Frequently Asked Questions
Weight loss surgery in Mexico requires a significant commitment and financial investment. It is understandable for patients to have questions and concerns about bariatric surgery.
At Bariatric Select, our Patient Care Coordinators are committed to educating patients about every aspect of the bariatric surgery process. Our goal is to be a highly-respected source of information for weight loss surgery in Mexico. We want each patient to embody our motto "Select Your Better Self". For this reason, Bariatric Select has compiled a list of FAQs to assist patients with the task of making an informed decision about bariatric surgery.
For many people, diet and exercise alone will not help them lose weight. They need additional options to assist them with reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
Bariatric surgery is a popular surgical weight loss solution for people who need additional support in their weight loss journey. There are two categories of bariatric surgery.
- Restrictive bariatric surgery slows down a patients digestive process and shrinks a patient's stomach.
- Malabsorptive/restrictive bariatric surgery changes the manner in which patients absorb food and shrinks a patient's stomach.
When patients decide to have bariatric surgery, they must fully commit to their weight loss journey. These commitments include making lifestyle changes and following their doctor’s dietary protocols. Bariatric surgery is an effective way to lose weight for patients who change their eating habits and exercise.
Both gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery take 90 minutes to complete.
Gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery are two of the most commonly performed bariatric surgeries. In a gastric sleeve procedure, the doctor removes part of the stomach's pouch. After the surgery, the stomach is shaped like a tube and looks like a sleeve. In a gastric bypass procedure, the doctor makes a small pouch in the patient's stomach and attaches it to the patient's intestine..
Bariatric surgery is a safe procedure for many patients. As with any surgery, there are complications that can occur as a result of the surgery. Complications following bariatric surgery can include:
- Gastric prolapse
- Kidney stones
Weight loss surgery is a personal journey. Although surgery is a viable solution for some people, it is not the right solution for every person. There are many factors that determine whether patients will benefit from weight loss surgery. Prior to the surgery, patients are evaluated by their physicians to determine whether they are healthy enough for the surgery. Patients will also be assessed to determine whether they will be committed to the process.
Patients who have bariatric surgery can expect to lose up to 80 percent of their excess weight.
Electing to have bariatric surgery is a serious undertaking. As a result, doctors only perform this surgery on patients who:
- Are motivated and willing to make lifestyle changes.
- Are aware of the risks associated with bariatric surgery.
- Have previously attempted to lose weight through diet and exercise without success.
- Have a body mass index (BMI) that is at least 40.
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 35-40. These patients must be experiencing health challenges that are due to obesity such as sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels and heart disease.
Although the average age of bariatric surgery patients is 41, people of all ages get weight loss surgery. It is not uncommon for patients over 65 to get the surgery. Doctors are more concerned about the health conditions that affect patients rather than their age. However, patients must be aware that there is an increased risk of complications as they get older.
Doctors recommend bariatric surgery for people who have complications as a result of diseases caused by obesity. Patients who have obesity related diabetes, lung problems, heart issues and high blood pressure often become healthier after losing weight with bariatric surgery. Doctors evaluate patients to determine whether they are healthy enough to handle the rigors of bariatric surgery.
Depending on the doctor's schedule, patients can have surgery as soon as 2 weeks after they make a decision. Patients who have bariatric surgery are required to eat a protein diet prior to the surgery. This diet begins 14 to 21 days before the surgery. Patients must make transportation and post-op recovery plans.
At Bariatric Select, our Patient Care Coordinators can assist you with making your surgical plans in Mexico. Patients should plan to stay in Mexico for 4 - 6 days. Patients' travel plans should include at least 1 full day of relaxation before the surgery, 2 nights of recovery and 1 day for the post-op examination with the doctor. Since it takes time to recover after surgery, patients should not rush the healing process. Patients who allot more time for recovery feel better as they travel to their respective homes. The amount of recovery time is also dependent on the type of bariatric surgery that is being performed.
The time frame for resuming normal activities is dependent on the type of surgery that is performed. Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery should plan to resume their normal activities in 14 to 21 days. Patients who undergo gastric sleeve surgery can resume their normal activities in 7 to 14 days. It is important for patients to pay attention to their bodies after surgery. Recovery time is different for each patient, and it should not be rushed. After bariatric surgery, doctors will provide patients with a time frame for resuming normal activities.
