Gastric Bypass Medical Tourism Big in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

At the end of 2013 Dr Jose A. Castaneda successfully performed a gastric sleeve in Puerto Vallarta at CMQ Premier hospital, one of the leading private medical centers in Mexico. His patient Susan Michael arrived from the United States with severe health issues associated with morbid obesity, and although she was a bit nervous at first (like most bariatric patients do before surgery), Mrs. Michael was immediately put at ease by Dr. Castaneda and the medical team at GastricBypassMexico

Just a few months after the gastric sleeve procedure, Susan Michael has lost most of the extra body weight and now enjoys a new and healthier lifestyle: “I have had no problems or regrets! I would highly recommend Dr. Castaneda Cruz to anyone in the US suffering with the same problems I had, my gastric sleeve in Mexico has been life changing,” says a delighted Mrs. Michael.

The operation took place in the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta, where Dr. Castaneda performs bariatric surgery on international patients at CMQ Premier Hospital: “One of the greatest advantages that Puerto Vallarta offers to our international patients include a wonderful climate, relaxing beaches, international flights from the US and Canada, and state-of-the-art medical facilities at very affordable prices,” says Dr. Castaneda, the medical director at GastricBypassMexico, and one of Mexico´s leading experts in duodenal switch surgery.

“Susan has done extremely well. Before gastric sleeve in Puerto Vallarta she weighed 285lbs, and six months later she is now 214lbs,” confirms Dr. Castaneda.

How does gastric sleeve work? Gastric sleeve surgery (also known as gastrectomy sleeve) is performed under general anesthesia and carried out by making small incisions around the umbilical area. Four to six small incisions are usually made and different surgical instruments are used to carry out this procedure. A laparoscope is inserted through one of the small incisions to view the stomach during gastric sleeve surgery. The weight loss surgeon then uses a surgical instrument to make an excision on the stomach to dissect a large portion (around 75%) of the stomach for removal, so the patients stomach size is reduced to one-fourth of its size. The larger portion of the stomach is removed and this results in a major curve. Open edges are attached to each other using staples, thus resulting in a sleeve similar to a banana shape.

The reduction of the stomach´s size reduces the food intake capacity of the patient and it consequently helps the patient to reduce weight. Gastrectomy sleeve surgery also helps in reducing the risks of coronary artery disease and other medical conditions like obstructive sleep apnea and high blood pressure.

Gastric sleeve surgery is irreversible. However, the success rate of this procedure in reducing body weight is very high. Most bariatric patients experience significant reduction in weight within a short period of time.

Doctor Jose A. Castaneda is an expert in most types of weight loss surgery in Mexico such as gastric bypass, duodenal switch, gastric banding, metabolic surgery and gastric sleeve surgery. He was awarded “Best Bariatric Surgeon 2013” for his innovation on the internet and patient support online, creating the leading website

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