Being overweight can interfere with every aspect of your life. For many individuals, diet and exercise simply do not produce satisfactory results.
So why should you consider a gastric bypass procedure at our Tijuana, Mexico, practice?
How Does Gastric Bypass Work?
Bariatric Surgery Can Result in Long-Term Success
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Let's Dive into the Gastric Bypass Process...
Minimally Invasive Surgery
A laparoscope will be used during your surgery. This tool is a small tube with a special camera attached to the end which provides the doctor with a clear view of the treatment area. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that requires far smaller incisions and much less tissue disruption than traditional open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery offers several advantages including less discomfort, minimized scarring, and a shorter recovery.
Why is the Stomach Resized?
The resizing of your stomach and rerouting of your intestine is designed to make you consume smaller amounts of food and digest that food more quickly. Because the food will enter a lower portion of your bowels, much of the food's nutritional and caloric elements will not be processed or broken down. Gastric bypass surgery allows obese patients to drop weight faster and maintain healthy eating habits. As with every type of weight loss surgery we perform, gastric bypass surgery only gives you the tools to lose weight; it is up to you to dedicate yourself to leading a healthier lifestyle. After the initial recovery period, and a commitment to healthy lifestyle changes, patients can expect to achieve lasting, positive results.
How Long Does the Recovery Take?
Typically, it takes about three to five weeks to fully recover from laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. Over the course of your recovery, there are generally several healing milestones, including:
- Patients typically spend two to three days in the hospital
- Incisions heal within about two weeks
- Many patients return to work after about two weeks
- A month after surgery, you can begin more strenuous activities
However, it is important to follow your doctor's recommendations throughout the recovery period to prevent complications.
What to Expect during the Recovery Period
Many people considering this surgery are curious about what the healing and recovery process entails. Dr. Fernando Garcia can provide instructions which allow for a smooth and quick gastric bypass surgery recovery.
The First Week
In order to allow your stomach to heal properly, patients will be restricted to a liquid diet the first few days after surgery. It is important to drink plenty of fluids (about 60 ounces a day) during this time. In addition to water, patients should be sure to drink low-calorie fluids, such as unsweetened tea and broth, to keep their electrolytes balanced. Your surgeon can make recommendations that are specific to your needs, but typically more than half of your fluids should come from water. To ensure you get enough fluids, it is a good idea to measure out the recommended amount every morning and put it into a designated container. Patients should try and spread consumption throughout the day so that the container is empty before going to bed. Having a low-calorie drink at your bedside and sipping it every 15 to 20 minutes is a great way to get your fluids safely.
Caring for the Surgical Site
Patients should be sure to keep their incisions clean and covered. It is recommended that patients gently wash the incisions daily with soap and water (no scrubbing), and dry them thoroughly. Swelling, bruising, and some fluid discharge is normal. Patients should reach out to their medical professional if there are any signs of infection, such as persistent redness, bleeding, or a change in the fluid's color or thickness.
After the First Week
The wound should be entirely closed no more than two weeks after surgery. Patients can apply specialized lotions to minimize scarring. At this point, you should also be feeling well enough to slowly ease back into some of your regular activities. Patients should engage in light exercise to encourage blood flow, while being careful not to overexert themselves. Most patients will be able to return to work about two weeks after their procedure. More strenuous exercises, such as jogging or riding a bicycle, should not be resumed until the doctor advises, which is usually at least a month after surgery.
Short-term Side Effects
It is not uncommon for patients to experience short-term side effects, which should dissipate in a matter of weeks, including:
- Nausea or vomiting – As you learn what and how much you can eat, you will be able to better prevent any stomach discomfort. A good rule of thumb is to take small bites and chew food thoroughly.
- Body aches – Aches usually pass quickly and can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Patients should check with their doctor since non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, should be avoided.
- Weakness or fatigue – When patients adjust to the bariatric diet and exercise routine, their energy should improve.
- Feeling cold – Temperature changes can be caused by changes in metabolism.
- Constipation – By drinking more fluids, eating lots of fiber (or taking supplements), and staying active, patients can reduce or altogether eliminate the risk of constipation.
- Diarrhea and gas – Identifying and avoiding foods that trigger an upset stomach or bowel irritation can allow patients to enjoy improved digestion and comfort.
- Dumping syndrome – This condition is caused by the rapid emptying of your stomach after a meal. Symptoms may include dizziness, weakness, flushing, nausea, and heart palpitations shortly after eating. With the right eating habits, patients can avoid this condition.
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Results: Short and Long-Term
The vast majority of gastric bypass patients lose significant weight and enjoy an improvement in their health and quality of life. In fact, weight loss usually comes fairly easily in the first couple of years after surgery. Beyond this time frame, patients can typically enjoy sustained weight loss if they remain committed to a healthy lifestyle and exercise.*
Being more active and fit can lead to a better social life, stronger interpersonal relationships, and even improved job performance.
