Gastric Sleeve Surgery and Medical Tourism
Gastric Sleeve Surgery is a popular bariatric surgery being practiced across the world. Known in the medical industry as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), Gastric Sleeve Surgery is a one-step permanent tool to help people who want a fast and long-term solution for weight-loss.
This weight loss procedure has been proven to benefit many comorbidities including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea. Other than health improvements, gastric sleeve offers many non-scale victories like being able to see your cheekbones and fit into your old jeans.
Traveling overseas to get sleeve operation can save medical tourists up to 70% of the cost compared to the United States and Canada among other countries.
How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Works
The surgery is done with minimal intrusion, as it’s done laparoscopically using several small incisions instead of one large incision (open surgery). After the stomach is cut, the new stomach is formed by stapling the rest into a tube or vertical shape.
Gastric sleeve surgery works as a restrictive weight loss surgery, by reducing the size of the stomach patients will consume less and ergo lose weight. The surgery cuts and permanently remove as much as 85% of the stomach, thereby reducing the capacity. A significant amount of the patients’ hunger hormones, known as Ghrelin, are completely removed from the upper portion of the stomach (gastric fundus).
Patients can expect to feel less hungry while also feeling full faster, as a result of the gastric sleeve procedure. Patients can expect an average of 65% Excess Weight Loss (EWL) in 6 months to a year after surgery.
* Single-Incision Sleeve Gastrectomy, otherwise known as SILS (Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery) or single port incision, is the latest breakthrough in bariatric surgery. With single port incision, surgeons can perform the same operation through one port providing patients with a host of advantages including, fewer scars, less scarring, faster recovery time and a better aesthetically-pleasing abdomen.
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Cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery Abroad
The sleeve gastrectomy can cost from $3,500 to $23,000 depending on the surgeon, hospital and more. When patients seek outside countries to have gastric sleeve surgery the cost can drop significantly. People crossing the border for health care can expect to pay about 1/5 to 1/3 of the cost in Mexico, with other countries with similar cost structures.
$3,500 - $5,000
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Risks, Complications and Possible Side Effects
Having any major operation entails risks, including bariatric surgery. There is a risk of death with any surgery as well as other issues including bleeding and leaks. Having a poor health standing, a higher BMI, or serious comorbidities, puts patients with high chances of have risks and complications.
Common Gastric Sleeve Complications
- Bleeding (1.2%)
- Leaks (2.2%)
- Stenosis/Strictures (0.6%)
There are fewer side effects of Gastric Sleeve Surgery when compared to Gastric Bypass or Lap Band Surgery. Because there is no intestinal rerouting like the RNY bypass, patients have a reduced risk of malnutrition, vitamin deficiency, dumping syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Top Costa Rica Gastric Sleeve Surgeons
- Dr. Jacobo Zafrani