Gastric sleeve surgery is considered a type of bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery involves altering your stomach to help you lose weight. Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most efficient and safest bariatric surgeries available.
During gastric sleeve surgery, five small 1/2 to 1-inch incisions are created, which allows an accomplished surgeon to close off approximately 70% to 80% of your stomach. Your remaining stomach is shaped like a long thin banana or sleeve and will be able to hold 100 to 150 mL of food or liquid. That’s why the procedure is known as “gastric sleeve surgery”. The digestive system continues as normal and calories, nutrients and minerals are fully absorbed into the body.
This smaller stomach allows you to feel full more quickly. In other words, those pesky hunger pangs will be reduced. This process is called restriction, meaning that it reduces the amount that your stomach can hold at each sitting. You still absorb nutrients as you normally would, and eating is as simple and pleasurable as it was before you underwent the procedure.
After a quick recovery time, you will be enjoying life again, without the stress of that excess weight.
Is Gastric Sleeve in Mexico Safe?
Dr. Alejandro Lopez is an accomplished physician and performs more sleeve gastrectomies than any other type of bariatric surgery. He has overseen over 6,000 bariatric surgery procedures since 2005 and has many satisfied patients.
Sleeve gastrectomies have the highest success rate of the different weight loss surgeries, so this procedure is an excellent choice for most patients.
Even better, the procedure is performed with minimally invasive laparoscopes – small, illuminated tubes that are equipped with cameras and attached to a computer screen. Then extremely tiny tools are inserted to do the work. These incisions are made as small as possible to avoid scarring. Once the laparoscopes are inside the body, Alo Bariatrics's surgeons staples the stomach together to create the vertical sleeve.
After years of experience, ALO Bariatrics’s surgeons uses a technique that reduces leak risk by 99%, this technique consists of duplicating the complete staple line with a high resistance, non-absorbable suture. This technique is what ALO Bariatric calls “staple line reinforcement”, which has proven to be very effective over many years. Three different tests are performed to assure there are not any leaks. This procedure is very safe and side effects are generally minimal.
How Long is the Surgery and Recovery?
A sleeve gastrectomy typically takes 60 minutes or less, and usually involves one to two nights hospital stay, which is precautionary. Fortunately, ALO Bariatrics in Mexico is a modern care facility with all of the latest amenities. Our trained staff will check on you constantly to ensure your comfort and well-being. ALO Bariatrics medical staff will also conduct a follow-up exam before you’re released to ensure that you are tolerating liquids, and that you will have a good outcome and recovery.
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve
Though Sleeve Gastrectomy has dramatic results, it is not an immediate fix or a miracle cure. Proper diet and exercise are essential for weight loss. It is highly recommended that you try changing diet and exercising regularly before undergoing gastric sleeve surgery. However, if you have tried changing diet, along with exercise, and those lifestyle changes haven’t helped by themselves, gastric sleeve surgery can be effective. Some of the possible benefits to gastric sleeve surgery may be:
Losing 30 to 50% of your total body weight in 6 months to 3 years
Controlling dangerous conditions such as sleep apnea, and diabetes
Improved self-esteem due to more energy and interest in health
Enjoyment of physical activities
You may find yourself enjoying a life you never thought possible before gastric sleeve surgery.
Are You a Candidate?
Sleeve gastrectomy has a proven success rate and can greatly improve the lives of certain patients. You may be a good candidate for the procedure if:
You are between the ages of 18 and 65
You have a BMI of 35 or greater
You have a BMI of 30 or greater, plus a serious medical condition like diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, or heart disease
You are willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes for the procedure to be successful, including diet and exercise
When is gastric sleeve contraindicated on a patient?
If the patient suffers severe acid reflux, gastric sleeve is contraindicated, and bypass would be their best option. Gastric sleeve shape is like a tube, and it causes pressure on it, this can increase acid reflux symptoms.
If the patient has an esophageal motility disorder or another esophageal disease, such as barrett's esophagus, gastric sleeve is contraindicated as symptoms can increase, and the best option in this cases would be gastric bypass.
Contact Us Today
If you are interested in learning more about gastric sleeve surgery, or bariatric surgery in general, Contact us today
. Dr. Alejandro Lopez or one of ALO Bariatrics's skilled surgeons will be happy to provide you with an initial consultation to discuss your eligibility and options. We have multiple facilities located in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta so finding a clinic to serve your needs is even easier.
Consider this a new opportunity to enjoy your life. ALO Bariatrics is a leading bariatric surgery practice in Mexico offering weight loss surgery procedures to those suffering from obesity. Contact ALO Bariatrics for a Healthier Body and Life!