Obesity, defined as excessive accumulation of fat in the body, is a global problem. Obesity is associated with the increased risk of cardiac problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and more. Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy), is one of the newer types of bariatric surgeries performed in Mexico today to treat obesity. Gastric sleeve is a restrictive procedure and does not alter normal function of the digestive system. The surgery prescribed when diet and exercise have not helped in reducing obese patient’s weight.
Sleeve Gastrectomy is becoming the fastest growing bariatric surgery type and is overtaking gastric bypass as the “gold standard” procedure for weight loss. The sleeve gastrectomy surgery was the first step of a 2-stage operation to duodenal switch in patients with super high BMI (BMI of more than 59) in 1999. This procedure has had impressive results. It enables patients to drop weight quickly without feeling hungry and helps to resolve many obesity-related diseases and illnesses.
Gastric Sleeve is simpler than other bariatric surgeries with less operative time, shorter hospitalization stay and less post-operative discomfort. There is no foreign body used, however is not reversible like lapband surgery. Sleeve gastrectomy can be quickly revised to gastric bypass or duodenal switch. Unlike gastric bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy does not alter the antrum, pylorus, and vagus nerve innervation. The pancreatic juice and bile produced by the pancreas and liver still is mixed with the food you eat and are completely absorbed. Almost 95% of bariatric surgeries at MBC center is gastric sleeve as opposed to the United States where 80% of bariatric surgeries are gastric bypass.
Gastric Sleeve in Mexico (VSG) Overview
Mexico Bariatric Center is one of the most-respected companies in Medical Tourism for gastric sleeve surgery. We represent some of the most qualified surgeons in Mexico. We have an incredible track record for patient outcomes and success. MBC offers one of the highest quality and most affordable gastric sleeve packages in the world. See why you should contact us first!
Best Gastric Sleeve Surgeons
Here are the renowned Mexico Bariatric Center bariatric and metabolic surgeons. MBC surgeons’ experience and surgical technique contribute to lower complications and best outcome:
Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela one of the most reviewed surgeons.
Dr. Ismael Cabrera one of the most sought-after surgeons.
Dr. Jaime Ponce one of the most experienced surgeons.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery Detail:
During Gastric Sleeve, otherwise known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), gastric sleeve resection or simply sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon removes up to 85% of the greater curvature of your stomach laparoscopically, making it look like a tube or sleeve, thus the name “tube” gastrectomy or “sleeve” gastrectomy. The removal of the rounded upper part of the stomach (called the fundus) that produces ghrelin, the hormone that controls your appetite, is one of the reasons why sleeve gastrectomy is not just a restrictive procedure. After surgery, you do NOT get hungry as much and fill full faster. Laparoscopic or Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) improves the healing process and has other advantages, such as less bleeding.
Here are the steps taken:
- The patient is lying with the face-up and the arms spread apart.
- Our anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia and a breathing tube inserted into the windpipe.
- The surgeon makes a small incision (normally 5) in the abdomen to access abdominal cavity.
- Trocars are placed through the incisions as a passageway for surgical instruments.
- The abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide (CO2) gas to separate the stomach wall from the small intestine.
- The surgeon would insert a probe equipped with a built-in specialized camera (laparoscope) through one of the incisions to view your organs.
- Other small pencil-like surgical instruments are inserted as well.
- The liver is lifted from your stomach with a retractor.
- The tissue that attaches the stomach to the omentum is separated to have access to the area under the stomach.
- The stomach is entirely separated from the spleen.
- The cutter/stapler then cuts and staples the stomach along the bougie inserted through the mouth as a guide.
- At the end the incisions are sutured closed.
Gastric Sleeve Procedure: Details of Mexico Travel
This procedure usually takes about 1.5 hours (start to end) with 30 min to 60 min for the actual surgery, depending on the skills and experience of the surgeon. The patient is required to stay in the hospital for one to two nights (depending on his or her condition and overall health). Healing is relatively fast, in fact, patients who have had sleeve gastrectomy usually return to work after only two to three weeks following their surgery.
|Surgery Duration||Nights in Hospital||Nights in Hotel||Back to Work|
|1.5 Hours||2 Nights||2 (1 Pre-Op, 1 Post-Op)||2 to 3 Weeks|
Mexico Bariatric Center is one of the pioneering companies to offer gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico. In addition to the standard laparoscopic gastric sleeve, MBC offers revisional gastric sleeve and single-incision gastric sleeve. To discover our current pricing for VSG in Mexico, please contact our patient care coordinators today. MBC has helped hundreds to go through gastric sleeve procedure and change their lives forever.
