Dr. Valenzuela and Dr. Cabrera Performing Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

Mexico offers unparalleled opportunities for high-end discount weight-loss surgeries in Mexico. Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela is a bariatric surgeon that can operate various weight loss procedures including:

If you’re suffering from obesity and have co-morbidities, then weight loss surgery may be a good idea.

What is Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)

Bariatric Surgery, more colloquially known as Weight Loss Surgery, is a kind of procedure designed to help people who are dangerously overweight lose weight. By providing an extra tool along with proper diet and exercise, people can radically change their health for the better.

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Bariatric Surgery is categorized into two groups: restrictive and malabsorptive. Sometimes surgeries like RNY gastric bypass will combine into two.

  1. Restrictive surgeries aim to reduce the amount of food patients can eat by decreasing the size of the stomach. Surgeries like the Gastric Balloon and Lap-Band uses this process to help hundreds of thousands of patients.
  2. Malabsorptive surgeries alter the way the body naturally absorbs nutrients from food. By bypassing a portion of the small intestines, they can decrease the amount of calories and nutrients people absorb, decreasing caloric intake internally.

Surgeries like RNY Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve use both types of procedures to combat obesity.

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Weight Loss Surgery Options in Mexico

Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Sleeve gastrectomy) – Gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive procedure that reduces the stomach capacity to 85%. This allows patients to combat obesity effectively.

Gastric Bypass Surgery – Gastric bypass surgery is both a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure that provides high expected weight loss. Today, gastric bypass is still a popular bariatric procedure.

Gastric Banding Surgery – This is an outdated procedure that creates a small pouch on the upper portion of the stomach. This reduces food intake.

Gastric Sleeve Plication – Gastric Plication is a restrictive procedure that is reversible. Gastric Plication mimics a smaller stomach by suturing, allowing the patient to reverse the procedure anything.

Duodenal Switch – Duodenal switch is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure that produces the highest expected weight loss compared to other surgeries. Because of the powerfulness of the procedure, Duodenal Switch is reserved for morbidly obese patients.

Revision Procedures – Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela can perform bariatric surgery revisions that allow patients to change existing bariatric surgery. Patients can also choose to upgrade the procedure. Common revisional surgeries include Lap-Band to Gastric Sleeve, Sleeve to Mini-Bypass, VBG to Gastric Bypass.

Is Bariatric Surgery in Mexico Safe and Effective?

Thousands of people every year travel to Mexico from San Diego to have bariatric surgery. This is called medical tourism. Having surgery in Mexico is a safe and low-cost alternative to undergoing the procedure in the United States or Canada. A recent study found that Medical procedures in Mexico typically cost 1/3 or less than what they do in the United States.

Related: Why Undergo Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

According to Families U.S.A., an advocacy group for healthcare issues in Washington, D.C., healthcare in Mexico is actually superior to the ones in the United States.

Another report found that 90% of people who had received health care in Mexico were very satisfied. 80% rated the care they had received in the United States as either good or excellent.



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