There are plenty of benefits to plan your bariatric surgery in Tijuana, a major border city in Mexico. It is a world-class medical tourism destination with an opportune location attracting several American and Canadian travelers looking for unparalleled care in state-of-the-art surgery centers and hospitals at one-third the costs in their native land.
Bariatric procedures such as Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass and Lap Band have proven helpful for individuals with obesity and its related diseases.1 Improvements in diabetes levels and hypertension have also been observed.2
With more than 4,500 satisfied clients, Medical Tourism Co (MTC) facilitates various bariatric procedures in Mexico. Following is included in our packages for weight loss surgery in Tijuana:
MTC also provides the following:
MTC’s highly accomplished bariatric surgeons include:
With over 37 years of experience, Dr. Guillermo Lopez dedicated his profession to transforming the lives of many. Not only this, but our eminent bariatric surgeon has also trained many other well-known WLS surgeons.
Dr. Lopez is an International Member of the Executive Council of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Did You Know?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), factors such as dietary habits and sedentary lifestyle are responsible for increased weight.7
The cost of weight loss surgery in TJ, Mexico is about 70% lower than in the United States, even after adding together the traveling expenses. Below is the chart for the cost comparison:
|Mexico||US (Avg.)||Canada (Avg.)|
|Gastric Sleeve||Starts at $4,295||$14,900||$19,625|
|Gastric Bypass||Starts at $5,595||$23,000||$20,125|
|Gastric Band||Starts at $5,250||$14,500||$18,750|
Note: US and Canada prices taken from Obesity Coverage and Bariatric Surgery Source
Our network hospital for bariatric surgery in Tijuana is not far from the US-Mexico border. It is just about 30 minutes from the San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN). With more than 50 years of successful track record, it is thronged by natives from nearly 60 countrieLopexs for various treatments.
The hospital offers weight loss procedures with high safety levels that are at par with the U.S. standards and has the following features:
MTC is happy to have changed the lives of many. Read Kelly’s testimonial below who had travelled all the way from Washington to Tijuana for her gastric bypass surgery:
“Everything was smooth. If we had a question, it was answered right away. All the way up till now, everything has been perfect. My surgery was wonderful. I don’t hurt.”
One of the serious public health concerns of the US is obesity. With the rising prevalence of obesity, there has been an increase in the number of people undergoing bariatric surgeries.
According to a report published by the ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery), nearly 216,000 bariatric procedures were reported in 2016.8
Sleeve gastrectomy accounted for 58.1% of the 216,000 procedures, followed by gastric bypass (18.7%), gastric band (3.4%) and revisional surgeries were about 13.9% of the total surgeries.8
As per the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), 3 weight loss surgeries could be an option for you if:
We offer the following weight-loss surgeries in TJ:
Also known as laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), the procedure removes nearly 75% of the stomach through resection. It promotes weight loss by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten.
The new stomach is a tube-shaped structure that can hold about 1-5 ounces of food.
A study by Hoyuela C states the procedure is safe and simple with successful clinical results. 2
Lower complication rates of 1.2% were reported by the above-mentioned study. 2
The following statistics in relation to BMI (Body Mass Index) and %EWL (Excess Weight Loss) during the 5 year period2 were reported as follows:
|Pre-op||1 Yr||3 Yr||5 Yr|
The above-mentioned study also reports the resolution of comorbidities like diabetes and high blood pressure2. The following are the stats for the same:
The two major steps involved in gastric bypass surgery are:
The procedure involves:
A 2017 study by Sillen L and colleagues states the success rate of the gastric bypass at 73% at 1 year and 74% and 71% at 2nd and 3rd year, respectively. 1
The above study states that, postoperatively, 70% of mean EWL% was reported during 3 years follow-up. 1 The following outcomes were reported by the study:
|Pre-op||1-year post-op||2-years post-op||3-years post-op|
|Weight loss (kg)||43.4||44.6||44.3|
Sillen L and colleagues report the following statistics1 for various comorbidities:
|Remission Rate of Comorbidities|
|At 1 Year||At 2 Year||At 3 Year|
In a 2017 published by Sillen L and colleagues suggests the mortality rate was 0.5%.1
Lap band involves surgical placement of an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach. It is one of the most common methods of bariatric surgery performed in Western countries.4
Did You Know?