How we Perform Gastric Sleeve in Mexico:
All of our surgeons performing gastric sleeve surgery adhere to specific techniques for the highest patient outcomes. The following four steps are exercised by MBC surgeons to ensure the highest level of safety for patients.
- First, three lines of brand name (like Johnson & Johnson or Covidien) Titanium staples to close the new smaller stomach pouch.
- Second, a suture line after the staples is performed along the staple line (inverted gastric sleeve), to make sure no stomach leakage takes place.
- We perform three leak tests per patient. Two leak tests are performed the day of your surgery with blue dye and air. The next day we do the last leak test, with special colored dye and X-rays.
- MBC surgeons leave a drain in the abdominal cavity as a precaution for early detection of a leak.
All of this ensures that each and every patient of Mexico Bariatric Center will undergo safe and successful surgery. To learn more about our process of performing gastric sleeve in Mexico, please contact us today! Our caring and qualified patient care coordinators are more than happy to walk with you through this life changing your experience.
MBC Gastric Sleeve Results*:
Mexico Bariatric Center has done a survey comprising over 100 former patients undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico. Our findings have been charted below:
Data of Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Survey
|Weight Lost||1 MONTH||3 MONTHS||6 MONTHS||1 YEAR||1.5 YEARS|
This survey was collected from March 2015 to July 2015, covering all of our bariatric surgeons. Please visit our page on how much weight you can expect to lose after gastric sleeve surgery. Weight loss results will vary; please review our disclaimer.
Gastric Sleeve in Mexico Costs
Cost Table: Gastric Sleeve
Gastric sleeve surgery costs will depend on a variety of factors and will persist on a multitude of things. For example, because of the high cost of healthcare in the United States the typical self-pay cost will average nearly $20,000 – while, Mexico will typically cost between $5,000 to $8,000. Tijuana offers one of the most affordable prices for bariatrics, including gastric sleeve – the price is currently less than $5,000.
Mexico Bariatric Center offers gastric sleeve at one of the lowest prices in the medical tourism industry while maintaining quality. Mexico Bariatric Center has also partnered with several financing firms for those individuals seeking payment plans and to defer payments.
It’s important to understand all of the costs of gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico – Learn more about gastric sleeve costs here.
Am I eligible for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
The first step to determine if you’re a qualified candidate for the gastric sleeve procedure is to contact us! We’ll rush you a free informational packet, and our surgeons review your health questionnaire in 24 hours and answer any questions you may have. See our patient process:
- Your BMI should be at least 30 (exceptions are granted if you have co-morbidities).
- You should be between 16 and 65 years old (exceptions are granted on a case-by-case basis).
- Need to have tried losing weight with typical tactics without much success.
- Need to have realistic expectations regarding the result of the surgery.
Not all of the requirements listed are set in stone. Our surgeons review each patient on their own to see if they could likely benefit from weight loss surgery. Learn more by contacting our staff now.
Benefits of Undergoing Gastric Sleeve with Mexico Bariatric Center
- Our aftercare program includes forums and support group access.
- We regularly host webinars for dieting and aftercare nutrition.
- The Medical Tourism Association certifies us.
- We have a full featured support section, with patients can see videos and exclusive content.
Is Gastric Sleeve in Mexico Safe?
Fear of unsafe trip to Mexico, risky hospitals, and unqualified surgeons should NOT keep people from looking into this viable option for weight loss surgery. Safe gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico is something we pride ourselves at Mexico Bariatric Center. We use a closed network of drivers to ensure patient safety at all times. We pride ourselves in providing a qualified, certified company where patients can feel relaxed and safe.
Complications in Mexico?
Here at Mexico Bariatric Center, we limit our gastric sleeve in Mexico complications by striving to follow these rules:
- We use top quality surgical equipment, and modern medical techniques.
- We represent only the best gastric sleeve surgeons in Mexico.
