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What happens on the day of your surgery at VIDA Bariatrics?

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Surgery room here at VIDA

Finally, the long wait is over, your surgery date has arrived. You may be feeling an overwhelming mix of emotions from excitement to down right anxiousness. But one thing is for sure; you are in the best hands possible with surgeons that truly care about you. As part of the process leading up to your surgery day we will make sure to communicate with you, answering all your questions in order to prepare you both physically as well as mentally.

Lets now take a quick look at what goes on the day of your surgery. You will arrive at our facility and be asked to change into a cap and gown. We will then go over any remaining questions and concerns regarding the logistics as well as after care. Pre-op prepping takes about twenty to thirty minutes and the surgery itself takes an average of an hour to an hour and a half. The method that we utilize is laparoscopic in which a 0.5–1.5 cm incision is made for 99% of the patients. We say this because there is a 1% chance of having to make a larger incision if the patient’s liver is too large, this happens if the person does not shrink their liver through a diet given to them prior to surgery. During surgery CO2 gas is used in order to expand the stomach, this is why some patients experience shoulder and upper back discomfort, which is completely normal.

On average people return to work 3-7 days after surgery, this is also dependent on the nature of your job (desk job or high movement). Your recovery diet can be split into 2 stages consisting of 10 days per stage. During the first 10 days patients can only have clear liquid foods such as Gatorade, tea, gelatin, and broth. Stage two starts on day 11 were non-clear foods such as yogurt, puree, applesauce, and cooked blended vegetables can be consumed. Three weeks post op a patient may begin testing with salts and gradually build to solids that are easy to chew like salmon, chicken legs, and meat fillets.

For more information about bariatric surgery, or to find out which weight loss surgeryis right for you, please contact VIDA Bariatrics.

Dr. Miguel Alessandrini

Dr. Miguel Alessandrini of VIDA Bariatrics

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Which Bariatric Surgery is Right for You?

Tijuana Mexico Bariatric Surgery

Which weight loss surgery is right for you?

An Experienced Bariatric Surgeon shares advice on today’s most effective Weight Loss Surgery.

When diet and exercise just isn’t enough, bariatric surgery is an effective option for losing a large amount of weight quickly.

Plus, unlike crash diets and other “quick fixes,” long-term studies have shown that bariatric procedures not only help patients loose significant weight – and keep the weight off, but actually aid in the recovery from diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors, and a reduction in mortality of 23% from 40%.

“There are four different types of bariatric surgeries we perform,” explained Dr. Miguel Alessandrini of VIDA Bariatrics. “We provide Lap Band, Gastric Sleeve, Mini- Bypass, and full Bypass Surgery”

Dr. Alessandrini went on to explain which of the four procedures was most effective for his weight loss patients over the past 10 years.

“With Lap Band, you are placing a foreign object inside the body – and about 8% of patients can actually reject it,” he said.

Up until recently, gastric bypass was the most commonly performed operation for weight loss in the United States with approximately 140,000 gastric bypass procedures performed in 2005. However, today, less patients are opting for bypass surgery. “Although Gastric Bypass surgery is very effective, today the gastric sleeve meets the patients weight loss goals but with less medical risks.”

“The gastric sleeve is our surgery of choice,” said Dr. Alessandrini. “It’s much less invasive than the other weight loss surgeries and we find it more effective.”

Tijuana Mexico Dr. Miguel Alessandrini

“85% of patients who opt for gastric sleeve bariatric surgery keep the weight off- and it’s a much less invasive procedure than bypass,” explained Dr. Miguel Alessandrini of VIDA Bariatrics.

The gastric sleeve procedure involves removing 75 -80% of the stomach so the patient can only consume small amounts of food. The procedure also removes the portion of the stomach responsible for producing the hormones that stimulate hunger.

Dr Alessandrini also prefers gastric sleeve over bypass because by avoiding the intestinal bypass, the chance of intestinal obstruction (blockage), anemia, osteoporosis, protein deficiency and vitamin deficiency are significantly reduced.

“85% of patients who opt for gastric sleeve bariatric surgery keep the weight off –and it’s a much less invasive procedure than bypass, “ he concluded.

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For more information about the gastric sleeve, or to find out which weight loss surgery is right for you, please visit contact VIDA Bariatrics.

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The Importance of Addressing the Mind + Body after Bariatric Surgery

Recognizing the need for longer term personal medical attention for Weight Loss Patients

Bariatric Surgery Mexico

“A main reason our bariatric patients have such long term success with weight loss, is because we follow up with them for at least a year after their surgery. That means we keep up with them to ensure they are making the right choices nutritionally, medically and psychologically.” – Dr. Alessandrini of VIDA Bariatrics

When obese patients quickly loose a significant amount of weight through bariatric surgery, they experience big changes not only in their body, but also in their daily lives.

“Obese patients who loose significant amount of weight are going somewhere they have never been before,” said Dr. Miguel Alessandrini of VIDA Bariatrics who, along with is partner, Dr. Oscar Lumban has treated obese patients from age 12 -50. Their biggest bariatric patient weighed in at 520 lbs.

“After bariatric surgery, patients will look and feel different very quickly. They will also be treated differently. It will be easier to move around – they can finally use public services, like fit on a bus seat or in an airplane seat.”

Although these weight loss changes are positive, they can take some adjusting to – not only nutritionally, but also emotionally.

“A main reason our bariatric patients have such long term success with weight loss, is because we personally follow up with them for at least a year after their surgery. That means we keep up with them to ensure they are making the right choices nutritionally, medically and psychologically.

“Since VIDA Bariatrics is located in Mexico and many of our patients come from the US, Canada, or overseas, we will personally call them, check in and see how they are doing. And if they don’t answer, we’ll call again! It’s a very important part of the bariatric surgery experience. We get involved for life. This type of long-term follow up care just doesn’t happen with US doctors” said Dr. Miguel Alessandrini.

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Dr. Miguel Alessandrini

Dr. Miguel Alessandrini of VIDA Bariatrics

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