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Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico

Our comprehensive Mexico bariatric surgery program helps individuals get access to gastric bypass (RYGB), duodenal switch(DS), lap band (LGB) and gastric sleeve (VSG) in Tijuana, Guadalajara, Cancun and other places south of the US border at discounted prices.

The average cost of weight loss surgery in Mexico is about 70% lower than in the US, even after adding the traveling expenses.

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Procedure    Hospital   Hotel Stay   Return to Work   Weight Loss*(10 yrs.)  Cost**


Gastric Sleeve (VSG) 2 nights 2 nights 1-2 weeks 60~70%



Gastric Bypass Surgery (RGB) 3 nights 2 nights 2-3 weeks 70%



Duodenal Switch 3 nights 2 nights 2-3 weeks 80%


LAP BAND Gastric Banding 1 night 1 night 1 week 60%


** Contact for latest specials; get discount on above prices.


Bariatric Surgery Comparison


Bariatric Surgery Excess Weight Loss Graph


Post-op Months 1 3 6 12 Long Term
LGB 13.5 19.8 24.6 28.2 60
VSG 17.4 31.2 38.1 49.4 60-70
RYGB 20.8 37 53.8 69.8 70
DS 19 36.9 54.3 76.9 80

(All values are in percentage)***


Weight Loss Surgery Options in Mexico

Gastric Sleeve

  • Also known as sleeve gastrectomy, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, gastric reduction, and vertical gastroplasty
  • Does not involve cutting or reconnecting the small intestine
  • Involves removal of a large part of the stomach (about 80% of it)
  • A much simpler procedure than gastric bypass
  • No fills or adjustments required (as in the case of gastric banding)

Gastric Bypass

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass involves reducing the stomach to an egg-sized pouch (restricts the amount of food that can be taken during meals).
  • The pouch is reattached to the small intestine directly to bypass its upper portion as well as the rest of the stomach.
  • This limits the absorption of fat and calories from the food you eat.
  • The upper part of the small intestine is reattached in a Y-shaped design.
  • Gastric bypass can be performed in two ways:
    • The traditional way, in which the surgeon makes a large surgical incision (around 9 inches) in the abdomen and alters the stomach and the small intestine directly.
    • Using a laparoscope, in which the surgeon makes 4-6 incisions in the abdomen. A laparoscope (a lighted tube with a tiny camera which allows the surgeon to look inside the belly) and special instruments are inserted through these incisions. Advantages are:
      • Quicker recovery
      • Smaller scars
      • Less pain
      • Reduced length of hospital stay

Revision Bariatric Surgery

For individuals with failed weight loss surgery (not lost enough weight or regained). Common ones are:

  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Converted to Gastric Banding
  • Gastric Bypass Revision to Gastric Pouch Plication
  • Gastric Sleeve Revision to Gastric Banding
  • Gastric Sleeve Revision to Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric Banding Converted to Gastric Sleeve
  • Gastric Banding Converted to Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric Re-sleeve (gastric sleeve pouch reduced the second time)
  • Gastric bypass to sleeve (NOT POSSIBLE)

Revision surgeries usually involve more OT time and are more complicated than first-time surgeries.

Duodenal Switch 

  • Alternative names: biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, gastric reduction duodenal switch, BPD-DS, and GRDS
  • Biliopancreatic diversion involves altering the normal digestion process by:
    • Removing part of the stomach to make it smaller (leaving the pylorus intact)
    • Changing the small intestine so that bile and pancreatic juices mingle with digested food towards the middle or end of it

Gastric Banding

  • Also known as laparoscopic banding, lap band, gastric band, and LAGB
  • Involves placing a band to separate the upper part of the stomach from the lower part, and create a small stomach pouch
  • Makes you feel full with much less food
  • Very fast recovery time; Americans who go to Mexico for lap band usually travel back to the States a day or two after the procedure



CECUT in Tijuana - Mexico

Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)


  • Closest location to the USA for affordable WLS south of the border
  • Right across San Ysidro, USA
  • Only about 17 miles from San Diego, CA
  • Nearest American airport – San Diego International Airport – less than 20 minutes away
  • Tijuana airport code: TIJ (in most cases flying into San Diego is cheaper)


  • Largest city in the Mexican state of Jalisco
  • Served by its own international airport – Libertador Miguel Hidalgo International Airport (IATA: GDL)
  • A number of major airlines operate non-stop flights from the US to Guadalajara


  • A picturesque resort city in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo
  • Suitable option for residents of Florida
  • Serviced by its own international airport – Cancun International Airport (IATA: CUN)


Why MTC?

