Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric Sleeve Surgery, commonly known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a permanent weight loss surgery that is growing in popularity. It can help you regain your life back. We focus on getting our patients the best patient care in Mexico. We have multiple cities, and represent dozens of surgeons who are capable of performing gastric sleeve in Mexico. Contact us to see the difference we make!

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Information

The vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also known as laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, like the adjustable gastric band is classified as a restrictive weight loss surgery. The surgeon removes about 85% of the stomach leaving a long tube like shape or “sleeve”. The new stomach can hold about 60 to 150 cc’s of food or 2 to 3 oz. The Gastric Sleeve surgery, like the DS surgery leaves the pylorus or outlet valve of the stomach intact. While the shape of the stomach is drastically changed, its function is preserved. Patients need to understand that unlike some of the other forms of surgery, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible.

The new stomach continues to function normally resulting in fewer restrictions of foods which patients can consume after surgery, albeit that the quantity of food eaten will be considerably reduced. Many patients see this as being one of the great advantages of the sleeve gastrectomy. Additionally the removal of the majority of the stomach also results in the elimination of much of the hormones produced within the stomach which stimulate hunger.

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

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Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

One big advantage of the gastric sleeve lies in the fact that it does not involve bypassing and of the intestinal tract, thus patients do not suffer the possibility of complications from the intestinal bypass such as intestinal obstruction, anemia, osteoporosis, vitamin deficiency and protein deficiency. This surgery is also suitable for patients who are already suffering from anemia, Crohn’s disease and  a variety of other conditions that would place them at high risk for surgery involving intestinal bypass.

Another advantage of the vertical sleeve gastrectomy is that it is one of the few surgeries which can be performed laparoscopically in patients who are extremely overweight. This fact makes this surgery attractive to high BMI and high risk patients.

  • Expected Weight Loss Long Term: 50% of Excess Weight Loss after 6 Years (source)
  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery has Similar Effect on Type II Diabetes as Gastric Bypass Surgery (source).

Disadvantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

One of the disadvantages of the vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery is that it does not always produce the same reduction in weight as the gastric bypass. In the long term, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy can result in weight regain. This is true of any form of purely restrictive surgery.

Because the procedure requires stapling of the stomach the possibility of leakage and of other complications directly related to stapling, though rare, can occur. In addition, as with any surgery, patients run the risk of
additional complications such as post-operative bleeding, small bowel obstruction, pneumonia, infection and blood clots.

The risk of encountering any of these complications is however extremely small and varies from about 0.5 and 1%. Having said this, the risk of death from this form of surgery is about 0 .25% is extremely small. The fact still remains that the overall risk of remaining obese is much higher than doing nothing at all.

Gastric Bypass vs Gastric Sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy)

  • Gastric Bypass Has Better Rates of Resolving Obesity-Related Co-Morbidities Than Gastric Sleeve, However Gastric Sleeve Has Lower Complication Rates (source).
  • Gastric Sleeve has significantly less morbidity risks, similar to Lap-Band – while achieve expected weight loss similar to Gastric Bypass (source).
  • Gastric Bypass in Mexico generally costs more than Gastric Sleeve in Mexico.

Gastric Sleeve vs. Duodenal Switch

  • Gastric Sleeve in Mexico is typically less expensive than Duodenal Switch in Mexico.
  • Duodenal Switch will typically lead to higher than expected weight loss.

Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Banding (LAGB, Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding)

  • Bariatric surgery is an effective treatment strategy in morbidly obese adolescents who have failed medical management. VSG results in greater short term weight and BMI loss when compared to LAGB. Longer follow up with more patients will be required to confirm the long term safety and efficacy of VSG in adolescent patients. (Journal of Pediatric Surgery)
  • Gastric Sleeve is all purpose bariatric surgery that shows significant advantages than gastric banding (source).

Am I eligible for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico

As a general rule the vertical sleeve gastrectomy is best suited to individuals who are either extremely overweight or whose medical condition would rule out other forms of surgery. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is also commonly used for high risk and/or high BMI patients as a first stage procedure. Patient will often undergo the gastric sleeve procedure, lose weight thus improving their overall condition, and then have the intestinal bypass portion of the surgery performed at a later date.  Please contact us for additional details. Go back to weight loss surgery in Tijuana, Mexico.


It is important for patients to understand the possible complications that can end up arising. A lot of the time, bariatric surgery can give rise to the likes of leakage and even infection. Infection is often a common concern for those who have to undergo an incision. If you are concerned about this then make sure that you keep it well treated and that no bacteria is able to grow in the wound. Other complications that can arise from Gastric Sleeve surgery is internal bleeding. This may end up causing you to have to have a blood transfusion. Bowel obstruction is another complication that you will need to be aware of. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are also known complications, although with careful handling and care a lot of these complications can be avoided. More Complications from Gastric Sleeve.

Two Overweight Women On Diet Eating Healthy Meal In Kitchen, gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

Gastric Sleeve Has Better Food Tolerance Than Gastric Banding (Lap-Band)

Side Effects

Since this bariatric surgery removes most of the stomach, patients will end up experiencing a considerable drop in their weight. This of course means that you will not be able to eat as much as you used to. Since this is a permanent procedure, it is something that you will need to get used to. Vomiting and diarrhea tend to be some of the mild side effects that can occur especially when you are getting used to this new way of eating. Esophagus issues are something else that can arise if you are not careful in terms of your eating and how fast you eat. If you feel that there are further complications on the way, it is a good idea to speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Who Needs Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Naturally, those who need gastric sleeve surgery are those who cannot lose weight or rid themselves of obesity through dieting and fitness alone. If you are considering this type of bariatric surgery, it is always a good idea to consider other options first. Patients need to understand what gastric sleeve does to one’s body.

Post-Op Care

Heavy lifting is not recommended. A long-term maintenance diet is also required, as this will help to keep weight down as well. Vitamin deficiency is a possibility, so supplements will be needed.

It’s important to follow all instructions from one’s doctor and nutritionist. You will be on a liquid diet for a specific period of time. From there, you will incorporate different foods and solids into your diet. It’s important to eat slow and the required amount of foods set forth in your post-op plan. See Gastric Sleeve’s Post-Operative Diet.