Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery in Tijuana

Obesity can not only make you self-conscious. It has been linked to serious health concerns, including heart disease and high cholesterol. Mini gastric bypass in Tijuana, Mexico restricts how much food you eat and changes how you absorb nutrients through intestinal rerouting.

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What is Traditional Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, considered the gold standard of weight loss surgery, is the most commonly performed bariatric procedure in the world. During the procedure, the stomach is divided into an upper pouch that is about the size of an egg, and a lower pouch. The small intestine is rerouted, with the bottom end brought up and connected to the newly created small stomach. 

The top end of the divided small intestine is connected to an area further down so that stomach acids and digestive enzymes from the bypassed portion of the stomach and the first portion of the small intestine will eventually mix with the food. This procedure is both restrictive, in that the stomach cannot hold as much food, and malabsorptive due to the bypass in the small intestine, which results in the absorption of fewer calories.  These two components result in significant weight loss.

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What is Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Like the Roux-en-Y bypass, the mini bypass is both restrictive and malabsorptive. This bariatric surgery encourages weight loss by limiting the amount a patient can comfortably eat and how many calories they absorb from the food. To restrict the stomach’s capacity, your surgeon will divide the organ into an upper and lower stomach pouch. Mini gastric bypass surgery in Tijuana offers similar results to those of the traditional bypass. Patients often report losing up to 80% or 85% of excess weight and maintaining that loss with much lower rates of revision surgery.

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Why Choose Tijuana Bariatric Center?

  • Our team is experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable – Helmed by renowned surgeons like Dr. Fernando Garcia, Dr. Marcela Ramirez, and general physician Dr. Paola Velazco, the Tijuana Bariatric Center team has decades of combined expertise and over 10,000 successful bariatric surgeries performed. 
  • We offer a personalized approach – We tailor each procedure to your unique goals, needs, and preferences, providing undistracted one-on-one attention. We understand that every patient's journey is unique. 
  • Our facilities are world-class – Our immaculate, state-of-the-art surgery center is equipped with the latest medical technology and diagnostic tools, ensuring that patients receive the most advanced treatments possible. 
  • Our care is comprehensive – We support your weight loss journey before, during, and after surgery, focusing on a holistic approach that includes in-depth education on your procedure, nutritional counseling, access to our online support groups, and extensive follow-up via email and phone. We are dedicated to our patients’ long-term success.
  • Our pricing is transparent – We pride ourselves on presenting clear, upfront pricing with no surprises. We offer financing options as well as medical tourism insurance to protect your investment.
  • Our providers are multilingual and culturally competent – Although we are located in Tijuana, Mexico, our team caters to an international clientele and understands the unique needs of patients traveling to our center from around the world.
  • We offer a supportive community – Our practice is built on compassion. We assist patients to connect through testimonials and online support groups designed to offer ongoing emotional support. 
  • We are committed to safety – Patient safety is our highest priority. We adhere to the strictest of international safety protocols, ensuring your procedure is seamless and stress-free.
  • We are always learning – Our team travels to networking events, seminars, and conferences to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to new innovations in bariatric medicine.

I had my surgery by Dr. Garcia 10 months ago. I am down 102 pounds and my life is so wonderful. I watch what I eat everyday and enjoy my life to the fullest without thinking of food! I could hardly walk or breathe and now I’m outside cutting grass, working with plants indoors, and I haven’t been this happy in many years. I feel fantastic. Best hospital, doctor, and nurses in Tijuana! I’m a nurse in the US and I would do it all over again in Tijuana. Thank you Tijuana Bariatric Team!

— Roxanne Weppner 

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Benefits of Tijuana Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

As you assess the various weight loss procedures, including the mini bypass, you may become overwhelmed by the number of options available. The best way to decide which is right for you is to speak with our staff during a virtual consultation at Tijuana Bariatric Center in Mexico. During your virtual visit, we will detail the procedures we offer for significant weight loss and help you decide on the best one for your needs. The mini gastric bypass offers several benefits that make it attractive to some patients.

  • Achievable Weight Loss Goals – After surgery, many patients lose a massive amount of weight. This often allows them to feel more confident and enjoy activities unrestricted. Patients who undergo a mini gastric bypass usually lose between 80% and 85% of their excess weight and successfully keep that weight off long-term.
  • Faster Recovery – As the procedure is one of the most simple weight-loss surgeries, you can expect the overall recovery to be quicker than for other procedures. Provided there are no complications, most patients are able to return to work in one to two weeks.
  • Decreased Risk of Comorbidities – Perhaps the greatest benefit of mini gastric bypass surgery is the decreased risk for comorbidities. Most candidates who undergo this procedure suffer from serious weight-related health conditions like type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure sleep apnea, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and joint disease. 

