VSG, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, or most commonly referred to as the Gastric Sleeve in Mexico is one of the leading bariatric surgery options available for weight loss, that involves the removal of a portion of the stomach allowing for the management of morbid obesity. Normally during the Gastric sleeve surgery, between 70 and 80 percent of the stomach is removed including the area where the ghrelin or hunger hormone is produced.
The portion of the stomach that remains will take the shape of a sleeve, reducing the amount of food the patient is able to consume. The patients who undergo this form of weight loss surgery may feel full faster, as well as possibly feel fuller longer, which thus can help the patient potentially lose weight. Of course, this all 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. Dr. Hidalgo uses a special inverted sleeve technique that helps protect the patient from leaks and long term weight regain by hand stitching over the surgical staples at the end of the sleeve surgery.
With this 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.