VSG Q & A’S: Will It Hurt?

March 20, 2013

Will It Hurt?

Dr. Guillermo Alvarez of Endobariatric answers a question on the minds of many who are considering weight loss surgery.  Most specifically in this case, the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG).

Transcript of VSG Q & A'S:  Will It Hurt?

Hello everyone.  I am Dr. Alvarez and this is the question of the week.  This episode, we will talk about the pain related with the gastric sleeve surgery.   Now, the question I get is: Will it hurt?

Of course, it’s a common question.  It’s a question I would personally ask myself. So, being a common question, I will keep it simple.  The answer:

The pain after gastric sleeve surgery is not bad at all.  It should not hurt.  In our practice, we have been modifying our technique through out the years, including our medications and the hours the medications are scheduled out.  We have been modifying this constantly.  These are the small details that help with the outcome of the patient and the over all results-and it shows.  Most of the patients refer to the pain as doing some abdominal crunches or ab crunches or some pain localized on that left incision where the stomach comes out and we manipulate it a lot more.  In other words, the pain is very manageable.  With medication it just gets better every day.

See the links below.  Some patients of mine did some videos comparing pain wise the sleeve with some other abdominal surgeries.  So you can check them out on your own. So that's it for the question of  the week.  I hope this helps you.  I am Dr. Alvarez, we will see you next time.

Be sure to check back for more video Q & A's with Dr. Alvarez!

Links to patient videos:

Gastric Sleeve VS  Gallbladder Surgery

Gastric Sleeve VS Other Abdominal Surgeries

Gastric Sleeve VS  Appendectomy



Dr. Guillermo Alvarez is a Mexican, board certified, bariatric surgeon who is a member of the prestigious associations ASMBS, IFSO and SAGES. He did his bariatric surgery training in Mexico, USA and France and now he only focuses on the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure and the is author of the book "Successful Weight Loss with the Gastric Sleeve". He heads up the team at Endobariatric Bariatric Center in Piedras Negras, Mexico.

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