Gastric Sleeve Plication Surgery in Tijuana

Excess weight can undermine your health and leave you feeling self-conscious, lowering your overall quality of life and self-esteem. At Tijuana Bariatric Center in Tijuana, Mexico, we offer gastric sleeve plication to cut your appetite in half for dramatic results.

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What is Gastric Sleeve Plication?

An innovative, restrictive bariatric procedure, gastric sleeve plication surgery reduces the size of the stomach by creating an internal fold in the organ. Capacity is cut by about 75 percent, allowing patients to satisfy their hunger much faster with considerably less food. 

Unlike gastric bypass surgery or gastric sleeve surgery, gastric sleeve plication surgery does not require the rerouting or re-sectioning of the digestive tract. Because healthy tissue is sutured together rather than removed, patients can lose weight quickly without permanently compromising their digestive ability.

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Assessing Your Candidacy

Gastric sleeve plication surgery is recommended for patients who…

  • Have not had success with diet and exercise – Surgeons typically only recommend weight loss surgery for patients who have previously tried to lose weight through diet and exercise, with little to no success.
  • Have a BMI over 34 – Patients with a BMI (body mass index) over 34 or a BMI of 32 with co-morbidities are considered the best candidates, but those with lower or higher BMIs have reported satisfying outcomes, as well.
  • Suffer from weight-related health conditions – In addition, if you suffer from any weight-related health issues, like obstructive sleep apnea or type II diabetes, gastric sleeve plication surgery can help to alleviate your symptoms.
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What Are the Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Plication in Tijuana?

  • Significant Weight Loss – Although the results are not typically as dramatic as other types of bariatric procedures, this surgery can help patients lose up to 30 to 55 percent of excess weight. Losing weight can improve overall health.
  • Revisable Surgery – Gastric sleeve plication does not remove or reorganize any portion of the digestive tract. As a result, it is much easier to revise or even reverse the outcome if there are unwanted side effects or the results do not satisfy the patient’s goals or needs.
  • Lower Risk – Using biocompatible sutures significantly reduces the possibility of both rejection and infection. Additionally, the body's ability to absorb calories is not compromised, so there is a considerably lower risk of nutritional deficiency.
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Spotlight on Dr. Fernando Garcia Bariatric Pioneer and Specialist

Treatment Approach

Dr. Garcia is among the only practitioners in North America currently performing gastric sleeve plication, as it requires a unique set of precision-based skills. With over a decade of performing successful bariatric procedures for thousands of patients, he considers his work not just a career but a calling. Dr. Garcia has traversed his own weight loss journey and understands firsthand how daunting and emotionally taxing the process can be. That is why he has created a multifaceted treatment paradigm that includes not just surgery but also education, nutritional counseling, access to online support groups, and extensive email follow-up.

Training and Background

Dr. Garcia has extensive expertise in bariatric surgery, having completed several prestigious Fellowships in gastric sleeve surgery, minimally invasive gastric bypass surgery, and LAP-Band procedures. His Licensed Physician Degree was obtained from Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo and he completed his residency in General Surgery at Hospital General (General Hospital), endorsed by Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC). He presently serves as a professor of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and has been on staff for over a decade at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. 

Dr. Fernando Garcia is a wonderful surgeon. Very gentle, little to no bruising. Tomorrow will be one week since my surgery and my incisions almost completely healed, even where the drain tube was. Dr. Garcia has a wonderful bedside manner, very soft spoken and caring. I highly recommend him. In fact, my mom and my daughter are both saving money to have the procedure done and they will both be requesting Dr. Garcia.

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What Will My Surgery Entail?

Once you are cleared for weight loss surgery, here is what you can expect in four simple steps.

  • Arrival – You will arrive at the state-of-the-art hospital, which is equipped with a cafeteria, recovery room and sofa bed, internet, and safety deposit boxes in every room.
  • Sedation – On the day of surgery, you will be given general anesthesia to help you slip into unconsciousness while the surgeon performs the laparoscopic procedure.
  • Surgery – Through several small incisions, the bariatric surgeon will create an internal fold in the stomach, reducing its capacity by 75 percent.
  • Recovery – Once your incisions are sutured, you will return to your recovery room for monitoring. Most patients are ready to go home within one or two days of the procedure.

Potential Risks

Despite the benefits of gastric sleeve plication, patients should be aware of the potential risks associated with the surgery. Because it is a relatively new procedure, the lasting effects are not well-known yet. Weight loss is typically gradual, and more pronounced over time. Recovery may also take longer than with other gastric surgeries. Be sure to discuss your options with your surgeon to ensure that you receive the best treatment for your goals.

Advanced Care Minimizes Risks

Due to the technical difficulty of this procedure, only a select number of bariatric surgeons in North America can perform it. With extensive training in gastric sleeve plication surgery, Dr. Garcia is proud to offer this advanced technique to his patients at affordable rates. Because the Tijuana Bariatric Center network of surgeons performs every procedure using the latest techniques, the facility where bariatric procedures are performed has a 0% infection rate.

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High-End Technology at Affordable Prices

Many patients who want to undergo weight loss surgeries like gastric sleeve plication cannot do so because of cost or because they are worried about undergoing surgery in a foreign country. Rest assured, the Tijuana Bariatrics network of doctors performs each procedure using the same advanced technology as American doctors. Every bariatric surgery is performed with a laparoscope—a tool that allows the doctor to perform surgery through several small incisions. This minimally invasive technique makes surgery more efficient and reduces the risk of complications.

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

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