Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana
Gastric sleeve surgery is often chosen because patients can lose weight gradually and can do so in a healthy way. Benefits for gastric sleeve patients are long term. Many patients report keeping the weight off 10–15 years following their procedure.
Gastric Sleeve surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, a large portion of the stomach is separated and removed, approximately 80 to 85 percent of the stomach. The remaining section of the stomach is formed into a tube-like structure.
Being the stomach is now smaller, the stomach can not hold as much food as once before. Also, producing less of the appetite-regulating hormone ghrelin now that the stomach is smaller in size, which lessens your desire to eat.
This type of bariatric surgery is also referred to as sleeve gastrectomy, vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), tube gastrectomy, or stomach surgery.
Affordable Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana
Gastric Sleeve Surgery can get quite expensive in the United States, and can even be pricey when traveling for your medical needs.
With Lighter Dream there are no hidden fees, as we offer all-inclusive package pricing for your gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana.
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Gastric Sleeve Surgery Right for You?
Who Benefits from Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Those with body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher (extreme obesity). Those who are ages 16 years old to 65 years old and who have tried other weight loss tactics without success.
Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery, the sleeve gastrectomy, has the benefits below:
- Usually reduces hunger for patients (the hunger-inducing hormone ghrelin is reduced)
- Shorter operating time compared to that of gastric bypass surgery
- Over 80% of type II diabetes patients are resolved after gastric sleeve surgery (asmbs.org)
- Hypertension is improved for many patients (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
- Intestines are not rerouted
- No dumping syndrome
- No adjustments are needed like with the Lap-Band procedure
- No foreign objects are left in the body outside of staples.
- Weight loss occurs over 18 months
Disadvantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
- Non-reversible procedure
- Has the potential for long-term vitamin deficiencies
What Happens During Gastric Sleeve Surgery
General anesthesia is received before this surgery allowing the patient to stay asleep and allowing the patient to remain pain-free. A breathing tube (endotracheal tube) will also be inserted into the windpipe. The surgery is usually done using a tiny camera that is placed in your belly. This type of surgery is called laparoscopy. The camera is called a laparoscope. It allows your surgeon to see inside your belly.
In this surgery:
- Your surgeon makes 2 to 5 small cuts (incisions) in your belly.
- The scope and instruments needed to perform the surgery are inserted through these cuts.
- The camera is connected to a video monitor in the operating room. This allows the surgeon to view inside your belly while doing the operation.
- A harmless gas is pumped into the belly to expand it. This gives the surgeon room to work.
- Your surgeon removes most of your stomach.
- The remaining portions of your stomach are joined together using surgical staples. This creates one vertical tube or banana-shaped stomach.
- The surgery does not involve cutting or changing the sphincter muscles that allow food to enter or leave the stomach.
- The scope and other tools are removed. The cuts are stitched closed.
- The surgery takes 60 to 90 minutes.
Lighter Dream will perform three leak tests per patient. Two leak tests are performed on the day of surgery, one will be performed with blue dye and the next will be with air. The following day another leak test is performed. The last leak test is called a Fluoroscopy where a special colored dye flows through the new stomach to detect any possible leaks.
Gastric Sleeve Result Expectations
Many patients opting for weight loss surgery suffer, not only from obesity, but also suffer from other medical conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. With gastric sleeve surgery, you can expect to rid many of the symptoms and medical conditions listed.
*results vary from patient to patient
- Approximately 45–58% of all patients studied saw complete remission of their diabetes
- 77% complete remission of their high blood pressure
- 77% complete remission of their high cholesterol
- Close to 60% of all patients experienced a total resolution of their obstructive sleep apnea
If you recently had gastric sleeve surgery and are not seeing the results desired, consider these factors:
- Following the recommended diet plan
- Make good food choices
- Follow a routine exercise plan
- Emotional issues may cause overeating
- Grazing through the day
- Medical conditions like menopause, thyroid, and decreased mobility
Post-operative Gastric Sleeve Surgery Tips
Lighter Dream is all about patient safety, we require 2 days for our patients to stay in the hospital to recover. Below are some general guidelines after discharge from the hospital. Patients will receive specific instructions from their surgeon.
- Sip, sip, sip! It is very easy to become dehydrated. You are eating less, meaning you aren’t getting any liquids from food your first-week post-op. Sip slowly, but make sure you get enough to drink.
- Follow the post-operative diet.
- Bowel movements may be difficult during recovery, you may even experience some pain with bowel movements. This is normal. Constipation is quite normal in the first week of post-operative. Your pain medications can increase constipation as well.
- Medications are prescribed for your use. Take your pain medication when you need them and follow any surgeon's orders.
- Walk, walk, walk! Walk as much as you can to help the healing process.
- Don’t lift anything heavy.
- Sleepy some? You will feel fatigued for up to a month after surgery. Your diet has changed, you do not intake the same amount as calories as you once did. Let your body adjust.
- Return to work within 2-4 weeks depending on your work duties. Most people have full strength at 4-6 weeks after Gastric Sleeve surgery.