Bariatric Surgery in Cancun

Obesity can hinder your day-to-day activities. Moreover, surgery in US and Canada can be expensive.

Bariatric surgery in Cancun, Mexico, provides you with relief without costing a fortune.

Read on to discover how traveling to Cancun, Mexico, helps you save up to 80% on weight loss surgery.

Bariatric Surgery in Cancun

Bariatric Surgery: An Illustration

Surgery for weight loss lowers the risk of death related to many diseases including heart disease (40% lower), diabetes (92% lower), and cancer (60% lower).[1]American Society For Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery
“Surgery for weight loss lowers the risk of death related to many diseases including heart disease (40% lower), diabetes (92% lower), and cancer (60% lower) are also significantly reduced.”
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Why Choose Cancun for Bariatric Surgery?

While US healthcare might be advanced, the healthcare cost is skyrocketing.

However, in Cancun, patients can receive prime healthcare at affordable costs without compromising on the quality of the procedures.

You should note that the reasons why more and more people are opting to get medical procedures done in Cancun are:

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Internationally trained and board-certified doctors

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Connectivity to many US and Canadian cities

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High-quality healthcare at a reasonable cost

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Tropical beach town with many tourist attractions

Cost of Bariatric Surgery in Cancun

Bariatric surgery cost in Cancun varies from one procedure to another. For example, the cost of gastric sleeve surgery is $14,900 in the US.

However, the same surgery will cost you around $4,995 in Cancun. This entails a saving of 67%.

Further, the cost of gastric bypass in Canun is $6,995 as compared to $23,000 in the US. In other words, you can save up to 70% on getting a gastric bypass in Cancun, Mexico.

WLS Cost Comparison – Cancun vs US and Canada

Surgery Cancun USA Canada Savings
Gastric Sleeve $4,995 $14,900 $15,425 67%
Gastric Bypass $6,995 $23,000 $15,800 55%- 70%
Gastric Balloon $3,650 $8,150 $11,500 55%- 68%
Gastric Balloon Removal $2,100 $6,385 $8,000 67%- 80%
Mini Gastric Bypass $6,995 $15,000 $15,000 53%

The table above clearly shows that you can save 50% to 80% on getting bariatric surgery in Cancun, Mexico.

WLS can give you a new lease on life. Contact us to get a detailed quote.

However, only knowing the cost is not enough. To add on, you need to understand what exactly is included in the mentioned price for doing the cost-benefit analysis.

Package Inclusions for Weight Loss Surgery in Cancun

WLS Cost Includes
Surgical team fees Accompanying guest stay
Hospital fee Freephone calls and Wi-Fi
Hospital stay Online support
US-registered nutritionist program Hotel stay
Aftercare Loans and financing
Medications (1 week) Ground transfer
Pre- and post-op lab work WLS-friendly hotel meals

Further, you will be delighted to know that the hotel stay is also included in the package price. Details of the same are given below:

Free Hotel Stay

Procedure Hotel Night(s)
?️ Gastric Sleeve 1
?️ Gastric Sleeve Plication 1
?️ Gastric Balloon 1
?️ Gastric Bypass 1
?️ Mini Gastric Bypass 1

Additionally, let’s understand how you can pay for bariatric surgery in Cancun.

Payment Options

?Cash (US dollars) ?Cashier’s check
?Credit card ?Debit card
?PayPal ?Wire transfers
?Bank deposit ?Bank transfers
Traveler’s checks or checks issued in non-US banks will not be accepted in Mexico.
Further, Cashier’s checks from Canada and other countries are unacceptable because they can take up to six weeks to clear.

Best Bariatric Surgeon in Cancun

Dr. Hector Perez

Dr. Hector Perez
  • 12+ years of experience with zero complications.
  • Performed 3,000 weight-loss surgical procedures.
  • A prominent member of the IFSO.
  • Sought-after mentor for educating general surgeons.
  • Did his medical internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami, in 2001.

