Message From Dr. Alberto Aceves / Gastric Sleeve Surgeon / Mexico / Mexicali
We take great pride in our hospital, Almater Hospital; it is a modern, state-of-the-art medical facility by all standards that reaps nothing but compliments and admiration. It is likely that if you go through a surgical weight loss procedure, it will be a successful one. However, this procedure only begins your overall goal of weight loss management.
I, along with my staff, will be available to assist you in your path toward reaching your desired weight for life. I remain in touch with my patients because it is their success that means more to me than simply seeing that their surgery was successfully performed. In finding a total solution to your surgical weight management you should look to other factors: such as the hospital facilities, and cost consideration without compromising the bariatric surgeon's credentials. When you sum it up, it will be clear who the right weight loss surgeon for you is, and you will make the right decision.
News / Mexicali Bairiatric Center / Gastric Sleeve / Gastric Bypass / Duodenal Switch / Mexico
Mexicali Bariatric Center, a leading providing of Mexico weight loss bariatric surgery , is pleased to announce the launch of their recently updated website, located at www.mexicalibariatric.com. The new website offers current and potential bariatric surgery procedures patients valuable information about all of the bariatric procedures available at Mexicali Bariatric Center. Founder and lead bariatric surgeon Dr. Alberto Aceves hopes that the new website will help increase the practice’s visibility, so that they may provide leading-edge treatments to more patients throughout the world. He also believes that the detailed information on the site will help patients feel more comfortable and knowledgeable about their decision to undergo bariatric weight loss surgery . Patients who are considering bariatric weight loss surgery can learn about the various weight loss procedures offered at Mexicali Bariatric Center, including Duodenal Switch Surgery, Revision Surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery,Lap Band,and Gastric Sleeve Proocedures,. They can also view before and after photos of Mexicali / Mexico gastric sleeve surgery, revision weight loss surgery and bariatric gastric bypass patients. These photos will help patients get a better understanding about the type of results they can expect from these procedures. In addition to learning about specific procedures, patients can read biographical information about experienced certified surgeon Dr. Alberto Aceves, as well as explore photos of Almater Hospital, the center’s is a fully-equipped surgical facility. Other features of the new website include written and video testimonials, financing information and applications, and links to other obesity and bariatric weight loss surgery forums, including support groups for pre-and-post-operative patients. Dr. Aceves and the team at Mexicali Bariatric Center encourage all patients to visit their website and contact the practice to schedule a bariatric procedure or a consultation. During a visit with Dr. Aceves, he will be able to provide information that is tailored to each patient, and help them decide on the treatment that is best for them. To learn more, visit the practice website, or contact Mexicali Bariatric Center at 888-344-3916.
About Dr. Aceves:
Dr. Aceves is an experienced bariatric weight loss surgeon who has successfully performed over 6000 bariatric weight loss procedures throughout his career, including more than 1800 gastric sleeve surgeries with an impressive success rate.
As a renowned bariatric surgeon, Dr. Alberto Aceves has also taught others his surgical techniques and currently serves as Proctor for Johnson & Johnson, teaching the gastric sleeve procedure to other surgeons around the world.
Dr. Aceves is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic surgery and past president of the Mexican Bariatric Association among other bariatric associations.
Invited 2 times in a row to form part of the “Expert Consensus Meeting for Gastric Sleeve Surgery“ where the top 25 gastric sleeve surgeons are invited to share experiences and results. Dr. Aceves is constantly invited to lecture at seminars and conferences around the world .
Dr. Aceves is head of the Bariatric Program at Almater Hospital, a nationally certified full size private hospital in Mexicali, Mexico.
The Gastric Sleeve Procedure (VSG), or gastric sleeve resection, is one of the newer types of bariatric procedures. This procedure can also be referred to as VSG ,sleeve gastrectomy, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic sleeve.
How Gastric Sleeve Surgery / Procedure / VSG Works
During this procedure a bariatric surgeon removes about 85% of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve.
