sleeve gastrectomy, when medically appropriate for the patient. This is because the laparoscopic approach is less invasive than the traditional “open” approach: Laparoscopic surgery involves the use of a few smaller incisions as opposed to the large incision used in open surgery.

 

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Gabriela Rodriguez Ruiz MD PhD FACS

What to Expect After Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico

Patients should expect to take about one week off from their jobs or usual schedule. Given that gastric sleeve surgery, patients can liquids immediately. However, patients will still need to eat a liquid-only diet immediately after the procedure and slowly resume eating normal foods as they progress through their recovery process. As with all types of bariatric surgery procedures, gastric sleeve patients must be prepared to make a lifelong commitment to staying healthy following surgery.

Advantages of the Gastric Sleeve Procedure

Gastric sleeve surgery offers several advantages over other types of bariatric surgery. The advantages are that:

  • The nerves leading to the stomach as well as the stomach openings are kept intact (as opposed to other forms of bariatric surgery in which the stomach opening and nerves may be modified).
  • The nerves leading to the stomach as well as the stomach openings are kept intact (as opposed to other forms of bariatric surgery in which the stomach opening and nerves may be modified).
  • Again, removing the majority of the stomach also provides a dramatic reduction in the production of hormones that activate the sensation of hunger.
  • There is less risk of stomach ulcers than there is with gastric bypass bariatric surgery.
  • There is no risk of complications related to the Lap-Band because a silicone band is not used with gastric sleeve surgery.
  • There is a reduced risk of bypass-related complications, including nutrient and vitamin deficiencies, internal hernias, anemia, osteoporosis, and others, because sleeve gastrectomy does not involve bypassing the intestinal tract.

Sleeve gastrectomy works on two levels to help patients lose weight. First, the surgeon removes a majority of the stomach, resulting in a much smaller stomach pouch. This restricts the amount of food an individual can eat, helping the person lose weight over time.

Second, the smaller stomach produces less Ghrelin after surgery. Ghrelin is a hormone that stimulates the hunger sensation. Thanks to the smaller amount of Ghrelin, patients do not feel as hungry between meals.

Unlike gastric banding surgery (using the Lap-Band), sleeve gastrectomy is irreversible, so suitable candidates must be dedicated to losing the extra weight and maintaining a healthy body weight for the rest of their lives.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Before and After Photos

 

What Results Can I Expect?

If the patient follows post-op guidelines, the sleeve gastrectomy surgery will provide long-term weight loss. However, depending on how committed the patient is to altering lifestyle and eating habits post-op, weight loss varies. Alongside significant weight loss, gastric sleeve surgery can have the following benefits: 

  • The nerves leading to the stomach and the stomach openings are kept intact (as opposed to other forms of bariatric surgery in which the stomach opening and nerves may be modified).
  • Removing the majority of the stomach dramatically reduces the production of hormones that activate hunger hormones. 
  • There is less risk of stomach ulcers than with gastric bypass bariatric surgery.
  • Reduced risk of bypass-related complications, including nutrient and vitamin deficiencies, internal hernias, anemia, osteoporosis, and others, because sleeve gastrectomy does not involve bypassing the intestinal tract.
  • May improve or resolve conditions related to obesity such as heart disease, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea, or type 2 diabetes.

Gastric Sleeve vs Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass and gastric sleeve gastrectomy are two of our most performed surgeries at VIDA Wellness and Beauty. While both gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass reduce the stomach size, only gastric sleeve surgery permanently removes part of the stomach. With gastric bypass, a small pouch is created, and the remainder of the stomach is completely bypassed – but the organ still remains within the body. 

While each surgery is responsible for patient weight loss and improved health – not everyone is a candidate for both surgeries. If you are not sure which surgery is right for you, that is no problem. During your consultation, our bariatric surgeon will help determine the best weight loss surgery for your situation. 

Are there Any Complications?

While they are not very common, weight loss gastric sleeve surgery procedures can carry short- or long-term risks. Short term risks include: 

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Lung or breathing problems
  • Blood clots
  • Leaks from the stomach incision

Long term risks include:

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Hernia
  • Vomiting 
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Malnutrition

In very rare cases, patients may have to undergo gastric sleeve revision surgery to repair a leak.

Life After Gastric Sleeve Surgery 

Patients who have undergone laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery should be prepared to rest and recover for two-three weeks post-op. Patients will need to prepare for a special liquid-only diet immediately after the procedure and slowly resume eating regular foods as recovery progresses. Physical fitness and activity levels should also gradually increase until a more permanent exercise routine becomes normal. 

While the body is recovering and an appropriate nutrition plan is followed – the patient must prepare to make a lifelong commitment to healthful living. These permanent changes are mandatory to keep the weight off, and many patients find success when participating in nutrition follow-ups and behavior monitoring.  

How Much Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Cost in Mexico?

You can expect to pay around $5000 US Dollars in Mexico for gastric sleeve surgery. At VIDA Wellness and Beauty, we offer the highest-quality gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico for a significantly lower price than in the United States (normally starting around $4790*). Our lower price does not come with lower safety standards. We have a state-of-the-art facility and highly skilled bariatric surgeons with the country’s most prestigious certifications and credentials. Our surgery team are experts in the minimally invasive approach for gastric sleeve surgery, and we can offer this skill to all our patients at a low cost. Our gastric sleeve surgery price includes: 

  • Transportation to and from the hospital
  • EKG and diagnosis
  • Pre and post-op lab work and evaluations
  • The gastric sleeve surgery (including surgeon & anesthesiologist fees)
  • Any necessary post-op antibiotics, antacids, or pain medications 
  • Hospital stay (1 night) 
  • Recovery boutique stay (1 night)
  • Follow up post-op care 
  • Transportation to and from the hotel/airport 

*Restrictions may apply.


To schedule an appointment with our bariatric surgeon to learn more about the advantages of gastric sleeve bariatric surgery in México, contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty by calling 1-619-313-6435 (toll free).

 

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