Gastric bypass surgery with Mexico’s largest private hospital network. You benefit from a US based case management team, years of experience of serving over 7,500 USA and Canadian patients, and treatment in a multi-disciplinary hospital with its modern facilities and World Class surgeons. Initially, gastric bypass was a radical surgery in which the patient’s entire abdomen was opened up and the stomach and digestive tract completely rearranged.
In the past several decades, gastric bypass surgery has evolved into its current form, a far less invasive procedure performed laparoscopically, so there are fewer complications than with traditional open bypass surgery.
Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico, with Angeles Health
What’s Included In Your Gastric Bypass Surgery Medical Travel Package
- All pre-op & post-op testing
- All surgeon & anesthesiologist fees
- Dedicated US based case management before, during and after your trip
- Hospital stay of 4 nights
- All nursing & hospital fees
- Door-to-door ground transportation from San Diego Airport to the gated private hospital for the patient and companion.
It is widely considered that having a bariatric surgery is 50% of the solution towards successfully achieving your long term weight loss goals. Unfortunately, there are some patients who struggle with weight regain, usually several years following their surgery. In the case of any bariatric surgery, this can be caused by a loss of restriction as the stomach stretches back out allowing for a larger intake of food and increased absorption of calories.
What should I expect from a Gastric Bypass Surgery
The essential nature of gastric bypass surgery involves dividing the upper stomach into two portions using surgical stapling, and connecting the resulting small pouch of the upper stomach to the intestines using a “Roux-en-Y” intestinal limb.Most gastric bypass procedures today are performed laparoscopically, with the surgeon manipulating specialized tools through minimally invasive small incisions, resulting in less bleeding, less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times than with traditional open bypass surgery.The modern Roux-en-Y bypass (RYGBP) procedure prevents bile from entering the upper part of the stomach and esophagus, an uncomfortable reflux mechanism associated with older forms of the surgery, and allows digestion to bypass the remaining stomach portion and the first segment of the small intestines. The resulting reconfiguration of the digestive tract gives patients a feeling of fullness, even when they eat small amounts of food.Because the reconfigured digestive tract bypasses the part of the intestines where calcium and iron are absorbed into the bloodstream, anemia and osteoporosis are common long-term complications of gastric bypass surgery. Bypass patients must therefore take lifelong calcium and iron supplements to guard against these two conditions.
The proximal gastric bypass, RYGBP, results in little malabsorption — that is, patients still receive the nutritional benefits of the foods they eat. However some surgeons modify the RYGBP to incorporate an element of malabsorption in order to increase weight loss in some critically obese patients.
This modification, called a distal gastric bypass, may result in more severe nutritional complications than the proximal RYGBP. The benefits of increased long-term weight loss using the distal gastric bypass procedure have not yet been well established with clinical data. As a result, many surgeons reserve the distal RYGBP for very select circumstances.
Combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, many gastric bypass patients enjoy significant improvements to their quality of life and observe durable, dramatic weight loss, as well as relief from many weight-related medical illnesses.
Are You an Ideal Gastric Bypass Candidate?
Gastric bypass surgery is generally recommended to seriously obese patients who have met with long term failure to control weight gain through self-directed dietary modification and/or drug-supported weight-loss therapies.
Bypass is also appropriate for those who suffer from other weight-related illnesses that may be relieved through significant weight loss. A diagnosis of “morbid obesity” is often made when patients have a Body Mass Index of 40 or more, when a patient has been in excess of 100lbs over their estimated optimal weight for five years or more, and when co-morbid conditions such as high blood-pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and arthritis are considered life-threatening or a serious impairment to quality of life.
Gastric bypass candidates must be prepared to significantly alter their lifestyle and eating habits and work with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and therapists to manage associated co-morbidities, especially during the first year to eighteen months after surgery.
Gastric bypass patients must strictly monitor nutrition, physical activity, eating behavior and pay special attention to their psychological needs in order to maximize long-term weight loss and sustain the improved quality of life made possible by the procedure.
Patients choosing gastric bypass must understand that the procedure results in a permanent reduction in the size of the stomach and an irreversible reconfiguration of the digestive tract. The gastric bypass candidate should also understand and accept both the general risks of surgery under anesthesia and the possibility of dealing with complications specific to bypass surgery including anemia, osteoporosis and dumping syndrome (lightheadedness, heart palpitations, diarrhea and other symptoms associated with eating sweets or foods with high sugar concentrations).
Why Choose Angeles Health for your Gastric Bypass Surgery
The main benefits of gastric bypass surgery include significant long-term weight loss and improvements to quality of life that come with adopting positive changes to eating behavior and making healthy lifestyle choices.More specifically, gastric bypass patients may expect:
- more durable weight loss than after purely restrictive procedures
- low incidence of protein-calorie malnutrition and diarrhea
- rapid improvement or resolution of weight-related co-morbidities including insulin resistant diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis, incontinence, liver disease, certain types of headaches, heartburn, sleep apnea and many other disorders
- appetite reduction
- increased self-esteem
- positive behavior modification
- improved quality of life
Any surgical procedure poses general risks including an adverse reaction to anesthesia or medications; bleeding; dehydration; diarrhea; heart attack; infection; injury to surrounding organs; lung problems ;nausea; pain; stroke; thrombosis (blood clots); and vomiting. Patients should research and discuss these and the possibility of other complications thoroughly before deciding to proceed with gastric bypass surgery.Complications specific to gastric bypass surgery can be divided into early and late-stage complications.
Early-stage complications include:
- Dumping syndrome
- Pulmonary embolism risk
- Wound infection
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
- Respiratory problems
Late-stage complications include:
- Incisional hernia
- Bowel obstruction
- Internal hernia
- Stomal stenosis
- Micronutrient deficiencies
- Marginal ulcer
Your obesity surgical team will discuss the likelihood of these complications and what you as a patient can do to reduce or eliminate their occurrence.