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Gastric Bypass

Being overweight can increase your risk of health issues such as sleep apnea and diabetes. Obesity can also make daily tasks more difficult.

A gastric bypass is a tried and true surgery that can help you lose weight by restricting how much you eat and how you process food.

What makes a gastric bypass an effective method of weight loss? 

For severely overweight patients who have struggled to shed pounds with diet and exercise alone, bariatric surgery can be positively life-changing. Tijuana Bariatric Center offers safe and affordable gastric bypass surgery at a hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. As one of the most common and successful types of bariatric procedures in the world, gastric bypass is a tried-and-true tool in weight loss treatment. Many patients report losing as much as 10 to 20 pounds a month until they reach their treatment goals or a year after their surgery.

The Tijuana Bariatric Center can provide an economical way to help you achieve your weight loss goals. For more information about the effectiveness of gastric bypass surgery, reach out to the office today.

Gastric Bypass Surgery: An Overview

Traditional gastric bypass is so effective because it combines restrictive and malabsorptive techniques. To restrict the amount of food patients can consume during a single sitting, the stomach is divided into two parts: a small upper pouch and a large lower portion. Stomach capacity is reduced from three pints to around one cup, which allows patients to satisfy their hunger with much less food.

Normal stomach and stomach after gastric bypass surgery

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The surgery further encourages weight loss by rerouting the digestive tract so that the smaller, upper pouch connects directly to a lower portion of the small intestine. This malabsorptive technique allows food to bypass most of the small intestine, which speeds up digestion and limits the amount of calories absorbed during a meal. As a result, patients typically experience substantial weight loss after gastric bypass surgery.

Gastric Bypass

Tijuana Bariatric Center works with a network of doctors who provide safe, effective gastric bypass surgery to treat obesity. Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure that can reduce food intake while also controlling the absorption of calories. It is important that patients understand the expectations, potential complications, and recovery process.

Candidates for the Procedure

Gastric bypass surgery is generally recommended for patients with a body mass index (BMI) over 36 who have not been able to lose weight or improve their health with diet and exercise alone. If you suffer from a life-threatening, weight-related health issue, such as high blood pressure, severe sleep apnea, or type 2 diabetes, this procedure can also help to improve your health.

A successful gastric bypass surgery can have an enormous impact on a patient’s life. Many patients lose as much as 60 to 70 percent of excess weight, with a considerably lower risk of complication than other weight loss surgeries offer.

It is important to keep in mind that being severely overweight is not enough to require a gastric bypass. Patients interested in the surgery should discuss all possible options with their doctor to ensure that it is the right course of action.

Benefits and Results

Successful gastric bypass surgery can have an enormous impact on your life. Many patients lose as much as 60 to 70 percent of their excess weight, with a considerably lower risk of complications than other weight loss procedures.

Gastric bypass procedures have been shown to alleviate many health problems and their long-term effects, as well. Some of the most common include:

  • Hypertension (in 70 percent of patients)
  • Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Hyperlipidemia (in 70 percent of patients)
  • Lower back or joint pain

Losing weight can greatly improve a person’s overall quality of life, easing their ability to perform daily activities and boosting their overall confidence. 

Low-Cost Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery often costs more than $30,000 in the United States. This price tag is simply too high for many patients who could benefit from the procedure. Medical tourism offers patients an opportunity to receive bariatric surgery at a fraction of the cost. Tijuana Bariatric Center coordinates care with highly experienced doctors, and treatment starts at $6,500. 

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Obtaining a healthy weight can significantly improve your quality of life. 

The Tijuana Bariatric Center Difference

When you choose Tijuana Bariatric Center, you can benefit from personalized treatment and an attentive staff. Tijuana Bariatrics will coordinate all aspects of your accommodations and on-ground travel arrangements. A driver will pick you up and drop you off at the San Diego International Airport, and you will also be escorted to and from the hospital. The hotel and hospital are both located in safe, prosperous neighborhoods. 

Tijuana Bariatrics' discounted treatments do not compromise the level of care in any way. The doctors are held to the same standards as those in the United States. These doctors have successfully completed thousands of bariatric procedures. 

