What is the best surgery for Weight Loss? By Juan Hidalgo on November 19, 2019

what is the best surgery for weight lossThis is an important question most people have when trying to figure out what weight loss surgery is best for them when they are considering having weight loss surgery.  Weight Loss Surgery is an important decision to make and picking the right surgery not only will provide you the best results but will affect your quality of life after your surgery. There are many factors to consider when selecting a weight loss surgery and it is always best to consult a bariatric specialist to assist you in guiding you through all of the options for your weight loss surgery.  This way you will be educated and know the different procedure options as well as be able to choose the one that would be the best or most suitable according to your medical history.  Here we will be going over various options for weight loss surgery.

The most important thing to know is that there are many options when it comes to Weight Loss Surgery, and there are different types of Weight Loss procedures.  Each surgery has its plus and cons and each helps the patient lose weight in their own different way.

Bariatric or Weight Loss Surgery affects the patient’s stomach and how they digest the food. Its main objective is to reduce the stomach, causing the feeling of being full after eating a small amount of food. A patient will eat less food and will absorb fewer calories after weight loss surgery.  Dr. Juan F. Hidalgo who operates out of his bariatric facility in Puerto Vallarta Mexico,  Weight Loss Team,  states that there are different types of weight loss surgeries, some are restrictive or limit the amount of food a patient eats, while others work through malabsorption, where the body just does not process

There are different types of surgeries:

  1. Restrictive Surgeries: such as Gastric Banding and Gastric Sleeve Surgery are procedures that work by shrinking the size of the stomach and slowing down the digestion of food.  The Gastric Band, for instance, has a small pouch that when full tells the patient to stop eating while the food then filters into the remaining stomach.  With the Gastric Sleeve surgery, 80% of the stomach is removed including the section which triggers the hunger hormone, and once the new stomach is full, the patient stops eating after only consuming 3-4oz of food.   If a normal stomach is able to hold about 3 pints of food, after one of these restrictive surgeries, it will be smaller and it may hold 3 to 4 ounces. The smaller the stomach becomes, the less the patient can eat and the more weight they should lose.
  2. Malabsorptive and restrictive surgeries: These surgeries such as the RNY Gastric Bypass, Mini Bypass or Duodenal Switch will change the way your body takes in and processes the food you eat.  This is known as malabsorption and here the body typically does not absorb the calories, or byproduct from the food that is eaten because a section of the intestine is either moved or removed from the body.  The upside is that the calories and carbs or sugars are not absorbed by the body, but the downside is that sometimes the good nutrients are not absorbed as well.  These patients are also restrictive and are designed so that the patient does not eat a great amount of food, typically limiting the amount to about 6 ounces per serving.

Apart from learning about the different types of surgeries, some other important aspects must be considered and checked to find the suitable and best procedure for the patient. Those are:

  • Physical health
  • Mental health: able to commit and cope with long-term lifestyle changes needed: diet and exercise.
  • Calorie controlled by diet weeks before surgery to reduce the size of your liver.
  • Understanding each surgery has its own advantages and disadvantages and risks.
  • BMI over 30
  • Surgery must be considered only after trying other alternatives. It is important to evaluate how much weight does the patient needs to lose and any illness they might have.

Many factors will determine which type of weight loss surgery would be the best for each patient.  So, whatever surgery patients decide to have, they must have clear, precise information so that they can make an educated decision for their weight loss surgery. 

An easy guide to remember is if your BMI is 30-40 a Gastric Sleeve surgery typically works very well for most patients.  If your BMI is 45 or more an RNY Gastric Bypass would then work best for these patients.  If you fall in between the 40-45 BMI mark, then you may want to consider a Mini Gastric Bypass surgery.  Today the Gastric Banding surgery is really no longer recommended and the Duodenal Switch as well is not a surgery that really should be considered due to the long term negative health issues it creates. 

Choosing the right weight loss surgery will help you significantly change your lifestyle after reaching your goal weight.


Of course, Weight Loss Team, and its staff of experts will be more than ready to guide you through your journey to have the best Weight Loss Surgery for you in Mexico. If you have any further 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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If you're ready to lose weight and sustain a healthy, happy lifestyle, contact our Puerto Vallarta practice by filling out our online form or calling 800-404-9064.

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