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Gastric balloon in Tijuana

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Gastric balloon in Tijuana

Are you looking for a gastric balloon specialist in Tijuana? Dr. Rene Armenta is a surgeon who specializes in innovative procedures with a minimally invasive approach that only a few bariatric surgeons nationwide have managed to implement. With more than 5 years of experience, he has treated more than 5,000 patients, in addition to being a member of nationally recognized associations within his branch.

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Recomiendo al doctor René Armenta, el es una médico jóven, talentoso y muy amable, tuve la mejor experiencia con el y su team. Siempre me trató de muy buena manera y explicó todo paso a paso. Adicionalmente tuvo la amabilidad de coordinar, mi hotel, transporte y todo para mi estadía en Tijuana. Muchas gracias Dr. Por todo lo que hizo por mi, y estaré eternamente agradecida por esta nueva vida que me ha regalado.
Gracias Doctor Rene- Dios lo bendiga!
No puedo decir lo suficiente sobre el Dr. Rene y su equipo. El Dr. Rene Armenta es un cirujano increíble y también es muy amable y me hizo sentir muy cómodo. Estaba tan feliz con la atención que recibí, estaba muy por encima de cualquier experiencia hospitalaria que haya tenido. Mi cirugía de mini-manga fue el 29 de septiembre de 2021 y no he tenido complicaciones ni problemas postoperatorios. El Dr. Rene todavía me controla todos los días y responde rápidamente a todas mis preguntas. Gracias Doctor Rene- Dios lo bendiga!
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  • USD $50 or MXN $1000
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  • From USD $2800 Includes medical fees and hospital expenses!
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Gastric balloon in Tijuana

Intragastric balloon placement is a weight loss procedure that involves placing a saline-filled silicone balloon in the stomach. This helps you lose weight by limiting the amount you can eat and making you feel fuller faster. The intragastric balloon procedure may be an option if you are concerned about your weight and diet and exercise have not worked for you.

Like other weight loss procedures, an intragastric balloon requires a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. You should make permanent healthy changes to your diet and exercise regularly to help ensure the long-term success of the procedure.

The placement of an intragastric balloon helps you lose weight. Losing weight can reduce the risk of potentially serious weight-related health problems, such as:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Heart disease or stroke.
  • Hypertension.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
  • Type 2 diabetes.

Intragastric balloon placement and other weight loss procedures or surgeries are generally performed only after you have tried to lose weight by improving your diet and exercise habits.

Registro Sanitario No. 0328C2015 SSA, expedido por la Comisión Federal para la Protección Contra Riesgos Sanitarios (COFEPRIS)

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Frequent questions

This can be determined after analyzing your Body Mass Index (BMI) to see if you are in a suitable weight range and your medical history should also be taken into consideration. These evaluations will be necessary to determine whether or not you are a candidate for Bariatric Surgery.

Obesity decreases the life expectancy of those who suffer from it by 10 years compared to the rest of the non-obese population. In addition, there are many associated diseases that decrease quality of life and represent an enormous economic burden both for the individual and for society (Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Arterial Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, increased risk of various types of cancers, etc.).

Many patients experience partial or temporary results with conventional methods for the treatment of obesity and related diseases. Currently, Bariatric Surgery is the most effective method for the long-term treatment of all these problems, as long as it is accompanied by profound changes in the lifestyle of the patients.

Therefore, patients who have not achieved effective treatment by traditional methods deserve to undergo this type of procedure both to prolong life expectancy, as well as to improve quality of life.

The amount of weight that could be lost will depend mainly on the type of procedure to be performed and the commitment of the patient to follow the instructions of the specialists.

Between 1 and 4 weeks approximately, depending on the type of procedure to be performed.

Bariatric Surgery by itself should never be offered as a sole treatment, it should always be accompanied by lifestyle modifications, physical activity and medical treatment of related diseases.

It is for this reason that the approach to obesity is carried out by a multidisciplinary team made up of an Endocrinologist, Bariatric Nutritionist, Bariatric Psychologist, Bariatric Surgeon, Anesthesiologist with experience in obese patients, Sports Physician, etc.

This ensures long-term sustainable results. Carrying out physical activity and lifestyle modifications alone can generate substantial changes in some patients and are recommended as preventive measures in the general population or as initial treatment in obese patients, but in the various studies carried out to date they have not proven to be more effective than when combined with Bariatric Surgery.

In addition, the vast majority of patients who decide to undergo a bariatric procedure have been struggling conventionally for many years with various types of measures and treatments without such a forceful strategy against obesity.

Yes. By itself it is capable of causing massive weight loss, but the long-term maintenance of the results is not possible unless a strategy is carried out that combines physical activity and lifestyle modifications, as well as treatment of related diseases.

Bariatric Surgery can cause an average loss of up to 75% of excess weight for a period of 12 to 18 months, after this period the patient must have completely changed their lifestyle to stabilize the results and maintain their weight in the long term.

It can be somewhat annoying but not painful since, although it is performed by inserting a tube through the mouth until it reaches the stomach, this maneuver is performed by previously sedating the patient. If the patient becomes very nervous and makes it difficult to perform the endoscopic procedure, the doctor may decide to use general anesthesia.

Some clinics prefer to keep the patient hospitalized for the first two days, in order to monitor how the stomach adapts to the presence of the gastric balloon and control nausea and vomiting that occur during that time. Other centers discharge the patient a few hours after placing the balloon.