 

Best Bariatric Hospital in Cancun

Victoria Medical

  • State-of-the-art hospital.
  • In operation for 30+ years.
  • Has well-appointed patient rooms.
  • 20 minutes from an alluring beach in a safe neighborhood
  • Latest equipment, an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), emergency room, and has nurses available on a 24*7 basis.

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Victoria Medical Hospital

What Is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgeries are performed on patients that directly impact their weight and metabolism.[2]ASMBS
Bariatric Surgery Procedures
“… the impact of these operations on patients’ weight and the health of their metabolism…”
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Further, they can be classified as:

  • Restricting the gastric space or,
  • Making anatomical changes to the gastrointestinal tract to affect the absorption of nutrients or,
  • A combination of the above two aspects

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Weight Loss After Gastric Sleeve

A study published in July 2018 showed sleeve gastrectomy results at 3 months, 1 year, and 5 years respectively.

Further, it was successfully concluded that this procedure ensured 61.0% of excess weight loss after 5 years.[3]PubMed
Five-Year Outcome of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Resolution of Comorbidities, and Risk for Cumulative Nutritional Deficiencies
“In conclusion, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy ensured long-term excess weight loss 61.0% at 5 years.
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To add on, some of the popular weight-loss surgeries available in Cancun are:

Here is a video in which a renowned weight loss surgeon in Cancun explains various weight loss surgeries and demarcates between malabsorptive and restrictive bariatric surgeries.

 

3 Procedures of Weight Loss Surgery

There are 3 major categories of bariatric surgeries. The same is stated below :

Restrictive
It focuses on restricting the quantity of food by physically limiting the capacity of the stomach to hold food.[4]URMC Rochester Education
Gastric Restrictive Surgery
“It limits the amount of food you can eat.”
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Example: gastric sleeve and gastric balloon.
Malabsorptive
It involves either shortening or bypassing a portion of the small intestine.[5]Meril
Bariatric surgery
“Malabsorptive operations in the small intestine limit the intake of calories.”
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Example: Biliopancreatic diversion with or without duodenal switch (BPD-DS)
Mixed
This procedure entails a combination of both mild restriction and malabsorption.[6]ScienceDirect
Bariatric Surgery
“…hybrid, a combination of restriction and malabsorption.”
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Examples include Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and mini-gastric bypass.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Gastric Sleeve in Cancun

  • Also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG).[7]UCLA Health
    Gastric Sleeve
    “The Gastric Sleeve Surgery (or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy…”
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  • Involves the removal of nearly 80% of the stomach.[8]UCLA
    Gastric Sleeve
    “is a bariatric procedure that removes 75-80% of the stomach.”
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  • It eliminates the hunger-inducing hormone called ghrelin.
  • It alters the gut hormones that have a direct bearing on hunger levels and how soon you feel stated, along with the impact on blood sugar levels.[9]American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
    Bariatric Surgery Procedures
    “It decreases hunger, increases fullness, and allows the body to reach and maintain a healthy weight and blood sugar control.
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Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Procedure

Advantages

  • Reduces the capacity of the stomach to hold food.
  • One can expect to lose 40 to 70% of excess weight within 1 year of the surgery.[10]Cleveland Clinic
    Gastric Sleeve Surgery
    “Depending on their pre-operative weight, patients can expect to lose between 40% to 70% of their excess body weight in the first year after surgery.”
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  • It also helps with sleep apnea,[11]ScienceDirect
    Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy for obstructive sleep apnea:
    “…there is a trend towards increased resolution of sleep apnea post-LSG.”
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    diabetes[12]NCBI
    Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for diabetics – 5-year outcomes
    “…accompanied by longstanding resolution or improvement of diabetes.”
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    and hypertension.[13]American Journal of Hypertension
    Bariatric Surgery and Hypertension
    “…study found at 1 year, 58% of patients experience resolution of hypertension and 75% experienced an improvement in hypertension after undergoing sleeve gastrectomy technique.”
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Disadvantages

