People often try a lot of options to lose weight before resorting to weight loss surgery. A combination of diet and routine exercises is the safest option to lose weight. However, people who are morbidly obese are left with no other option but to choose a safe, proven, and long-term treatment for weight loss. Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the few options that control obesity through sustainable loss of body fat.

Besides treating obesity, these types of surgeries can treat other conditions like hypertension or high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and other diseases. The benefit of these weight loss surgeries is to improve the overall quality of life.

Today, bariatric and metabolic surgeries are refined over the years and presented for treatment after extensive research. Small incisions are performed using minimally invasive techniques like robotic or laparoscopic surgery. These advanced treatments allow patients to experience lesser pain and develop fewer complications with a speedy recovery and shorter stay at the hospital. This surgery aims to alter the stomach and the intestines and treat obesity as well as associated diseases. The surgery is done to shorten or trim the stomach.

A minimally invasive surgery, gastric sleeve promotes portion control for life. It restricts food consumption and reduces caloric intake, improves satiety, and reduces hunger hormones too.

Patients choose Mexico for gastric sleeve surgery because the country offers less expensive packages compared to the United States and Canada.

How Gastric Sleeve surgery is performed?

Gastric sleeve bariatric surgery, also called sleeve gastrectomy, is one of the proven weight loss procedures. It is a type of restrictive surgery, which limits your portion size, or the amount you eat. The purpose of this procedure is to remove 75to 80 percent of the patient’s stomach. It is one of the most common bariatric procedures performed in Mexico.

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed in the following steps:

  • Small incisions would be made in the wall of the abdomen to insert small trocars
  • The stomach would be thoroughly inspected and the lateral blood vessels would be divided
  • A typical Bougle tube would be inserted right into the patient’s stomach that serves as the new stomach sizer
  • Using a stapler, the stomach would be divided into two
  • The stapler is fired continuously to divide the stomach
  • Finally, the stomach is entirely divided
  • The new stomach looks like a banana with about 25% of the original volume of the real stomach

Patients stay inside the operation heater for an hour. However, during this procedure, intestines are neither bypassed nor removed. It takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours for the complete procedure. Once completed, the patient is moved to the recovery room and kept for another one hour or more.

The small size of incisions typically heals easily and quickly. Because it is minimally invasive, the surgery also helps patients recover much faster than any other procedure involving a complete opening of the abdomen or larger incision.

Unless patients complain of any major complications, they can return home within 3 days post-surgery.

How does Gastric Sleeve surgery work?

Gastric sleeve surgery works by reducing the size of the stomach and restricting food intake. However, it does not reduce nutrient absorption or bypass intestines. After the surgery, patients feel full quickly and stay fuller for long hours.

Sleeve gastrectomy also reduces appetite. Besides reducing stomach size, it also reduces hunger hormone production in the stomach, which contributes to rapid weight loss after the surgery.

Gastric sleeve is a relatively easier surgery that successfully delivered superior results in more than 90 percent of patients. By simply eliminating the capacity of the stomach, patients feel fuller much faster, thus limiting the caloric intake, while being satiated at the same time.

Gastric sleeve surgery also has a direct benefit. It reduced the production of ghrelin hormone that plays a key role in our hunger management. Typically, when hungry, or on an empty stomach, the human body secretes the ghrelin hormone into our bloodstream to cause hunger feelings. Once you start eating, the secretion diminishes, only to return after some time.

Studies reveal that when the stomach is removed, it leads to reduced production of ghrelin, thus causing less hunger in patients.

History and Trend of the Gastric Sleeve

When gastric sleeve surgery was initiated for the first time, it was considered to be a restrictive part of biliopancreatic duodenal switch surgery. During the same time, the gastric sleeve procedure became the preliminary stage of the operation for obese patients undergoing duodenal switch surgery to reduce the risks.

In some cases, patients lost adequate weight after the first gastric sleeve operation and they did not have to undergo the planned duodenal switch surgery, which is the second stage. As a result, the results prompted weight loss surgeons to choose gastric sleeve procedure as a solo bariatric surgery.  In 2000, the first solo gastric sleeve surgery was performed laparoscopically.

Over the decades, gastric sleeve surgery has become one of the most popular bariatric procedures worldwide. In America, Canada, and Mexico, over half of all bariatric procedures are performed annually as gastric sleeve surgeries.

