Mini Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana, Mexico

The mini-sleeve, also called the mini-VSG, is a less-invasive scaled-down version of the traditional gastric sleeve. The term “mini sleeve” can be confusing as it is often used interchangeably with the surgical technique as well as the type of procedure itself.

The Mini Sleeve procedure is an excellent option for patients with lower body fat looking for a faster recovery, less pain, and lower risk.

Instead of removing 80-85% of the stomach like the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, the mini sleeve reduces the stomach size by 40-50%. The operation utilizes the conventional 3-5 port technique or a single incision to insert the instruments into the abdomen.

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Surgery Duration
25 – 45 Minutes

Hotel Stay
1 Night Pre-Op

Hospital Stay
2 Nights

Back to Work
1 – 2 Weeks

How Mini Gastric Sleeve Works

The main mechanism of weight reduction is hormonal changes, in addition to restriction. By reducing the stomach size, the patient can better control their eating habits and continue to live a healthier lifestyle.

The excised part of the stomach produces Ghrelin – hunger hormones generated in the fundus and the upper portion of the stomach along the greater curvature. It signals your brain and causes hunger sensations and cravings. Much of this Ghrelin hormone is removed from the stomach via the gastric mini sleeve procedure, resulting in little cravings.

Like conventional sleeves, the Laparoscopic Mini-Sleeve (LMS) causes metabolic and hormonal changes. LMS alters foregut (ghrelin, CCK) and hindgut (GLP-1, PYY) hormones. It markedly increases postprandial plasma GLP-1, PYY levels, and CCK concentrations.

  • A small portion of your stomach is removed.

  • You’re going to get full faster.

  • You have less urge to eat.

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Why Choose Mexico Bariatric Center?

What Does the Mini Gastric Sleeve Package Include?

Without insurance, a mini gastric sleeve in the U.S. and Canada can easily cost upwards of $20,000. You can save as much as 70% by choosing weight loss surgery in Mexico and still receive the same or even higher quality standards. From the moment you arrive in San Diego to the moment you depart, ground transportation, hotel stays, and everything in between is taken care of by our comprehensive surgery package.

  • Private Ground Transportation
  • Accredited Hospital with ICU
  • Board Certified Surgeons
  • Hospital Stay & Fees (2 nights)

  • Nutrition Program
  • 1-Month Supply of Vitamins*
  • Online Support Group

  • U.S. Surgeon Liaison

  • No Hidden Fees

How does the Mini Sleeve Promote Weight Loss?

Similar to the gastric sleeve, a bougie device is placed orally through the esophagus, which outlines the stomach and acts as a guide to be cut and stapled simultaneously.

The bougie size is much larger in the mini version. Its diameter is measured at 50 French (Fr) compared to the standard 34 French (Fr) size used in gastric sleeve surgery. This allows the patient to keep a large portion of their stomach and essentially have a miniature gastric sleeve.

How long is the surgery duration and recovery time?

The mini vertical sleeve gastrectomy operating time of 25 to 45 minutes, depending on the bariatric surgeon’s skills. Patients often recover in 2 to 3 days and heal in 10 to 14 days.

Returning to work is typically within the first week after surgery for desk jobs that don’t require lifting. There are generally lifting restrictions for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.

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What are the Requirements for a Mini Sleeve?

Lower BMI patients are the ideal candidates for this type of minimally invasive procedure. It provides better results for individuals that are overweight or obese with a Body Mass Index between 29 and 35. Since shedding weight is significantly lower than the traditional gastric sleeve, patients will have to work harder to achieve sustained weight loss.

  • Minimum body mass index of 29+
  • Ability to be dedicated to living healthy

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How does Mini-Sleeve compare to other Procedures?

Important: The mini sleeve is not currently accepted by the World College of Surgeons consensus. Therefore, it is viewed as an unethical practice by many bariatric surgeons.

Mini Sleeve vs. Gastric SleeveGastric sleeve surgery is similar but more effective than the mini version because twice as much of the stomach is removed. Studies show the regular gastric sleeve procedure results in more significant and long-lasting weight loss. This effect is observed even after 3 to 5 years, with more pounds lost overall.

Compared to the mini gastric sleeve, the original sleeve gastrectomy is more effective in obesity-related conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.

Mini sleeve vs. Endo Sleeve – The mini sleeve is sometimes confused with the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty procedure performed through the esophagus endoscopically. The endoscopic sleeve is a newer procedure that does not require any incision. Unlike the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, the mini VSG is performed laparoscopically. However, both surgeries have been shown to be less effective than the standard laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, especially for patients with higher BMIs.

When choosing a bariatric procedure, the mini-VSG is a less invasive, less effective weight loss procedure. However, it gives patients the opportunity to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle and develop wholesome habits in the long term.

Mini Sleeve vs. Mini BypassThe Mini Gastric Sleeve can be easily confused with Mini Gastric Bypass by individuals looking to lose weight rapidly and permanently. Both procedures are performed laparoscopically; however, they are fundamentally different:

  • Mini gastric sleeve is restrictive
  • Mini gastric bypass is restrictive as well as malabsorptive

Google search engines often struggle to distinguish between the two weight loss surgeries.

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Mini Gastric Sleeve Cost

The cost of mini-sleeve surgery out-of-pocket is over $20,000 in the United States. The gastric mini sleeve cost in Mexico ranges from $4,600 to $8,700. Mexico Bariatric Center® offers the all-inclusive mini-sleeve to patients beyond borders for $4,395 and single-incision for $5,395. The package includes the operation, hospital stay, medical tests, transportation, and more.

What are the side effects of the Mini Sleeve?

Iron deficiency is a common side effect of bariatric surgery. This is due to the diminished nutrient intake, which impacts the smaller stomach’s ability to produce as before. We recommend taking vitamins and minerals with iron and protein for the rest of your life or at least the first nine months after surgery.

If you follow those indications, you will not have any problem with nutrient deficiency. Many patients stop taking supplements, which puts them at a higher risk of developing iron deficiency. Bariatric supplements come in the form of pills, tablets, and drink mixes.

McCarty Mini Sleeve

McCarty Mini SleeveHere, it is worth mentioning McCarty’s Mini Sleeve® procedure, invented by Dr. McCarty in Dallas, Texas. He has a patent (NOTE) to perform the sleeve procedure through the mouth with only one incision on the stomach. The stomach remnant can be extracted through the esophagus or the tiny incision in the abdomen.

Dr. McCarty considered the patient’s benefits of lower risk, less pain, less downtime, and improved cosmetic appearance. This procedure is very similar to the newer one-incision gastric sleeve (SILS).

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