Pre-Operative

  1. FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to have surgery in México?

Yes! We provide only first class facilities and top line medical equipment. We follow strict hygiene and safety norms at our practice to reassure the best outcome for our patients.

Is it the same Lap-Band in Mexico than in the US?

The adjustable gastric band placed at Advanced Medicine Institute is FDA approved and the same used in USA.

What is a Laparoscopic Procedure?

Laparoscopy also called minimally invasive surgery is a type of surgical procedure in which small incisions are made in the abdominal wall; through these the surgeon inserts a laparoscope (thin, long instrument with camera), small surgical tools and a tube used to pump gas into the abdomen which helps the surgeon to be able to look into your abdomen and perform the procedure by looking at a monitor. After the procedure, the gas is let out of the abdomen and the incisions are closed using stitches.

How many Incisions are done?

Depending on the type of surgery, around 4 to 5 tiny (0.5 to 1.0cm) incisions or cuts are made.

Does the surgeon leave a surgical drain after the procedure?

Most of our patients are released without a drain tube. However, the surgeon’s decision to leave a drainage  will depend on the patient’s actual condition and surgery outcome.

What type of anesthesia is used?

For the intragastric balloons only a mild sedation is needed and for the surgical procedures like the gastric sleeve or gastric bypass, general anesthesia is used.

Do I need a preoperative diet?

It is recommended to follow a special liquid diet that can go from 1 to 7 days depending on the patient’s condition and procedure. This diet helps to decrease the intra-abdominal fat as well as liver size, making the surgery easier to perform. We strongly urge our patients to try not to gain weight before surgery as a rapid increase in weight usually concentrates fat inside the abdomen.

Why do I have to take preoperative labs?

All patients who are ready to undergo any weight loss procedure require a full medical examination before scheduling their procedure. Mandatory preoperative testing may include a complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry (CHEM-24), thyroid function tests (TFT’s), coagulation tests (PT, PTT), EKG and chest X-ray. Women must have a pregnancy test to confirm they are not pregnant.

In addition our psychologist and nutritionist evaluate our patients. The need for consultation with other medical specialists including general internist, cardiologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and pulmonologists is determined on an individual basis.

Is it safe to have a pregnancy while having the lap band adjusted?

You should notify your physician immediately if you believe you are pregnant. If you need to eat more while you are pregnant, the band can be loosened. After pregnancy, the band may be adjusted again and you can resume your weight loss.