Exercise is an important part of the weight loss journey. Doctors encourage patients to begin walking shortly after the bariatric procedure. As patients heal, they can participate in brisk walking, stationary bike riding and dancing. Patients may not swim until their doctor has given them permission to do so. It takes time for surgical wounds to heal, and water will disrupt the healing process. Patients should pay attention to their bodies to determine the intensity of the exercise their bodies can handle. If there is pain present during exercise, patients should decrease the intensity.
Yes. However, patients should let their doctors know about the types of abdominal surgeries they have undergone. Surgeries such as C-sections, hysterectomies, gall bladder surgeries and tubal ligations have very little effect on the outcome of bariatric surgery. Surgeries such as previous bariatric surgeries, abdominal surgery and reflux surgery can impact the outcome of bariatric surgery. Patients should obtain a copy of the surgical report and give it to their doctor.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious health threat to patients who are severely overweight. The good news is bariatric surgery can cause type 2 diabetes to go into remission and improve. Patients with type 2 diabetes experience an increased level of health and well-being. Bariatric surgery statistics for people with type 2 diabetes reveal that 95 percent of patients show improvements and 85 percent achieve a remission of the disease.
Heart disease is a potentially dangerous condition that affects whether patients are cleared by their doctor to have bariatric surgery. Patients who have bariatric surgery notice that the conditions associated with their heart disease improve. Symptoms associated with coronary disease, lipid abnormalities, enlarged heart and hypertension are diminished by bariatric surgery.
Weight loss improves fertility in women. As a result, women should be careful about conceiving during the period after bariatric surgery. Doctors recommend that women wait at least 18 months to get pregnant after the surgery. This waiting period provides women with enough time to give their bodies the proper nutrients. Women should use this time to eat nutritious meals and take daily supplements. After 18 months, bariatric patients who conceive can expect to have healthy babies.
As with any physical activity, bariatric surgery patients can have sex when their bodies and minds are ready. It is important for women to be mindful that their bodies may not absorb oral contraceptives after their surgery. Proper precautions should be taken to prevent conception during the first 18 months.
Sagging skin is one of the greatest post-op concerns for patients. Whether patients have sagging skin depends on a few factors. These factors include age, exercise habits and genetic disposition. Solutions for patients with sagging skin include compression garments, plastic surgery and daily exercise. Patients should wait at least 12 months in order to have plastic surgery. Any concerns about sagging skin should be discussed with the doctor before making the decision to have plastic surgery.
A side effect of bariatric surgery is temporary hair loss. Patients may experience hair loss during the third and the sixth months following the surgery. However, patients should not be alarmed if this occurs. The primary causes of post-op hair loss include stress and nutritional deficiencies. Patients can minimize hair loss by eating nutritious foods and taking vitamin supplements.
Taking vitamins and mineral supplements is a permanent lifestyle change that patients must fully embrace. Supplements provide a patient's body with vital nutrients.
Bariatric surgery is not a cure-all for weight problems. It is most effect as part of a holistic diet and exercise plan. Exercise builds muscles and helps patients maintain their weight loss. It is an important part of the weight loss journey. Doctors encourage their patients to exercise at least 4 times per week.
Yes. Some patients regain weight because they did not commit to the post-op protocols prescribed by the doctor. Snacking and eating junk food cause weight gain after bariatric surgery. In some cases, patients regain a small amount of weight even if they are following post-op protocol. As with any weight loss program, patients must carefully monitor their food intake and exercise program.
After bariatric surgery, patients must develop disciplined eating and exercise habits. There are guidelines that can prevent weight gain after bariatric surgery. Consume large amounts of water. Participate in a daily exercise program. Eat protein first at every meal. Eliminate snacking habits.
Patients should allow their doctor to discontinue their medicine. It is not wise for patients to stop taking medicine without medical guidance. Weight loss causes many conditions associated with obesity to get better. As a result, many patients are able to discontinue their medications under the care of their doctor.
Weight loss surgery costs thousands of dollars. For that reason, many patients need their insurance companies to pay for the surgery. Most insurance companies will pay for bariatric surgery. However, patients must demonstrate that they have unsuccessfully tried other ways to lose weight. In some cases, insurance companies will approve bariatric surgery for patients who need the surgery because of health concerns. Another way to pay for bariatric surgery is through medical financing.
We are committed to helping patients find affordable weight loss, bariatric and metabolic surgery solutions. Our motto is "Select Your Better Self". Through education, we equip patients with tools to achieve success on their weight loss journey.