Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgical procedures cause weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, causing malabsorption of nutrients, or by a combination of both gastric restriction and malabsorption. Bariatric procedures also often cause hormonal changes. Most weight loss surgeries today are performed using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery).

The most common bariatric surgery procedures are gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric band, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Each surgery has its own advantages and disadvantages.

The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy also known as Gastric Sleeve – is performed by a Bariatric Surgeon and consists in excising 70 to 80% of the size of the stomach.  The remaining part of the stomach consists on a pouch that resembles the shape of a banana.

This procedure is very popular because it brings advantages due to the nature of the surgery. Once the stomach pouch is reduced, the volume it can hold considerably diminishes and reduces the amount of calories (food) that can be consumed. The biggest benefit, however, is the effect the procedure causes in the intestine hormones that impact several factors such as cravings, hunger, satiety, etc.

The Gastric Bypass Procedure is performed by a Bariatric Surgeon and consists in dividing the stomach into two pouches – a smaller upper one and a larger lower pouch.  The small intestine is connected to both once it´s re-arranged. There are different techniques for this procedure such as Roux en-Y proximal, Roux en-Y distal, Mini Gastric Bypass and the endoscopic duodenal-jejunal bypass.This procedure is very popular because it brings advantages due to the nature of the surgery.Once the stomach pouch is reduced, the volume it can hold considerably diminishes and reduces the amount of calories (food) that can be consumed.The biggest benefit, however, is the effect the procedure causes in the intestine hormones that impact several factors such as cravings, hunger, satiety, etc.

The surgeon uses laparoscopy (which involves small cuts in the belly) to place an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. Squeezed by the silicone band, the stomach becomes a pouch with about an inch-wide outlet. After banding, the stomach can hold only about an ounce of food.

Your doctor will determine which procedure is the right one for you.

Locations for Bariatric Surgery

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Torreon
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Playa del Carmen
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Cozumel
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