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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.


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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Introducing our Newest Guest Blogger! Michelle Pearl: Weight Loss and Fitness Expert


Michelle Pearl is the author of Wake Up, You Are Probably Never Going to Look Like That; How to be Happier, Healthier and Imperfectly Fit

Michelle Pearl is the author of "Wake Up, You Are Probably Never Going to Look Like That; How to be Happier, Healthier and Imperfectly Fit"

We are so excited to introduce  our newest guest blogger, Michelle Pearl: Fitness Professional, Author and CosMed Patient.  You’ll find her monthly blog posts about weight loss and fitness right here, on the CosMed Clinic blog. Enjoy!

When the folks at CosMed asked me if I would be interested in writing a monthly blog post on weight loss and fitness on behalf of the clinic, I jumped at the opportunity.

Although I am a fitness professional now, I spent the first several decades of my life as a morbidly obese couch potato. Then I spent the better part of another decade figuring out how to fight the obesity beast. I eventually did win the weight loss war through education, illumination and the dreaded “e” word – exercise. I have managed to keep 147 pounds off for more than 7 years now.

After gaining and losing innumerable pounds for several decades and then having lost over one hundred pounds twice, I found that my stomach was finally flat-except for a massive swath of stretched-out skin that hung underneath my navel like a stretch-mark-covered curtain. When your breasts deflate from a size 42DD to a size 36C, what’s left ends up looking like something from the pages of an old National Geographic magazine.

So I decided to have two operations. In the first they would lift my sagging breasts (no implants, thank you; I just wanted them not to hang to my waist anymore) and remove some of the massive amounts of loose skin that hung underneath my arms like old chicken wings.

I planned on following that up with another surgery six weeks later to remove the extraneous tummy skin appendage that I was sporting.

At CosMed Dr. Quiroz meticulously put the skin back into place that I had managed to stretch and expand over the countless years that I had ridden the weight-loss/weight-gain roller coaster.

I used to set off the metal detector at the airport because I had to wear two bras with under wires just to be able to support my massive breasts. I can now actually wear a halter top for the first time in my life.

Exercising and understanding how to eat properly does require a little extra effort. Taking a few trips south of the border for my surgeries did require a little extra effort. Being able to buy clothing in a size 8 and go without a bra is absolutely priceless.

About Michelle Pearl
Michelle PearlMichelle Pearl, CPT, GFI, LWMC is a fitness expert, entrepreneur, former award-winning newspaper columnist and the author of Wake Up, You Are Probably Never Going to Look Like That; How to be Happier, Healthier and Imperfectly Fit Second Edition. For more information visit: or visit her blog at

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What’s it really like to have After Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico?

Marika is a real CosMed Clinic patient who is so pleased with the results of her after weight loss surgery, that she started a blog about her experiences of having the surgery in Mexico.

Marika choose to have cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin as a result of losing a significant amount of weight. So far she has had a lower body lift, as well as an arm lift. However she intends to have more surgeries in the future.

In her new blog, Marika shares her journey and experiences with how she choose a cosmetic surgeon in Mexico, as well as details on what the experience was like.

Ask Marika questions about weight loss surgery or share your own experiences about plastic surgery in Mexico on Marika’s Blog.

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