Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve in Mexico, is one of the most innovative types of bariatric surgeries performed in Mexico today. This surgery is the fastest growing bariatric surgery type and is overtaking gastric bypass as the “gold standard” procedure for weight loss surgery. 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 and helps to resolve many obesity-related diseases and illnesses.
Gastric Sleeve is not reversible like lapband surgery, however it can be easily 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 is completely absorbed. Almost 95% of bariatric surgeries at MBC center is gastric sleeve as opposed to United States where 80% of bariatric surgeries are gastric bypass.
Testimonials From Lauren
Left: 270 pounds, Right: 213 pounds. 57 pounds down! I was sleeved on 3/3/15. Hoping to be down to 170 before the end of the year.
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Maria lost over 75 pounds in six months and looks incredible. With gastric sleeve surgery, many patients can expect to lose sixty pounds or more in six months.
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. Come see why you should contact us first!
During this 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 “sleeve” gastrectomy. Laparoscopic or Minimally Invasive Surgery 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 with the arms spread apart.
General anesthesia is administered by anesthesiologist and a breathing tube inserted into the windpipe.
The surgeon makes a small incision (normally 5) on the abdomen to access abdominal cavity.
Trocars are then 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) along with other small pencil-like surgical instruments.
The liver is lifted off with a retractor.
The cutter / stapler then cuts and staples the stomach along the bougie inserted through the mouth as a guide.
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 1.5 Hours
Nights in Hospital 2 Nights
Nights in Hotel 2 (1 Pre-Op, 1 Post-Op)
Back to Work 2 to 3 Weeks
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 4 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 perform 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 leak.
Mexico Bariatric Center gastric sleeve leak rate average is close to 0% The leak rate for gastric sleeve varies from 0% to 8% with a national average of 2.8%.
Bougie (pronounced boo-jee) is a guide for surgeon to divide the stomach. Bougie size influences the size of the sleeve and comes in different calibers ranging from 32FR to 50FR. FR, called French, is the unit of measurement equal to 1/3 mm, for example a 40FR bougie measures about 13.32mm or 1/2 inch. Bougies do not always create the same stomach size as the finished sleeve size depends on how close the stapler gets to the bougie and whether the surgeon sutures the staple line (inverted sleeve). There is no standard on an ideal bougie size and it varies from surgeon to surgeon and depends on the amount of weight loss. A smaller bougie results in smaller sleeve and a greater restriction and a greater risk of leak and stricture rate. On the contrary, a larger bougie results in a larger sleeve, safer operation and not enough weight loss.
Successful surgery depends on the technique of surgery, just as much as anything else. Mexico Bariatric Center requires its surgeons to use the best practices to ensure the highest outcomes. 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 experiencing.
Recent studies show that people with a weight problem have a higher chance of having the hernia. For a successful surgery, the surgeon needs to look closely to repair a hernia to avoid reflux symptoms.
* Stricture is an narrowing section that may develop as a result of scar tissue in the mid-body of the sleeve. It interferes with the normal movement of food and can cause pain after eating and vomiting. See gastric sleeve complications and risks.
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:
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
Mexico Bariatric Center works with high caliber leading surgeons – surgeons who are dedicated to bariatrics and have years of experience in this field. MBC has the least amount of complications and best outcomes. That is why patients travel from around the world: U.S., Canada, Europe, etc. to get bariatric surgery.