We almost always recommend at least 2 weeks of relative rest, although many patients begin normal activities within the first postoperative week. It is recommended not to perform intense physical activity, especially lifting heavy objects greater than 10 kg for at least the first month.

In the case of Bariatric Surgery, and taking into account that obesity is a chronic disease, long-term annual or biannual follow-ups are recommended, mainly to ensure the maintenance of the results. In the rest of the laparoscopic surgeries, follow-up may not be necessary beyond the first postoperative month.

A psychological evaluation involves two types of tests:

Psychological tests. The patient will provide demographic information and take a series of tests to help identify their strengths. It can also help find areas where you may need help and support before and after surgery. Your therapist will evaluate and score the exams you have completed, which will support the clinical interview process. Clinical interview. In a relaxed setting, the therapist and patient will be able to discuss their exams and goals with bariatric surgery. The main parts of the clinical interview include reasons to seek the reason for the surgery, the patient’s weight, diets that have been put on, medical history, current eating behaviors, understanding of the surgery and the changes that you will have to make in your lifestyle, among other important questions.

The saline-filled balloon occupies about a third of the stomach cavity. This decreases the amount of food the stomach can hold. The presence of the balloon also interferes with emptying of the stomach, so food stays in the stomach longer. Together, these effects promote decreased appetite and early satiety with smaller amounts of food.

The Spatz3 gastric balloon has many advantages.

  • 1) It is adjustable, which means it is dynamic and can be changed as your needs and appetite change.
  • 2) It is approved for an implementation period of 1 year. The first balloon that has both advantages.

Leaving a balloon in the stomach longer without changing the volume of the balloon is not likely to result in greater weight loss. The longer implantation time also gives you a longer behavior change time, resulting in longer lasting behavior changes.

A standard endoscopy is performed with sedation. If no abnormalities are found, the tethered gastric balloon is inserted through the mouth into the stomach, all under sedation. Once inside the stomach, the balloon is filled with sterile saline through a small filling tube attached to the balloon. The balloon placement and adjustment procedures take approximately 15 to 20 minutes, after which patients are monitored for approximately 1 hour and then sent home.

The intragastric balloon is designed to help with weight loss in people who ideally have 10 kilograms or more of weight to lose, or those with a BMI greater than 27. It is also used for people who are not suitable candidates for gastric surgery. weightloss. The use of the balloon can help reduce weight before any surgery, thus reducing the risks associated with surgical procedures. The Spatz Gastric Balloon is the ideal non-invasive alternative to gastric bypass surgery, gastric band surgery and other bariatric surgeries.

The Spatz Intragastric Balloon can be placed in the stomach for a period of twelve months. While you are using the balloon, your doctor will prescribe a course of oral medication to reduce stomach acid (this can reduce the chance of stomach irritation and damage to the balloon).

It is important that you understand that the intragastric balloon is a tool to aid in weight loss and should be used in conjunction with a diet, exercise, and behavior modification program. How much weight you lose and keep off will depend on how closely you follow your diet and make long-term lifestyle changes. Average weight loss of 16 kg over 6-month periods has been reported with the Spatz balloon. Average weight loss of 25 kg over 1 year has been reported with the Spatz balloon.

The presence of the balloon in the stomach is very likely to cause nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain, of varying intensity, for a few days after placement. Your doctor will prescribe medication to help minimize these potential effects, but they may linger for the first week. There is a chance that you will lose only a small amount of weight or not at all while using the balloon. Of course, your commitment to dietary and behavioral changes will determine your success. There is also the possibility of uncontrolled and unhealthy weight loss leading to adverse health consequences. Be sure to talk to your doctor about this.

There will be discomfort for the first few days after the procedure. From that moment on, the intragastric balloon will give you a feeling of fullness.

You should plan on at least three days of downtime to recover from the procedure. You will be able to resume normal activity sooner or later, depending on how quickly your body adjusts to the gastric balloon.

The follow-up program is critical to ball success and learning new lifestyle skills. You will meet with your doctor several times throughout the year. It is very important to meet with your dietitian/nutritional counselor at least twice a month while the gastric balloon is in place. Patients who follow up weekly are more successful! During this time, your progress will be evaluated and you will learn valuable health, nutrition, and exercise principles that will provide you with a foundation for long-term success.

When you feel less effect from the balloon (returning of appetite) or when weight loss slows, you can increase the volume of your balloon. The effect of the gastric balloon wears off after 2 to 4 months, which is when you can expect to have your first balloon fitting. It can be done as often as needed with a simple endoscopy procedure. The volume of the balloon can also be reduced in cases of balloon intolerance.

The Spatz3 intragastric balloon is removed the same way it was placed, through the esophagus and mouth by endoscopy under sedation. The balloon can be deflated with the inflation tube or by puncture with a needle catheter.

During the first week of the procedure, you should not plan any heavy activity. Once your body has adjusted to the balloon, you can continue with your normal activities. Starting a regular exercise program is highly recommended and will enhance your success.

Alcohol in small amounts is fine. Alcohol consumption increases the risk of ulceration.

You won’t feel like eating as much as you used to. Also, if you eat fatty or sweet foods, you may feel sick. Overeating while the gastric balloon is in place can be dangerous.

Professional license: 6310637 | Specialty certificate: 9466177

About me

Dr. Rene Armenta, General and Bariatric Surgery

I am a Medical Surgeon with training and equipment in High Diagnostic Digestive Endoscopy, certified by the Mexican Council of General Surgery and the Mexican College of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases.

Located in New City Medical Plaza in Tijuana, Baja California.


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