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Gastric sleeve surgery

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Unwanted, excess weight can make your daily routine more difficult and increase your risk of very serious health issues like diabetes.

If you are unable to lose weight with diet and exercise alone, gastric sleeve surgery may help you achieve the results you want.

How can gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, help you? 

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Is Simple & Effective

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Lower-Risk Surgery

As one of the simplest and least invasive bariatric procedures available, gastric sleeve surgery substantially lowers the risk of potential complications.
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Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

The amount of weight lost will vary from patient to patient. However, you can typically expect to lose about 60 to 70 percent of your excess weight.
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Improved Quality of Life

Losing significant weight can help you achieve a new sense of self-confidence. It can also transform your daily life, making activities like sports and transportation substantially easier.

How does gastric sleeve surgery work? 

Is gastric sleeve surgery safe?

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Has a Very Low Complication Rate*

*According to the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

Patients can find relief from several types of health issues*...

How do you know if you are a good candidate for this procedure?

Certain Factors Can Affect Your Eligibility for Gastric Sleeve

Have Already Tried Conservative Methods

Before considering bariatric surgery, it is highly recommended that you try lifestyle changes, including well-implemented diet modifications and exercise. Your doctor should thoroughly exhaust more conservative options first.

High BMI

You should have a BMI of 34 or above, or if you are at 32 BMI and suffer from weight-related co-morbidities such as obstructive sleep apnea, heart or kidney disease, or type 2 diabetes, gastric sleeve surgery can be an effective way of reclaiming your health.

Minimum Age

For gastric sleeve surgery (or any other weight loss procedure), patients are required to be 18 years or older. These procedures are not FDA-approved for younger patients.

Should you consider medical tourism for your gastric sleeve surgery?

Undergoing Surgery in Mexico

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Many patients choose to undergo their bariatric surgery in Tijuana every year and experience significant cost savings. However, there are other benefits including the luxury destination you will be able to enjoy. Tijuana Bariatric Center can coordinate your gastric sleeve surgery with a reputable, accredited surgeon. These doctors are held to the same standards as those in the U.S. and are extensively trained in the latest techniques. 

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Minimally invasive techniques are typically used to perform gastric sleeve surgery...

Laparoscopic Surgery Provides Several Advantages

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Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open surgery. The use of a special camera, known as a laparoscope,allows the doctor to perform the procedure through several smaller incisions, instead of one large incision. This can reduce your risk of complications such as infection and hernia as well as minimize the recovery timeline and discomfort.*

Gastric sleeve surgery typically takes about an hour...

The Gastric Sleeve Procedure

Administer Anesthesia

Anesthesia will be provided before surgery begins to put you in a relaxed state so you will remain comfortable.

Create Incisions & Insert Camera

The doctor will create several small incisions and insert the camera which will be used to guide the surgery.

Reshape Stomach

A large portion of the stomach will be removed. The remaining portion will then be sutured closed to create a sleeve.

What does the recovery process entail?

What to Expect during Recovery from Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Patients who have undergone laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery usually return to work after about two to three weeks. However, a full recovery can take six months or longer. Over the course of your recovery, you will gradually introduce new foods into your diet, however, you will need to start with a liquid diet. You will also slowly increase your activity level, from walking around for brief periods to low aerobic activity. After about three to six months, you will begin to establish a more rigorous exercise routine.

As you heal, it is important to keep in mind that the adjustment period can be difficult on your mind and body so it is important not to do too much, too soon. Your doctor can guide you through your recovery and help you move through each phase when you are ready.

Results can be substantial but will depend on your weight loss goals and commitment to post-treatment maintenance...

Many Patients Achieve Their Weight Loss Goals*

Before and after gastric sleeve surgery

After gastric sleeve surgery, this patient loss significant weight.


*Disclaimer: results are not guaranteed, may not be permanent, and can vary per individual.

What Kinds of Outcomes Can I Expect?

Successful gastric sleeve surgery often has an enormous impact on patients' quality of life. Potential benefits include:

  • Rapid weight loss: In as little as four to six months, patients often shed as much as half their weight.
  • Reduced appetite: The combination of a smaller stomach and the absence of the ghrelin hormone leaves patients satisfied with smaller portions of food.
  • Lowered risk: Because gastric sleeve surgery only restricts the size of your stomach, chances of complication, such as infection or compromised digestive ability, are substantially reduced.

