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Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico – Dr. Alvarez

"Leading surgeon nationwide in performing the gastric sleeve or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG)." 

Author of the book "Successful Weight Loss with the Gastric Sleeve"
Click here to watch a Gastric Sleeve Surgery
performed and narrated by Dr. Alvarez
What is a "Sleeve Gastrectomy" ?

The sleeve gastrectomy is an operation in which the left side of the stomach is surgically removed. This results in a new stomach which is roughly the size and shape of a banana. Since this operation does not involve any "rerouting" or reconnecting the intestines, it is a simpler operation than the gastric bypass or the duodenal switch. Unlike the Lap Band procedure, the sleeve gastrectomy does not require the implantation of an artificial device inside the abdomen. Patients come from around the world to receive gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico with Dr. Guillermo Alvarez.

Patients who should consider this procedure include:

  1. Those who are concerned about the potential long term side effects of an intestinal bypass such as intestinal obstruction, ulcers, anemia, osteoporosis, protein deficiency and vitamin deficiency.
  2. Those who are considering a Lap Band but are concerned about a foreign body inside the abdomen.
  3. Those who have medical problems that prevent them from having weight loss surgery such as anemia, crohn's disease, extensive prior surgery, and other complex medical conditions.
  4. People who need to take anti-inflammatory medications may also want to consider this. Usually, these medications need to be avoided after a gastric bypass because the risk of ulcer is higher.

It might also be a good option if patients have a problem with their lap band requiring revision, have already lost a lot of weight and don't want a full bypass. The weight loss seems to be a little better and more rapid than the Lap Band (60 - 70 percent EWL) over two years. There is still no long-term data. Compare Lap Band v. gastric sleeve surgery.

Click here to see video on how life is like
the 1st month of having a Gastric Sleeve
Click here to see video on how is life after
6 months of having a Gastric Sleeve


Video: How is Life One Month After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Learn more about the benefits of gastric sleeve surgery by hearing from one of Dr. Alvarez’s Mexico bariatric surgery patients, about how the procedure has changed her life.


Video: Weight Loss Results After Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

See the amazing transformation of one of Dr. Alvarez’s Mexico sleeve gastrectomy patients, who lost more than 80lbs after surgery.

What advantages does it have?

  1. It does not require disconnecting or reconnecting the intestines (no dumping syndrome).
  2. There is no malabsorption of nutrients therefore avoiding anemia, osteoporosis, protein deficiency and vitamin deficiency.
  3. Only surgery that substantially removes the "hunger hormone" Ghrelin.
  4. It is a technically a much simpler operation than the gastric bypass or the duodenal switch.
  5. There is no foreign body inside of you.
  6. It does not need adjustments or fills (adjustable band patients must come back for fills).
  7. Preserves the pylorus (most patients should not get dumping syndrome).
Patients with Lap Band complications

If you are a patient with a previous Lap-Band procedure and you're experiencing problems such as reflux, esophagitis, band erosion, band slippage, or port site infection you may be a candidate for "revision" surgery. This means removing the Lap Band system and performing a VSG (Gastric Sleeve) procedure. Patients in this category are very concerned about regaining their already lost weight and they will greatly benefit with the gastric sleeve procedure. At this point the gastric sleeve will not only let them maintain their weight, but will let them continue losing more weight. Dr. Alvarez, a top Mexico gastric sleeve surgery specialist, provides this effective alternative for patients around the world seeking to continue the weight loss process without the Lap Band.

Revisions

The term "revision" is applied when one weight loss procedure is converted or transformed into another one. (For example; a Lap-Band system to a mini gastric bypass or to a gastric sleeve.)

Dr. Alvarez is one of the top surgeon's performing revisions to the gastric sleeve. Approximately 37% of Dr. Alvarez’s surgeries are revisions from a previous Lap Band to a gastric sleeve. Dr. Alvarez, a renowned Mexico bariatric surgeon, has also performed revisions for gastric sleeve Mexico patients with a previous open vertical banded gastroplasty, open and laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication, open and laparoscopic Toupet, and open Belsey Mark IV, among other surgeries.

Learn more about gastric sleeve surgery by exploring the pros and cons of gastric sleeve vs. gastric plication or gastric sleeve v. bypass surgery.

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hernia repair performed and narrated by Dr. Alvarez
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