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Vertical Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana – Affordable Packages

Gastric sleeve is the gold standard for weight loss surgery and restricts the capacity of the stomach to hold food. This results in weight loss. Tijuana, a border city south of the US-Mexico border, offers alluring packages for Americans and Canadians.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy - Diagram

Many of you may ask why gastric sleeve in Tijuana, Mexico and why not the USA or Canada. Because of the following:

Price – Less Than $4,000 for Bariatric Sleeve in Tijuana

Increasing healthcare expenses in the USA compel many Americans and Canadians to cross the border to Mexico. One can save almost 70% on bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico. According to Obesity News Today, the average cost of a sleeve gastrectomy is $19,000 in the US. Our sleeve packages starts from $3,995 which is one-third the prices in the US and Canada. (Terms and conditions apply; contact us for the latest information.)

Gastric Sleeve Price Comparison - US and Mexico

Quality Health Care

Medical care surpasses that available in the USA with equally competent surgeons and staff.

Proximity to the USA

Many Americans cross into Mexico for affordable medical care. Tijuana lies less than thirty minutes from San Diego and more than 300 million people cross the San Ysidro entry port in San Diego, north of the US-Mexico border each year making it the busiest border in the world.

Why Mexico Health for Vertical Sleeve?

We strive to provide patients with comfort and ease right from the first consultation to the last follow-up visit. Our dedicated case managers also provide assistance in:

  • Travel documents
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Both pre and post-surgery follow-up
  • Hotel stay and concierge services – we provide complimentary pick and drop as part of the package (terms and conditions apply)

We also provide the following services:

  • Consultation with a US-registered dietitian with experience in nutrition for weight loss surgery patients (both pre- and post-op gastric sleeve)
  • Free access to our Informative Webinars and Support Group moderated by the bariatric dietitian
  • Destination manager, who will take care of all your needs once you are in TJ
  • Bilingual staff
  • Post-op x-ray and other reports

Many Positive Reviews

Another reason for choosing Mexico Health is client satisfaction. Hear what Peddy from Birmingham, Alabama, US has to say in her review of gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico. She chose TJ as her insurance would not cover the procedure. Prices in TJ are substantially lower than in other parts of North America.

Obesity Consequencies

Obesity can result in life-threatening medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.

Aren’t the following figures compiled by the State of Obesity alarming?

Obesity Statistics in the United States - Infographic

Mexico Health gives you a chance to not become a number by offering quality yet affordable vertical sleeve gastrectomy in TJ.

Do You Qualify for Gastric Sleeve?

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) is an effective way to lose weight. However, it is not a quick-fix for weight loss. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) people with following can be considered a candidate for bariatric treatments:

  • A BMI that exceeds 40 or more (super obese)
  • BMI between 35 and 40 (severely obese) and other obesity related health problems

Open and Laparoscopic Surgery

Gastric sleeve may either be performed as an open procedure or laparoscopically. Open surgery involves making a large incision in the abdomen to perform the surgery, whereas laparoscopic or keyhole surgery eliminates the need for large incisions. Instead multiple incisions (half to one cm) are made.

Open Surgery Post-op Hospital Stay
A single incision opens the abdomen, providing access to abdominal cavity. Incision length varies from 3-5 inches More pain post-operatively as compared to laparoscopic surgery 5-7 days in the hospital

 

Laparoscopic Surgery Post-op Hospital Stay
Multiple incisions of half to one cm are made in the abdominal wall and camera and surgical instruments are inserted through them Less pain due to small incisions 2-3 days in the hospital

 

The following figure based on a report by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) shows that in 2013 sleeve gastrectomy became the most performed bariatric surgery in the US1.

ASMBS Report Vertical Sleeve - Infographic

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Explained

  • Gastric sleeve surgery is an irreversible procedure in which 85 percent of the stomach is removed leaving a sleeve-like portion behind which can hold upto 10-15 ounces of food. The procedure does not require any implantable devices or re-routing of the intestines.
  • Patients who undergo this weight loss surgery get full faster and lose weight quickly. It involves less pain and a quicker recovery time with lower rate of complications than gastric bypass.
  • In combination with surgery, leading an active, healthy lifestyle, eating right and commitment to losing weight will help you achieve the desired results.

Some Major Benefits of LSG:

  • Reduction in stomach size without malabsorption
  • Unlike gastric band, no adjustments are to be made
  • No unknown object is implanted in the body
  • Part of the stomach which produces hunger stimulating hormone Ghrelin is also removed so it becomes difficult to overeat
  • Rapid weight loss initially that is sustainable and comfortable to the body
  • Less risk of infection or other complications as compared to other bariatric surgeries
  • Most patients lose 30–50% of their excess weight within the first 12 months of the operation
  • Reduction in various co-morbidities including diabetes mellitus type 22

Diabetes Remission after Gastric Sleeve

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After the Procedure

How will LSG help me lose weight? The stomach is only one-third in size to the original. Ghrelin, the hunger stimulating hormone is also removed, thus, you feel less hungry. Both these factors contribute in weight loss.