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Candidacy for Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

A mini gastric bypass surgery is a modified version of the traditional Roux-en-Y bypass. While the conventional procedure is a highly effective aid to weight loss, patients sometimes require revision surgery. The mini gastric bypass technique simplifies the traditional method for a safer and more efficient surgery with similar results. Your doctor can help weigh the benefits depending on your particular needs.

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) – A mini gastric bypass is typically recommended for patients with a BMI over 40 or over 35 if they have other weight-related health concerns.
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) – Mini gastric bypass surgery increases your risk of bile reflux, so it is not generally recommended for patients with GERD. However, you may still qualify for a traditional bypass.
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How Does Mini Gastric Bypass Differ from Traditional Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Regular gastric bypass surgery involves more intestinal rerouting. Instead of making two anastomoses, or connections in the small intestine, your bariatric surgeon will only make one anastomosis that connects the new, smaller gastric pouch to the upper portion of the jejunum, the middle section of the small intestine, allowing food and digestive juices to mix sooner. This bariatric treatment allows the body to absorb more nutrients than regular gastric bypass surgery. Mini gastric bypass takes about 50 minutes less to perform than Roux-en-Y.

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What Does The Procedure Entail?

Like all bariatric surgeries coordinated by the Tijuana Bariatric Center, our doctors perform mini bypass surgery laparoscopically. Unlike open surgery, laparoscopic procedures use a fiber optic camera to guide the surgery, performed through four or five small incisions. This advanced technique minimizes postoperative discomfort, speeds recovery, and reduces scarring.

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery Step-by-Step

  1. Anesthesia – To begin, anesthesia will be administered. This will allow you to enter a completely relaxed, unconscious state for the remainder of the procedure.
  2. Division of the Stomach – To dramatically restrict the stomach’s capacity, your surgeon will divide the organ into an upper and lower pouch.
  3. Reshaping of the Stomach – The upper portion is reshaped into a long thin tube that can hold a little less than a cup of food and is sealed off from the remainder of the stomach.
  4. Rerouting of the Digestive Tract – The newly reshaped stomach is then attached to the small intestine and your incisions will be carefully closed.
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Your Recovery Process

Typically, you will remain in the hospital in Tijuana, Mexico for about two to three days after mini gastric bypass surgery so that our medical team can monitor your vitals and progress. When you may be able to leave, you will still need to rest for a few days.

Above all else, it is essential that you closely follow your doctor's recovery recommendations. You should begin light walking at the beginning and the end of the day once you can stand. Additionally, you will need to follow the post-op diet, starting with liquids and then slowly reintroducing solid foods. Typically, patients return to work after about a week at home.

The Risks of Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

The risks are similar to a traditional gastric bypass with regard to infection and adverse side effects. There is also the risk that the weight loss will not be as dramatic as it would be with a traditional gastric bypass, requiring additional treatment. We will discuss the risks and benefits of mini gastric bypass in greater depth during your personalized weight loss consultation. Rest assured that our team has over a decade of expertise in the bariatric field and will be able to guide you toward the best course of action in your individual case.

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Tips for Successful Weight Loss

Even after reaching your weight loss goal, you must maintain a healthy lifestyle. Reverting to old habits like overeating can halt weight loss and possibly even reverse the effects of your bariatric surgery.

To continue enjoying the results of your surgery and experience long-term success, you should:

Develop a healthy relationship with food by seeing a nutritionist
Communicate with the Tijuana Bariatric Center follow-up doctor
Commit to a healthier lifestyle through regular exercise

Patients who coordinate their treatment through Tijuana Bariatric Center receive regular support through our network of doctors so that they are taken care of throughout their weight loss journey.

Tijuana Bariatric Center – Dedicated to Medical Tourism Excellence

By undergoing your weight loss surgery through Tijuana Bariatric Center, you will receive unparalleled care:

  • Our current infection rate is 0%
  • Our facilities are held to the same stringent safety standards as those in the U.S.
  • You will receive stunning results at affordable prices
  • We provide ethical and compassionate care

To schedule your consultation, complete a request online or call 1-800-970-0577.

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