Am I a Bariatric surgery candidate?

Nowadays, our desire to achieve the perfect version of ourselves keeps growing, we believe that a magic wand or cannula will help us to achieve it, but sometimes we need more; sometimes the problem needs to be fixed from the inside.  There is a thin line between getting a Plastic surgery or Bariatric surgery, there are some important factors to have in mind to determine if you are a Bariatric surgery candidate.

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Myths and Life After Bariatric Surgery

The common question that arises on every patient’s mind before their bariatric surgery is, how is my life going to be after this? Is everything going to change for me?

To answer these questions, first we must dismissed some myths around bariatric surgery:

Myth #1: Bariatric surgery is like a magic wand, I won’t have to make any effort to lose weight. Although bariatric surgery is very effective and you can lose half of your weight, is important you work to reach your goals, bariatric surgery is the 50% of the work, the other 50% depends on you.

Myth #2: I won’t have to be on diet anymore. In fact the first two weeks after your surgery you will be under liquid and soft diet, after this you will be able to go with solids but you will have to take it slow and follow all the instructions of your nutrionist. Bariatric surgery also requires your will power for your post-op diet.

Myth #3: I can forget about exercise, no more pain and fatigue. We have news, one day after surgery you must start moving! You will start with Little and slow walks, but after a few weeks you will be able to race your pace. In order to have better results you will have to change your routine, at least we recommend to move for 20 to 45 minutes a day.

Myth #4: I’ll stay skinny forever. A bariatric surgery is the beginning to a new a chapter in your life, as if you had click the reset button and you got a chance of doing it all over again regarding to your body, metabolism and health condition. But you have to consider that if you don’t change your mindset as well, the outcome won’t be what you expected. As we say before, bariatric surgery is just the first part, you have to do the other part and it would be very difficult if you do not prepare yourself, emotionally and mentally.

Obesity is also in the mind, so there are cases of patients that have lost a lot of weight and then they start cheating on their diets, stop excersing and eating more and more amount of food without even noticing, that way you can start gaining weight again and disatisfaction or depression could appear.

When you make the decision of getting bariatric surgery, you must be a 100% sure that your lifestyle is going to change and that you are OK with that. There will be good times, there will be bad times but if you stay positive and confident that you want to have a better life, we can assure you the journey will be easier.

What Are the Risk Factors Associated with Obesity?

Learn About the Health Risks of High BMI

One’s weight says a lot about overall health. Being overweight or obese can lead to a range of negative health effects, including cancer, lasting physical pain, respiratory problems, and Type 2 diabetes. That’s why it’s so important to eat a balanced diet and lead an active lifestyle. If you’re concerned about your weight or the weight of someone you love, take a moment to learn about the risk factors associated with obesity.

BMI and Your Health

Your BMI or Body Mass Index is one of the easiest ways to tell if you’re overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. It compares your height and weight to determine whether or not you’re considered overweight. For adults, BMI 18.5 to 24.9 is considered a healthy weight, BMI 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, BMI 30 to 39.9 is considered obese, and BMI 40+ is considered morbidly obese. You can use this BMI calculator to see which category you fall into.

If you are at a healthy weight or considered just overweight, you shouldn’t have to worry about serious health risks. But if you reach BMI 30 to 35, 35 to 40, or 40+, your weight will have some serious ramifications for your health.

Health Risks of High BMI

BMI 30 – 40

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Association, being obese can lead to or worsen nearly a dozen health risk factors, including stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and coronary heart disease. Obesity leads to high blood cholesterol and raises your blood pressure over time. Obesity also leads to respiratory issues including breathing complications, asthma, sleep apnea, which can lead to chronic fatigue, and obesity hypoventilation syndrome, which makes it more difficult to breathe. Obesity can also lead to liver disease, osteoarthritis, which puts excess pressure on your joints, urinary incontinence, gallbladder disease, low self-esteem, and multiple forms of cancer, including pancreatic, colon, kidney, ovaries, liver, breast, gallbladder, rectum, and cancer of the esophagus.

BMI 40+

Health risks intensify with every point that your BMI increases over 40. You may experience more symptoms related to one of the aforementioned diseases and health conditions. The longer that you are considered morbidly obese, the faster your health will deteriorate over the years. If you have a BMI of 40 or above, you need to take action immediately in order to prevent any serious health complications. You can consult your doctor for more information on how to lower your BMI.

How to Combat Obesity

The best way to combat obesity is to lead an active lifestyle, get plenty of rest, and to eat a balanced, nutritious diet. For some individuals, leading a healthy lifestyle does not go far enough. Depending on your BMI and the current status of your health, you may be a good candidate for bariatric surgery. You can learn more about the health benefits of bariatric surgery from the healthcare professionals at CER Bariatric Surgery.

How Bariatric Surgery Can Help with Type 2 Diabetes

Is Bariatric Surgery the Solution to Your Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can take a serious toll on your health. Excess blood sugar can lead to a variety of serious health problems including cardiovascular disease, stoke, blindness, depression, impotency, kidney failure, and even certain forms of cancer. Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity. In fact, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery or ASMBS, type 2 diabetes occurs in 25% of those considered morbidly obese. Controlling your weight with bariatric surgery can be one of the most effective ways to manage and even cure your type 2 diabetes. Learn more about the benefits of bariatric surgery and how it can help with your type 2 diabetes.