Minimally invasive techniques performed at Tijuana Bariatrics require only a short hospital stay, and recovery is much quicker than what follows traditional surgery. The hospital features advanced technology for your safety. In fact, the facility's infection rate is currently 0%. It is conveniently located, and personal suites are available for your comfort and privacy. 

What Your Cost Covers

The price of gastric bypass surgery at Tijuana Bariatrics includes more than just your medical procedure. It also covers:

  • Ground transportation to and from the San Diego International Airport
  • Hotel costs
  • Pre-operative testing and appointments
  • Hospital and medical fees
  • Post-operative testing, appointments, and medication
  • Nourishment

It is important to note that an additional pre-operative fee may be required for revision surgery. Patients with a body mass index (BMI) over 49 might also be subject to additional charges. 

Paying for Your Treatment

Mini gastric bypass surgery is still considered to be experimental to an extent due to the lack of studies and widespread training in the technique. As such, many insurance companies will not cover the procedure. However, since mini gastric bypass surgery is a shorter and less invasive procedure, it is typically less costly than the traditional surgery. As medical tourism provides overall cost savings, patients who choose to undergo treatment coordinated by Tijuana Bariatric Center can expect to spend significantly less on either procedure. 

Tijuana Bariatric Center offers several types of financing to make treatment more affordable on any budget. Your options include Medical Financing Solutions, Medicard, and Citerra Finance. In addition to covering the cost of your surgery, Citerra Finance also finances travel expenses and additional spending money for your stay in Tijuana. The only cost that is not included in your package is airfare. Tijuana Bariatrics is part of a select group of companies that provide medical tourism insurance. This type of policy offers coverage for up to $5,000 for additional expenses in the case of an unforeseen event. 

Mini vs. Traditional Gastric Bypass: Understanding the Key Differences

In recent years, mini gastric bypass surgery has grown in popularity. This trend can largely be attributed to the procedure's reputation for offering a shorter operation time, reduced cost, and lower risk of complications while still providing outstanding weight loss results.* This has led many patients to consider the differences between mini vs. traditional gastric bypass surgery when choosing which procedure will best help them achieve their goals. However, not every patient is suited for this alternative to traditional gastric bypassMedical tourism patients who travel to Tijuana, Mexico, and plan their bariatric surgery through the Tijuana Bariatric Center network can benefit from the extensive knowledge, years of surgical practice, and guidance provided by qualified professionals. 

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Gastric bypass and mini gastric bypass can each help different types of candidates achieve long-lasting weight loss.

Procedure Similarities

Mini gastric bypass has been found to offer a shorter operation time, reduced cost, and lower risk of complications while still providing outstanding weight loss results.

Mini gastric bypass and traditional gastric bypass are very similar in that they are designed to create two pouches within the stomach. Both surgeries are also restrictive and malabsorptive, meaning that they reduce the amount of food you can consume as well as the number of calories absorbed by the body. Additionally, it has been found that both versions of the bypass procedure have yielded significant weight loss results and similar health benefits.* 

Risk of Complications

There are several factors that directly lower the risk of complications for mini gastric bypass patients including: 

  • Shorter time in surgery
  • Minimized intestinal rerouting 
  • Technically easier for the surgeon

Despite these reduced risks during surgery, the procedure may be more likely to cause a number of post-surgical complications for those with certain conditions. However, the experienced doctors working with the Tijuana Bariatric Center network are diligent about reviewing medical history to ensure that you are recommended for the most appropriate procedure.

Candidacy Requirements

Patients with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a hiatus hernia may not be well suited for mini gastric bypass surgery due to a potentially greater risk of bile reflux. However, gastric bypass surgery is often highly recommended for these patients. 

Revision & Reversal

While both types of bypass surgery may be revised or reversed, treatment for a patient who has undergone mini gastric bypass can be performed more easily. This can be especially beneficial for patients who are experiencing complications or are unhappy with their results. 

Contact the Office Today

Tijuana Bariatric Center can guide you through the process of choosing the most appropriate treatment. Depending on your needs and lifestyle, you can weigh the benefits of gastric bypass vs. mini gastric bypass and more. To take the first step towards learning more, request an appointment online or call us directly at (800) 970-0577.

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