Tijuana Bariatric Center can guide you in the lifestyle changes you will need to maintain after your procedure. Your nutritionist will instruct you on healthy eating habits and more, ensuring the very best results.

Understanding the Long-term Commitment

While bariatric surgery can seem like a simple solution, patients should understand the commitment it requires. Gastric sleeve surgery is an aid to weight loss, not a cure. The most satisfied patients are those who are also committed to healthy lifestyle changes, including routine exercise and a mindful diet. If your habits do not change, then the procedure’s effects will be short-lived.

To help you keep up with these changes, Tijuana Bariatric Center ensures your care does not end when you walk out of the hospital. Your nutritionist will instruct you on healthy eating habits and more after your surgery. In the months after the procedure, regular follow-up appointments and discussion, conducted over Facebook or email, can keep you motivated to maintain your results.  

An Effective Treatment for Obesity*

"Bariatric surgery has been shown to be the most effective and durable treatment for morbid obesity."

*According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

*Disclaimer: results are not guaranteed, may not be permanent, and can vary per individual. 

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery can reduce the size of the stomach to help patients lose weight. Because a laparoscopic minimally invasive technique is used, sleeve surgery typically takes less than an hour and recovery is about 15 days. While this surgery can help patients lose significant weight in about four to six months, long-term results require serious dedication to a healthier lifestyle. *Note: There is no guarantee of Specific Results. Results can vary for each individual.

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is a type of restrictive bariatric procedure that encourages weight loss by decreasing stomach capacity. Your surgeon removes 75 to 85 percent of the stomach, leaving the organ roughly the size and shape of a banana.

The limited space in this sleeve helps patients satisfy their hunger with less food, substantially reducing how much they eat during the day. In addition, because the portion of the stomach that produces ghrelin (the hormone that produces feelings of hunger) is removed, you will often feel less hunger in general. As a result, patients typically experience rapid and significant weight loss.

Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass: Which is Right for You?

Gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery are two of the most popular bariatric procedures that the Tijuana Bariatric Center can coordinate for patients who wish to achieve substantial weight loss. While the procedures share certain aspects, there are important differences that may make one surgery more appropriate for your needs. By working with a doctor within the Tijuana Bariatric Center preferred doctor network, you can determine whether gastric sleeve vs. gastric bypass surgery is right for you. 

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Determining which type of bariatric surgery best meets your needs is an incredibly important decision during your treatment planning.

Comparing the Surgical Procedures

While gastric bypass surgery has been a trusted weight loss procedure for many years, gastric sleeve surgery is growing in popularity and shows promising results.

Gastric Bypass

In comparison to gastric sleeve surgery, a doctor will section the stomach off into two separate areas during gastric bypass surgery. The top portion, or pouch, is where the food you consume will be directed. The pouch will be connected to a minimal portion of the small intestine to reduce the number of calories which are absorbed by the body. Unlike gastric sleeve, gastric bypass relies on both malabsorptive and restrictive techniques.

Potential Risks

While the bariatric doctors in our network have completed thousands of surgeries without complications, both procedures share many of the same risks such as:

  • Infection
  • Gastrointestinal leakage
  • Blood clots
  • Malnutrition

While these procedures are both considered to be very safe, gastric sleeve surgery is less invasive. This can lead to certain benefits, such as reduced recovery time. Additionally, gastric bypass patients are more likely to develop dumping syndrome. This condition occurs when a patient consumes large amounts of sugar or eats certain foods too quickly and can cause vomiting, painful cramping, and diarrhea.  

Expected Results and Lifestyle Changes

Both gastric sleeve and gastric bypass patients have reportedly lost more than half of their weight. However, results largely depend on a patient’s lifestyle and commitment to sustaining weight loss. While all bariatric surgery patients must adopt a healthy diet and exercise regimen, gastric bypass patients will need to consume greater amounts of vitamin and mineral supplements in order to maintain healthy levels in the body.*

Tijuana Bariatric Center Dedicated to Excellence

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By undergoing your weight loss surgery through Tijuana Bariatric Center, you will receive unparalleled care:

  • Current infection rate is 0 percent 
  • Facilities are held to the same standards as those in the U.S.
  • Stunning results at affordable prices
  • Ethical and compassionate care 

To schedule your consultation, complete a request online or call (877) 638-9284.

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