The LAP-BAND® system was the first adjustable gastric banding device to be approved by the FDA. The system works by reducing your stomach’s capacity. With this restrictive procedure, the amount of food and drink you are able to consume at any given time is limited; you will feel fuller for longer, you won't eat as much, and you will end up losing a significant amount of weight. The LAP-BAND® system can be adjusted over time to more precisely fulfill your needs and promote longer-lasting, optimal results. This form of bariatric surgery is not appropriate for everyone; during the review process, Dr. Fernando Garcia will thoroughly evaluate your health and medical history to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.
If regular diet and exercise haven’t proven to be effective in your attempts to lose weight and you continue to struggle with obesity, then gastric bypass surgery may be right for you. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery works by dividing your stomach into two separate pouches, an upper pouch and lower pouch, and then reconnecting the smaller pouch to the lower portion of your small intestine. By creating a smaller stomach pouch that holds only one cup of food, you will be restricted in terms of how much you are able to eat. By limiting your food ingestion and caloric intake intake you have both the malabsorptive and restrictive component of weight loss. With both restrictive and malabsorptive components, you can lose a significant amount of weight in a relatively short amount of time.
This weight loss procedure requires that your stomach be divided into two pouches, an upper pouch and lower pouch. The lower portion of your small intestine is fused to the smaller upper pouch. The creation of a smaller stomach pouch, which holds less than a cup of food, will help you to get fuller more quickly and feel fuller longer and you will ultimately lose weight faster. By surgically resecting the small, upper pouch to the upper portion of your bowels, food will not be completely broken down, absorbed, or processed within your system prior to exiting your body. Much like the standard Gastric Bypass procedure, the mini-bypass is considered both a restrictive and malabsorbtion procedure giving you the ability to obtain significant weight loss in a relatively short amount of time.
This advanced form of bariatric surgery at our Tijuana facility offers a great surgical management for morbid obesity. During gastric sleeve surgery, nearly 85 percent of your stomach is removed. The portion of your stomach that remains will take the shape of a sleeve, reducing the amount of food you are able to consume. Patients who undergo this form of weight loss surgery get fuller faster, feel fuller longer, and lose weight at a rapid rate.
Gastric sleeve placation surgery is designed to reduce the size of the stomach so the amount of food you will be able to consume is limited. During surgery, Dr. Garcia or Dr. Vazquez will create an internal fold within the stomach, to reduce the organ’s size, and skillfully suture the fold closed. This procedure is effective at helping patients lose weight and can be revised for amplified results.
If your bariatric surgery was successful initially, but over time you have noticed a significant decline in the amount of weight you are losing, you may be an ideal candidate for revision surgery. By performing revision surgery, Dr. Garcia or Dr. Vazquez can reshape your stomach, making it a more suitable portal for weight loss. Revision surgery can correct your surgical complications and improve your weight loss results.
Dr. Fernando Garcia's excellent skills and experience allow him to proudly offer the Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS) weight loss procedure. This minimally invasive surgery is performed by laparoscopy through only one port. Also, this procedure allows for great aesthetic results due to less visible scarring as this single incision is done inside the belly button. Tijuana Bariatrics offers this weight loss surgery on patients up to 39 BMI!
Duodenal switch surgery has proven to be one of the most effective forms of bariatric surgery available to-date. This procedure helps patients quickly shed pounds because it is both a restrictive and malabsortive procedure. During duodenal switch surgery the small intestine is rearranged to differentiate the flow of food from the flow of stomach bile and pancreatic juices. By adjusting your small intestine, Dr. Garcia can restrict your digested caloric intake.
Laparoscopic surgery uses minimally invasive techniques to access the abdominal cavity through very small incisions. During the procedure, your surgeon will thread a special camera (laparoscope) and small surgical instruments through these incisions. Watching a monitor displaying images captured by the camera, the doctor will expertly maneuver the equipment to complete your weight-loss procedure. Compared to traditional techniques, laparoscopic surgery reduces recovery time, minimizes post-operative discomfort, and lessens your risk of developing complications.
In some cases, a patient with a very high body mass index (BMI) may not be eligible for weight-loss surgery. Some surgeons may not be willing to operate until a significant percentage of body fat is lost, which can be difficult, if not impossible for some patients. Thankfully, the doctors at Tijuana Bariatrics want you to enjoy all the advantages a healthy weight provides, and will often approve surgical candidates with very high BMIs. In fact, Dr. Fernando Garcia has performed thousands of bariatric procedures, and has successfully operated on patients with BMIs of 75 or more.
For years, bariatric surgery has been helping patients shed excess pounds to reach a healthy body weight. The benefits of these procedures are profound: from relief from weight-related medical conditions to increased activity levels and an overall enhanced quality of life. Sadly, bariatric procedures are often priced too high for consumers in the United States. With most surgeries coming in at tens of thousands of dollars, even some patients in great need simply cannot afford a bariatric operation. Fortunately, you can rely on Tijuana Bariatrics for safe, cost-effective bariatric surgery that is just a fraction of the price you can expect to pay in the U.S.
Successful weight loss after bariatric surgery begins well before the procedure. In order to lose weight and keep it off, patients must be committed to certain lifestyle habits including consistent exercise and a healthy diet. In addition to eating well and becoming more active, you will be provided with pre-operative instructions to make sure you understand special items you will need to have on hand. For example, you will need to have soft, pureed foods available following the procedure.
Bariatric surgeries promote weight loss through restriction or malabsorption, or by combining the two techniques. Restrictive surgeries permanently or temporarily reduce the size of the stomach, meaning the patient can only eat a very limited amount at one time. This technique also creates a feeling of fullness more quickly and for a longer amount of time. Malabsorptive surgeries, such as gastric bypass, modify the gastrointestinal tract so the body absorbs fewer calories.