We Offer Several Types of Bariatric Surgery Through Our Bariatric Program
There are a variety of bariatric procedures that are designed to help patients address their specific concerns and lose weight. The LIMARP® International Center of Excellence for Obesity performs multiple forms of bariatric surgery for patients in our bariatric program in Tijuana, Mexico. The type of procedure selected for you will depend on your specific case, and individual needs and weight loss goals. Dr. Liza María Pompa González has performed over three thousand bariatric procedures at LIMARP®, and she and her surgical team are highly experienced in each type of procedure.
There are two distinct categories of procedures: restrictive and malabsorptive. Restrictive procedures restrict food intake whereas malabsorptive procedures restricts food intake as well as nutrient and calorie absorption. Dr. Pompa González will recommend the best procedure for your specific situation. Most bariatric procedures are laparoscopic to minimize scarring and reduce your overall recovery time.
Restrictive Bariatric Surgery Procedures
Restrictive procedures are very common and may be recommended for patients with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 39.5, depending on the patient’s overall health. Restrictive procedures reduce the amount of food a patient can eat, but do not disrupt the normal digestive process the way malabsorptive procedures can.
- Gastric Banding: At LIMARP®️, we offer two types of gastric bands: LAP-BAND® and Realize™ Band. LAP-Band® comes in two different sizes and Realize® Band is one-size fits all. Both options can help you feel full faster and eat less. Both gastric band options are reversible.
- Gastric Plication: This procedure restricts the stomach’s capacity by creating large folds in the stomach. Plication does not involve any stapling, cutting, or removal of the stomach or intestine, and is potentially reversible.
- Gastric Sleeve: A sleeve procedure will irreversibly remove part of the stomach to create a smaller stomach.
- Intragastric Balloon: For patients who wish to undergo a less-invasive procedure that is reversible, we also offer an intragastric balloon. This small balloon is placed in the stomach to restrict the amount you are able to eat, helping you to learn portion control while you lose weight.
Malabsorptive Bariatric Surgery Procedures
Malabsorptive procedures restrict food intake, but also reduce the amount of nutrients and calories that are absorbed to enhance weight loss results. These procedures typically require the use of supplements in the patient’s post-surgery diet to avoid malnutrition. Various malabsorptive procedures are performed as a metabolic surgery to help regulate illnesses such as type 2 diabetes.
- Gastric Bypass: Also known as a Roux-en-Y procedure, this is a common bariatric surgery and is ideal for patients with a BMI over 40 or for patients with serious weight-related health conditions. Gastric bypass surgery creates a smaller stomach, bypassing areas of the gastrointestinal tract where most of the nutrient absorption occurs. This procedure is not reversible.
- Mini Gastric Bypass: A mini gastric bypass takes much less time to perform than a regular gastric bypass. For this procedure, the stomach is divided, creating a smaller stomach that also bypasses areas to restrict calorie absorption. This procedure can increase your risk of severe acid reflux and is non-reversible.
- Duodenal Switch: This is a complicated, lengthy, non-reversible procedure that may or may not be completed laparoscopically. Surgery can take up to four hours. Due to the risks and complications associated with this procedure, it is only recommended for patients with a BMI over 50 or for those with a slightly lower BMI and severe weight-related health issues. The duodenal switch procedure removes a large portion of the stomach and other areas of the gastrointestinal tract. This procedure is non-reversible.
Discover the Right Option for You
Bariatric surgery is a body- and life-altering procedure. Patients should fully understand all of the options available to make an informed decision. If you are considering bariatric surgery as a weight loss solution, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.