Why Sleeve Gastrectomy in Tijuana?
Besides being in close proximity to the American cities like San Diego and California, there are other benefits of choosing Tijuana – Mexico for vertical gastric sleeve including:
- Packages starting from $3,995 with massive savings of up to 70% as compared to the US
- Language support in English, Spanish and French
- Good medical facilities and staff
- US comparative quality care
- In some packages respiratory physiotherapy post surgery is also included
- Support in travel documents and hotel bookings
- Individual case managers
- 24*7 destination manager
Our packages include:
- US-registered dietitian for pre- and post-gastric sleeve nutrition support at NO extra charge
- Free telephone to USA & Canada
- Respiratory physiotherapy post surgery included
- Free pick-up from San Diego airport and any hotel near the US-Mexico border
Please note that package details are subject to change. For more details get in touch with us via contact form.
Performing Bariatric Surgeons
1) A leading bariatric surgeon in Tijuana, Mexico who has performed over 4,000 weight loss surgeries.
2) A renowned gastric sleeve surgeon in Tijuana, Mexico, who has performed various bariatric procedures.
What Others are Saying About Us
We have a long list of happy, satisfied customers. One of our customers, Susan, a resident of the United States, is the personification of the indomitable American spirit as she fought not only obesity but also breast cancer and other complications. She shares her experience of having gastric sleeve surgery in the video here.
What is Gastric Sleeve?
Gastric Sleeve Surgery is an irreversible and restrictive procedure which limits the amount of food you can eat by reducing your stomach size. During sleeve gastrectomy a thin vertical sleeve is created that holds between 50-150 ml of food and liquid.
The procedure takes around 60-90 minutes and starts by giving anesthesia to the patient. The surgeon makes 4-6 cuts in the abdomen and laparoscopically examines it. Using other surgical instruments, 70% of the stomach is removed. The new stomach (in the shape of tube or sleeve) is joined using surgical staples.
The gastric sleeve procedure is also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG).
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
- One major advantage of the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure over other weight loss surgical procedures is that patients can eat a wider variety of foods, but in smaller quantities
- Can lead to dramatic weight loss in a relatively short period thus making everyday activities much easier. On an average 50% of the weight loss occurs in the first 9-12 months of the surgery
- Hunger is reduced as appetite prompting hormone (ghrelin) is removed in surgery
- Can improve medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea, etc.
- Less nutritional deficiencies as food absorption is not affected
Who needs VSG?
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS):
- Anybody who weighs more than 100 pounds or with BMI greater than ≥ 40
- BMI ≥35 and at least two obesity-related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease.
- Inability to achieve a healthy weight loss sustained for a period of time with prior weight loss efforts.
More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese1. According to CDC, obesity is higher among middle age adults, 40-59 years old than among younger adults, age 20-39 or adults over 60 or above adults.
Severe obesity can lead to many health problems like sleep apnea, cancer, tumors, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. By opting for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico you are reducing your chances of life-threatening diseases.
Our experts in Tijuana will guide you to the type of surgery that may be suitable for you. Fill the Contact form on right and get in touch with the experts.
Comparison with Other Surgeries
Let us have a look at other bariatric surgeries and compare them with gastric sleeve surgery. This information can help patients make an informed decision.
|Gastric Sleeve||Banding||Gastric Bypass|
|Weight Loss||50-70% in 9-12 months3||40-50% in 2-3 years||50-60% in 18 months|
|Hospital Stay||1-2 Days||1-2 Days||2-3 Days|
|Time off Work||1-2 Weeks||1-2 Weeks||2-3 Weeks|
|Ideal Candidate||BMI of 35 or more; or BMI of 30 or more with other co-morbidities of obesity)||Severely obese (BMI of 35 or more)||Severely obese (BMI of 35 or more)|
|Affects Digestion||Allows for normal digestion and absorption||Allows for normal digestion and absorption||Changes the body’s normal digestive process|
The following questions are often asked about weight loss surgery:
|How can VSG help me?|
|What is the success rate?|
|When can I resume working after the surgery?|
|What are side effects of the surgery?|
|What about diet before and after the surgery?|
|Can I exercise post op?|
|Does my medical history make surgery riskier?|
|How much weight will I lose?|
|How long will surgery last?|
|What is the cost of surgery?|
How can VSG help me?
If you are tired of dieting and exercising resulting in no weight loss, VSG can help you. VSG alters the stomach size to a minimum so that you feel fuller faster and eat less food. By following the recommended diet, you may also quash chronic, weight-related conditions such as asthma, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure.
What is the success rate?
The success rate of surgery is high. Over the period of time, BMI and comorbidities may reduce. The following tables are based on a research study by Hady Razak Hady and colleagues published in the Obesity Surgery journal:3
Table 1 – During the 6-month follow-up a statistically significant reduction of BMI was observed. BMI was observed 1 month after surgery (45.81) when compared to BMI before surgery (52.15). Three and six months after the surgery we also observed a significant reduction of BMI in these patients (42.72; 37.98).