How much weight will I lose after the Gastric Sleeve?

On average, a patient can lose up to 70% of excess body weight after bariatric surgery.

  • 2 weeks after the surgery, patients generally lose 10 to 20 pounds of their excess body weight. Most patients generally lose one pound per day.
  • Over 3 months after the surgery, patients lose 35% to 40% of their excess body weight.
  • In another 3 months, or 6 months after the surgery, patients lose 50% to 60% of their excess body weight.
  • After 1 year from the surgery, patients lose 60% to 70% of their excess body weight.

The success rate of gastric sleeve surgery is almost 80% to 90%.

Improvement of Obesity-related Health Problems

Studies and clinical trials suggest that gastric sleeve procedure improves many underlying health complications related to obesity, which includes:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Fatty liver disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Risks of cancers
  • Sleep apnea
  • Asthma
  • PCOS
  • Joint pain
  • Migraine
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • Psychological problems
  • Low levels of testosterone
  • Gout
  • Urinary incontinence

Some studies indicate that up to 80% of patients dealing with diabetes type 2 can improve their condition after this surgery.

Likewise, gastric sleeve surgery can also increase the level of testosterone hormone naturally.

Eligibility and Candidacy in Mexico

To know whether you are eligible for gastric sleeve surgery or not, you should consult the surgeon. Only a surgeon can guide you in the right direction. Meanwhile, if you want to check your candidacy in Mexico, follow this:

  • Patients with BMI (Body Mass Index) over 40 are eligible for a weight loss surgery
  • Patients with BMI ranging from 35 to 39, having one or more health conditions like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or sleep apnea, can opt for a gastric sleeve procedure
  • Patients with BMI ranging from 30 to 34.90, having metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes that cannot be controlled with therapy and medical aid, can also choose this weight loss surgery

However, there is an exception too. Asian patients with type 2 diabetes, which is poorly controlled, and BMI lower than 27.5, may also be considered for gastric sleeve surgery.

The reason to consider this exception is that, when compared, Asians are prone to storing abdominal fat, as opposed to other peripheral body parts like hips, thighs, buttocks. Due to the accumulation of abdominal fat, they are also at a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and insulin resistance, even at such a low BMI.

Some more contradictions to undergo a gastric sleeve procedure are:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding problem
  • Anesthesia intolerance
  • Clinical depression or psychiatric illness

Recovery after Surgery

It takes 40 to 70 minutes to complete the gastric sleeve surgery. After the surgery, patients are kept in the recovery room for an hour and then sent to their hospital bed. Patients without any major complaints, after the surgery, are discharged from the hospital within 2 to 3 days.

During their stay at the hospitals, patients are also encouraged to take a walk within 3 to 4 hours from the surgery. It prevents blood clots in the legs. Generally, pain is manageable post-surgery.

Once the effect of anesthesia starts reducing, it is usual to feel a little groggy with pain and nausea. The nurse in charge would give you pain-relieving drugs and medications to ease nausea.

Patients are closely monitored during their hospital stay to check for signs of complications like infection and bleeding.

A clear and liquid diet is given to patients the next morning after the surgery.

Doctors generally recommend all the following for patients to ensure speedy recovery:

  • See a nutritionist almost regularly. A nutritionist would guide you to advance dietary changes over several weeks, graduating from liquid diet to pureed or mashed diet to soft food and then to solids.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly and stay hydrated.
  • Patients can generally return to work within 1-2 weeks after the surgery
  • Take all the necessary medications as per the doctor’s prescription. Medications should be taken only in the form of liquid or crushed (for 2 weeks from the surgery)
  • Keep the site of the incision dry and clean
  • Avoid any kind of strenuous activities

It would take some time to get back to your normal life, as it was before the surgery. To make sure you reach there faster, some of these general guidelines may be helpful:

