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Gastric Sleeve Surgery

A type of restrictive procedure, gastric sleeve removes up to 85 percent of the stomach. Doctors reshape the organ into a long sleeve rather than a pouch to limit space for food. As a result, patients experience reduced hunger and often lose half their body weight in as little as six months. 

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Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve

This minimally invasive sleeve technique is typically for patients at or below 39 BMI. Instead of creating four to five small openings, the surgery is performed through a single incision by the belly button, removing a substantial portion of the stomach to reduce hunger and promote weight loss. 

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Gastric Sleeve Plication Surgery

This technique restricts the stomach's capacity by creating an internal fold. Because the surgery preserves healthy tissue and does not require intestinal rerouting, your ability to absorb nutrients is unchanged. The risk of complication is very low and results can be revised or even reversed.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery

This restrictive and malabsorptive surgery encourages weight loss by dividing the stomach and rerouting the digestive tract. As a result, stomach capacity is reduced and fewer calories are absorbed from the food that you eat. This procedure offers long-term, dramatic effects and weight loss.

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Mini Gastric Bypass

This modified version of the traditional gastric bypass procedure offers comparable results with a simpler and safer surgery. Because less of the digestive system is re-routed, the chances of complications are substantially reduced. Patients often lose as much as 80 percent of their original weight. 

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Duodenal Switch Surgery

As one of the most effective forms of bariatric surgery available, this procedure combines restrictive and malabsorptive techniques to aid weight loss. In addition to reducing stomach size, the surgeon will rearrange the digestive tract to separate the flow of food from digestive juices. 

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Revision Bariatric Surgery

While bariatric surgery has a high rate of success, sometimes patients are not satisfied with the effects of their procedure. Weight loss may begin to decline or reverse. Occasionally, medical complications can arise. In the event of such situations, Dr. Garcia can revise your results. 

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LAP-BAND® System

The LAP-BAND® system aids weight loss by reducing the stomach’s capacity with an adjustable gastric band. Patients feel full after eating less food and digestion takes place more slowly. Placed around the top portion of the stomach, the device’s grip is easily adjusted to fit your changing needs. 

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Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Because obesity affects many aspects of a person's health, bariatric surgery can similarly provide relief from a number of conditions. With significant weight loss, patients can also enjoy lowered blood pressure, decreased risk of heart attack or stroke, and even relief from sleep apnea.

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Post-bariatric Recovery

Bariatric surgery is a major procedure. Consequently, it will take some time to recover completely and adjust to your post-bariatric diet. To help you prepare, the doctors working through the Tijuana Bariatric Center network will walk you through a timeline of what to expect after your surgery.

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Post-bariatric Complications

As with most surgical procedures, bariatric surgery carries a number of risks. In addition to normal surgical complications, patients should also be aware of potential issues with digestion. The doctors working through the Tijuana Bariatric Center will thoroughly educate you on these risks.

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Candidates

Because it is an invasive procedure, bariatric surgery is typically reserved for extreme cases, where patients have a BMI of 40 or greater. However, since obesity is connected to a huge number of associated conditions, weight loss surgery is sometimes recommended to relieve health problems.

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Adolescent Weight Loss

Many more teenagers are struggling with the health problems tied to obesity than in previous decades. While diet and exercise can have a significant impact, it is not always enough. Bariatric surgery is often a viable solution for more extreme cases.

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