  • Non-reversible.[14]ASMBS
    Bariatric Surgery Procedures
    “Disadvantage…1. Non-reversible procedure”
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  • Further, the likelihood of long-term vitamin deficiencies is more.[15]EMJ
    Nutritional Deficiency After Sleeve Gastrectomy
    “Several nutritional consequences of SG have been recorded, including fluid deficits, vitamin…”
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  • The complication rate is 2.4%.[16]NCBI
    Perioperative complications of sleeve gastrectomy
    “…SG (2.4%)…”
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Gastric Bypass in Cancun

  • Firstly, a small pouch with a capacity of just an ounce or 30 millimeters is created out of the top portion of the stomach.[17]ASMBS
    Bariatric Surgery Procedures
    “First, the stomach is divided into a smaller top portion (pouch) which is about the size of an egg.”
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  • Then, the bottom portion of the small intestine is dragged up and joined with the new stomach pouch.

Roux-en-Y

Gastric Bypass Surgery Procedure
  • The other end of the divided small intestine is joined with the small intestine further down, thereby giving it a Y shape (hence the name Roux-en-Y).[18]ASMBS
    Bariatric Surgery Procedures
    “The small bowel segment which empties the bypassed or larger stomach is connected into the small bowel approximately 3-4 feet downstream.”
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  • Consequently, a segment of the small intestine that absorbs calories and nutrients is bypassed.

Advantages

  • Firstly, patients can lose up to 100 pounds of excess weight.[19]Johns Hopkins Medicine
    Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Weight-Loss Surgery
    “Gastric bypass can help a person lose about 100 pounds of excess weight.”
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  • You should note that average maintenance is more than 50% of excess weight loss.

Disadvantages

  • It needs a longer hospital stay.
  • Further, it causes long-term nutritional deficiencies (vitamin B12, iron, folate, calcium).
  • In addition, It is more complex than gastric sleeve and banding with higher complication rates.


You should note that if you’ve had a vertical sleeve or gastric bypass, you will be required to take extra vitamins and minerals for the rest of your life.

Mini Gastric Bypass in Cancun

  • Also known as One Anastomosis Gastric Bypass (OAGB).[20]Springer
    Mini Gastric Bypass-One Anastomosis Gastric Bypass (MGB-OAGB)-IFSO Position Statement
    “…mini-gastric bypass-one anastomosis gastric bypass (MGB-OAGB).”
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  • Then, it involves creating a smaller pouch out of the stomach and reconnecting it with the small intestine, bypassing 3 meters instead of 1.5 meters in the regular bypass.

Mini-Gastric-Bypass

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery Procedure
  • Further, while the traditional Roux-en-Y requires two connections, the mini bypass requires only one.
  • Also, just like other procedures, the mini gastric bypass will be performed at state-of-the-art Victoria Hospital.

This surgery costs around $6,995 in Cancun, whereas the exact surgery costs around $15,000 in the USA and Canada. In other words, visiting Cancun would save more than 50% cost compared to the above places.

Further, if you are wondering if the mini gastric bypass is safe in Cancun, Mexico, the answer is yes!

Every year, many tourists flocking to Cancun have rendered it a safe destination for medical tourists. To add on, the quality of healthcare in Cancun is never compromised.

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Excess Weight Loss Post-Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

Difference Between Gastric Bypass and Mini Gastric Bypass

  • The significant difference between gastric bypass and mini-gastric bypass is that latter is the ‘mini’ version of the surgery.
  • In other words, it is quicker, simpler, cheaper, and gives the same results as its ‘big brother.’
Source: ScienceDirect

Advantages

  • Safe & Effective.
  • Also, it is easily revisable & reversible.
  • Further, it is relatively simpler than RYGB.
  • Above all, it results in permanent weight loss.
Source: IFSO


Disadvantages

You should note that severe acid reflux is caused by gastric juices traveling back from the intestine into the new stomach pouch.


