Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

The Ultimate Guide to Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

If you’re unhappy about your weight and have a lot to lose, Bariatric Surgery in Mexico can help you slim down to a size you’re much happier with.

Bariatric surgery is a term which includes a variety of procedures which, essentially, restrict the amount of food your stomach can hold (so you eat less) and, also, in some cases, restricts what your body absorbs. If you are morbidly obese and no amount of exercising or dieting has resulted in significant weight loss, then you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery.

What are the different Bariatric Surgery Procedures and how do they work?

With your surgeon, you will need to discuss what you hope to achieve, the possible ramifications of the various procedures and whether to go for a permanent or non-permanent solution.

Gastric Bypass

This is probably the one most people have heard of, with the Roux-en-Y the most commonly performed gastric bypass procedure. Essentially, the procedure divides the stomach, creating a smaller pouch which food passes into. The small intestine is also divided, and the bottom end is joined to the pouch, effectively bypassing the larger part of the stomach and the rest of the small intestine.

The procedure work because less calories are consumed because the stomach holds much smaller amounts of food, and, secondly, less calories are absorbed because the small intestine has been shortened.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy works in a similar fashion to the Roux-en-Y bypass, but remoed around 80% of the stomach, leaving a small tubular pouch.

Gastric Band

The gastric band is the only reversible bariatric procedure. The band is adjustable, and is inflated over the top part of the stomach to section this section off from the stomach below. The band can be inflated more to create a smaller opening – and the smaller the opening the less you will be able to eat, so reducing the amount of calories consumed.

How long does bariatric surgery take to perform?

This will depend on what type of bariatric surgery you have. Generally, most are performed laparascopically (keyhole surgery) these days, which means you will not have large incisions, and the recovery time is far quicker. Your surgery will be performed under a general anesthetic, and it typically takes several hours.

What is the recovery time from bariatric surgery?

Again, it depends on the specific bariatric procedure you have. In the case of a gastric band you will most likely be discharged within 24 hours, but for the permanent procedures it could be between 2 – 5 days.

You will need to give your digestive system time to heal, so you won’t be allowed to eat for a few days. After that, you will start on liquids, progressing to liquidized and soft foods and then eating normally. You will more than likely be given dietary guidelines, and a specific diet to follow for several months. You will need to be monitored frequently after your surgery, with blood tests to monitor your health.

You may experience aching, feeling tired and cold in the first few month after surgery as your body adapts to the rapid weight loss, but these should pass in time.

What is the cost of bariatric surgery in Mexico compared to the United States and Canada?

The cost of bariatric surgery in Mexico varies depending on the exact procedure, but on average it costs $5,000 (CAD $6,000; £3,000 GBP, €4,500, AUD $6,500) compared to an average of $20,000 in the United States (CAD $24,000; £13,000 GBP, €18,000, AUD $28,000)

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