 

How much weight will I be able to reduce? A 2016 published report by Keleidari B, Mahmoudie M and colleagues states the acceptable EWL% with a 6-year EWL% is over 50%3.

Weight Loss Progression - Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Post Gastric Sleeve Body Mass Index 

What is to be eaten after surgery? Immediately after the surgery, the surgeon will advise you to take clear, smooth liquids and avoid tea or coffee. Diet after gastric sleeve surgery includes the following:

 

Clear liquids Pureed food Soft diet Avoid snacking between meals.

Avoid drinking during meals.

Avoid high-calorie drinks such as cola and sweetened juices

Unsweetened apple juice, orange juice, soup Eat small portions four to five times a day Continue with cereals mixed with skimmed milk
Keep yourself hydrated by having lots of liquid Fruit shakes mixed with skimmed milk Low-fat Yogurt
Sugar-free jell-o Cooked cereals like oatmeal and grits Mashed potato, porridge
Skimmed milk Unsweetened applesauce Chopped lean meat, toasted bread
Fat-free cheese Soft fish, canned chicken
Whom do I contact after the surgery? Contact Mexico Health in case you have a query. You can contact us at +1-214-431-5153. You will also be put in touch with your bariatric surgeon for follow-ups.
Why should I avoid starchy and sugary foods post-op? To optimize long term weight loss.
Is taking vitamins necessary after the surgery? Initially you may not be able to consume all food types and may only manage to have small portions. Your diet may not be able to provide you with required nutrients, so consuming multi-vitamins is recommended.
Will sleeve gastrectomy help reduce other problems such as cholesterol and diabetes? A study published in the year 2015 by Çetinkünar S, Erdem H, Aktimur R states LSG significantly reduces cholesterol and insulin levels4.

 Nutritional Guidelines

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Obesity Society, and the ASMBS have issued the following micronutrient guidelines specific for VSG5:

Micronutrient Recommendation
Protein Minimum of 60 g/day
Fluids More than 1.5 l/day
Fruits & vegetables Five daily servings
Concentrated sweets Eliminate completely
Multivitamin/multi-mineral containing iron, folic acid, and thiamine Two tablets (daily value not indicated)
Calcium citrate 1,200 to 1,500 mg/day
Vitamin D 3,000 or more units to titrate lab result to more than 30 ng/mL
Vitamin B12 Sublingual, subcutaneous, intramuscular, or orally as needed to maintain normal levels
Iron 45 to 60 mg via multivitamins and additional supplements

Disclaimer – The above mentioned are only recommendations, and each patient should be assessed individually for more specific needs. 

Be sure to avoid very sugary or fried foods such as:
Candies, chocolates, sweets
Molasses, cakes
Doughnuts, fried foods
Ice-cream, alcohol
Some generic guidelines:
Consume 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day
Eat bit by bit and chew properly
Continue with your vitamin and mineral supplements every day
AVOID RED MEATS
Avoid nuts

 

Eat food from all food groups such as:
Dairy:

Skimmed milk
Fat-free yogurt
Low-fat cottage cheese
Protein:

Egg whites
Cream of wheat made with skimmed milk
Dried beans
Soft fish and chicken

Exercise

According to Mayo Clinic, “Exercise controls weight and improves mood. It combats various health conditions and promotes better sleep.” You can try walking or cycling when you have a short distance to cover. Use the stairs rather than using the lift or escalator.

Your surgery will be performed at a fully equipped hospital with contemporary facilities and dedicated staff to look after you throughout your weight loss journey. Contact us now for a free quote on gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana.

Get more information and a FREE Bariatric Surgery Estimate by filling in the quote-form on the website.

References:

  1. http://connect.asmbs.org/may-2014-bariatric-surgery-growth.html
  2. http://asmbs.org/resources/sleeve-gastrectomy-as-a-bariatric-procedure?/2012/06/sleeve-gastrectomy-as-a-bariatric-procedure-update/#sthash.SwN7tQAk.dpuf
  3. Keleidari B, Mahmoudie M, Anaraki AG, Shahraki MS, Jamalouee SD, Gharzi M, Mohtashampour F. Six month-follow up of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Adv Biomed Res 2016; 5:49 http://www.advbiores.net/article.asp?issn=2277-9175;year=2016;volume=5;issue=1;spage=49;epage=49;aulast=Keleidari
  4. Çetinkünar S, Erdem H, Aktimur R, et al. The effect of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on morbid obesity and obesity-related comorbidities: A cohort study.Turkish Journal of Surgery/Ulusal cerrahi dergisi. 2015;31(4):202-206. doi:10.5152/UCD.2015.2993. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4674040/ reduction in comorbidities in LSG
  5. Mechanick JI, Youdim A, Jones DB, et al. Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Perioperative Nutritional, Metabolic, and Nonsurgical Support of the Bariatric Surgery Patient—2013 Update: Cosponsored by American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md). 2013;21(0 1):S1-27. doi:10.1002/oby.20461. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4142593/