Weight Loss Surgery FAQs
Tijuana Bariatrics has been proudly providing safe, affordable, and effective weight loss surgeries for many years. We are very sensitive to patients' concerns about undergoing weight loss surgery, especially in a foreign country. To help educate you about what to expect during treatment and recovery, we provide answers to a range of weight loss surgery FAQs. Additionally, you can reach out to our weight loss specialists to learn more. To schedule a consultation, contact Tijuana Bariatrics today.
What is the average weight loss after a bariatric procedure?
The amount of weight you lose after bariatric surgery will depend on your metabolism and weight at the time of surgery, the type of surgery performed, and how diligently you follow post-operative dieting and lifestyle changes. Gastric sleeve patients can expect to lose about 70 percent of their excess body weight on average while LAP-BAND® patients can expect to lose about 60 percent of their excess weight. After the first several months, weight loss usually tapers off, but additional weight loss can be achieved through healthy eating and regular exercise. By the end of the first year, patients who have followed their post-operative instructions should be near their goal weight.
What if I gain back the weight?
After your body adjusts to your new diet and altered digestive track, it is not unusual to regain some weight in the years following surgery. However, patients should not put back on more than half their weight, as this may signal the need for additional help or intervention.
Will I feel hungry?
Over time, patients may notice cravings return. To avoid overeating, or eating unhealthy foods, patients should eat on a regular schedule and avoid snacking too much, especially at night. It may also be a good idea to take note of when hunger and cravings are most noticeable. By keeping a food journal, you can make adjustments to your eating habits and avoid overindulging.
How can I keep weight off?
Making sure you maintain a healthy diet is one of the biggest steps you can take to keep weight off after bariatric surgery. If this is difficult, it may be a good idea to keep a food journal. Exercising regularly is also very important. If you are struggling to maintain your weight after surgery, you may consider joining a support group.
Can I overeat after surgery?
As patients adjust to the effects of their surgery and the post-surgical diet, they may overeat. This can lead to abdominal discomfort, or in more severe cases, vomiting or diarrhea. To avoid overeating, be sure to take small portions and eat slowly. You may also want to avoid drinking liquids while eating since this can distend and fill your already small stomach.
What about revision surgery?
In some cases, a second procedure (known as revision surgery) may be the best way for a bariatric surgery patient to lose weight. Patients may also need revision surgery if their LAP-BAND® device has failed, or if they experience medical complications. We have extensive experience performing bariatric revision surgeries of all types, and we can determine if another surgery is the right way forward for you.
Will I develop gastritis?
Gastritis refers to the irritation or inflammation of stomach lining. There are two types: chronic gastritis (gradual development) and acute gastritis (sudden onset). It is common that patients suffer from gastritis after a bariatric surgery. Certain factors can exacerbate this condition, such as stress, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption.
Will I develop a bowel obstructions?
Although rare, bariatric surgery patients can develop bowel obstruction or a blockage that prevents food from passing through the digestive system. After surgery, a band of tissue, which is known as an adhesion, may form in the abdomen. Most adhesions do not cause symptoms or problems, but in some cases, an adhesion can lead to bowel obstruction. Patients should seek medical attention if they experience bowel obstruction symptoms, including severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Will I feel constipated?
Constipation is a common side effect after weight loss surgery. However, there are some steps patients can take to minimize its occurrence and effects. Patients should be sure to drink plenty of water and get enough fiber in their diet. Regular exercise is also a great way to maintain the well being of your digestive track.
What about blood clots?
As with any surgery, there is a risk of developing blood clots after a bariatric procedure. Chances of clotting problems increase if the patient is a smoker or in poor health. To help avoid clotting, patients should walk after surgery as soon as they are able. Blood thinners may also be prescribed to keep you healthy.
Will I have excess skin after surgery?
Most patients will have stretch marks and excess skin after losing a significant amount of weight. In cases where excess tissue is highly noticeable, some patients will elect to have a body contouring procedure, which is a type of cosmetic surgery where excess skin is removed to achieve a tighter, more streamlined figure.
Do you have before and after pictures?
Yes — please take a look at our before and after gallery. We are proud of our how our work has improved the lives of so many patients.
Is it safe to have surgery performed in Mexico?
Tijuana Bariatrics has coordinated countless surgeries, as well as ground travel and accommodations for international patients. We have consistently ensured the highest levels of safety, which includes the surgical procedure itself and the time patients spend in Mexico.
How experienced are your doctors?
Dr. Fernando Garcia has performed thousands of bariatric surgeries. Both are widely respected for their work, and Dr. Garcia is also a professor of advanced laparoscopy at the University of Tijuana Medical School.
How much will my surgery cost?
Tijuana Bariatrics is committed to delivering the highest levels of service at the most competitive prices. You can find out how much each of our surgeries cost by visiting our cost & financing page. Additional fees may apply if you are provided additional procedures, services or medications not covered in your package. Our surgery coordinators will review the full costs of treatment during your virtual consultation.
My procedure costs less than I expected. Can I be sure that I’m receiving the safest, highest quality care?
The answer is yes! Tijuana Bariatrics is able to provide affordable bariatric surgery since the cost to perform surgery in Tijuana is far less than in the United States. Dr. Garcia is an experienced surgeon who has performed literally thousands of bariatric procedures. The advanced surgical facility, Hospital CER, has the same rigorous standards as those in the United States. For our international clients, Tijuana Bariatrics also offer complete medical tourism packages that help ensure your safety from the moment you enter Mexico until you the moment you leave.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not accept insurance, but we do offer very affordable surgeries and several patient financing plans.
Can flex spending pay for my surgery abroad?
In many cases, a flexible spending account (FSA) can be used to pay for bariatric procedures performed abroad. However, you should double-check your FSA regulations to be sure of what is covered.
What type of financing do you offer?
We are happy to offer financing for every qualified candidate. We work with several different medical financing providers, and we can help you select a plan that will meet your budget and lifestyle.
When is my payment due?
Our office requires a deposit at the time of booking. Scheduling your surgery should take place at a minimum of two weeks prior to undergoing treatment at our facility. The remaining balance of your payment is due upon your arrival in Tijuana. We accept payment in the form of cash, cashier's check, and major credit cards including Visa®, Mastercard®, Discover® and American Express®. Additional fees for treatment may apply, so it is important to discuss costs with one of our coordinators at the time you schedule your appointment.
For cancellations, please review our refund policy.
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“Dr. Garcia is awesome. I chose bariatrics vertical sleeve surgery. I've lost 85 lbs. since January 2017. No complications... I regret not doing this years ago.” Debbie M.