Table 2 – Changes in ghrelin, insulin, glucose & total cholesterol levels on the 7th day, 1st, 3rd and 6th month post LSG
According to a study by Morshed and Fathy published in the January 2016 edition of Wideochir Inne Tech Maloinwazyjne, weight loss after gastric sleeve also results in improvement of inflammation, dyslipidemia and CA-125 level.5
When can I resume working after the surgery?
You may resume working in 1-2 weeks after the surgery. You may be low in terms of energy and may want a little more rest, don’t hesitate to ask your employer for half day of work. Your surgeon should be your first contact point and advise you about resuming your work again.
What are side effects of the surgery?
After the surgery some patients may experience nausea, vomiting, hair loss and diarrhea. These are temporary side effects and go away with time.
What about diet before and after the surgery?
Mealtime guidelines are provided by the surgeon to help recuperate easily. Certain vitamins and minerals are recommended to prevent nutrient deficiencies.
Can I exercise post op?
Exercise helps to maintain weight loss. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery says “If you lift weights or do sports, stay “low impact” for the first month (avoid competition, think participation). Build slowly over several weeks.”
Does my medical history make surgery riskier?
Yes, it can. In order to avoid last minute surprises, make sure you discuss your previous surgeries (if any) or other medical condition with your surgeon specially those on abdomen and pelvis.
How much weight will I lose?
Weight loss results may vary from one individual to another. On an average weight loss in sleeve gastrectomy at one year is 60% of the excess body weight4.
How long will surgery last?
Gastric sleeve surgery generally takes 60-90 minutes.
What is the cost of surgery?
As compared to other countries our package for vertical gastric sleeve in TJ, Mexico will cost you only $3,900
Life after Surgery
If you wish to undergo bariatric surgery, you must commit to a lifetime of eating healthy. The surgery is just a part of the entire weight reduction process. In order to maintain your weight (post-op) you must exercise daily and maintain a balanced diet. Moderate lifestyle changes and good aftercare can have long-term results.
Keep yourself hydrated: UCSF Medical Center (University of California San Francisco) recommends:
- To avoid dehydration, drink extra fluids which are caffeine-free.
- Sip about 1 cup of fluid between each small meal, six to eight times a day
- Drink at least 2 liters (64 ounces or 8 cups) of fluids a day
- Avoid alcoholic beverages
Supplements: To prevent nutritional deficiency, one must take following supplements:
- Multivitamins: A chewable multivitamin and mineral supplement containing iron, folic acid, selenium, copper, and zinc
- Calcium: To prevent calcium deficiency and bone disease take the prescribed limit and divide in two to three doses to increase the absorption
- Vitamin D: Also known as the sunshine vitamin, it is essential for strong bones and can be taken along with calcium supplements. Vitamin D helps the body use calcium from the diet
- Vitamin B12
Protein: Proteins are required for regular functioning of body cells and organs. High-protein foods include cottage cheese, yoghurt, eggs, seafood, tuna, poultry, meats, fish, soy milk, tofu, and other milk products.
Diet after Surgery
Some tips for better recovery:
- High-protein, low calorie diet
- Meals with small portions
- Maintain a record for calorie and protein intake
Post surgery till 2 months calorie intake should be between 300 and 600 calories a day with focus on liquids
Things to Avoid Post Surgery
- Fruits with skin
- Raw, uncooked vegetables
- Dried fruits
- Raw chicken
- Tobacco in any form
- Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012.2014;311(8):806-814. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.732.
- http://www.researchgate.net/publication/235796927_Laparoscopic_Removal_of_Poor-Outcome_Gastric_Banding_with_Concomitant_Sleeve_Gastrectomy_A_Comparative_Study Obesity Surgery(Impact Factor: 3.75). 03/2013; 23(6). DOI: 10.1007/s11695-013-0895-1
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3557740/Hady, H. R., Dadan, J., Gołaszewski, P., & Safiejko, K. (2012). Impact of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on body mass index, ghrelin, insulin and lipid levels in 100 obese patients.Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques,7(4), 251–259. http://doi.org/10.5114/wiitm.2011.28979
- Hady, H. R., Dadan, J., & Luba, M. (2012). The Influence of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on Metabolic Syndrome Parameters in Obese Patients in Own Material.Obesity Surgery, 22(1), 13–22. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11695-011-0530-y
- Morshed G, Fathy SM. Impact of post-laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy weight loss on C-reactive protein, lipid profile and CA-125 in morbidly obese women.Videosurgery and other Miniinvasive Techniques. 2016;10(4):521-526. doi:10.5114/wiitm.2015.56480.
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