Your Weight Can Affect Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
According to the World Health Organization, the highest levels of obesity exist within the United States and Mexico. One in six adults across the world is obese, and one in three adolescents suffers from obesity. Researchers now consider obesity to be a worldwide epidemic do to its rapid growth. Because so many people suffer from obesity, we offer a comprehensive range of obesity treatment options at Tijuana Bariatrics to assist those who want to manage their weight and restore their health.
How Do I Know If I Am Obese?
The standard way to gauge obesity is to measure Body Mass Index, or BMI. To determine your BMI:
- Multiply your height in inches by itself (e.g., 65 inches times 65 inches = 4225)
- Then divide your weight in pounds by that number (e.g., 225 lbs./4225 = .053)
- Finally, multiply that number by 703 to arrive at your BMI (e.g., .053x703 = 37.259)
If your resulting BMI is over 30, then you are medically considered to be obese, and if your BMI is 40 or above, then you suffer from morbid obesity. Both conditions can be harmful to your health and potentially life threatening. Patients who are morbidly obese are generally 100 pounds overweight and are at a higher risk for developing heart related diseases.
Your Weight Affects the Health of Your Entire Body
Obesity is associated with an elevated risk of developing cancer. The most common forms of cancer found in overweight patients are:
- Breast Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Gall Bladder Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
Obese patients are more likely to develop diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic diseases such as Hodgkin's lymphoma, all of which are preventable and controllable. Poor dietary habits and inactivity contribute to the growing rate of obesity around the world. What many patients fail to realize is that their condition does not just affect their physical health; it also affects their emotional health and their ability to be physical active.
Obesity does not have a direct cure, however, through dedicated effort, responsibility, and an altered lifestyle a patient can regain normal weight and improve their overall health. Obesity is a condition that worsens over time and longer it goes untreated the more you put your health in jeopardy.
Every patient that we treat possesses unique qualities and has his or her own personal story as to how they arrived at this point in their lives. The compassionate Tijuana Bariatrics team is full of qualified medical professionals who understand the difficulties patients face when deciding to make a proactive effort to improve their lives by getting their weight under control.
Specialists take care of the quantity of food that you eat; you take care of the quality. All of the minimally invasive weight loss treatments that the network of doctors offers at the Tijuana facility have been proven to be safe and effective in the treatment of obesity. Your bariatric surgery options will be considered after a thorough review of your medical history and following a comprehensive consultation with our weight loss specialist and the recommendations of Dr. Garica. It is important for them to thoroughly evaluate your medical history, treatment goals, and emotional state prior to recommending a weight loss plan and tailoring the treatment specifically to your case. The doctors offer:
- Gastric Banding Surgery
- Gastric Bypass Surgery
- "Mini" Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Gastric Sleeve Surgery
- Gastric Plication
- Duodenal Switch Surgery
- Bariatric Surgery Revisions
Because each procedure requires a different form of maintenance in the months following surgery, the Tijuana Bariatrics network will work with you to develop a plan that spans several years. Though rare, in some cases a revision surgery may be required to help you continue to see improved results rather than reaching a plateau. The Tijuana Bariatrics staff is committed to seeing your condition improve in the weeks, months, and years to come. Also, if you are unhappy with the bariatric surgery that you had performed by a different doctor, the expert staff at Tijuana Bariatrics can correct and revise your previous surgery to your satisfaction.
Nutritional Counseling to Ensure Your Long-Term Success
A good diet and healthy lifestyle are the keys to achieving and maintaining the expected results of bariatric surgery. At Tijuana Bariatrics, nutritionist Linda Cardona will be there for you every step of the way. She specializes in providing nutritional counseling to bariatric patients. After your surgery, she will create and explain your individualized diet plan and adjust it to fit your specific needs. Her nutritional counseling will help you enjoy a safe recovery, meet your weight-loss goals, and start a new chapter of health in your life.
The Importance of a Nutrition Counselor
After a bariatric procedure, following a diet is extremely important for two reasons. First, you will not be able to eat the same types of foods as you did before your surgery, at least during the first several weeks after surgery. Bariatric surgery involves altering the digestive tract. Typically, patients will be on a diet of liquids and pureed foods after their procedure. Soft and solid foods will slowly be reintroduced. Because your body will not be able to absorb the same types of foods in the same quantities as it did before, a well-balanced diet created by a nutritionist is essential. This diet will include not only foods and liquids, but also supplements to ensure you are receiving the nutrients that you need.
The other important reason to follow a diet designed by a professional is to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Some patient do not reach their goal weight within a year of surgery or as expected. Others may lose substantial weight but gain some of it back years later. Exercising regularly and adopting a healthy diet prepared by a nutritionist are the two ways you can achieve and maintain health.
Ensuring Your Weight Loss Success
While you are recovering from your surgery, Linda will visit you to discuss your post-operative diet and new lifestyle. She is bilingual and has received specialized training in nutrition, obesity, and diabetes in both Mexico and the U.S. She has also served as an instructor in nutrition and food science, and remains active in a number of dietary and bariatric organizations. She is an important member of the Tijuana Bariatrics team, and she will be there to answer your questions and help determine what you can and cannot eat.
Follow-up guidance is essential to the success of your bariatric surgery. You may find it easier to adhere to new lifestyle behaviors by working closely with a dietician. After you return home, please keep in touch with your dietician via Facebook. She will be happy to advise on your diet and nutritional requirements. You can also correspond with her by email. During these follow-ups, she will find out how you are feeling, and how you are responding to the diet. Based on this information, she can make adjustments to your nutritional plan as needed.
In addition to addressing your immediate nutritional needs, Linda will also give you tools for long-term success by helping you adopt new eating habits. By making behavioral changes, you can more effectively maintain your health.
Connect with Linda directly on Facebook or call her at (619) 730-3060.
At Tijuana Bariatrics, you won't be treated simply as a patient, but as a valued friend. Dr. Garcia always has his patients' best interests in mind when recommending treatment and performing surgery. The medical team always lends its support to patients by extending a helping hand to them at every stage of their weight loss. The specialists' encouraging words are meant to motivate and assure patients that their journey to reclaiming their health will be well worth it.
After your weight loss surgery at the Tijuana hospital, Hospital CER, you will be given a folder containing all of your medical records, detailed information about how your surgery went, what was performed during your surgery, dietary suggestions, and exercise recommendations, as well as a power point presentation to teach you which surgical measures may need to be taken in the months following surgery to ensure the best possible results.
Contact Us about Obesity Treatment
To learn more about obesity treatment options that are right for you, contact the bariatric surgery practice of Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazques today! During your consultation we can determine what form of weight loss surgery will work best for you and your health care needs. Our team specializes in several surgical weight loss procedures, as well as revisional procedures, all of which can be customized to fulfill the unique requirements of your case.
“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.