Bariatric Surgery Process

Bariatric Surgery Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dr. Abel R. González performs a variety of bariatric surgery procedures at his clinic in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

He works to transform the lives of individuals suffering from morbid obesity. Using his considerable training and experience in a variety of advanced laparoscopic bariatric procedures, he helps patients achieve their weight loss goals and enjoy the health and quality of life they deserve. Dr. González is also committed to providing the ultimate in patient care before, during, and after bariatric surgery. His services include:

To learn more about how you can benefit from bariatric surgery, contact our clinic in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic today.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Dr. González is proud to offer sleeve gastrectomy surgery, one of the newest restrictive procedures in the bariatric field. Sleeve gastrectomy works by reducing the size of the stomach to limit the amount of food it can hold, ultimately leading to drastic weight loss. The operation is performed laparoscopically (a minimally invasive method using small incisions), which results in a quicker recovery.

Sleeve gastrectomy vertically reduces the volume of the stomach by restricting and removing approximately 85 percent of it, thereby creating a much smaller, tube-shaped stomach pouch. This newly shaped stomach is then stapled shut. The entire procedure takes approximately one hour. Sleeve gastrectomy cannot be reversed since the operation involves removing a large portion of the stomach. However, the stomach valve and nerves remain intact, as do the intestines, allowing the digestive system to function normally following surgery.

Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a safe and reasonable surgical weight-loss alternative for obese individuals who do not wish to undergo surgery using the LAP-BAND® System. On average, patients who undergo vertical sleeve gastrectomy lose 60 to 80 percent of their excess body weight. Because the surgery does not involve an intestinal bypass, patients can avoid potentially costly and long-term complications such as protein and vitamin deficiencies, osteoporosis, anemia, marginal ulcers, dumping syndrome, intestinal obstructions, and more.

In addition, while other weight loss surgery methods often restrict the types of foods patients are allowed to eat, sleeve gastrectomy allows them to eat virtually anything they like, albeit in small amounts. The procedure also removes the part of the stomach that secretes the hormone Ghrelin, which is responsible for controlling appetite and hunger. Without this hormone, patients experience a loss of hunger and appetite.

If you would like to learn more about this highly effective weight-loss procedure or any other method of bariatric surgery offered at our Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic clinic, contact us today.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass is a restrictive-malabsorptive bariatric procedure that alters the digestive tract so that food bypasses certain areas, preventing the body from absorbing too many calories. The procedure allows morbidly obese individuals to lose a significant amount of their excess weight. Dr. González performs gastric bypass surgery laparoscopically (a minimally invasive method using small incisions) for minimal scarring and a faster recovery time.

Gastric bypass surgery involves stapling off a section of the upper stomach to create a small pouch the size of a walnut, effectively reducing the size of the stomach. Next, the small intestine is divided into two separate portions, creating an upper and a lower half. The lower section of the small intestine is connected to the stomach pouch so that all digested food bypasses the lower portion of the stomach and the duodenum, where most calories are absorbed. Doing this allows pancreatic fluid and bile from the stomach to enter the system for proper digestion. The entire process takes about four hours.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Benefits

The primary benefit of gastric bypass surgery is substantial weight loss. The average patient loses about 10 pounds every month following surgery, or an average of 75 percent of their excess body weight within one year. Patients experience an improvement in mobility and their overall quality of life, as well as a reduction in the risk of premature death. They also enjoy a decreased risk of developing 90 percent of obesity-related medical conditions, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and more.

If you would like to learn more about gastric bypass surgery or any other method of bariatric surgery offered at our Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic clinic, contact us today.

Intragastric Balloon Treatment

Our practice offers intragastric balloon treatment as an effective non-surgical bariatric alternative to treat individuals suffering from obesity. This restrictive bariatric procedure uses a silicone balloon to limit food intake by making patients feel fuller faster, eventually resulting in significant weight loss.

During the procedure, the balloon is inserted into the stomach endoscopically, then filled with saline fluid through a catheter. When the balloon is full, the catheter is gently pulled out and the balloon seals shut. Since the expanded balloon is too big to pass through the bowel, it remains in the stomach, essentially tricking the body into feeling that it has ingested more food than it actually has. As a result, the patient's appetite is greatly reduced. The entire procedure takes approximately half an hour, and the balloon continues working for roughly six months. Patients who choose to undergo intragastric balloon treatment are pleased with how effectively it promotes healthier and smaller meal portions.

If you would like to learn more about intragastric balloon treatment or any other method of bariatric surgery offered at our Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic clinic, contact us today.

General Surgery Procedures

Dr. Abel González also offers a broad range of general surgery procedures to complement his outstanding bariatric services. These procedures include:

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Dr. Abel R. Gonzalez
Abraham Lincoln #953
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic

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"Since 2011 Dr. Abel Gonzalez Canalda is an honored member of Dominican Republic School of Surgeons"

"Since 2012 Dr. Abel Gonzalez Canalda he is the President of the the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Society of the Dominican Republic"