Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy)

Starting at $4,795

Gastric Sleeve,  also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), is the most prominent bariatric surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery is quickly becoming the top performed procedure in Mexico and quickly coming up in the United States and Canada.

What is a Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve surgery works by removing the stomach by 85%, then stapling the stomach in the “sleeve” shape. This smaller stomach size forces the patient to consume less food while feeling satisfied and content. Typically, patients will only be able to consume roughly 400 calories in a sitting and roughly 800 to 1000 calories per day. This significant reduction is the modus operandi of the gastric sleeve.

How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Works

This surgery involves the stomach exclusively. The stomach is the part of our digestive system where all of the food we consume begins to mix for digestion. In this surgery, up to 80% of the stomach is removed laparoscopically.

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Once you have a much smaller new stomach, it will help you feel fullness by eating the amount of food your body needs, which will help you lose weight. In combination with a physical activity plan, proper psychological therapy, and compliance with the diet, patients can achieve long-term weight loss success.

Why You Lose Weight

Gastric sleeve surgery is known as a “mix” procedure because of the reduction of Ghrelin production. Ghrelin is a hormone that induces hunger in patients and is produced in the stomach. Researchers have found that when a large portion of the stomach is removed, the production of Ghrelin is also reduced, which liberates patients from the nagging feelings of hunger.

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve

  • No Malabsorption
  • No Digestive Track Changes
  • No Foreign Body
  • High Expected Weight Loss
  • Easily Revisable with multiple revision options

Bougie Size and Equipment

Dr. Rodriguez Lopez uses a bougie size of 36F, which translates to a diameter of .45 inches. The bougie is a long, narrow tube inserted through the patient’s mouth as a guide for the “new stomach sleeve” to be cut and stapled.

  • Dr. Rodriguez uses Covidien staplers and staples to perform gastric sleeve surgery.
  • Sews over the staple lines with Prolene sutures.

Learn more about undergoing gastric sleeve in Mexico

Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

Undergoing the gastric sleeve in Mexico can not only save patients thousands of dollars but also months of waiting. Many patients in Canada face daunting waiting times while in Mexico, patients can book within a few weeks. Going to Tijuana, Mexico, has many perks.

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