Gastric Ballon in Cancun

  • First of all, a saline-filled silicone balloon is placed in the gastric space.[21]Health Direct
    Inserting a gastric balloon
    “…400 to 700 milliliters of saline.”
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  • Next, it involves sliding a narrow tube loaded with the deflated gastric balloon down your throat while making its way into the stomach.
  • Further, it is followed by an endoscopic insertion (a Flexi tube with a camera) down the throat and into the stomach.[22]HealthDirect
    Inserting a gastric balloon
    “they will use the endoscope to pass the deflated balloon into your stomach.”
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Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon Surgery Procedure
  • To add on, the camera relays the video stream of the balloon to the surgeon.
Required BMI
30-40
Duration
30 Minutes
Weight Loss
10-15%[23]NCBI
Intragastric Balloons for Obesity Management
“In general, the evidence both from and outside of the United States indicates that intragastric balloons resulted in an approximately 10% to 15% total body weight loss.
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Advantages

  • First, reduced gastric emptying time.
  • Second, it does not require a hospital stay.
  • Third, Changes in gut hormones control appetite, thereby reducing hunger.
  • Further, improvement or the resolution of comorbidities of obesity, including heart diseases, stroke, hypertension, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes.

Disadvantages

  • Deflation of the balloon.
  • Next is perforation of the stomach or ulceration, both of which require surgery.
  • To add on, blockage of the digestive system is caused by the deflation and displacement of the gastric balloon.
  • Lastly, pain and nausea post insertion of the balloon (reported by Mayo Clinic in about a third of the individuals).

What is Revision Weight Loss Surgery?

In some cases, the initial bariatric surgery failure may require a second or revision procedure.
Also, check out this video in which the surgeon explains revision procedures:

To add on, some of the popular revision weight loss surgeries are:

  • Gastric re-sleeve
  • Lap band to gastric sleeve
  • Gastric bypass to banded gastric bypass
  • Lap band to gastric bypass/mini gastric bypass
  • Gastric sleeve to gastric bypass/mini gastric bypass

 
For low-cost bariatric surgery, Cancun, Mexico, can be considered. Contact us now for information!

Bariatric Surgery Trip to Cancun –Itinerary

Planning a trip to a foreign land can be intimidating. Read on for a complete day-wise itinerary.

Before The Trip

  • Firstly, the nutritionist will contact you for a customized pre-op diet.
  • Further, you’ll receive an email from the transportation service with details regarding when and where you’ll be picked up.

Day You Reach Cancun

After you reach the Cancun airport, you’ll be transferred to the hotel.

Day of Surgery

  • You will be brought to the hospital for check-ups.
  • After that, the team will do the required pre-op work.
  • Further, you will be taken to the OT after getting clearance.
  • To add on, the doctor will perform a leak test through endoscopy with blue dye.
  • Lastly, you’ll stay at the hospital for two nights post the weight loss surgery.

Two Days After Surgery

  • You should note that this is the day of hospital discharge.
  • Firstly, the surgeon will perform a blue dye test and fluoroscopy.
  • Secondly, live dynamic x-ray to ensure the stomach is working correctly.
  • You should note that, after your discharge, you can spend a couple of days in Cancun for a vacation.

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Pre-Op Work for Bariatric Surgery 

Medical Tourism in Cancun

  • Cancún is situated on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea.
  • Further, the town has an expanded bus network wherein you will find a bus every five minutes.
  • Moreover, some areas, including Hotel Zone or Boulevard Kukulcán, are explorable on foot.

Cancun Beaches

Cancun is a Beautiful Tropical Town
  • In addition, Cancun also has a vast taxi network.
  • You should note that while most of the eateries in the Hotel Zone provide purified water, stick to bottled water.
  • Above all, pay attention to the color of beach flags; while green signifies safe waters for swimming, red and yellow depict caution and danger.

