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Gastric Sleeve Surgery Right For Me?

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Most patients will be good candidates for gastric sleeve surgery if they have a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or over. Patients with a BMI of 30 and co-morbidities, will very likely be a candidate for the gastric sleeve procedure. 

Candidates who lack insurance, or need to quickly get approved and have surgery are also good candidates for Mexico Gastric Sleeve. Please contact our helpful staff to learn more about our approval process.

Am I A Candidate?

It is important to note that the best way to know if you’re ready for a gastric sleeve procedure is by having a face-to-face discussion with your healthcare provider. But there are general indicators that you are fit for the blade.

These include:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.
  • Age between 18 and 65.
  • Full understanding of what is involved and required before, during and after surgery.

You must also commit yourself to make lifestyle changes. The gastric sleeve is not a quick fix for all your weight loss problems. You have to combine it with proper lifestyle changes to be successful.

Your Health Status

Some weight-related conditions may prevent you from getting gastric sleeve surgery in a medical tourism setting. Some of these conditions include:

  • Severe Lung Conditions 
  • Severe Heart Conditions
  • Inability to Walk without assistance
  • Alcohol or Drug Addictions 

If you have one of these conditions it doesn’t automatically disqualify you from surgery.  Please speak to one of our patient coordinators to see your options and see if gastric sleeve is a fit for you. 

Your Weight Loss History

Gastric sleeve surgery is an excellent option if you’ve already been exploring other weight loss methods and you’ve been unsuccessful. Diet and exercise do not often help long-term weight loss, especially if you have many pounds to lose.

Otherwise, it might be wiser to try other weight loss methods before committing to the procedure.

Also, you might consider a gastric sleeve if you’ve managed to run some diet and exercise programs but maintaining the results has been a hurdle. 

Yes, enjoying the long-term benefits of gastric sleeve surgery requires that you also stick to a strict program. However, you’ll have the help of permanent changes to your stomach to make the program easier.

Is Mexico the right fit for Me?

Undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico is not right for everyone. Medical tourism is ideal for a majority of patient profiles, but some candidates are not right for medical tourism. 

Some candidates, such as those, who have significant and severe health conditions are probably not the best fit for undergoing gastric sleeve in Mexico. 

Is Medical Tourism Safe?

Mexico is a safe and affordable destination for undergoing the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Yearly, thousands of US and Canadian patients visit Mexico to undergo affordable weight loss surgery. The benefits are the quicker wait times, and the ability to save up to 80% the self-pay costs in the states.

Renew Bariatrics currently performs the Gastric Sleeve procedure in Tijuana and Cancun Mexico. Contact our staff today to learn more, or apply for bariatric surgery now.

What Happens Before and After the Surgery?

After

Gastric sleeve surgery makes you lose anywhere between 50% – 80% of a patient’s excess weight. That translates to some patients losing 80 to 100 pounds in the first year. This is more than you can lose while on a diet and doing exercises alone.

Losing this weight improves the management of complications such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. Your joints also feel much better, with most pains and aches disappearing.

The Risks

Improvements in medical technology and the spread of laparoscopy have made gastric sleeve surgery more effective. Post-operative complications have also been significantly improved.

It is normal to feel pain the first few days after the operation. This pain usually is tolerable. 

You are also less likely to die from gastric sleeve surgery than a hip replacement or gallbladder surgery. Also, fewer than 1 in 20 patients develop major complications. Gastric sleeve surgery also has lower risks compared to morbid obesity.

How to Maintain the Results

Gastric sleeve is a long-term decision and commitment. Thus, you have to take the right steps to ensure that you reap the full benefits of the surgery. 

Lifelong Lifestyle Changes

Despite gastric sleeve surgery reducing the size of your stomach, it can still stretch out again to accommodate more food as you ingest more. 

You, therefore, need to commit to a new and healthy lifestyle. This includes closely monitoring the food you eat. Start by creating and maintaining new and healthy eating habits and stop behaviors that led to your weight gain in the first place.

Check your Mental Health

Your weight is closely associated with your mental health. Having a history of certain conditions can make reaping the long-term benefits of gastric sleeve surgery quite difficult. Common mental health problems that can be a roadblock include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Major depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance abuse
  • Binge eating
  • A history of sexual abuse

You should postpone the surgery until you have received treatment for these issues for the best results.

Go for Gastric Sleeve Surgery to Get the Weight Loss Results You Desire

Achieving weight loss is a mighty task for most of us. However, it can be conquered with the right professionals and support system in place.

Make sure you get a professional surgeon’s advice surgeon before going under the knife. And since this is a personal decision packed with life-long commitments, ensure your family, friends, and co-workers are on board to support you before and after the surgery.