  • Patients tend to become dehydrated very easily. So, sip liquids constantly. You don’t get liquids from what you eat in the first week after the surgery. So, sip slowly, and drink well.
  • Initially, after the surgery, bowel movements could be difficult. It is quite normal as the surgery is still healing. However, if you face serious complications, see your surgeon immediately.
  • Constipation during the first one week after the surgery as usual. Pain medications and other drugs may cause constipation.
  • Don’t hesitate to take medications prescribed by the doctor – pain-relieving drugs, anti-acids, and antibiotics shall be a part of the schedule for some time. However, all medicines should be taken either in liquid form or crushed. Time-released medications cannot be crushed. So, if you are taking any, inform the doctor.
  • Be active after the surgery. Walk as much as you can. Walking can speed up the healing process.
  • Avoid lifting anything heavy to ensure your torso and stitches do not stretch.
  • It is normal to feel fatigued after a month of the surgery. This is mainly because of calorie consumption. Allow the body to adjust.
  • Avoid sitting or bathing in a tub of hot water for up to 3 weeks from the surgery; take a shower instead.
  • Within 2 to 4 weeks, patients can get back to work depending on the job’s physicality. Most patients, however, prefer to regain full strength after 4 to 6 weeks and then resume.

The majority of gastric sleeve surgery patients lose a lot of weight. However, the key here is to keep that weight off. Luckily, research reveals that by the fifth year from their surgery, most patients usually lose 60% of the excess weight they accumulated over the years.

Still, patients may need revision surgery, also called revision sleeve gastrectomy or covert to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery due to weight regain or insufficient loss of weight. Some patients also develop severe GERD because of the surgery. In such cases, revision surgery becomes necessary.

It is important to understand that any weight loss surgery is neither a quick fix nor permanent. Patients should meet their surgeon and consult a dietician strictly adhering to the routine of a healthy diet and light workout.

The routine should include the following:

  • A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and proteins
  • Limit processed foods, desserts, and snacks
  • Exercise regularly
  • Track your daily food intake using a journal or diary
  • Take different types of vitamins – multivitamins are the best as it contains vitamin B12, C, D, iron, and calcium

Always remember that weight loss is associated with a lot of emotional issues. People often use eating as their coping mechanism. For those people, finding another way to deal with stress devoid of food could be challenging.

Find a healthier way to release your stress, like taking a break out with friends or exercising. Have clear and open communication with your family and friends, or a support group, for stress relief. If nothing seems to work, seek help from a psychologist or therapist who specializes in gastric sleeve surgery.

Complications and Risks

Although gastric sleeve surgery is considered to be a relatively safer procedure, there may be a few complications just like any major surgery.

Some common complications that may occur after the surgery include:

  • Bleeding inside the body or from the wound, which may lead to shock. This is called hemorrhage.
  • Deep vein thrombosis, also called DVT, is another risk factor that causes blood clots in the veins, usually affecting the legs.
  • Pulmonary embolism may affect the blood clot that tends to break off and reaches your lungs.
  • Irregular heartbeat is a common after-effect of surgery, typically atrial fibrillation.
  • Due to pain, patients often take a mild and shallow breath, which leads to lung infections such as pneumonia

After a gastric sleeve procedure, patients can have some more complications too. Some other side effects related to the surgery are:

  • Gastric leaks in which the stomach fluids start leaking from the stomach’s suture line which was sewn together
  • Stenosis occurs when a part of the gastric sleeve closes, thus obstructing the stomach
  • Vitamin deficiencies in the stomach that have been removed are often partially responsible for vitamin absorption in the body. If you don’t take vitamin supplements, you may suffer from deficiencies
  • GERD or heartburn may occur or worsen when the stomach is reshaped. This, however, is treatable with over-the-counter drugs

Making certain changes to your diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits is essential to lose weight and maintain it off even after a gastric sleeve procedure. If you eat excessively, have a poor diet, or do not exercise regularly, the weight may come back.

Diet after Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Diet plays a crucial role both before and after the surgery.

The pre-operative diet is important as it helps in reducing the size of the liver before the surgery. This also makes the surgery much easier for the surgeon.

Your surgeon shall also recommend the best-tailored diet for you after the surgery. Although the dietary changes may sound similar to that of any general diet guidelines, follow them.

Two weeks before the surgery, increase your protein intake, reduce carbohydrates, and cut out sugar completely from the diet.

Two days before the surgery, ingest clear liquids only, free from carbonation and caffeine. This continues for the first one week post-surgery.

For the remaining three weeks, have pureed foods only.

