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Leopoldo Sanmiguel Arrambide, MD - Chief of Anesthesia

Leopoldo Sanmiguel Arrambide, MD Chief of Anesthesia

Medical License: 0804408
Specialty License: 0019425

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Dr. Sanmiguel obtained his degree as general physician in 1981 from the School of Medicine from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, and studied his specialty in anesthesia at Hospital Juárez of the Ministry of Health, Mexico City and at the University Hospital of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León from 1983 – 1986. Later on he studied his sub-specialty in pain management at the General Hospital of the Ministry of Health, Mexico City from 1986 – 1987.

He worked as anesthesiologist at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) and at the Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores (ISSSTE) in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico from 1989 – 1998.

He is member of the Mexican Federation of Anesthesiology since 1998, as well as of the Tijuana College of Anesthesiologists since 1995 were he was president in 2012 and 2013.

Since 1994 he has collaborated in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, where he is considered a pioneer and innovator in the use of epidural and subarachnoid anesthesia techniques in body contouring surgeries. He developed an ascending subarachnoid anesthetic method as a unique anesthetic method for liposuction, abdominoplasty and breast procedures.

He presented this technique at an international congress in 2008, where he demonstrated his personal experience in more than 1800 procedures with this technique; he introduced this technique in 2000 in Cuba after giving a workshop of ascending subarachnoid anesthesia in body contouring, abdomen and breast surgeries.

He provides his services for humanitarian purposes at international clinics for the surgical correction of cleft lip and cleft palate, and after effects of poliomyelitis.

He started working at Obesity Control Center in 2008 as chief of the department of anesthesia, where he implements the use of laryngeal mask airway as a simple and safe method for general anesthesia in gastric band surgery.

He has currently participated in more than 8,000 bariatric surgeries, where his main interest is to stay updated, always be present in academic events as a speaker and modulator, also in his on-going education as anesthesiologist, participating in multiple workshops in order to always offer the best patient care. 


Patients searching for a bariatric surgeon in Mexico visit Obesity Control Center, where Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Martinez provide advanced weight loss procedures. Recognized as an International Center of Excellence, the practice is proud to treat sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery Mexico patients. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact the practice at 866-376-7849.

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