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Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

Gastric sleeve weight loss surgery in Mexico can help change your life.

Gastric sleeve weight loss surgery in Mexico can change your life. Excess body weight can make your entire life more difficult and increase your risk of serious health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure. If you cannot lose weight with diet and exercise alone, gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana may help you achieve the desired results. The price of sleeve gastrectomy in Mexico is affordable, so why not change your life and begin your weight loss journey here?

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Gastric sleeve weight loss surgery can change your life. Excess body weight can make your entire life more difficult and increase your risk of serious health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure. If you cannot lose weight with diet and exercise alone, gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana may help you achieve the desired results. The price of sleeve gastrectomy in Mexico is affordable, so why not change your life and begin your weight loss journey here?

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is a lower-risk bariatric procedure than gastric bypass. It only alters the stomach and doesn't reroute the small intestines. Patients experience a substantially lower risk of potential complications than other weight loss surgeries like gastric bypass or duodenal switch. Yet, most patients achieve their weight loss goals. The amount of weight loss varies. However, you can typically expect to lose about 60% to 70% percent of your excess weight when you undergo gastric sleeve surgery. Reducing your BMI can help you achieve an improved quality of life. You'll have more self-confidence when you can once again participate in sports, walk and enjoy time with your family.

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

The gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy or VSG, is a bariatric procedure that induces weight loss by reducing the size of your stomach. The word "gastrectomy" means removing part of the stomach. The gastric sleeve operation removes about 75-85% of your stomach, leaving behind a tubular “sleeve” about the size and shape of a banana. Stomach capacity is reduced from about a quart to four ounces. What remains carries out all necessary functions like digestion, acid secretion, etc. No rerouting of the intestines occurs, so you completely digest food and absorb nutrients.

Elizabeth Hilton Gastric SleeveWhat Does Gastric Sleeve Do?

Following vertical sleeve gastrectomy, you can only eat small amounts of food. Reducing the size of your stomach will make you feel fuller more quickly. But the procedure serves another purpose: it removes part of the stomach that produces the hunger hormone Ghrelin so that you will feel less hungry in general. The remainder of calories needed come from fat stored in the body, resulting in weight loss. As a result, your body will begin to use stored fat, resulting in rapid, significant weight loss. The reduced amount of Ghrelin also may help to prevent the impulses that cause patients to regain lost weight.

How Common is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

The gastric sleeve is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery in the United States and worldwide. More than half of bariatric procedures performed in the U.S. annually are sleeve gastrectomies. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), more than half of bariatric surgery procedures in the United States were gastric sleeve, with gastric bypass a distant second. The total number of gastric sleeve operations performed annually in 2020, the last year for which statistics are available, was 122,000, yet only about 1% of people who qualify and would benefit from the surgery actually get it. 

All bariatric surgery is restrictive as it decreases the size of the stomach and, therefore, reduces portion size in obese patients who desire to lose weight. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center in Tijuana, Mexico, performs a variety of weight loss procedures that are restrictive only or restrictive and malabsorptive. Significant research indicates that bariatric surgery also reduces Ghrelin. Gastric sleeve surgery, one of our most popular options, reduces plasma Ghrelin, so patients have decreased appetite.

Gastric Sleeve and the Reduction of the Hunger Hormone

What is Ghrelin, and What Does it Do?

Made in the fundus area of the stomach, Ghrelin is referred to as the “hunger hormone” because it awakens the appetite, increasing food intake. In fact, it can increase appetite by up to 30% when given as a synthetic hormone.

A section of the brain also produces small amounts of Ghrelin, possibly affecting the amygdala, the region involved in reward processing. Therefore, this hormone may be partially responsible for the emotional aspects of overeating. It also affects the hypothalamus, the area of the brain crucial to the control of appetite. The small intestine and pancreas are two other areas that produce small amounts Ghrelin.

Ghrelin stimulates the release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland. This hormone has protective effects on the cardiovascular system and plays a role in controlling insulin release.

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How Ghrelin Levels Can Affect Obesity

In general, you would expect obese individuals to have a higher level of Ghrelin than those who are not overweight. However, this is not necessarily true. Ghrelin levels are usually lower in obese individuals. The difference is obese individuals are typically much more sensitive to the hormone.

Ghrelin levels increase after dieting, possibly explaining why diet-induced weight loss can be difficult to maintain.

How Gastric Sleeve Affects Ghrelin Levels

Research has repeatedly suggested that bariatric surgery is the most effective, long-term solution for obesity. Individuals who have lost weight after their gastric sleeve procedure consistently have lower Ghrelin levels than individuals who primarily lost weight through diet and exercise alone.

Gastric sleeve surgery works so well because the fundus, the portion of the stomach responsible for the majority of Ghrelin secretion, is removed. Therefore, in addition to eating less due to reduced capacity, patients also eat less because the hunger signals are not as strong.

Results vary because all gastric sleeve patients are unique. Plasma Ghrelin levels decrease significantly from the post-operative day and last for more than 24 months following gastric sleeve surgery, which is why excess weight loss can be up to 60% in the six to 18 months following gastric sleeve surgery.

As a result, even if the brain calls for an increase in Ghrelin production, the body won’t be able to produce more of the hormone. Over time, the body will begin to adapt, and Ghrelin levels may increase, leading to weight gain.

Is Ghrelin Reduction Permanent?