Your diet chart would look something like this:

Week#1

  • Clear liquids only – water, sugar-free popsicles, decaf tea, broth

Week#2

  • Complete liquid diet
  • Protein shakes

Week#3

  • Soft pureed foods
  • Soups
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Cottage cheese

Week#4

  • Soft foods
  • Boiled chicken
  • Cereal
  • Fish
  • Mashed potatoes

Week#5 onwards

  • Introduce normal, real foods
  • Chew your food well
  • Eat slowly
  • Eat three meals a day (small meals only)
  • If needed, eat a healthy and nutrient-packed small snack
  • Check your protein intake but do not avoid fruits and vegetables

Comparison of Gastric Sleeve to other Types of Bariatric Procedures

Gastric sleeve surgery is just one of the many types of bariatric procedures today. Each bariatric procedure or weight loss surgery is different from the other. Before you choose any, discuss your options with the healthcare provider and the surgeon. This would help you to make the right choice.

Lap-band surgery, or laparoscopic gastric banding, was considered to be a popular procedure once. However, because of the long-term complications associated with the surgery and poor weight loss, the popularity of the surgery dipped worldwide. Today, this type of surgery is rarely performed.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is another gold standard bariatric surgery. Of late, gastric sleeve surgery replaced this procedure to become the most popular procedure due to technical simplicities and better results.

Remember, gastric sleeve surgery is permanent. That makes it different from lap-band surgery. While a gastric band or lap band cringes the inner part of the stomach and divides it into pouches, the gastric sleeve removes a part of the stomach. It is possible to remove the gastric band in case of complications but there is no replacement for gastric sleeve surgery.

With the gastric sleeve, patients may not lose as much weight compared to do a gastric bypass. In addition, they also keep the weight off for long. However, gastric bypass patients tend to have some long-term challenges too.

Advantage of Gastric Sleeve versus Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric sleeve is a relatively simpler and easier weight loss procedure from a technical point of view. It takes 40 to 70 minutes for the surgery to complete depending on the condition of the patients, whereas gastric bypass takes 2 to 3 hours.

With gastric sleeve surgery, there is very little risk of vitamin or nutrient deficiency compared to gastric bypass. Moreover, patients do not experience malabsorption.

Gastric bypass surgery can have long-term complications like surgical ulcers, internal hernias, and bowel obstruction. However, chances of developing such complications are very rare in patients opting for gastric sleeve surgery.

Risks, Side Effects, & Challenges

The goal of gastric sleeve surgery is to lose weight. However, it is possible that a patient may not be able to lose as much as they expect. It is also highly likely that patients may lose weight only to regain it.

As you would consume fewer calories, your body also gets fewer nutrients. Therefore, deficiencies are inevitable.

Some of the common challenges of gastric sleeve surgery include:

  • Weight Loss Failures: Sometimes, surgery does not help people lose weight. In the case of gastric sleeves, people with large stomach pouch may fail to lose weight. It is also the case when a patient does not follow the instructions of the doctor. There may be underlying issues preventing weight loss.
  • Weight Regain: During the first few days after the surgery, the pouch of the stomach can hold only approximately half a cup of food. The pouch starts stretching over time. Avoid eating larger meals as it may halt weight loss. Patients may even start gaining weight. Weight gain usually begins after three years of surgery. Though bariatric surgery is an excellent tool to lose weight, patients should change their food habits. If they don’t, they may regain the lost weight and even more.
  • Nutritional Challenges: Gastric bypass surgery changes the ability of the body to absorb vital nutrients. However, the same does not apply to gastric sleeve surgery. Still, some patients may not get proper nutrition as they are consuming fewer calories. The condition worsens with nausea and diarrhea. If this is the case, a solid and balanced diet may not support your health. Likewise, malnutrition can be very serious. So, taking essential supplements to get vitamins and minerals would be necessary.
  • Intolerance: Although there is no specific dietary restriction after a gastric sleeve surgery, that doesn’t mean you are allowed to eat everything. 1n 2018, a study was conducted with gastric sleeve surgery patients that indicated patients were having problems in digesting foods like rice, pasta, red meat, and bread. Researchers opine that this could be because of their inability to eat excess food at a time.
  • Digestive Issues: 1 out of every 5 gastric sleeve patients experiences GERD during the first year of the surgery. However, this is a short-term complication that subsides within a few years. Other potential issues related to digestion are dyspepsia or indigestion, nausea and vomiting, vitamin deficiency, gallbladder stones, and food intolerance.
  • Nausea: Nausea is one of the most common side effects of any surgery. Most people develop nausea when they are recovering, but for some, it might linger for months and even longer. Gastric sleeve patients develop nausea because of no definite reason. Medications are usually helpful.
  •  Diarrhea: Some patients tend to have severe bouts of diarrhea after gastric sleeve surgery. There may be several reasons for this. The microscopic organisms present in the gut, also called microbiota, change after surgery. Undigested food and nutrients in the small bowel could also lead to diarrhea. As a result, patients may develop malnutrition or dehydration. If the condition does not subside within a week or two, visit your gastroenterologist or surgeon.
  • Sagging Skin: When you are overweight or obese, the skin stretches. As a counter-reaction, the skin sags after bariatric surgery. You can either choose to accept it or opt for panniculectomy or excess skin removal surgery. Your surgeon would suggest you wait till the time you reach a stable body weight.
  • Chronic Complications: People who are already living with chronic complications such as hypertension and diabetes, may not get immediate relief. While these conditions do subside in some cases, others may experience recurrence.
  • GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux is a very common side effect of gastric sleeve surgery. Symptoms include a feeling of bloating and fullness, stomach upset, burning sensation in the chest, and hoarse throat. Acid-reducing drugs may improve the symptoms.
  • Stomach Ulcers: Stomach ulcers, also called peptic ulcers, are also common after gastric sleeve surgery. Ulcers can cause abdominal pain, black and tarry stools, and signs of blood in your vomit.
  • Abscess: An abscess, when detected, is a painful condition that results from pus accumulation in the body. After this surgery, it may happen due to intestinal content leaking or spilling over. Spleen abscess is a rare condition affecting patients after the surgery.
  • Incisional Hernia: Hernias form when an organ tries to push through the weak spot in the muscles or tissue. Hernias occur immediately after surgery. It is less common with laparoscopy.