Weight Loss in the First Year
Gastric bypass surgery is designed to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat, while also reducing your absorption of calories. With this comprehensive weight-loss approach, most patients will experience a substantial reduction in excess body weight within the first six months of their surgery.*
Since the stomach will not be able to hold as much food at any given time, the first weeks and months after surgery consist of an adjustment period as patients learn to eat less. Certain foods may also be difficult to eat at first. Eventually, patients will be able to determine which foods and quantities work best for them. After about a year, most patients who follow their post-surgical instructions, including their diet and exercise recommendations, can achieve their goal weight.*
Keeping the Weight Off
During the first year or two after gastric bypass surgery, diet and exercise changes often come easily. With all the rapid weight loss, patients are often excited about staying healthy by eating right and being active. Once weight loss goals are reached, however, it may be tempting to be less diligent sticking with healthy diet and exercise habits. To maintain a healthy weight though, patients should continue to exercise, keep snacking to a minimum, eat small portions, and have a strong support system that encourages good habits.
Ongoing Health Benefits
The list of direct and indirect health benefits connected to significant weight loss is long and impressive. Obesity-related conditions that may be resolved after gastric bypass surgery include sleep apnea, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Getting healthy, of course, means that you feel better, but it can have some other great benefits too. With improved health, patients can save money on doctors' visits and medications. As patients lose substantial weight, they often are able to do things with family and friends they might not have been able to do before. Being more active and fit can lead to a better social life, stronger interpersonal relationships, and even improved job performance. Given all the physical and social advantages gastric bypass patients enjoy, it should be no surprise that many of them also report improved metal health and self-esteem.
When combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, bariatric surgery may often act as an effective tool to provide you with long term weight-loss and help you increase your quality of health. American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Additional Information About Gastric Bypass Surgery
Has your weight loss journey been one of defeat and discouragement? If so, you are not alone. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world struggle to lose weight and keep it off. If you are obese, and diet and exercise haven't proven to be effective in helping you lose weight, then gastric bypass surgery may be right for you. Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most common forms of bariatric surgery in Tijuana and the rest of the world because of its safety, efficacy, and impressive success rate. Our highly trained weight management professionals have years of experience helping patients regain their confidence, restore their health, and lead a more active lifestyle with a low-cost gastric bypass surgery procedure. Let certified and trusted bariatric surgeon Dr. Fernando Garcia help you rediscover your potential by helping you shed pounds and maintain a healthy weight.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is one of the most successful bariatric surgery procedures. It works by dividing the stomach into two separate pouches, an upper pouch and lower pouch. The smaller pouch is then connected to the lower portion of the small intestine. The small intestine is re-arranged to connect to both pouches. The amount of food you are able to consume is restricted due to the size of the newly created stomach pouch.
By limiting your nutritional and caloric intake, you can lose more weight within a shorter amount of time. On average, most patients who choose to undergo gastric bypass surgery at our Tijuana practice lose 10 to 20 pounds every month for a year. This form of bariatric surgery poses a lower complication rate than other weight loss surgical treatments; however, it is not reversible.
Type 2 diabetes may be reduced in some patients, usually leading to a normal blood sugar without medication
Advantages of the Gastric Bypass
- Hyperlipidemia is corrected in over 70% of patients
- Essential hypertension is relieved in over 70% of patients and medication requirements are usually reduced in the remainder
- Obstructive sleep apnea is markedly improved with weight loss and bariatric surgery may be curative for sleep apnea
- Snoring also improves in most patients
- Type 2 diabetes may be reduced in some patients usually leading to a normal blood sugar without medication, sometimes within days of surgery
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease is relieved in almost all patients
- Venous thromboembolic disease signs such as leg swelling are typically alleviated
- Lower back pain and joint pain are typically relieved or improved in nearly all patients
- 80-85% off the excess weight is achieved with this procedure
- The overall quality of life for patients improves greatly
How Much Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost?
This procedure can typically be quite expensive in the U.S. - between $20,000-30,000, depending on where in the country you have the procedure done. Through medical tourism in Tijuana, many patients are finding that the cost of weight loss procedures can be affordable on nearly any budget, without compromising their safety or results.
In addition to the benefits that can be achieved using laparoscopic surgery, your gastric bypass procedure with Tijuana Bariatrics will cost nearly a fifth of what you can expect to pay in the U.S. At a discounted rate of $6,500, our gastric bypass surgery is a very affordable way to achieve your ideal body weight and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
Safe, Low-Cost Treatment at Tijuana Bariatrics
Dedicated to Your Safety and Satisfaction
It is understandable that patients may have questions about receiving surgical care at a facility outside their home country. We are happy to say that Tijuana Bariatrics has coordinated countless bariatric surgeries that have all met and exceeded standard levels of safety and care. Your surgery will take place in a hospital that meets rigorous U.S. standards and is fully equipped with precise technology. The doctors who will perform your surgery have successfully completed thousands of bariatric procedures. Given their unparalleled experience, they can perform surgeries on patients who might not be considered good candidates elsewhere.
Coordinating Your Travel Logistics
As part of the cost of your package, we will oversee all aspects of your accommodations and on-ground travel arrangements. You will stay at the well-appointed Marriott Hotel in Tijuana that is accustomed to catering to the needs of international travelers. The locations of both the hotel and the hospital are in prosperous neighborhoods that are known for their peacefulness and safety. For your ease of mind, drivers will pick you up and drop you off at the airport, and escort you to and from the hotel and hospital.