CategoriesPartners,  Weight Loss

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!
CategoriesBariatric,  Partners

Weight Loss Surgery in the Mexican Pacific

Patrizia Barrueco is a Partner Success Manager at TaqTik and works with leading healthcare providers in the Mexican Pacific to ensure TaqTik members receive top services, quality and pricing. Patrizia shares with us her knowledge of bariatric procedures available in Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta.
Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgical procedures cause weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, causing malabsorption of nutrients or by a combination of both gastric restriction and malabsorption. Most weight loss surgeries today are performed using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery).

Advantages of gastric bypass

Considered the gold standard weight loss surgery, the gastric bypass produces a long-term weight loss of 60-80% of excess fat. The bypass restricts the amount of food that can be consumed, increases energy expenditure and produces favorable changes in gut hormones reduces appetite and enhance satiety.

A small stomach pouch is created by dividing the top of the stomach from the rest of the stomach. Next, the first portion of the small intestine is divided, and the bottom end of the divided small intestine is brought up and connected to the newly created small stomach pouch. The procedure is completed by connecting the top of the divided small intestine to the lower small intestine. This allows the stomach acids and digestive enzymes from the bypassed stomach and first portion of small intestine to eventually mix with food.

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Advantages of sleeve gastrectomy

Short term studies show that the sleeve is effective for weight loss as well as a treatment for type two diabetes. This procedure is performed by removing approximately 80% of the stomach. The remaining stomach is a tubular pouch that resembles a banana. The advantages are many, including the restriction of food that the stomach can hold and the favorable changes in gut hormones that suppress hunger, reduce appetite and improve satiety.

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Enjoying the sun and the beach

Taqtik health connects patients with leading healthcare providers in South America including Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta. Both of these idyllic destinations are popular for their vibrant energy and romantic sunsets. These popular holiday locations also offer two of the best certified bariatric surgeons in Mexico: Dr. Humberto Solis at BlueNet hospital in Los Cabos, and Dr. Sergio del Hoyo at CMQ Hospital in Puerto Vallarta. You’re just one step away of making your dreams come true!

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I’m Patrizia Barrueco, a Partner Success Manager at TaqTik, and work with leading healthcare providers to ensure TaqTik members receive top services, quality, and pricing. If you have any comments or questions, please leave me a note or contact me directly at patrizia.barrueco@taqtik.com

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