Cost of Gastric Sleeve: Insurance Coverage Vs. “Self Pay”

Gastric sleeve surgery, or any other weight loss procedure, is generally not covered by insurance. However, if it does, the patient should have the qualifying BMI (Body Mass Index) to get insurance benefits.

However, if it is not included in the insurance, “self-pay” is the only option for a patient.

Without health insurance, the gastric sleeve surgery cost can vary largely from one country to another, from a facility to another facility. Generally, the cost ranges from USD 15,000 to USD 25,000 in the United States and Canada. However, in Mexico, the cost of gastric sleeve surgery starts from USD 5,000.

Depending on your budget and the choice of facility, you can consult your surgeon and locate the best option that fits the budget.

Surgery Preparation & Recovery

Once the surgery is planned and scheduled, the surgeon would give you some instructions as your preparatory steps for the surgery:

  • Engage in a few pre-surgical lifestyle classes before the bariatric procedures
  • Consume only liquids for at least one or two weeks before the surgery. This depends on several factors such as the present BMI and the surgeon’s preferences
  • Quit smoking at least three months before the surgery
  • Avoid caffeine as much as possible, at least a month before the surgery
  • Stop some medications for a specific timeframe before the surgery
  • Take a shower the night before the surgery using an antibacterial soap
  • Refrain from drinking or eating anything post-midnight on the day of the surgery
  • Pack your items such as toothbrush and comb

On the day of the surgery, once you arrive, some preparatory steps would be mandatory:

  • Enter the pre-operative room, change into a gown given by the hospital, get the IV catheter connected in a vein
  • Enter the operation theater
  • The patient is given an anesthesia
  • The surgeon performs the surgery
  • Anesthesia is stopped
  • The patient is taken to the recovery room

Once up and awake in the recovery room, gaining senses, patients are given medications to prevent nausea and ease symptoms. Recovery takes 3 days, and then the patient is discharged.

Take the Gastric Sleeve Knowledge Quiz

Q: What is your BMI?

  • =40
  • More than 40
  • Less than 40
  • I don’t know

Q: Are you 21 years old?

  • Yes
  • No

Q: How much weight does a patient lose with gastric sleeve surgery?

  • Up to ¼ of the excess body weight
  • ½ of the excess body weight
  • Up to ¾ of the excess body weight
  • All the excess body weight

Q: Which of these is the benefit of gastric sleeve surgery?

  • Improved blood sugar count
  • Lower blood pressure numbers
  • Joint and bone diseases resolved
  • Sleep apnea improves
  • All of the above

Q: If you have health insurance that includes bariatric procedures, it would also cover gastric sleeve surgery.

  • True
  • False

Q: How does gastric sleeve surgery helps patients lose weight?

