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We answer your Frequently Asked Questions.

Is it safe to travel to Mexico?

Yes, traveling to Mexico is safe, although you have probably heard on the news that there is violence, it does not affect the whole country. Monterrey is a safe city and taking the precautionary measures that you will take in any other place you visit is enough.

Does the hospital meet the quality standards with which the United States operates?

Yes, Swiss Hospital is managed with the highest quality standards that  are up to par with US and Canadian hospitals

Can I trust that Dr. Manuel will do a quality job?

Dr. Manuel is one of the best qualified bariatric surgeons in the country, being named Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in 2017. On the other hand, the doctor worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital part of the Harvard Affiliates in the clinical program of digestive surgery. He is a member of different societies of surgeons in North America, so he is constantly trained in the latest trends in medicine.

Why should I choose Dr. Manuel?

Dr. Manuel is one of the most prestigious surgeons in Mexico and his level of quality isequal to that of the best surgeons in the United States. The success of Dr. Manuel comes from the percentage of patients who maintain their weight after surgery. This is achieved by the hard work they do throughout the process to ensure that the pounds lost are not gained again. As well, the doctor is in favor of not only performing the surgery, but also accompanying the patient in their recovery and on the path to their new life.

Why travel with Bariatric Surgery Group?

We know that traveling to another country to have surgery is not easy, so we at Bariatric Surgery Group will take care of making your trip and surgery go smoothly. Let us help you throughout this process so that you only worry about your health, we take care of the rest.

Why choose you and not a cheaper option?

We understand that money will always be a concern, and that is why we recommend that you choose the best surgeon possible. If the surgery is done correctly the first time this will ensure that you will lose weight. Do not risk a complication, they may need rework, loss of time and medical complications. Invest in guaranteed quality, thousands of patients recommend Dr. Manuel Garcia.

Does the gastric sleeve require maintenance?

The gastric sleeve does not need adjustments, it only requires routine laboratory tests at 6 months requesting a hematic biometry as well as a biochemical profile, to assess your state of health or if there is a need to make adjustments in the diet.

How long does the post-surgical convalescence last?

The gastric band is a procedure of one day of hospital stay, the bypass and the gastrics leeve requires two days of hospitalization; the usual rest in all laparoscopic procedures is approximately one week to 10 days in most patients later they return to their normal activities and after 15 days it is suggested to start some type of exercise, preferably walking, and at the end of the month any type of aerobic exercise.

What happens after the surgery?

How will I feel after the surgery?

After any bariatric surgery, the only thing you can do is drink water and tea for a week to 10 days, so it is normal to feel fatigue and weakness, most of the procedures decrease appetite with the exception of the gastric sleeve. Vomiting should be avoided in its entirety, especially after gastric sleeve surgery as it can cause the stomach to slip through it, requiring a new surgery, that is why it is recommended to take small sips of water more times per day.

How much weight will I lose after surgery?

Gastric band patients can lose up to 65% of excess weight at the end of the first year, gastric sleeve or bypass patients can lose up to 85% of excess weight, how ever this happens in patients who strictly adhere to the dietary guidelines of nutritionists and exercise.

When will I start eating normal food?

After the first week or 10 days, the nutritionist starts a porridge diet which continues for one to two weeks as the case may be, to later switch to a soft diet and start chewing which will be thorough and identifying the moment when there is satiety to stop eating and avoiding vomiting or excessive bloating.

Do I need to return for follow-up?

No, there is no need to return when performing a sleeve or bypass. The sutures dissolve on their own. The doctor will ask you to have routine blood tests to check that you are getting adequate nutrition, but these can be done in your city.

What complications can occur?

The patient with morbid obesity is not exempt from risks because obesity itself is a risk for presenting a complication of any type of surgical procedure, the complications that can occur when a patient undergoes surgery are medical and surgical type, however, it is very important to know that despite the risk of complications, the benefits of obesity surgery are greater than the risk it entails. The risks that are taken are risks that are within a controlled and preventive environment.

Although thesurgery is considered safe, complications can occur, as occurs in any major surgery.

• Wound infections

•Postoperative hemorrhage

• Lung problems

• Leaking suture lines

• Bloodclots in legs

In general,the complication rates of the laparoscopic approach are on par with or below those of the traditional open surgery.

The prevention and surveillance of a patient after surgery is the key to reducing risks and limiting complications when they occur. In all obesity surgery centers worldwide, complications related to surgery are reported, the important thing when these occur it is early detection and timely management that avoids putting the lives of our patients at risk. It is very important to remember that obesity surgery is not risk-free; however, the risk of suffering from obesity and all the diseases that accompany it is greater.

What if I have a complication when I am back home?

Late serious complications are very rare and we take all precautionary measures so that they do not occur. Properly following all the instructions received helps to avoid complications and finish healing correctly. In case of having doubts with any symptoms, we ask you to contact us as soon as possible to be able to instruct you in the correct direction.

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