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Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Patrizia Barrueco is a Partner Success Manager at TaqTik and works with leading healthcare providers around the world to ensure TaqTik members receive top services, quality and pricing. Patrizia shares with us her knowledge of bariatric treatments in the Mexican Pacific.
Overweight or Obese?

Overweight and obese are classifications that can be defined as an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat that can be detrimental to health. The body mass index (BMI) is a simple indicator of the relationship between weight and height that is frequently used to identify overweight obesity in adults. It is calculated when you divide weight by height. The BMI definition from the World Health Organization (WHO) is as follows: a BMI equal to or greater than 25 is deemed overweight, BMI equal to or greater than 30 signifies obesity.

What causes excess weight and obesity?

The fundamental cause of excess weight and obesity is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and spent. In recent history, there has been an increase in the intake of hyper-caloric foods that are rich in fat, salt and sugar but poor in vitamins, minerals and other micro nutrients. There has also been a worldwide decline in physical activity as a result of an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

Changes in eating habits and physical activity are often the result of environmental and social changes. The lack of support policies and development in sectors such as health, farming, transport, urban planning, environment, processing, food distribution and marketing and education are all contributors to this global issue.

What are the consequences of excess weight and obesity?

In 2012 cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke) were the main causes of death globally. Diseases like diabetes, disorders of the loco motor system (especially osteoarthritis) and some cancers (of the endometrium, breast and colon) are common risks associated with a high BMI.

Childhood obesity is associated with a higher probability of obesity, premature death and disability in adulthood. But in addition to these greater future risks, obese children suffer from respiratory distress, increased risk of fractures and hypertension and present early markers of cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and psychological effects.

What weight loss surgery is available?

There are three kinds of procedures that can help in weight loss- the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and mini gastric bypass. If you are considering one of these procedures, there are excellent bariatric surgeons in the Mexican Pacific. Both Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos are great destinations with top level hospitals offering bariatric procedures. Clients often combine their surgery with a week long vacation! Explore the Malecon boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta Malecon, or the world-famous ‘Land’s End’ attraction in Los Cabos.

 

If you have any comments or questions about bariatric procedures in the Mexican Pacific please comment below or contact me directly at patrizia.barrueco@taqtik.com. You can also request a firmquote or book an appointment to see a specialist when you are on vacation!
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Tackling Life Threatening Conditions with Bariatric Treatment

Obesity is one of the biggest killers in the world today, motivating many of the obesely overweight to seek bariatric treatment such as a Sleeve Gastrectomy, or a Gastric Bypass.
Health conditions related to obesity include high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, joint problems, sleep apnoea and gall stones. So for many people, their extra weight is not only uncomfortable, but also life threatening.
If your BMI is 30 or more, you are in the obese range and if you’ve been struggling to lose weight then a sleeve gastrectomy could be an option. If your BMI is 45 or more, then a gastric bypass may be performed.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

A Sleeve Gastrectomy is primarily used as part of a staged approach to surgical weight loss, and may be followed by a Gastric Bypass.
Overview of Sleeve Gastrectomy:
• A sleeve gastrectomy takes up to two hours to complete.
• The surgeon will five or six small incisions in the abdomen and performs the procedure using a video camera (laparoscope) and long instruments that are placed through these small incisions.
• During the gastrectomy, about 75% of the stomach is removed leaving a narrow gastric “tube” or “sleeve”.
• The gastrectomy limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time without decreasing absorption of nutrients. After eating a small amount of food, you will feel full very quickly and for several hours.

Gastric Bypass

In patients who undergo sleeve gastrectomy as a first stage procedure, the gastric bypass is performed 12 to 18 months later after significant weight loss has occurred and the risk of anaesthesia is much lower (and the liver has decreased in size).
Overview of Gastric Bypass
• Gastric bypass surgery is an operation that creates a small pouch to restrict food intake and bypasses a segment of the small intestine.
• The surgeon makes a direct connection from the stomach pouch to a lower segment of the small intestine, bypassing the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) and some of the jejunum (the second part of the small intestine), delaying the mixing of ingested food and the digestive enzymes.
• Because gastric bypass creates ‘dumping syndrome’ the patient is negatively reinforced with nausea, sweating, and a general ‘ill’ feeling shortly after they eat sweets or large amounts of carbohydrates. This helps reduce binging and limits high-carbohydrate foods.

If you have been struggling with your weight for a long time and tried various methods in the market with discouraging results then Bariatric treatment may be an option. The Taqtik Health Marketplace provides an online platform for people looking to travel for medical procedures, including Bariatric Treatments. A number of partners provide Bariatric packages including My Medical Vacations in Mexico, Quirónsalud in Spain, and Gorgeous Getaways in Malaysia.

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CategoriesWeight Loss

Weight Loss Surgery in Malaysia

Medical travelers choose to have weight loss surgery in Malaysia for a variety of reasons, often medical. For patients struggling with obesity conditions, a sleeve gastrectomy can be an important ally for maintaining a healthy weight.

Malaysian hospitals can offer patients quality surgical services, for a fraction of the price they would pay in their own countries.

About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

  • The Gastric Sleeve is one of the newer and less invasive gastric reduction surgery options available.
  • A sleeve gastrectomy eliminates 85% of the stomach’s surface area. A smaller stomach allows you to feel fuller sooner.
  • A Laparoscopic camera helps the surgeon to make small incisions, which reduce recovery time and the possibility of scarring.
  • The Mayo Clinic reports that “the sleeve gastrectomy portion of surgery may be all that’s needed to lose sufficient weight”.
  • The Gastric Sleeve and other bariatric procedures are typically reserved for patients with a BMI of over 35. Talk to your doctor first to determine if the procedure is right for you.
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