Tourist Destinations in Cancun

Cancun Resorts

Tropical beach resorts, including Caracol and Chac-moo

Mayan Ruins

Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and El Rey Maya

Underwater Museum

Cancun underwater museum

Best Time to Visit Cancun

December to April is the best time to visit Cancun. It is because the weather is pleasant, and you can leverage cheaper flights and hotel tariffs.

Further, avoid traveling from June to October as these months witness heavy rainfall.

Is Bariatric Surgery Safe in Cancun, Mexico?

Bariatric surgery and its related counterparts, including Mini Gastric Surgery and others, are safe in Cancun, Mexico. You should note that World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has given a “Safe Travel” stamp to Mexico’s national destinations.[24]The Mazatlan Post
The WTTC grants safe travel seals to destinations in Mexico
“The states of Veracruz, Aguascalientes, and Hidalgo joined the list of 21 Mexican destinations that obtain the Safe Travels Stamp granted free of charge by the World Travel and Tourism Council.”
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To add on, the country adheres to global health and hygiene standards. These facts aid in a safer trip to Mexico.

Other reasons include :

  • No. of tourists in Mexico were a whopping 97 million in 2019.[25]World Data
    Tourism in Mexico
    “Development of the tourism sector in Mexico from 1995 to 2020”
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  • To add on, out of the above, tourists coming specifically to Cancun amounted to 6 million.[26]World Data
    Tourism in Mexico
    “The most popular city in Mexico for international travelers is Cancun. In 2019 it reached the 44th place of the world’s most popular cities with 6.15 million tourists.”
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  • Further, Mexico’s quality of health care services is comparable to the States.
  • Moreover, modern equipment is plentiful in major cities.[27]International Living
    Healthcare in Mexico: Overview of Costs and Plans Available
    “Modern equipment is plentiful in bigger cities.”
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Why should I get weight loss surgery in Cancun, Mexico?

A. Cancun provides a start-of-the-art healthcare system with trained and skilled surgeons. Further, for citizens of the USA and Canada, it is relatively closer to the US and easy to reach.

Besides, Cancun is a hub for breathtaking beaches and other tourist attractions.

Q. Why is weight loss surgery so cheaper in Mexico?

A. In Mexico, the hospital and surgeon overhead costs are comparatively less than in the USA.

Consequently, salaries, administrative expenses, and medical supplies are inexpensive, making Mexico an affordable destination for weight loss surgery.

Q. How to reduce the risk of health-related problems while traveling for bariatric surgery to Mexico?

A.
1. As per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Hepatitis A/ Hepatitis B and Typhoid shots are recommended for all travelers.[28]CDC
Mexico
“Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one-year-old or older going to Mexico.”
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2. Further, drink only bottled or distilled water while in Mexico to reduce the risk of digestion problems.
3. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) develops a blood clot in one of the veins after surgery due to immobility for a long period. You should note that to minimize the risk of DVT :

  • Firstly, cut down on smoking as soon as possible.
  • Secondly, avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
  • Further, drink much water to avoid dehydration.
  • To add on, walk briskly for around 30 minutes for flight take-off.
  • Also, book your flight ticket with an airline that provides good leg space.
  • Moreover, consult your surgeon about any other essential measures to be taken.

Q. How much can I save on getting weight loss surgery in Cancun, Mexico?

A. Any typical weight loss costs between $2,000-$7,000 in Cancun, Mexico. This implies that you can expect to save up to 60%-80% on the cost compared to the US or Canada.

Q. How many days should I expect to stay in hospital after my weight loss surgery in Cancun, Mexico?

A. Medical tourists should expect to stay two days/nights in the hospital due to surgery. For instance, they will remain at the hotel the night before the medical procedure.

Further, it is advisable to wait for at least two weeks before flying back to your home country.

Final Verdict

Cancun offers a perfect blend of prime healthcare and affordability. Above all, by traveling to Cancun, Mexico, you can get rid of obesity-related problems and also save 50% to 80% on costs.

Plus, the city offers a breathtaking bonus vacation!

Get fit & fine today by getting weight loss surgery done in Cancun. Contact us to receive a detailed quote.