Every year, thousands of people travel to Mexico to undergo a specialized surgical procedure, such as plastic surgery, dental treatment or bariatric surgery. If you have decided to go to Mexico bariatric center for a weight loss surgery, there are some things that you must take into consideration before your trip; these will prepare you to receive the best medical care.
A bariatric surgery, such as a gastric sleeve, is a restrictive procedure that helps you lose weight since it restricts the amount of food you eat by reducing the size of your stomach. In this procedure the surgeon will remove a large part of your stomach, to make it smaller; therefore, limiting the amount of food you can eat.
In surgery, the medical specialist will create a small stomach sleeve with the use of a stapling device; the rest of your stomach is permanently removed. The size of your stomach will be reduced by approximately 75 percent. It can be a single procedure to lose weight, or it can be the first step before other types of surgeries.
If the surgery is done in a bariatric center in Mexico, you must prepare yourself for the pre or post-operative process. Some essential things must be taken into consideration when you’re away from homes, such as food choices, the necessary rest, lodging and the round trip from home to your destination, as well as the regular follow-up appointments needed with a multidisciplinary team.
Before having your gastric bypass Mexico, you will be given a general anesthetic that will put you to sleep. It is usually done with a small camera called a laparoscope, which is placed in the stomach and allows the surgeon to look inside. Your surgeon will make two to five small cuts in your abdomen and pass the laparoscope and other instruments that are needed to perform the surgery through these openings.
Afterward, they will remove a large part of your stomach, and the remaining portions will be joined together with surgical staples, this creates a long vertical tube or a banana-shaped stomach. The procedure should take between 60 and 90 minutes. You must make sure that the clinic you attend to has the best technology to carry out the operation without complications, and the doctor has the proper training for laparoscopic surgeries.
If you prefer a weight loss surgery that helps you restrict the amount of food you eat but doesn’t interfere with your food absorption nor involves having a foreign body inside your body, then a sleeve, a gastrectomy may be the best option for you.
You should bear in mind that, in general, the weight loss process will be slower than with other procedures, such as gastric bypass, and to lose weight you must commit to following a diet and exercise. A gastric sleeve surgery should be recognized as a permanent procedure since it can’t be undone.
Your Body Mass Index could possibly indicate that you can’t initially undergo another surgical procedure and your surgeon could recommend sleeve gastrectomy to lose excess weight to allow you the choice of a second surgical procedure to lose weight later.
Generally, weight loss surgery will be performed if you are unable to lose a considerable amount of weight and maintain long-term loss through diet and lifestyle changes or if you have serious health problems caused by obesity; like type II diabetes or hypertension.
This procedure might be recommended if you have a Body Mass Index of 40 or more since this indicates that you have at least 100 pounds or more over the recommended weight. It can also be recommended if you have a BMI of 35 or more and a serious medical condition that could improve with weight loss.
Bariatric surgery will drastically reduce your caloric intake. You can eat usually, but you will want much smaller portions in a meal. This can lead to dramatic weight loss in a relatively short period. In clinical studies, patients have lost an average of 66 percent of their excess weight.
By weighing less, patients will also find it much easier to move around and perform normal daily activities. This surgery keeps the pylorus in the body, the valve that regulates the emptying of the stomach, which will allow food to remain in the stomach for a while, making you feel full as the food runs off.
Weight loss after surgery can also improve your state of health. It can help you relieve: asthma, type II diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and gastroesophageal disease.
To qualify for a weight loss surgery, you should be able to commit yourself to make essential changes in your diet and lifestyle for the rest of your life. You must tell your bariatric surgeon which medications, vitamins, herbs and other supplements you take, keep in mind that the commercial names of medicines in Mexico may be different from those in the United States, so they should inform you about the active elements.
Try starting a healthy lifestyle a few weeks before your operation, to get used to a change in your lifestyle, which may result in more weight loss after surgery. You should also make sure you have a supply of drinks, thin soups, and purées ready for when you leave the hospital. Depending on the services offered by the hospital in Mexico, you must know the food provided by the place where you will stay and, if necessary, purchase this food beforehand.
You will probably be discharged home after two- or three-days post-surgery. You should be able to drink clear liquids the day after surgery, and then follow a liquid diet only for a period afterward. Your bariatric dietitian will recommend a strict regimen. Finally, the meals should be small enough to avoid stretching the remaining stomach. You should talk to their specialist about whether you can travel by plane or if you need to wait in the city for a few days.
When you go home, you will probably be given painkillers. During the first days after surgery, you will have to rest and avoid putting pressure on the wound of your operation, which means that even the smallest task will be too much. Make sure you have someone who can help you at home to help you do things for you.
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