Weight Loss Team


How does The Doctor check for leaks?

First, the doctors treat the gastric sleeve with the exact same tests required for Gastric Bypass patients. The first tests is a blue dye test. Secondly there is a Flouro Xray that includes a swallow (this allows him to see your stomach and fluids flowing through it). Don’t be fooled by inexperienced doctors, these are usually lapband doctors who are trying to start out with a new surgery. Leaks are important and the blue dye test is critical.

Does the doctor hand stitch the sleeve after using the staples?

Any and every Gastric Sleeve surgeon hand stitches behind the triple line of surgical titanium staples. There is only one staple gun that is used for the Gastric Bypass and Sleeve surgery and this is made by Johnson and Johnson. This device is used by Dr. Hidalgo, who then hand stitches the sleeve behind the staples to help prevent leaks. ALL DOCTORS SHOULD STITCH BEHIND THE STAPLES. All materials come directly from the manufacturer and are name brand medical supplies. No black market equipment is every used.

Why do other doctors require a shorter stay?

The main reason is money. They want to make more money while risking your life. Each doctor has implemented the ideal number of nights for recovery from the surgery prior to sending you home so that there is very little risk of having a complication once you get home. This in turn will reduce any future costs you may have to spend to return. Other doctors go with a shorter stay so they can either charge a lower price, or provide inferior care.

When was the first Gastric Sleeve performed?

The initial Gastric Sleeve surgery was done in Europe in 2006.


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