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Single-Incision Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

SILS Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico

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    At least 2.8 million people die each year due to obesity, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Obesity is no longer a problem for high-income countries. This health condition has also become prevalent in middle and low-income countries, making it close to an epidemic.

    But how are people dealing with it?

    There are the usual recommendations of eating healthy and doing a lot of physical activities to keep your weight in check. However, you need to consider an alternative treatment plan in complicated cases.

    That’s where gastric sleeve SILS surgery comes in. It is a treatment option that helps dramatically reduce your weight and makes it easier to maintain your weight loss using proper lifestyle changes.

    Single-Incision Gastric Sleeve

    What is Gastric Sleeve SILS Surgery?

    SILS surgery is an advanced form of bariatric surgery where only a small incision, about 5-12 mm in size, or ½ inch, is made above or just at the belly button. This procedure differs from the traditional surgery method where large or multiple incisions are needed to perform surgery.

    Gastric sleeve SILS surgery is done laparoscopically. All instruments are inserted through this small incision reducing the scarring. The surgeon will use a camera inserted through the incision to navigate precisely and utilize other instruments to do the surgery.

    After the procedure, the surgeon stitches up the incision before bandaging it. Since SILS requires a small incision, you do not end up with so many stitches. In most cases, the doctor will only use small strips of sterile tape. Most people won’t even know you had surgery.

    Procedure for Gastric Sleeve SILS Surgery

    Gastric sleeve SILS surgery is typically done in four steps.

    1. Administering anesthesia – the surgeon first administers general anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
    2. Incision – a single incision is made just at or above the belly button. This incision is commonly referred to as the “port.” The fiber-optic camera, called a laparoscope, and all other equipment, pass through this incision.
    3. Sleeve surgery – the surgeon removes a portion of your stomach, typically 80%. The remaining portion is shaped into an oblong tube.
    4. Closing procedure – your new stomach is sealed, and the incision at the belly button is closed.

    A typical gastric sleeve SILS surgery takes 30 – 60 minutes. Most patients go home the same day of the surgery and resume their normal activities within a day or two. However, taking one week off is the most recommended option for better recovery.

    After the procedure, you’ll have to stay on mashed food and liquids for two to three weeks. Then, you can start adding soft foods slowly before transitioning to regular food in your diet. The final transition normally occurs six weeks after the surgery.

    The Traditional Laparoscopic Procedure

    With the traditional laparoscopic procedure, the surgeon makes several small incisions, where four to six laparoscopic instruments get inserted. A special tool, known as a trocar, is then inserted to reduce the stomach by 80%.

    After the stomach has been reduced in size, it is stapled close. The surgeon removes the unwanted stomach tissue and performs a leak test to ensure the stomach is properly sealed. The surgeon then closes the four to six incisions made.

    Benefits of SILS

    SILS comes with a ton of benefits over traditional laparoscopic bariatric surgeries.

    These include:

    Minimal invasiveness – Gastric sleeve SILS surgery is minimally invasive since only a small incision is required. You also don’t end up with a large incision or scar.
    Improved surgical experience and recovery time – since SILS is less invasive, you typically get a shorter recovery time. There’s also a reduced risk of complications and minimized discomfort.
    Significant weight loss – most gastric sleeve SILS surgery patients achieve dramatic weight loss. According to the Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques, more than half of the patients lose 70.06% of their excess weight.

    Is SILS Right for Me?

    Not everyone is a candidate for single incision gastric sleeve surgery.

    The following factors make you more eligible:

    A BMI between 34 and 39 – Candidates who have a BMI above 40 may require more extensive surgery. If you have a BMI of 32 and certain co-morbidities, you may qualify for the procedure.
    No more than two abdominal surgeries – If you’ve had more than two abdominal surgeries, you’re more likely to suffer complications from gastric sleeve SILS surgery. A different procedure may be recommended.
    Total commitment to weight loss – gastric sleeve SILS surgery is not a magical way of achieving weight loss. You still have to commit to a proper exercise regime and a proper diet to see the full results.

    Consult a Surgeon to Know Your Next Steps

    SILS is the way to go when it comes to bariatric surgery, specifically restrictive gastric sleeve surgery. But it is not the most recommended option for everyone.

    Get to know whether you are fully eligible for this procedure by consulting a proper surgeon or surgery center with professionally trained staff. They will guide you on your next steps.

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