While one patient may have a large portion of the stomach removed, another patient may only have a small segment removed, directly affecting the amount of Ghrelin production. It is also possible for the cells in the fundus that produce Ghrelin to grow back at some point, though this does not occur until at least two years after the procedure. Therefore, it is essential to make the necessary preparations as you continue on your weight loss journey.

Other Weight Loss Considerations

Ghrelin reduction is not the only element when it comes to bariatric surgery. Other factors, such as reduced stomach size, exercise plan, and emotional health, all come into play for the long-term success of your treatment. Therefore, if you do not experience a decrease in appetite following your surgery, it is not a cause for concern. Your experienced team of doctors can help you design a personalized dietary plan that will help you succeed. 

Our bariatric surgeons use minimally invasive techniques to perform gastric sleeve surgery

Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery Provides Several Advantages

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open surgery. The use of a special camera called a laparoscope allows your bariatric surgeon to perform the procedure through several smaller incisions instead of a single large one. This can reduce your risk of infections and hernias and minimize recovery time and discomfort.*

Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico

Has a Very Low Complication Rate*

How long does gastric sleeve surgery take? Generally, our board-certified bariatric surgeons perform laparoscopic vertical sleeve surgery in about an hour.

In Addition to Weight Loss,

Gastric Sleeve Can Improve:

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Gastric Sleeve Tijuana Complications and Side Effects

As with all surgery procedures, weight loss gastric sleeve surgery carries some risks, including:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Breathing problems
  • Leaks from the stomach where it was cut

sleeve gastrectomyIn rare cases, patients may have to undergo gastric sleeve revision surgery to repair a leak.

What Happens During a Gastric Sleeve Procedure?

You'll receive anesthesia to put you in a relaxed and comfortable state before your surgery. Next, our certified bariatric surgeon will create several small incisions and insert the camera to guide the procedure. You will have a large portion of your stomach removed and then reshaped into a vertical sleeve.

What to Expect from Gastric Sleeve Surgery Tijuana Recovery

Patients who have undergone laparoscopic gastric sleeve usually return to work after about two to three weeks. Yet, a full recovery can take six months or longer. During your recovery, you will gradually begin to eat new foods, starting with a clear liquid diet. You will also slowly increase your activity level. Our doctors recommend walking slowly at first and gradually increasing your steps. As you heal, you can start including low aerobic activity. After about three to six months, you can establish a more rigorous exercise routine.

Always keep in mind that the adjustment period can be difficult for your mind and body. Avoid doing too much too soon. Our medical staff can guide you through your recovery and help you move through each phase when ready.

The most substantial weight loss results come from those who have defined goals and a commitment to a post-operative diet and lifestyle.

Many Patients Achieve Their Weight Loss Goals Through Vertical Gastric Sleeve Surgery*

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What Kinds of Gastric Sleeve Results Can I Expect from Tijuana Bariatric Center?

Successful gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, often has an enormous impact on patients' quality of life. Potential benefits include:

  • Rapid weight loss: In as little as four to six months, patients often shed as much as half their weight.
  • Reduced appetite: The combination of a smaller stomach and the absence of the ghrelin hormone leaves you satisfied with smaller portions of food.
  • Lowered risk: Because gastric sleeve surgery only restricts the size of your stomach, chances of complications, such as infection or compromised digestive ability, are substantially reduced.

Tijuana Bariatric Center can guide you in the lifestyle changes you will need to maintain after your procedure. Your nutritionist will instruct you on healthy eating habits and more, ensuring the very best results.

Understanding Your Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Commitment

While bariatric surgery can seem like a simple solution, you should understand the commitment it requires. Gastric sleeve is only the beginning of your weight loss journey. The most satisfied and successful weight loss surgery patients are also committed to healthy lifestyle changes, including routine exercise and a mindful post-op diet. If your habits do not change, gastric sleeve procedure results will be short-lived.

To help you keep up with these changes, Tijuana Bariatric Center ensures your care does not end when you walk out of the hospital. Your nutritionist will instruct you on healthy post-op eating habits and more after your bariatric surgery in Mexico. In the months after the procedure, you can take part in remote follow-up appointments. Our private Facebook support group can keep you motivated to maintain your results.

An Effective Treatment for Obesity*

"Bariatric surgery has been shown to be the most effective and durable treatment for morbid obesity."

*According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

*Disclaimer: results are not guaranteed, may not be permanent, and can vary per individual. 

Who are Good Bariatric Surgery Patients?

Certain Factors Can Affect Qualifications for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

You Have Already Tried Conservative Methods

Before considering bariatric surgery in Mexico, our bariatric surgery center highly recommends that you try lifestyle changes. You should exhaust conservative options, like strict diet modifications and exercise first.
High Body Mass Index (BMI)

You should have a BMI of 34 or above. You also qualify if you are at 32 BMI and suffer from weight-related comorbidities such as obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart or kidney disease, or type 2 diabetes. Undergoing gastric sleeve can be an effective way to reclaim your health.

Minimum Age

For vertical sleeve gastrectomy or any other bariatric surgery options, gastric sleeve patients should be 18 years or older. These procedures are not FDA-approved for younger patients.

Suited For:

To be a good candidate for sleeve gastrectomy surgery, you must have a BMI greater than 40 or a BMI in the 35-39.9 range accompanied by hypertension, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease or hyperlipidemia. Typically, you will be 100 pounds or more above your ideal weight.

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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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