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Gerald Witt’s fight against Morbid Obesity

Gerald Witt’s fight against Morbid Obesity

After a failed Lap Band surgery,  Gerald decided to fight against morbid obesity. “I had to do it; I decided to have my Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery to have a better life”. Learn about Gerald´s life-changing surgery.

Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery at Hospital CMQ Bariatric Clinic

Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery at Hospital CMQ Bariatric Clinic - Gerald
Dr. Hidalgo and Dr. Kurts performing a Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery at Hospital CMQ Bariatric Clinic

Gastric Sleeve after a failed Lap Band surgery

At age 45 with a weight of 420 pounds (DMI 56), Gerald is living proof that our deepest fears can be overcome if one decides to do so.

Los Angeles native and founder of The Weight Loss Team, Gerald Witt decided to undergo a Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss surgery at Hospital CMQ Bariatric Clinic, the best hospital and bariatric center in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit. A couple of decades ago, Gerald had a failed Lap Band attempt. Logically, this unfortunate result left him with a deep apprehension towards any kind of surgical procedure. Thus, eighteen years had to go by before he could once again consider going into an operating room.

Gerald Witt’s Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery

It was a nine hour bariatric surgery which became more challenging due to Gerald’s previously failed Lap Band. Nevertheless Dr. Juan Francisco Hidalgo, the renowned Bariatric Specialist in Mexico’s west coast, led his surgical team onto a successful Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery. The result was second to none: a Gastric Sleeve that was clean and without major complications, allowing for a quick and painless recovery.

Gerald Witt’s

“Of course I was afraid”, Gerald says, “Even though I knew I had to do it, I unconsciously kept postponing my operation with plenty of excuses: I don’t have time, I am too busy, I can’t leave my job, and lots more. But deep inside I felt it was time. I had to do it for my son, for my wife and for me”.

“I was admitted to have my Gastric Sleeve Surgery on Friday August 31st. After a nine hour long surgery, I woke up without any pain or discomfort. On Saturday, I was already walking!. Everyday I had a 50% improvement. I was discharged after only four days, on Monday September 4th”, Gerald states.

A Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

In a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, 70% to 80% of the stomach is removed, including the site that produces Ghrelin. Ghrelin is the hormone that´s responsible for increasing a person’s appetite. In a Gastric Sleeve, the stomach becomes much smaller, reducing the quantity of food that can be eaten. One of the main benefits of the Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve is that it’s a minimally invasive surgery. In this type of surgery, the Bariatric Specialist reaches the patient’s abdomen through five small incisions. Therefore, compared to open surgical techniques, this minimally invasive surgery reduces the patient’s recovery time and the usual post-surgical pain and discomfort. In addition, this technique helps to avoid the risk of surgical site infections and other complications.

After undergoing this Weight Loss Surgery, the patient will feel that its stomach becomes full much faster (and will keep feeling the sensation of being full for a longer time). Consequently, this feeling increases the possibility of successfully fighting morbid obesity through effective weight reduction. On his discharge date, Gerald expressed his happiness and optimism:

“Immediately after my Gastric Sleeve, I felt I had loss several pounds, feeling lighter and just better overall. My final goal is to lose 220 pounds in the next three years”.

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Nurse Yareli taking notes on Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery at Hospital CMQ Bariatric Clinic
Dr Hidalgo

Dr. Hidalgo, Gerald’s Bariatric Specialist

Gerald was under the experienced hands of Dr. Hidalgo, a highly regarded Bariatric Specialist and an expert in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. These novel procedures enable quick recovery times with reduced pain and discomfort for patients who suffer from morbid obesity. After ten years of experience in bariatric surgery and more than 2000 successful weight loss surgeries, Dr. Hidalgo is the best Bariatric Specialist in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, working permanently at Hospital CMQ’s modern bariatric clinic.

“While being under Dr. Hidalgo’s care I always felt safe and comfortable. The medical attention, and the care that I received from Dr. Hidalgo and his team of physicians and nurses was simply the best”, Gerald states. “They are highly trained and specialize in treating international patients who suffer from morbid obesity, delivering high quality and compassionate patient care. The Bariatric Clinic is fully equipped and specialized in bariatric surgery and obesity treatment. They have spacious rooms with special beds and the nursing staff is second to none”.

Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery at Hospital CMQ Bariatric Clinic

Hospital CMQ’s Bariatric Clinic and The Weight Loss Team, always at the forefront of weight loss surgery and obesity treatment with the latest minimally invasive techniques and delivery of exceptional medical care for international patients suffering from morbid obesity who are looking for a permanent, lasting and healthy change in their lives.




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