Can I have a Gastric Sleeve with a BMI of 30? By Gerald Witt on June 05, 2021

 The answer is yes, the gastric sleeve surgery can be done in Mexico if the patient has a BMI of 30 or more.  Gastric Sleeve Surgery is nowadays accepted as a reliable treatment for obesity. It is also known as a powerful weight loss journey tool, in addition to the patient’s effort, to lose and keep off extra weight.

The gastric sleeve surgery is also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy and it has become a popular weight loss surgery option recently and it can really help people who are overweight facing health issues related to this condition. It is important to mention that this procedure today is performed using minimally invasive techniques, known as laparoscopic or even single entry surgery whereby removing up 60 % of the patient’s stomach and restricting their food intake, leading to potentially beneficial weight loss.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery is a restrictive procedure that works by shrinking the size of the stomach and slowing down digestion. The smaller the stomach is, the less the patient can eat and the more weight they should lose.

Patients always wonder what BMI (Body Mass Index) would a person need to have to be considered obese and if Gastric Sleeve would be an option for them?

A BMI of 30 or more, categorizes a person as being obese. Extra weight can always add stress to a patient’s body and organs by adding extra pressure, the heart and the respiratory, as well as the circulatory system, might as well be more vulnerable and their health conditions, in general, will worsen. These patients should consider a new approach to diet and exercise as well as the possibility of having gastric sleeve surgery if their BMI is over 30. It is important that these patients understand the risks they are facing if they do not take measures to lose weight.

For patients with BMI 30 to 35 and obesity-related medical issues who do not achieve substantial, long-lasting weight loss with reasonable non-surgical methods, Gastric Sleeve surgery may be offered in Mexico, as an option for suitable individuals.  That said not every person who has a BMI of 30 or more may be candidates for sleeve surgery as each patient is unique and ultimately the decision to allow the surgery comes down to the surgeon’s recommendations.

Obese and overweight patients who have a BMI of 30 or more typically face an increased risk for health conditions, such as:

  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia
  • High LDL Cholesterol.
  • Low HDL Cholesterol
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • High levels of Triglycerides
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Some cancers
  • Among others

The Gastric Sleeve success rate is approximately 80 to 90%. This procedure can lead to positive health outcomes and it is considered safe when compared to other commonly performed surgeries.

One of the real benefits to have a gastric sleeve with a BMI of 35 or less is the fact that you can have a single incision gastric sleeve surgery where the doctor makes a larger incision through the belly button area and performs the sleeve using a special device and one single incision.  Dr. Juan Francisco Hidalgo and Weight Loss Team in Puerto Vallarta, the bariatric surgical center at the CMQ Riviera Nayarit hospital is the only surgeon in the city of Puerto Vallarta Mexico, which performs the single entry Gastric Sleeve surgery.

With bariatric surgery, many factors will determine which type of weight loss surgery would be the best for each patient.  So, whichever surgery patients decide to have, they must understand that they will need to make significant lifestyle changes after their Weight Loss Surgery to lose weight and keep it off.

It is important that patients talk with the surgeon's office and get the information they need to make an informed decision about which procedure might be better suited for each person’s needs. But remember if you are overweight and have a BMI of 30 or more, there is hope for you and you can have gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico.

For more information regarding Clinics/ Hospitals and Weight Loss Options mentioned in this article:

Weight Loss Team – Bariatric Center at the CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital



Telephone: Toll free 1(800) 404-9064 or + 1(818) 949-6911

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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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