  • Garnered patient trust since 2007
  • US-based BBB accredited corporation
  • Best price guarantee with more than 70% savings
  • Thousands of happy and satisfied clients
  • 24*7 support by a trusted and experienced on-site patient coordinator
  • Access to a FREE Weight Loss Surgery Support Group where all your queries are answered by experts
  • On-site diet counselling
  • Post-op diet counselling by a US-registered bariatric dietitian


Pre & Post Surgery Support and Education

To assist you throughout your weight loss journey, MTC offers:

  • FREE Exclusive Support Webinars
  • WLS Support Group moderated by bariatric experts
  • Free Diet & Lifestyle Counseling by US RD
  • Comprehensive and regularly updated knowledge-base for patient education on our Mexico Weight Loss Surgery Support portal


Top Mexico Weight Loss Surgeons

  • Surgeons with excellent track record
  • Board-certified and super specialty in bariatrics
  • Prior experience with US and Canadian patients
  • More than 80% of the practice in WLS
  • Open to post surgery follow-up communication and support


Complimentary Shuttle Services

We provide gratis ground transportation (hospital-hotel included)  from the following pick-up points:

  • San Diego International Airport or any hotel in San Diego close to the border or the airport (for Tijuana)
  • Guadalajara International Airport (IATA: GDL)
  • Cancun International Airport (IATA: CUN)


Free Hotel Stay

We arrange for free stay at The Grand and Pueblo Amigo in Tijuana.*

The Grand has a an exclusive floor called the Grand Care with patient-friendly rooms and bathrooms. It has:

  • Medical beds with controls
  • Wheelchairs
  • Special food menu (catering to prescriptions as well)
  • Bathrooms with phone-type showers and shower chairs
  • 24*7 exclusive reception for convalescing patients
  • A perfect environment for recovery

*Subject to availability.


Grand Care - Tijuana

Patient Room at the Grand Care


Advantages of Mexico for Americans and Canadians

  • Huge savings by choosing lap banding, bypass and VSG in Mexico
  • No major culture shock
  • No extensive traveling required
  • Bilingual staff (Spanish and French language support)
  • Easy scheduling of surgery


Hundreds of Surgery Reviews and Counting…

Weight Loss Surgery Clients from Texas to Mexico
Their VSG Tijuana experience.

Came to have gastric sleeve in Tijuana four months ago. Lost 53 pounds! My husband saw my results and he wanted to do it too! Had great service from everybody through MTC.

- Connie, San Antonio, TX

MTC's Bariatric Surgery Client in Tijuana
More on her testimonial here.

My third time to work with Medical Tourism Co. and I think it’s a wonderful company. The reason why I’m here the third time? My sister – she became very jealous of my wonderful results.

- Annie Brooks, Colorado

Click here for more bariatric surgery reviews.


How to Choose a Safe Option?

  • Deal with a reputed USA or Canadian medical tourism company.
  • Look up the credentials of the hospital and surgeons you will be working with. Some patients even go as far as asking for references – talking to previous patients and asking them about their experiences.
  • Choose a hospital in a safe locality.
  • Do not choose a location which involves prolonged traveling, as long journeys may put you at risk of deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, etc.
  • To make it further safe, make sure you arrange for aftercare back home.

Click here for more information on traveling abroad for bariatric surgery.


Other Tips for Medical Tourists

  • Consider bringing someone with you.
  • You may also need a wheelchair (for example, at the airport or any other place which may require walking long distances, though it is recommended that you start walking as soon as possible after surgery), particularly if you have had bypass or duodenal switch surgery.
  • Ask for medical reports and records from the surgeon; you can use these to update your local doctor about your situation, and get necessary follow-up checks in your home country instead.
  • Share your experience with others (via online platforms, such as MTC’s very own WLS Facebook Group) and help those considering the same journey.

Obesity can complicate your life, and may give rise to health issues, such as:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Infertility
  • Sleep apnea
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Knee, hip joints & lower back problems
  • Hormonal problems
  • Brain stroke risk
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Gallstones
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • High blood pressure
  • Hernia

You can consider surgery if conventional means (diet control and exercising) have not helped.


Helpful Links:

Financing Option 

Learn more on bariatric surgery financing and loan options.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

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For more information, contact us through the free estimate request form on the right.

*Reference: https://www.lapsf.com/weight-loss-surgeries.html

***Source: Sucandy I, Antanavicius G. Impact of minimally invasive/bariatric surgery fellowship on perioperative complications and outcomes in the first year of practice. North Am J Med Sci [serial online] 2013 [cited 2015 Nov 19];5:419-21. Available from: http://www.najms.org/text.asp?2013/5/7/419/115785