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Single Incision Gastric Sleeve (SILS)

Single Incision Gastric Sleeve (SILS) performed by Dr. Sergio Verboonen offers amazing results with a shorter recovery time.

Obesity can cause a range of life-threatening health conditions and severely interfere with your ability to enjoy your life.

So why should you undergo (SILS) Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery/Single Incision Gastric Sleeve at our Tijuana, Mexico, practice?

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Better Results with  Only One Incision

Single Incision Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana Mexico

by Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Considering the importance of surgical treatment for obesity in patients who experience life-threatening obesity-induced health conditions,  Dr. Sergio Verboonen is capable of performing a Single Incision Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico with the minimal medical complexities, post-surgery discomfort, pain, and shorter recovery time.

The Single Incision Gastric Sleeve (SILS) has become an increasingly popular laparoscopic weight loss surgery in the US as well as Mexico. Today very few doctors are capable and trained to perform this surgery and Dr. Sergio Verboonen is one of a hand full of qualified, experienced and certified doctors in Tijuana Mexico with over 24 years of experience who are able to perform the Single Incision Gastric Sleeve (SILS). Dr. Sergio Verboonen has taken his skills to a highly experienced level and has taken his time to learn every minor detail necessary for mastering this most innovative and popular laparoscopic procedure.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) was first introduced in gynecology literature in 1969, tubal ligation being the first procedure routinely performed through a single incision at the umbilicus (belly button).

Although bariatric surgical procedures can have a great impact on long-term weight loss and to maintain a healthy lifestyle still a large number of patients feel hesitant to undergo a surgical weight loss surgery only because of the fear of the complications and pain associated with the traditional surgical treatments.

Single Incision Gastric Sleeve Surgery  (SILS)  is the least invasive bariatric procedure that our skilled and experienced bariatric surgeons can perform only through a small-size incision at the belly button reducing most of the discomfort cause by gas and reducing the recovery time.

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What Is A Single Incision Gastric Sleeve ? 

illustration of single incision laparoscopic sleeve surgery Single Incision Gastric Sleeve is a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy also known as gastric sleeve surgery that is less invasive with only one incision (SILS).  Although the duration of the surgery is a few minutes longer compared to other bariatric surgeries, the healing process is shorter than the usual gastric sleeve. Each human body is different and the outcome of Single Incision Gastric Sleeve may vary for each individual however best results are always observed.

Scar-Free and Faster Recovery Weight Loss Surgery

Known as the Single Incision Gastric Sleeve in medical terms, the Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) is performed by making only one laparoscopic incision through the belly button, contrasting the usual gastric sleeve surgery that requires 4 to 6 small incisions in the abdomen area. The major difference between the traditional gastric sleeve surgery and single incision gastric sleeve is that SILS provides the patient with the additional advantages of minor to no scars on the skin along with minimum postoperative discomfort mainly because of a single incision, which also means that the healing process will be fast. In addition to that, the possibility of any medical complication is also highly unlikely because the single incision gastric sleeve is minimally invasive as compared to the usual gastric sleeve surgery and much simpler than other weight loss surgical treatments such as gastric bypass.

Single Incision Gastric Sleeve offers a reduced recovery period with minimal to no scar on the skin.

The Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) is a lesser invasive technique for a Gastric Sleeve which can be performed through one small incision. Even though the procedure may a take a little longer as compared to traditional gastric sleeve surgery, a faster recovery time is expected. Considering every patient is unique, the outcome of the SILS may vary for each patient.


Our well experienced and highly skilled bariatric surgeons carry out the Single Incision Sleeve (SILS) surgery by creating access to the abdominal cavity through a small incision by the belly button. When the stomach is accessed, it is gently cut to reduce its size by 80 percent and the unwanted part of the stomach is removed. The possibilities of any kind of medical complexities such as dumping syndrome or vitamin deficiencies are highly unlikely to occur because apart from stomach removal, rest of the digestive tract remains intact.

In a few situations, a possibility of a second small incision may arise to put in a drain. If a second incision is made, the scar is almost invisible in most of the cases. Many patients have reportedly resembled it to a tiny scratch.


A large number of patients who require bariatric surgical treatment prefer to undergo the less invasive laparoscopic surgery, whenever possible, to experience the benefits of the process. Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS) surgery provides with a number of benefits as compared to other surgical weight loss treatments.

  • SILS is a less invasive procedure that uses a single incision instead of several incisions which simplifies the surgical process to a substantial level. Our bariatric surgeons cautiously work around the tissues to make sure that no harm is made to the muscles over the course of surgery. The Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS) is consequently gentle on the body and it is proven to cause less pain and discomfort after the surgery.
  • The results are incredibly pleasing considering that the process simply needs a single small-sized incision while patients are left with a practically invisible scar on the skin. Our surgeons tend to make the incision either within or around the belly button to make sure that the scar is almost invisible.
  • The possibility of complications is substantially low in SILS as a single small size incision assures a slim chance of infection and any other related side effects. Moreover, considering that SILS usually does not inhibits any digestive capability of the patient, therefore, the possibility of nutritional deficiency is minimum to none.
  • SILS also assures much lesser recovery time as compared to traditional gastric sleeve surgery.

Occasionally, there can be a minor probability that a second and extremely tiny incision needs to be made in order to put in a drain. Even if that happens, the scar after most of the surgeries is barely visible enough to get noticed. Some of our patients have compared it to a tiny scratch on the skin.


  • Quick healing process
  • A single incision through the belly button and the scar is practically invisible after the surgery.
  • Minimum postoperative pain and discomfort.
  • Minimally invasive due to the use of the most advanced laparoscopic technique.

Although the Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS) is preferred by the most of the patients, it is not appropriate for all patients. The factors that play an important part in determining your eligibility for the SILS may include your body mass index (BMI) and any previous bariatric surgery. SILS is mainly recommended for patients with a BMI of 30 – 39, and also for those individuals who have a BMI between 32 – 33 and have experienced obesity-induced critical health conditions.

Dr. Sergio Verboonen and his team at the Obesity Goodbye Center will guide you to make a confident and informed decision so that you may get the best treatment to accomplish your weight loss objectives.


Eligibility for the Single Incision Gastric Sleeve

In order to be eligible for the Single Incision Gastric Sleeve you need to fulfill the following conditions:

  • Your BMI should be less than 40
  • You should not have undergone more than 2 upper abdominal surgeries.


GASTRIC SLEEVE $4,500 $5,500
GASTRIC BYPASS $6,900 $7,900
GASTRIC SLEEVE $4,500 $5,500
DUODENAL SWITCH $8,500 $9,500
LAP BAND $4,500 $5,500
LAP BAND REMOVAL $2,500 $3,500



The surgery cost includes:
Ground Transportation to and from the San Diego Airport
Hotel Fees
Hospital Fees
Medical Fees
Pre and post operative tests
Nutritional Consultation pre and post surgery
DOES NOT INCLUDE: Post surgery medication


Hernia $500
Previous Bariatric Surgery (no cost when performed by Dr. Verboonen) $800

These are potential fees in addition to the surgery base price. CASH PRICE ONLY.

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Dr. Verboonen

Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Dr. Verboonen has been providing life-changing bariatric surgery for a diverse range of patients since 1995. He and his team have performed thousands of bariatric procedures at our Tijuana, Mexico practice. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
  • Colegio Mexicano de Cirugía para la Obesidad y Enfermedades Metabólicas, A.C.
  • American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

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