LAGB was the first bariatric technique to be performed laparoscopically. 5 Contact us for FREE Quote on Lap Band Surgery.
The procedure for lap band insertion includes the following steps:
A 2017 study by Carandina S and colleagues4 suggests the following benefits of Lap Band Surgery:
Carandina S and colleagues’ suggest4 the following:
Mean excess weight loss (EWL) was 41.4, 38.7 and 35.1%, at 5, 10, and 15 years, respectively. 4
The remission rate of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) post Lap Band surgery at a follow-up period of 2 years was reported at 73%.6
Revision bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico is available for those who have previously undergone a weight loss procedure that did not yield desired outcomes.
In other situations, an individual may lose weight but later regains it. If this is the case, then revisional bariatric surgery may suit the person.
Reasons for failure are specific to the bariatric surgery and some generic reasons include the following:
A 2017 study by Fulton C and colleagues states – regardless of the primary surgery, weight regain (64%) was the main cause of undergoing a revision surgery. 9
The above published study also states almost 21% of people who underwent LAGB (Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding) as primary surgery were referred for band complications such as pouch dilation (stomach expansion), band slippage and port complications (infection). 9
Complications from other bariatric procedures9 involve:
Did You Know?
According to Fulton C and colleagues, merely 5% obese adults can maintain a healthy body weight without bariatric surgery. 9 Know more about weight loss surgery options.
For individuals who underwent VBG (vertical banded gastroplasty) or stomach stapling as primary surgery, RYGB (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass) was recommended because of effective weight loss. 9
As per the published study by Fulton C and colleagues following outcomes9 were reported post RYGB revision surgery:
The following are the revision surgeries that are performed at our network center:
In this procedure, first the band is removed and then the sleeve gastrectomy procedure is undertaken.
A 2017 study by AlWadaani HA and colleagues suggests that within 2 years of revisional LSG (Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy) 10 the following were observed:
Revision of a failed lap band surgery to Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is a two step process which involves removal of band and performing gastric bypass as second step.
A 2017 study by Chansaenroj, P and colleagues suggests at the 2 year follow-up %EWL was greater than 50%11.
A latest study (2018) by Nevo, N and colleagues12 states the following:
Sometimes due to medical or surgical complications of gastric bypass surgery, an individual may be recommended a lap band surgery. Below mentioned are some of the symptoms/complications which may arise because of gastric bypass surgery:
In gastric pouch plication, neither the digestive tract is re-routed nor is any device implanted in the stomach. Instead, the stomach is folded into itself.
A 2017 study by Borz C and colleagues found the following14 after Gastric Pouch Plication:
As mentioned earlier, the advantages of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) include substantial weight loss, resolution of co-morbidities, and low incidence of complications2. In spite of many advantages of LSG, failure of weight loss was observed. Causes of sleeve failure include:
The solution to these problems could be re-sleeve (also known as revision of gastric sleeve).
Re-sleeve surgery is like the original gastric sleeve surgery. It involves resection of the enlarged stomach to a sleeve-shaped part. A study by Yilmaz, H. and colleagues affirms13 revised LSG as a safe and effective treatment post sleeve gastrectomy.
Bariatric revision surgery can be avoided by the following:
Post-primary weight loss surgery, individuals can join a bariatric support group where they can connect with other individuals who’ve had the surgery to stay motivated.
Weight regain can be avoided altogether by indulging in healthy food habits and having a regular exercise regime. When it comes to exercise, moderation is the key. Here are a few tips for exercising:
It is essential to realize that weight loss surgery is not a quick fix for obesity. Instead, continuing commitment to a healthy lifestyle and a regular exercise regime can give individuals with obesity a second chance at life.
Contact us now for pricing and more information on bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico.