Dr. Jorge Green, MD

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

A healthy diet and exercise are usually recommended for weight loss. However, when these measures become ineffective and don’t produce the desired results, it’s time to seek a professional medical treatment for your obesity. Many people may think a medical or surgical procedure is too extreme to lose weight. Still, it is the only effective solution left after a certain point and one that medical professionals even recommend.

Gastric sleeve surgery has proven to be one of the most successful medical bariatric procedures for people with extreme obesity. It is a very simple procedure that takes less than two hours to complete and offers an opportunity for permanent and speedy weight loss transformation. 

Dr. Jorge Green, an expert in weight loss and transformation treatments, recommends gastric sleeve surgery as an effective procedure to help people suffering from extreme obesity live normal, healthy lives. 

The recovery time for gastric sleeve surgery is very short, and above all, the complication risks are minimal; that is if the procedure is done by a skilled bariatric surgeon such as Dr. Jorge Green, who has performed over a thousand gastric sleeve surgeries in his 17 years of professional experience. 

Let’s learn more about gastric sleeve surgery, its criteria, assessment, average cost, positive outcomes, and recovery, as well as why you should choose the procedure to reach your weight loss goals.

An Overview of the Procedure

First, let’s get an overview of gastric sleeve surgery, how it is carried out, and what is done during the procedure. Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy or virtual sleeve gastrectomy, is a medical procedure that involves surgically removing a major portion of the stomach with the help of many small cuts. 

What this does is that it greatly reduces your stomach’s food storage capacity. As a result, there is a natural calorie shortage whenever you eat, as your now smaller stomach fills up quicker than usual. In this way, gastric sleeve surgery creates an automatic calorie deficit in the body and compels it to use its stored fat, resulting in quick, effective, and permanent fat loss.

In addition, the portion of the stomach that is removed is also responsible for producing hunger hormones in the body, so now there will be fewer of those as well, which would mean fewer cravings. From every angle, gastric sleeve surgery looks to be the best medical procedure for people struggling with their weight loss transformation. But how is the procedure carried out?

However complex it may seem, gastric sleeve surgery is a very simple procedure that only takes 1 to 2 hours. The surgery is carried out laparoscopically to minimize the risks of complications. The patient is placed under general anesthesia, and multiple small incisions are performed to remove around 80 percent of the stomach until a small banana-shaped pouch is left. The recovery is very rapid and has minimal chances of any significant complications.

How Much Does a Gastric Sleeve Surgery Cost?

The cost of a gastric sleeve surgery can depend on factors such as country, location, hospital, and extra medical services if included. In the United States, a gastric sleeve surgery can cost as much as $19,000. But you can save up to 75 percent of this by opting for treatment in Mexico, where the average cost of a gastric sleeve surgery is just $4,399!

You can get your treatment from the state-of-the-art CER Hospital, where Dr. Jorge Green will perform your surgery and guide you at every step of your weight loss transformation journey. CER Hospital also offers personalized quotes tailored to you.

Criteria and Assessment

Gastric sleeve surgery is usually medically recommended for someone with a body mass index or BMI of 30 or higher (severe obesity). Once you opt for the treatment and arrive at the facility, you will be thoroughly assessed to see if you’re fit for the procedure. The staff will conduct a few medical tests and run relevant scans to determine your condition and collect your medical data.
After that, you will have a detailed conversation with your surgeon regarding the possible outcomes, estimated recovery time, and what amount of weight loss you can expect during the procedure. You will also be given medications and a diet to strictly follow before the operation.

Pre-operative evaluation

Pre-surgery checks are essential. Patients are thoroughly evaluated to see if they're the right candidates for the procedure. The medical staff will study the patient’s health records, do a physical check-up, and run relevant diagnostic tests, like blood tests and scans.

Post-operative evaluation

Post-surgery care is critical to ensuring everything's healing as it should, and there are no complications. During recovery, regular visitations with the operating surgeon and other healthcare specialists are necessary.

Weight loss

The primary aim of gastric sleeve surgery is getting significant weight loss results for the patients. The weight loss achieved is checked by watching BMI changes and quantifying lost pounds over time.

Improvement in health conditions

There can be big improvements in obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, or sleep apnea due to gastric procedures. Healthcare providers monitor these improvements based on symptom changes of the patient or by running required diagnostic tests.

Patient satisfaction

Patients' satisfaction levels regarding both treatment and provided care require regular assessment by healthcare providers. This includes taking into account their overall experience and addressing any concerns that come about

Single Incision Gastric Sleeve Surgery

A Single Incision Gastric Sleeve Surgery or SILS for Single Incision Laparoscopic Gastrectomy is a much simpler form of gastric sleeve surgery. It involves only a single cut near the belly button region for all the surgical instruments to pass through. It takes less than 2 hours and is done by putting the patient under general anesthesia. There is an even lesser risk of complication in Single Incision Gastric Sleeve Surgery, and the recovery is quicker. The cut around the belly button becomes virtually unnoticeable in just 6 months.

Dr. Jorge Green has performed hundreds of Single Incision Gastric Sleeve Surgeries in his career, and by choosing him, you’ll ensure the best treatment with the least chance of complications.


Positive Outcomes

Gastric sleeve surgery has many positive outcomes. First, you will rapidly begin to lose weight post-operation. Patients have even reported losing 70 to 80 percent of their excess weight within just a year of the operation. 

In addition, you will notice a significant improvement in ailments you might have had due to obesity, such as hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea. Most importantly, the quality of your life will improve drastically, and you’ll be able to live a normal, healthy lifestyle.

Weight loss

Significant weight loss is what we’re aiming for with gastric sleeve surgery. Research shows that patients can look forward to losing about 60-70% of their excess weight in the first year after the operation.

Improvement in health conditions

All those health problems linked to obesity – like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea – can get better or even vanish with the help of gastric sleeve surgery. People might also see improvements in joint pain, acid reflux, and other similar issues.

Quality of life

Many people report getting better after gastric sleeve surgery. Possibly resulting from more energy, easier movement, or boosted self-confidence.

Reduced healthcare costs

Not only does this surgery, along with other similar procedures, improve health issues tied to obesity—it can also mean saving money on healthcare costs over time.

Recovery Process

The recovery process is critical in bariatric procedures. In the case of gastric sleeve surgery, the recovery time can vary from patient to patient, depending on multiple factors. However, most patients can usually return to normal routines and work within 2 to 4 weeks post-operation.
There will be multiple follow-up appointments where Dr. Jorge Green will check your weight loss progress and ensure that you’re not facing any complications. You will be given a strict diet for a few weeks post-operation. You will also be advised not to engage in heavy physical activity for some time, after which you can go back to your normal fitness routine to further speed up your transformation.

Hospital stay

The usual hospital stay post-surgery lasts about one to two days for most people. This period allows healthcare experts to closely monitor vital signs, manage pain, and properly ensure the patient's healing.

Post-operative care

Once leaving the hospital, patients must stick to a strict diet plan and physical activities tailored to foster healing and weight loss. That usually begins with ingesting only liquids for some days before slowly bringing solids into the diet.

Physical activity

Any intense physical activity should be paused for several weeks post-surgery, after which patients can resume the momentum of their regular lives once they have fairly recovered.

Follow-up appointments

Regular appointments with their surgeon and other healthcare professionals are non-negotiable for patients so that their recovery trajectory can be tracked.

Recovery time

Recovery periods might differ from person to person based on their age and general health status, among other factors. However, most people can look forward to returning to work and their routines within two to four weeks following surgery.


In rare cases of complications such as acid reflux or weight gain post-operation, revisional surgery may be performed for the betterment of the patient and to achieve the desired goals. Dr. Jorge Green is an expert in revisional bariatric surgeries and has performed hundreds of these procedures in his outstanding career. So, even if you need revisional surgery, you can be sure you’ll be in the best hands.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery: An Effective Weight Loss Transformation Procedure

Gastric sleeve surgery is the ideal transformation procedure for people with severe obesity. You can opt for affordable gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, at CER Bariatric Hospital with board-recognized bariatric surgeon Dr. Jorge Green. With his outstanding career spanning over 17 years and including over a thousand bariatric surgeries, you can be sure you’ll get the best possible treatment. Contact Dr. Jorge Green’s team right away to get a personalized quote!

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