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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 help you? 

Are you frustrated by your attempts to lose weight? If careful dieting and regular exercise have failed to yield results, Tijuana Bariatric Center offers gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, to help patients lose significant amounts of weight. As one of the simplest bariatric procedures available, gastric sleeve surgery substantially lowers the risk of potential complication to provide patients with results they can be proud of.

Working at facilities held to the same standards as those in the U.S., Dr. Fernando Garcia offers patients stunning results at affordable prices. Contact the office today to learn more about your candidacy for gastric sleeve surgery.

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.

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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 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.

How Do I Qualify for the Procedure?

As with most surgical intervention, gastric sleeve surgery is not for everyone. Dr. Garcia typically recommends the procedure for patients who have already tried non-invasive weight loss options such as diet and routine exercise.

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.

If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 34 or above, or if you are 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.

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.

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.  

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.

To undergo either gastric sleeve or bypass, patients must be at least 18 years old. However, these procedures are not usually recommended for patients over 65. These bariatric surgeries are best for patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 but can also benefit those with a BMI of 35 or more who are struggling with serious health concerns related to excess weight.

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.*

Contact the Office Today

Tijuana Bariatric Center is here to help you reach your weight loss goals. Our team can help you weigh gastric sleeve surgery vs. gastric bypass and other options. To learn more about how bariatric surgery can improve your quality of life, request a consultation online or call us at (800) 970-0577.

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