Bariatric Surgery Cancun

The terms bariatric or weight loss surgery comprise multiple types of surgeries whose primary function is to change how the patient’s body absorbs food for the sake of losing weight. In the end, the main goal is to reduce the weight of the patient, but they are not isolated procedures since this is not achieved solely through the surgical procedure itself; there need to be changes in the patient’s eating habits, self-esteem and in lifestyle in general.


During this procedure the surgeon actually cuts the stomach into two parts or sections. The larger of the two parts of the stomach is stitched together and closed. The smaller part is directly connected to the middle section of the small intestine, bypassing part of the stomach as well as other parts of the intestine.

This procedure restricts the amount of food you can eat and decreases calorie absorption in the duodenum, which is a section of the small intestine. Less food intake and calorie absorption lead to rapid weight loss.

The patient needs to be aware that a gastric bypass is considered major surgery, not a cosmetic procedure as is often the perception. This major operation aids in correcting excessive weight in patients who are either in high-risk categories and/or are extremely obese but a gastric bypass isn’t a “cure-all” in that it won’t correct eating disorders or other psychological problems. Instead, it acts as part of an overall treatment plan including nutritionists, a physical therapist, mental health specialists, internal medicine specialists and a gastric bypass surgeon.

Average hospital stay: 2-3 nights

Average recovery time before patient is able to travel to home country after a gastric bypass: 7 days but varies based on how well patient recovers from the operation.

During a gastric sleeve procedure, a portion of the patient’s stomach is removed laparoscopically, with the remaining part of the stomach being reshaped in the form of a sleeve. These changes cause the stomach to hold less food, and it won’t stretch as it may in other procedures. A gastric sleeve procedure has an advantage over a lap band procedure in that there are no periodic adjustments required.

Like the gastric bypass and lap band, the aim of the gastric sleeve is to change the way food is absorbed in the body of the patient by reducing the patient’s weight to a healthier and more manageable level.

Also like the gastric bypass, the gastric sleeve is considered a major surgery as opposed to cosmetic and is a process that is used to correct extreme obesity or obesity in patients who are in certain high-risk categories or conditions.

As with other bariatric or weight-loss procedures, the gastric sleeve is not an isolated procedure but rather forms part of an entire treatment plan including mental health specialists, physical therapists, nutritionists, internal medicine specialists and a gastric sleeve surgeon.

Average hospital stay: usually 1 to 2 nights.

Average recovery time before patient is able to travel to home country after a gastric sleeve: generally 5 to 7 days.

Lap band surgery is called an “a laparoscopic procedure” in which a silicone band is placed around the top portion of the stomach or fundus, and divides it. There is a port left just beneath the skin and the silicone band is connected to it. How tight the lap band is can be controlled by the surgeon by the simple injection of a saline solution. This is the procedure of choice for weight loss surgery since it is relatively simple, removal is easy and the complication rate is low.

However, lap band surgery complications may include infection of the port site and band loosening, among others, making it the less than perfect choice for medical tourists.

Lap band surgery is another one of the procedures that are used in weight loss treatment with the goal being to change the way a patient’s body absorbs food. This type of procedure is also not considered a cosmetic procedure and is for prospects who are considered in high-risk or extremely obese. It too is part of an overall plan of treatment including but may not be limited to: physical therapists, nutritionists, internal medicine and internal medicine specialists, mental health specialists and the lap band surgeon.

Average hospital stay: one night.

Average recovery time before patient is able to travel to home country after a lap band: generally 5 to 7 days.

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