  • It alters the digestive path, causing lesser food absorption
  • Removes a part of patient’s stomach to ensure they are less hungry and feel fuller for longer, which makes them eat less
  • Uses some external device that leaves lesser room to store food inside the stomach, thus causing a fuller feeling
  • Alters the digestive path and removes some part of the patient’s stomach, resulting in lesser food absorption

Q: How long would it take for an average patient to recover fully from gastric sleeve surgery?

  • 3 days
  • 7 days
  • 21 days
  • 6 weeks

Q: How long would it take to get back to a normal diet after gastric sleeve surgery?

  • Up to a week
  • At least 3 to 4 weeks
  • 3 months
  • 6 months

Q: Food habits and lifestyle changes of patients can dramatically affect weight loss and prevent weight regain.

  • True
  • False

Q: What type of food is suitable for patients who underwent gastric sleeve surgery?

  • Fibrous foods such as broccoli, asparagus, and celery
  • Starchy foods like bread, pasta, or rice
  • Greasy and spicy foods, whole milk and dairy products
  • Proteins and whole foods

Q: What is the major challenge for gastric sleeve surgery patients?

  • Weight regain
  • Sagging skin
  • Digestive issues
  • All the above

Q: Which of these is NOT true?

  • Patients may experience rapid and significant weight loss as well as health improvement
  • Patients feel hungry because of the procedure
  • Issues with food addition resolve because of the procedure
  • Patients experience major relationship changes with family, friends, and coworkers

Find a Surgeon

To find a surgeon in Mexico, consider the following:

  • Research online and confirm the best surgeon depending on the experience, expertise, procedures, understanding, and client testimonials
  • Shortlist some of the surgeons you like – ask for referrals, contact the list of verified surgeons
  • Narrow down your search
  • Visit surgeons in person (if you are local) or take a telephonic interview if you are coming from a different country

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

  • Mexico is a chosen destination for gastric sleeve surgery because the cost of weight loss surgery is less compared to the United States of America and Canada
  • Gastric sleeve surgeons in Mexico are experts in their profession. They assure you more benefits than risks
  • Improve your quality of life with a gastric sleeve surgery and regain confidence
  • The experience overall improved health and wellbeing after a weight loss surgery. You may experience noticeable improvements in diabetes and blood pressure after the surgery, as you lose weight
  • Increase your lifespan by maintaining healthy body weight
  • Understand the importance of nutrition with an experienced team of nurses, staff, and nutritionists assisting you before and after the surgery
  • Experience a luxurious stay in Mexico for gastric sleeve surgery all-inclusive

Differences of Having Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

Technically, gastric sleeve surgery is a complicated procedure. Patients may develop some physical symptoms that would last long even after the surgery. Medical, as well as mental health issues, may strike. It is critical to discuss the possible side effects and eventualities with the surgeon and team before going under the knife.

In Mexico, experienced surgeons with their teams, take charge of a patient right from the start. From the initial consultation to final preparation for the surgery, they support and assist the patient at every step. From the moment a patient and family arrives in Mexico, the entire responsibility lies with the chosen hospital, facility, or clinic. Healthcare providers only aim to prepare the patient’s body and mind for safe and successful surgery.

In Mexico, medical tourism is a popular concept. People visit the country after finalizing their surgery schedule. They can also enjoy a couple of days in the country after the surgery, which is highly recommended.

One of the major differences in coming to Mexico for the surgery is the cost of the procedure. Definitely, it is lesser than all the countries, which makes it the best choice. Most importantly, Mexico houses some of the most popular bariatric surgeons with several years of experience and expertise in their respective fields. As a result, medical tourism is a popular concept due to which several hundreds of patients come to Mexico for a safer, better, and cheaper alternative to healthy living.

Tijuana, the hub of medical tourism, has some of the best weight loss surgery facilities and hospitals in the country. Patients also feel safe under the guidance of a board-certified surgeon here in Mexico, taking utmost care to deliver the finest weight loss solutions. All the surgeons here in Mexico are licensed and certified to perform bariatric surgery from eminent organizations adhering to the best standards.

Final Word

In the long run, the success of gastric sleeve surgery depends entirely on a patient, his/her willingness to develop new habits, and the desire to stop poor food habits that promote obesity. Successful are those individuals that create an accountability system to maintain healthy habits.

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