Interview with Bariatric Weight Loss Surgeon Dr. Hector Perez
Dr. Hector Perez is a dedicated bariatric weight loss surgeon with over 10 years of devoted expertise in bariatric procedures. Dr. Perez went into his field of practice to address the dangers of obesity and to help people obtain a healthier life. Dr. Perez took a moment to share his opinions on surgery abroad, and what patients need to know before booking a bariatric procedure in Mexico.
What are your accreditations?
Medical Doctor- La Salle University
General Surgeon- National University of Mexico
International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders
Mexican Board of General Surgery, Mexico City
Mexican Association of General Surgery, Mexico City
Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery
Latin American Association of Endoscopic Surgery
Mexican Association of Obesity surgery
What are your certifications?
Certified as a General Surgeon by the Mexican Counsel of General Surgery
Certified as a Bariatric Surgeon by the Mexican College of Obesity Surgery and Metabolic Disorders, and by the Mexican Counsel of General Surgery
Have you received any awards?
First place award in Oral and Video Presentation during the International Congress of Laparoscopic Surgery- Puerto Vallarta, 2012.
Graduated with Honors while obtaining the title of General Surgeon: Mexica National University 2006.
General Surgery National Medical Center, Mexico City
Bariatric Surgery at Adolfo Lopex Mateos Hospital, Mexico City
Who was your mentor?
Dr. Fernando Ceron Rodriguez, whom pioneered bariatric surgery in Mexico 25 years ago. He is currently working on my team as my partner and first surgical assistant.
How many years have you been practicing?
10 years of practicing bariatric surgery exclusively.
What caused you to want to specialize in weight loss surgery?
Obesity is a worldwide problem, it has been proven as a trigger condition that contributes to the five most common causes of death:
2. High Blood Pressure
3. Heart Disease
5. Pulmonary Disease
The reason I went into bariatric surgery is because scientific studies have proven that patients with obesity or any of the above conditions who opt for weight loss surgeries, in many cases experience remission or control of the progression of these deadly diseases.
Name a common misconception about weight loss surgery
Bariatric surgery is only for the super obese or very sick people. The best time to have a bariatric procedure is before you have any symptoms of the deadly complications that are related to obesity and before you become so obese that the surgery becomes too risky.
What sort of psychological evaluations are required prior to WLS?
Make sure patients are not Bipolar, and ensure they are willing to make the dietary changes required for success.
How invasive are the surgeries you perform? What are the risks of stomach surgeries?
All bariatric surgeries are done laparoscopically (minimally invasive surgery). All bariatric surgeries as any other surgery, have risks such as anesthesia risks, bleeding, organ damage, fistulas, leaks, infections, pulmonary embolism, etc. To prevent this we assess all of our patients before booking a procedure with a lengthy but complete medical questionnaire. Before surgery we perform blood labs, EKG, chest x-ray and an internal medicine assessment in order to reduce risks as much as possible. We have close to a zero complication rate and only two gastric bypass leaks in over 3000 patients, and a zero mortality rate.
What emotional impact should potential patients consider before opting for procedures such as bariatric or sleeve surgery? Obviously surgery is not a walk in the park, so what should a person expect to get through it?
Many people eat as a defense mechanism. Once surgery is performed this won’t be possible and they will need to be really prepared and ready for their new life. At the end of the journey, 100% of the patients are satisfied and happy. This journey never starts as a walk in the park and that is why I strongly advise good research from the patients about the procedure they have selected, and thorough communication with their surgeon and their facilitators (who might be former patients) and know a lot about how to prepare and live the life of a weight loss surgery patient.
The best compliment you ever received:
So Many! I’ll list a few, including my favorite; “You saved my life.”
“Two invitro procedures and nothing, had a sleeve and 10 months later I am pregnant with no treatment.”
“I can’t believe I no longer need insulin to control my blood sugar.”
“I can’t believe I found such a professional team outside the US.”
“I can play with my children again.”
What are your hobbies and interests outside of your occupation?
Travel with my family
Teaching and giving lectures to educate on the dangers of obesity
“Nothing is impossible!”
What’s the best advice you can share with anyone considering weight loss surgery?
Become prepared for this journey, do research! Have your surgery in fully equipped hospitals with surgeons that use FDA approved materials and always use new staplers and trocars. Your low budget facilities sterilize disposable equipment to keep costs low. Always purchase complication insurance for peace of mind – this maybe the best $300 you spend! Adhere to your pre-op diet carefully. Remember it is possible to recover your health and change your life. We are ready to help you!