Bariatric Surgery and Blood Sugar

The two main types of bariatric surgery are gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. Gastric bypass involves dividing the top half of the stomach from the bottom half and part of the lower intestine. This means that the patient will feel fuller faster because only half of their stomach is filling up with food. This helps lower blood sugar levels by limiting the amount of sugar the body ingests. The same is true for gastric sleeve surgery. This procedure involves removing a large part of the stomach, resulting in dramatic weight loss and lower blood sugar levels. With both forms of bariatric surgery, patients tend to see an improvement in their type 2 diabetes before a dramatic drop in weight occurs.

Statistics on Bariatric Surgery and Type 2 Diabetes

According to the ASMBS, bariatric surgery significantly improves type 2 diabetes in 90% of patients and 78% of patients who receive bariatric surgery have seen their type 2 diabetes go into remission. Overall, both forms of bariatric surgery lead to lower blood sugar levels, while diminishing diabetes-related health problems. However, gastric bypass surgery is considered the most effective when it comes to treating type 2 diabetes. The ASMBS estimates that 80% of patients who receive gastric bypass surgery see their type 2 diabetes go into remission, with 95% of patients seeing an improvement in their diabetes. Gastric sleeve can also be an effective solution but remission rates are down at around 60%.

Patients with type 2 diabetes tend to need more medication as the years go on, as the same dosage proves less and less effective. However, after bariatric surgery, the patient will feel less dependent on their diabetes medication. They may need a smaller dose or no medication at all if their diabetes goes into remission.

Risks Associated with Bariatric Surgery

In order to have bariatric surgery, the patient must get the green light from their primary care doctor. Only patients that have tried consistently to lose weight without success are considered fit for bariatric surgery. Additional health concerns, including heart disease or kidney failure, might prevent a patient from going ahead with the procedure. After the procedure, the patient will have a harder time absorbing important nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. A nutrition specialist may be required to help monitor the patient’s diet after the procedure.

If you’re considering bariatric surgery as a way of treating your type 2 diabetes, consult your doctor for more information.

When the time comes to have the procedure, you can always come to CER Hospital for quality, affordable bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico. You can save money and get the quality care you deserve. Book your appointment with us today!

The Benefits of Going Abroad for Health Services

Why You Should Consider Medical Tourism

What’s known as medical tourism is becoming a popular phenomenon throughout the world, particularly in the United States. Medical tourism is the term that applies when individuals travel outside of their native country in order to receive medical treatment. With globalism on the rise, it’s not uncommon for people to book medical appointments and procedures across borders. While some people have a negative association with getting a procedure done in another country, there are numerous benefits of going abroad for healthcare.

Less Wait Time for Fast Access to Healthcare

Wait times can be disastrous is some countries, most notably in the United States. Depending on a person’s network, health care options can be severely limited. That’s usually not the case in other countries such as Mexico and India. Patients will be pleasantly surprised when they find out that they can cut their wait time in half, if not more, when they schedule the same surgery or procedure in another country.

Save Money on Quality Care

Simply put, healthcare prices in the United States are out of control. Those massive medical bills are related to the high cost of specialized labor in the United States. After all, nurses and doctors make a lot of money for their time. The same does not apply in other countries. Individuals can find medical care with the same level of quality overseas or across borders without the exorbitant price. Depending on the type of procedure, patients that go abroad can usually expect to cut the cost of their medical services in half.

More Healthcare Options

Some surgeries and procedures are not available in certain countries. Patients can expect to find a wider range of medical services at the same facility in places like Tijuana and New Delhi. Patients might have to travel great distances in their own country just to find the right specialist or procedure. They can save money and travel the same distance to another country for the same level of care. Additionally, cutting-edge and experimental treatments are usually much easier to find in other countries.

Changing Times and Avoiding Healthcare Confusion

It’s no secret that healthcare in America is expected to get a major overhaul in 2017 and in the years ahead. If patients are confused or worried about their heath insurance, they can travel to a new country to skip the confusion. With clear upfront low costs, finding healthcare abroad can be much less of a hassle in other countries. Patients can avoid the often-turbulent healthcare market in the U.S. and take matters into their own hands by scheduling their surgery in another country.

Patients who are looking for quality care, should come to Hospital CER in Tijuana, Mexico for a range of surgery procedures including gastric bypass surgery and breast augmentation. With a brand new facility and leading surgeons in Mexico, individuals can save money and time by coming to Hospital CER.

Why is Breast Cancer Awareness Month important?

Why is Breast Cancer Awareness Month important?

Women, men and even children around the world are wearing a pink ribbon this month, why is that? The answer is simple, they know what breast cancer is and what does it represents.

Awareness means to know about something, in this case to understand that breast cancer is one of the most common cancer in women worldwide. Awareness is necessary so you have in mind to do tests at list once a year, and more importantly to start doing self-exams periodically.

Thanks to massive awareness campaigns from health institutions and providers in the latest years, breast cancer death have been decreasing since 1989, now more women worldwide have early detection and in consequence, they have more possibilities to stay alive.

In United States there are more than 2.8 million of women who have survived breast cancer, due to early detection and better treatments.

So when you see the pink ribbon this month, please take it as a reminder to do a mammogram or a self-exploration exam just to make sure that you are healthy.


Breast Lift: Surgical Technique

Anesthesia: Twilight, Mac or General Out patient.

Time: 1 to 2 hours depending on the type of lift.

Incisions:  Around nipple/areola and inverted  “ T “ or

around nipple for “donut” and “keyhole” or teardrop

shaped, or “lollipop”- short scar technique.

Drains: For 1 to 5 days.

Dressings: Ace wrap & sports bra for up to 3 weeks day

& night, and while sleeping for 6 weeks.

Restrictions: 1 week / return to normal activities

3 – 6 weeks.

Post-op visits: 1 day after surgery, 1-2-3 weeks,

6 weeks & 6 months.