Get to know Gastric Sleeve Surgery By Juan Hidalgo on May 15, 2019

gastric sleeve mexicoGastric Sleeve Surgery or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is one of the most popular forms of Weight Loss Surgeries performed in Mexico and the rest of the world. This procedure is ideal for patients who have a BMI over 30.  Many people each year travel to Mexico for gastric sleeve surgery and Dr. Hidalgo in Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s leading weight loss surgeons performing more gastric sleeve surgeries than any other doctor in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. 

Gastric Sleeve is one of the bariatric surgery options available for weight loss that involves the removal of a portion of the stomach, typically between 70 to 80 percent, allowing for the management of morbid obesity. Gastric Sleeve is a restrictive procedure because it achieves weight loss results by restricting the amount of food that your body is physically able to take in, helping you feel full sooner: it also removes the part of the stomach that produces Ghrelin, which is a hormone that stimulates your appetite.

The portion of the stomach that remains will take the shape of a men’s shirt sleeve, thus the name, and it reduces the amount of food the patient is able to consume. The patients who undergo this form of weight loss surgery typically feel full faster, eat less quantity of food, as well as usually feel fuller longer, which thus can help the patient potentially lose weight. Of course, all of this depends on if the patient follows the doctor’s post-operative advice, as well as each patient,  will have different results depending on many factors related to race, age, health, and gender.

With the gastric sleeve surgery, the patient may experience a significant amount of weight loss while having a surgery that is considered to be one which is low risk for infection or other serious complication. Even though, weight loss after Gastric Sleeve Surgery is slower than with Gastric Bypass and differs in every individual case. Gastric Sleeve patients can consume around 600 to 700 calories.  The complication rate with the gastric sleeve surgery is much lower than 1% and the mortality rate is less than 1% as well.

Technically, Gastric Sleeve procedure is a much simpler surgery, it takes between 45 to 60 minutes to perform so, it is considered to be less complicated, has fewer nutritional implications and lower risk of dumping syndrome. This surgery also brings profound changes to life such as remission or improvement of obesity-related health conditions (diabetes Type 2, hypertension, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, joint pain, and hyperlipidemia), desire to eat decreases and reduction in hunger sensation.

Note however it is important to find a doctor who sews over the staple line with the gastric sleeve surgery.  Some doctors do not do this step and it typically leads to surgery failure long term as the double buttress helps lock in the size of the sleeve and also helps prevents leaks post-surgery.  Dr. Hidalgo in Puerto Vallarta always sews over the staple line with every gastric sleeve surgery he performs in Mexico.

Once you have had Gastric Sleeve Surgery, you will gain more confidence in yourself as you successfully and rapidly lose weight and reach your goal. However, you can stretch your stomach out sometimes after the surgery. Your stomach will expand and contract in relation to the amount of food that enters your stomach. So, it is very important to give up old eating habits, be committed to the recommended specific diet, on an exercise plan and lifestyle changes to keep maintaining the weight-loss journey.  Long term success depends on the patient successfully making a true healthy lifestyle change that is very possible with this type of surgery.


Of course, Weight Loss Team, and its staff of experts will be more than ready to guide you and help you through your weight loss journey both before and after Gastric Sleeve Surgery.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


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The Weight Loss Team in Puerto Vallarta is dedicated to the continued weight loss success of every patient. Through our state-of-the-art technology, advanced techniques, and easy access to online support, patients can expect successful weight loss surgery that creates lasting results. Patients travel from around the world to our practice to experience:

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