- We use a high-volume hospital, Hospital Mi Doctor, which has been shown to reduce complication rates and increase patient outcomes for bariatric patients.
Mexico Bariatric Center has the patient safety, security and peace of mind as priority. MBC has teamed up with a medical tourism insurance company to offer affordable Medical Tourism Insurance.
Comparison of Gastric Sleeve to Similar Surgeries
Gastric Sleeve in Mexico, is just one of several surgical options we offer in Mexico. We also offer these popular bariatric surgeries in Mexico:
|Surgery Duration||Nights in Hospital||Nights in Hotel||Back to Work|
|Gastric Bypass Mexico||3 Nights||2 (1 Pre-Op, 1 Post-Op)||2 to 4 Weeks|
|Gastric Band Mexico||1 Nights||2 (1 Pre-Op, 1 Post-Op)||1 to 2 Weeks|
|Duodenal Switch Mexico||3 Nights||2 (1 Pre-Op, 1 Post-Op)||2 to 4 Weeks|
Compare Other Procedures Here:
For the difference between expected weight loss, possible risks, and more detailed data, please visit these following guides to learn more:
Why undergo Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)?
Gastric sleeve patients report minimal digestion problems compared to other types of weight loss surgeries. First, no foreign objects are placed within the body and secondly, since it is a purely restrictive procedure, it avoids an occurrence of malabsorption problems that can occur with other types of surgery. Moreover, since the remaining part of the stomach is composed of less elastic tissue, the likelihood of stretching and failing in the ensuing years is minimal. Finally, the gastric sleeve can be easily be revised to another surgery, such as the gastric sleeve (re-sleeve), gastric bypass, and duodenal switch.
Gastric Sleeve: Methods of Action
It is a known fact that to burn excess fat and lose weight, you have to eat less than what your body needs every day. Sleeve gastrectomy is a form of restrictive weight loss surgery; that, significantly reduces stomach size, the individual consumes less as his or her stomach is now easily filled. Other clinicians also theorize that by reducing stomach size, there is a reduced production of a stomach-produced hormone called Ghrelin that induces hunger. Thus, with vertical sleeve gastrectomy, the individual becomes full quickly and is less hungry.
Recent set point theory states that gastric sleeve weight loss surgery decreases hunger and changes the body weight regulatory network. The weight loss is achieved by “physiologic” mechanism and not by “restriction.”
Related: See Why So Many Patients Choose Mexico Bariatric Center for Mexico Sleeve Gastrectomy
Gastric Sleeve: Benefits vs. Risks
The benefits of sleeve gastrectomy go beyond simply having better looks and fast weight loss. For patients having trouble with weight, sleeve gastrectomy offers an opportunity to feel better as well as live longer and be more productive due to significantly reduced risks of acquiring any obesity-related conditions as a result of surgery. Even so, just like every other surgery, patients may have several complications such as possible leaking of stomach contents, the presence of blood clots, wound infection, and bleeding. Then again, living a healthier and more rewarding life is never going to be without risks. In the end, the choice is always yours to make. Whether you choose to have a sleeve gastrectomy or another weight loss surgery, or whether you want to exercise or just to go on a diet, the most important thing is that you lose weight. So to do that, all you need to do is — make a choice! To find out if this surgery may be right for you, contact one of our care specialists today.
FAQs on Gastric Sleeve Surgery:
What happens after post-op diet?
After your post-op diet, you’ll be back on your regular diet. However, you’ll be equipped with new dietary understanding – helping you make the right choices to accelerate your weight loss.
What are the Stomach Staples?
The staples are titanium, and allow for an MRI and to bypass airport security.
Do Surgeons Remove the Staples?
No. After surgery, the three rows of titanium staples will remain in the stomach. The stomach will heal (just like other areas of the body), and will form solid stomach barrier.
Gastric Sleeve Complications, Risks
Gastric Sleeve Side Effects
Gastric Sleeve Pre Operative Diet
Gastric Sleeve Post Operative Diet
Gastric Sleeve Post Operative Guidelines
Gastric Sleeve Recovery Guide
Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Timeline
Gastric Sleeve: Will Stomach Stretch
Last Updated: September 28, 2015, by Ron Elli, Ph.D.