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Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana, Mexico

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The exorbitant cost of bariatric surgery in their local hospitals causes many obese Americans and Canadians to look for affordable gastric sleeve in Mexico.

With Mexican hospitals realizing the potential in foreign markets, the treatments and hospital standards are almost similar, and most people end up saving around 40-70 percent on the treatment costs. Tijuana, being just across the border, is a popular destination for many gastric sleeve surgery seekers. Here’s what you need to know.

Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana

How much does Gastric Sleeve Cost in Tijuana – Mexico?

With the special packages in place, gastric sleeve surgery prices begin from $3,995 in Tijuana, Mexico, as opposed to $14,900 in the United States. The packages are inclusive of:
 

Gastric Sleeve Package Inclusions
Surgical team feesPre- and post-op labs
2-night hotel and hospital stayGround transportation
Pre- and post-op nutritionist programMedications
Aftercare/nutritionFree phone calls to US & Canada
Food ordering assistance for guestsPost-op support through email and phone

 
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A unique effect of gastric sleeve surgery is reduced production of the hunger-inducing hormone called ghrelin. The result — a greatly reduced appetite.

Success Stories

Mexico Bariatric Services has helped hundreds find success with vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Check out this review video in which one of our clients, Milissa, talks about her 92-lb weight loss journey:
 


Disclaimer: Weight loss results may vary. We do not guarantee any specific results.

What Steps are Involved in the Procedure?

This is a non-reversible surgery in which 85% of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a tube-like structure with much smaller capacity. The reduced size of the stomach greatly reduces the amount of food an individual can consume and gradually brings about the desired weight-loss.

  • The first step involves determining if you are a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery.
  • If you qualify for surgery, you will have to pick a suitable date and make travel arrangements for Tijuana (for which we could assist you completely).
  • You will have to follow the liver shrinking pre-gastric sleeve diet for a few days to reduce the size of the liver in order to make it easy for the surgeons to carry out the procedure.
  • Once you arrive in Tijuana, you will have to undergo a series of pre-operative tests prior to your surgery, including:
     

    Pre-op Gastric Sleeve Tests
    Blood Levels & Blood SugarHeart Function (electrocardiography or ECG)
    Kidney Function (electrolyte, urea, creatinine)Liver Function

     

  • After getting the doctor’s green signal, your surgery will begin.
  • 3-5 tiny incisions will be made in the abdominal wall.

Gastric Sleeve Procedure - Incisions

  • Through these incisions, high precision surgical instruments called trocars will be inserted in the stomach cavity.
  • After inspection, the blood vessels on the lateral side of the stomach will be divided.
  • This will be followed by the insertion of a bougie (a measuring device that resembles a tube and acts as a guide for the surgeon to create a sleeve by creating a bulge) into the stomach.
Our bariatric surgeon in Tijuana uses a 38 fr bougie (1 fr = 0.3 millimeter) for making the sleeve. This bougie is 1 milimeter less than its 40 fr version used by other surgeons.
  • The surgeon will begin stapling the stomach from the pylorus; this will result in the division of the stomach.
  • The excised bigger portion is almost 75-80% of the original stomach.
  • This portion will then be decompressed and removed from one of the incisions.
  • After removing the instruments, the incisions will be closed.
  • Your new stapled, banana-shaped stomach will have a gastric volume of just a quarter of the original.
  • A day after the surgery you will have to undergo the following tests to rule out leaks from the gastric sleeve and to establish the integrity of the sutures:
     

    Post-op Gastric Sleeve Tests
    Barium Swallow TestBubble Test
    RadiographyHigh Pressure Methylene Blue Leak Test (HPMB)

     

  • You will spend a couple of nights at the hospital and after an additional night in the hotel, you will be fit to fly out of Tijuana.

How Many Days will it Take?

 

Surgery DurationNights in HospitalNights in HotelBack to Work
1-1.5 Hours2 Nights1-2 nights2 to 3 Weeks

 

How to get there?

You can either directly fly down to Tijuana or to the San Diego International Airport and take the road to Tijuana. Mexico Bariatric Services provides free pick-up from the airport to all its VSG clients.


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Hotel Stay

Two night FREE hotel stay depending on the hospital you choose for your surgery.

Border Crossing

From the United States, you will have to cross the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego to enter Tijuana. The port of entry is open 24*7. For average wait times, click here.

Did you know?

San Ysidro is the busiest land border crossing in the world! At least 50 million people cross the border every year. Source: BBC

Tijuana San-Diego

 

What to Expect from Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Patients who undergo vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) can expect certain outcomes of the surgery, some of which are:

Average Excess Weight Loss (EWL) After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

According to Sepúlveda and colleagues1 (2017), the mean excess weight loss (%EWL) after gastric sleeve surgery was as follows:
 

1 year – 93.2%5 years – 70.6%
3 years – 80.7%7 years – 51.7%

Excess Weight Loss After Sleeve Gastrectomy 2017
The actual weight lost varies from patient to patient as it depends upon the individual’s health before the surgery and also his ability to comply with the suggested guidelines post surgery.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results may vary. We do not guarantee any specific results.

Change in Appetite

  • According to Reza Hoda MA, et al2, gastric sleeve surgery involves resection of the stomach fundus. This is the principal area where ghrelin, the hormone that incites hunger, is produced.
  • This results in weight loss which can be termed as “superior” when compared to the outcomes of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.

Reduced Craving for Fatty Foods

  • Many people who undergo vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery claim to have reduced cravings for fatty foods.
  • Because the stomach has a harder time digesting overly fatty foods after the surgery, patients tend to stop craving such foods.
  • This of course is a good thing as eating less fat results in weight loss and a healthier body!
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Improvement in Diabetes

  • According to Eisenberg and colleagues3, morbidly obese diabetic patients show high rates of diabetes remission, post gastric sleeve surgery.
  • Lap sleeve gastrectomy patients also show improvement in other diseases concomitant with obesity such as heart diseases, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol levels.

Coping with Hair Loss

Temporary hair loss is a common side effect of gastric sleeve and usually occurs 6 to 12 weeks through surgery. This happens due to decreased protein and calorie intake. Some things that can be done in this regard increase calorie intake to 1,000 and regularly take multi-vitamins.

Bariatric surgeries are known to cause telogen effluvium in which the hair roots go into a temporary resting state. Since there is no damage to the follicle, hair eventually grows back.

Gastric sleeve surgery is the most popular of bariatric surgeries. It has the potential of bringing about significant weight-loss and grant you a new, much-healthier life.

Risks and Complications

Just like any other surgery, sleeve gastrectomy has its share of risks and complications, some of which are listed below:
 

Acid reflux/GERDRisks related to anesthesia
Chronic nauseaObstruction in the stomach
VomitingProblems with eating certain foods
Dilated esophagusInadequate weight loss; weight regain

 

Other Useful Links
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Gastric Sleeve Post-Op DietReal Mexico Gastric Sleeve Stories and Reviews 

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Reference:

1. Matías Sepúlveda, Munir Alamo, Jorge Saba, Cristián Astorga, Raúl Lynch, Hernán Guzmán. Long-term weight loss in laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy 2017. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2017 Jul 25. pii: S1550-7289(17)30343-X. doi: 10.1016/ j.soard.2017.07.017.

2. Langer FB, Reza Hoda MA. “Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Banding: Effects on Plasma Ghrelin.”  Obesity Surgery. August 2005. https://dx.doi.org/10.1381/0960892054621125

3. Slater BJ, Bellatorre N, Eisenberg D. Early postoperative outcomes and medication cost savings after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in morbidly obese patients with type 2 diabetes.  Journal of Obesity. December 7, 2011

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