Dr. Hector Perez, Bariatric Surgeon, Cancun
Dr. Hector Perez is an experienced board certified surgeon specializing in bariatric weight loss surgery in Cancun. Today he discusses the follow up care required after bariatric surgery in Mexico.
Hello, my name is Dr. Hector Perez. I’m a bariatric surgeon here in Cancun with Ready4aChange. Today we’re going to talk a little bit about the follow up.
What is the Follow Up Care Required Back in the US After Bariatric Surgery in Mexico?
One of the questions I get is, “How do I coordinate my follow up care in the United States?” That’s simple. The gastric sleeve or the gastric bypass are surgeries that after being done and getting the patient discharged they need really little follow up with the surgeon. We usually do the follow up by emails or even by phone, but it’s really important for you to get a nutritionist back at home. Every city in the United States has a nutritionist that you can go see at least once a month for the first year to check on your diet, to see that you’re eating healthy and that you are eating smart.
How Often Do I Need to Get My Lab Work Done After Bariatric Surgery in Mexico?
Another question that we get is, “How often do I need to get my lab work done?” It depends on each patient. If you get bariatric surgery, but if you didn’t have high cholesterol or high blood sugar, you can get your annual lab work as everybody else does. But if you had diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, or another condition, it’s important for you to get your lab work done at least three times a year and get your follow up from your regular physician or endocrinologist. Remember that most obesity related diseases are usually controlled before 6 months after surgery, so you might get rid of medication.
Will I Need Ongoing Tests to Ensure My Gastric Sleeve is Fine?
Another question is, “Do I need to get routine tests to check that my sleeve is fine?” And the answer is no. Once your stomach has been cut and sutured – stapled and sutured, and you have been discharged and there weren’t any complications, you don’t need to be checking for it. If you are a patient who usually had before surgery heart burn or acid reflux, you might want to get an annual upper endoscopy to check for your sleeve. If you’re a normal patient you should get an upper endoscopy after 45 years to check for any other conditions, but not to check for the sleeve.
Is it Possible to Get an MRI After Bariatric Surgery?
Another question is, “Can I get an MRI with a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve because of the titanium staples?” And the answer is yes. These are surgical titanium staples that are very, very small that after a few days after surgery get completely covered by the stomach and they don’t’ have any problem getting MRIs. They won’t cause any trouble.
I hope this answers your follow up questions.