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Different Types of Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss in Tijuana, Mexico

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What Type of Surgery Do You Need?

When deciding to get surgery for weight loss, most patients automatically ask what is the safest form of weight loss surgery. As a general rule, the more minimally invasive the procedure, the safer it is. Our medical professionals tell patients that the safest and best weight loss surgery option is the one that best meets their medical needs. That's why Tijuana Bariatric Center educates patients on all types of bariatric surgery so they can decide with our bariatric surgeons what surgical weight loss options are best for them. Here is a summary of bariatric surgery options offered at our Tijuana, Mexico medical facilities.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

gastric sleeve surgery

Gastric sleeve, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is the most popular fat loss surgery choice. It is a restrictive procedure that removes up to 85 percent of the stomach. Bariatric surgeons reshape the organ into a long sleeve rather than a small pouch to limit the amount of food you can eat. As a result, patients experience reduced hunger and often lose half their body weight in as little as six months. Because gastric sleeve surgery doesn't alter the small intestine, it doesn't affect how your body absorbs food, so you're not as likely to suffer nutritional deficiencies.


Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve

This minimally invasive state-of-the-art gastric sleeve technique is typically for patients at or below 39 body mass index (BMI). Instead of creating four to five small openings, a bariatric surgeon performs this WLS surgery option through a single incision by the belly button. The surgeon removes a substantial portion of the stomach to make you feel full faster and promote weight loss. As this procedure is less invasive, you'll have a shorter recovery, less discomfort, and a reduced risk of complications.


Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery graphic 2Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is considered by many doctors and patients alike to be the best weight loss surgery. During this restrictive and malabsorptive weight loss surgery in Tijuana, your bariatric surgeon will divide the stomach, creating a small pouch that reduces stomach capacity. The procedure also reroutes the digestive tract, so your body absorbs fewer calories from the food you eat.  This procedure offers long-term results that are dramatic in terms of weight loss and mitigation of co-morbid disease.


Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

Mini Gastric Bypass graphicThis modified version of the traditional gastric bypass procedure offers comparable results with a simpler and safer surgery. Because less of the digestive system is re-routed, the chances of complications are substantially reduced. Patients often lose as much as 80 percent of their original weight. Ask your bariatric surgeon which types of bariatric surgery are best for you to lose weight.


Revision Bariatric Surgery

Revision Bariatric Surgery graphicWhile bariatric surgery has a high rate of success, sometimes patients are not satisfied with the effects of their procedure. Weight loss may begin to decline or plateau. You may even begin to regain weight. Occasionally, medical complications can arise. In such situations, Dr. Garcia can perform bariatric revision surgery to improve your weight loss journey at our surgery center in Tijuana, Mexico.


Duodenal Switch Surgery

Duodenal Switch surgeryMany experts consider Duodenal Switch Surgery the most effective weight loss surgery as it is generally recommended for morbidly obese patients. People tend to lose the most excess weight through this procedure. As one of the most effective forms of bariatric surgery available, uodenal switch surgery combines restrictive and malabsorptive techniques to aid weight loss. The surgeon removes a part of the stomach and rearranges the digestive tract to separate the flow of food from digestive juices. Less of the digestive tract is involved in this procedure than in gastric bypass.


Gastric Sleeve Plication Surgery

This technique restricts the stomach's capacity by creating an internal fold, creating a small pouch. Because this weight loss surgery preserves healthy tissue and does not require intestinal rerouting, your ability to absorb nutrients is unchanged. Your bariatric surgeon at Tijuana Bariatric Center will use biocompatible sutures to lessen the chance of rejection or infection. The risk of complications is very low, and results can be revised into other gastric surgery types or even reversed.


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Author: Dr. Fernando Garcia Govea

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Garcia is a highly qualified surgeon, and has more than eight years of bariatric treatment experience and two decades in the medical field. His experience (10,000+ procedures) helps him work with all patients including those with a BMI of 80 or higher to improve their quality of life.

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