The Importance of Gastric Sleeve Surgery in times of COVID19 By Juan Hidalgo on April 22, 2020

Gastric Sleeve Surgery also is known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or VSG has become a popular weight-loss surgical tool recently and it can really help people who are severely overweight facing health issues related to obesity. This procedure today is performed using minimally invasive techniques known as a laparoscopic surgery, whereby the doctor removes up to 80% of the patient’s stomach and restricting their food intake, leading them to weight loss.  This weight loss will help the patient’s body fend off the dangers presented by the Coronavirus known as COVID19 making it an important tool for obese patients with regards to living a healthy lifestyle.

In these difficult times of COVID 19, obese people should consider Gastric Sleeve Surgery as a great option to get their life back and start getting healthier due to the fact that obese people are more vulnerable to get sick and die from this kind of virus. More and more obese people are becoming severely infected and ill due to the multiple serious underlying medical conditions that obesity brings with it such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular asthma disease, hypertension, etc. As such, in general, patients with morbid obesity may struggle to recover if they develop any of these severe illness, especially a respiratory infection caused by COVID 19.

Many studies have shown that patients with obesity and commodities are likely to be higher risk for developing health problems in general and this might be one predictor of severe coronavirus illnesses. So, if you are in this situation, it is especially important for you to take action to reduce your risk of getting sick before you become infected with COVID19.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery is an excellent tool for obese people to make extreme weight loss more achievable. Gastric Sleeve patients perceive improvement in the quality of life because it does not only help them to lose weight, it also helps with health diseases related to their obesity. It is important to say that patients must be committed to the recommended healthy diet plan and new life-changing habits after surgery to be successful.  The Gastric sleeve has been known to help type 2 diabetes patients, for example, get rid of their diabetes.  Also by losing up to 80% of your excess weight, there will be less pressure placed on your lungs and body in general.

The risk of gastric sleeve surgery is very low. With the complication rate at much less than 1%, it actually might be riskier not to have the surgery because, obesity in general causes so many other diseases and poor health conditions that along with a body size increase, longevity in life and health in general decreases. (This is not even factoring in if an obese patient gets sick with the COVID19 virus).  It is important to mention that as with any serious surgical operation, the decision to have Gastric Sleeve must be discussed with a specialist, your family doctor as well as your family members.

It is odd, but there are many misconceptions about these kinds of surgeries that actually keep many people from pursuing them, even when they are effective ways to treat the obesity disease, saving their lives.

If you are that person who is ready to have Gastric Sleeve Surgery but you feel unsafe to do it during the times of the COVID19 pandemic, know that Weight Loss Team and Dr. Hidalgo in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, are there for you. They are concerned about you and your health and that is why Dr. Hidalgo offers you a PEACE OF MIND GUARANTEE which allows you to make your surgery deposit now, thus locking in the current price for your surgery but also once booked you may postpone and change your date of surgery as needed without losing your deposit until this crisis comes to an end.


Of course, Weight Loss Team, and its staff of experts will be more than ready to guide you through your weight loss journey before and after having your Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as well any other revision surgery options you may need if you are not satisfied with your weight loss results. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

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