This procedure is performed laparoscopically, meaning that the surgeon makes 5 small incisions as opposed to one large incision. The surgeon inserts a viewing tube with a small camera (laparoscope) into these small incisions to remove part of the stomach. The tube-shaped stomach that is left is sealed closed with staples and incisions. In some cases, a gastric sleeve surgery may be followed by a gastric bypass surgery, RNY,or duodenal switch surgery after a person has lost a significant amount of weight. Called a "staged" approach to weight loss surgery, this makes the second procedure less risky than it would have been had it been the first and only procedure.
The timing of the second surgery varies according to the degree of weight loss. It usually occurs within six to 18 months after the initial surgery. Who Is a Good Candidate for Gastric Sleeve Surgery? No reliable statistics exist yet for how many of these procedures have been done. The current scientific literature supports use of sleeve gastrectomy as a primary bariatric procedure. This means that the indications for the sleeve are the same as other covered procedures such as gastric bypass or lap band.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40. This is the equivalent of being about 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 pounds overweight for women. People with BMIs between 35 and 39 may also be candidates for weight loss surgery if they have obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. The Gastric sleeve surgery also may be appropriate for people who can't return as often for the follow-up visits required by lap band procedures or Realize Band surgery.
What to Do Before Weight Loss Surgery:
You must quit smoking,It may increase the risk of infection, pneumonia, blood clots, slow healing and other life-threatening complications after weight loss surgery. Is recomended to quit smoking, but even if you don’t you must quit for at least one month before and one month after weight loss surgery. Some surgeons require patients to go on liquid diet in the week(s) before the procedure.
What to Expect After Gastric Sleeve Surgery:
The Gastric sleeve surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about one hour. After a gastric sleeve you will probably stay in the hospital for one or two days; recovery from gastric sleeve surgery may last up to 4 weeks. The abdomen is often swollen and sore for several days. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication.
Scarring may occur, but this can be covered with clothing. Following surgery, you will need to become re-accustomed to eating solid foods. Normally this starts with two weeks on a liquid-only diet, two weeks of semi-solid, pureed foods and then solids. As far as weight loss goes, most people who have gastric sleeve surgery lose 50 to 80 percent of their excess body weight over the first six months to one year after surgery. Studies have shown that after the VSG procedure people show improvement in diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.
After recovery from VSG is recommended • Exercise regularly. • Learn behavior modification techniques. • Follow very specific dietary instructions for the rest of their lives, including eating very slowly, consuming only small quantities of food at a time, chewing thoroughly and swallowing food only when it is mashed, and not eating and drinking at the same time. Gastric Sleeve Surgery Risks and Complications There are several risks and complications of gastric sleeve surgery: • Leaking of the sleeve. The operation requires stapling inside the stomach, and there is always a chance that the staples won’t hold, resulting in a leak. The leaking stomach acids frequently lead to infection of surrounding tissues and other serious problems that may require another operation or a drainage tube. • Blood clots • Weight may be regained over time, because the stomach can stretch. Since this procedure is relatively new, long-term risks and benefits are not known. However, it does have several advantages over gastric banding and other surgical procedures. For example: • Wound infection • Unlike gastric banding surgeries, no foreign objects are left in the body during the procedure. With gastric banding, the band may slip, erode or become infected. • Unlike gastric bypass or duodenal switch, there is no bypass of the small intestines with the gastric sleeve, so all nutrients are absorbed and very little chance exists of absorption issues. • Take-Home Points on Gastric Sleeve Surgery o Non-reversible o Relatively new surgery o Does not require adjustments o Does not induce malabsorption Cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery While this procedure is relatively new, insurers are beginning to cover the cost of gastric sleeve surgery.
Plastic Surgery After Massive Weight Loss Although the full extent of weight loss may not occur until after a second procedure has been performed, such as gastric bypass, it is important to know that plastic surgery after massive weight loss may be necessary to remove excess skin and fat and create a more shapely body profile. Arm lift surgery and body lift are common post-bariatric procedures.