Tijuana gastric sleeve laparoscopic surgery with Trinity Medical is both safe and affordable. The gastric sleeve, also known as: Vertical Gastric Sleeve (VGS), Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), or simply as the Sleeve. Among the various bariatric (weight loss) procedures currently available, the gastric sleeve is undoubtedly the favorite among patients and does not have any of the negative side effects often associated with other weight loss surgeries. To achieve optimum results, there are three steps that Trinity Medical finds to be most effective.
First, is the patient preparation two weeks prior to surgery. Although not a requirement for surgery, Trinity Medical highly recommends a very specific 7 Day Detox/Colon Cleanse beginning 14 days prior to the patients scheduled surgery. During the 7 Day Detox/Colon Cleanse no food is to be consumed. The purpose of the Detox/colon cleanse is to remove the putrefied mucoidal plaque that is lodged in the patient’s colon. This mucoidal plaque is both harmful for our patient’s overall health, it also makes weight loss post-op more difficult. The mucoidal plaque is toxic and is responsible for a condition commonly referred to as auto-intoxication (“self-poisoning”) and is literally stuck to the patient’s colon and there is no simple way to remove it without causing additional complications. During the Detox/Colon Cleanse patients will initially experience periods of toxic overload as the mucoidal plaque begins to separate from the lining of the colon. These symptoms feel like the patient is catching a cold, or sometimes have flu like symptoms and could include body aches and headaches. It is critically important that the patient continue with the Detox/Colon Cleanse on schedule and take Tylenol to help mitigate the symptoms of toxic overload. These symptoms will usually subside within a few hours as the patient’s liver begins to metabolize the toxins. Once the Detox/Colon Cleanse is complete the patient will engage in a “liquids only” diet one week prior to surgery. The sole purpose of this liquids only diet is to shrink the patient’s liver and make the surgical teams work much easier in that they will minimize the pressure required to move the liver out of the way when they are completing the gastric sleeve.
Second, approximately within two hours or so post-op, it is critically important for our patients to get up and begin to walk. Refusal to do so, will result in increased nausea, gas pain and general discomfort including vomiting which is incredibly painful post-op bariatric surgery. The single best thing any patient can do is to get up and walk, walk, walk, to help expel the gas that is used during laparoscopic surgery. We normally explain to our patients that is their “hall pass” to burp and pass gas without fear or shame. Failure to get up and walk, walk, walk, will result in the abdominal gas to infuse into the patient’s organs and tissues, and cause the patient to feel bad for about 4 days post-op. We generally do not advise that patients bring or take Gas X strips because we find them to be ineffective and can cause the patient to have severe uncontrollable dry heaving if taken prematurely prior to the patient’s own burping and gas expulsion.
Third is to strictly follow the surgeon’s post-op instructions regarding diet for the first 30-days post-op. This 30-days diet is designed to do just one thing and that is to allow the patient’s new stomach to heal properly. The first 10 days post-op is again liquids only diet, with a gradual increase to heavier soups and eventually to soft mushy foods. At the end of the 30-days diet post-op, the patient is allowed to eat without restriction but this is where nutritional guidance plays an important part. Topics, such as vitamins to take, protein to eat and protein to avoid, skin repair, enzymes and a host of other issues related to nutrition come into play.
Trinity Medical takes great pride in providing the most detailed and comprehensive approach to patient’s nutrition in a document labeled “30 Days and Beyond.” With a typical gastric sleeve in Tijuana, Mexico, the patient’s new stomach is only 4 ounces in size, and we work with patients to make sure they make those 4 ounces count. What you eat, and what you do not eat are both critically important to the weight loss patient’s overall health.
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