Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

Imagine a life free from excess weight and endless diet cycles.

With bariatric surgery in Tijuana, you can live how you’ve always dreamed of.
Gastric Bypass in Tijuana
Lea Ann Mungai weighed over 300 lbs when she came to us for surgery. Her current weight is 135 lbs! Thanks to Dr. Lopez!

MTC is at your service to transform your life for the better.

So, are you ready to shed those extra pounds with us? Then, scroll down to know more!

Gastric Bypass in Tijuana

Lea Ann Mungai weighed over 300 lbs when she came for bariatric surgery in Tijuana.

Her current weight is 135 lbs! Thanks to Dr. Lopez!

MTC is at your service to transform your life for the better.

So, are you ready to shed those extra pounds with us?

Shape up for success!

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Weight Loss Surgery in Tijuana: Reviews

Do you want to hear what our patients say about their weight loss experience in Tijuana? Watch it right here!

Mom & Daughter Lose Over 90LBS: Weight Loss Surgery Tijuana, Mexico
What does Jennifer from New Jersey say?
Why Sarah From Georgia Chose Tijuana?

Why Amanda Chose Weight Loss Surgery in Tijuana Over Ozempic?

Leslie’s Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico Review & Results!

Also, check out these patient reviews for further assurance:

“Amazing surgeon with excellent supporting staff and hospital system. Thank you for changing my life.”
– Theresa Hein ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Very professional, and they take good care of you; they send you off with the proper equipment. They are very attentive while you are in their care. I got gastric sleeve surgery. I was with them for about 3 days.”
Ownage God ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

How Much Is Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico?

Weight loss surgery cost in Tijuana is 70% cheaper than in the US.

The cost of gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana is $4,395, less than half of what it costs in the US i.e., $9,500.

Similarly, the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty in Tijuana, Mexico is $7,695 while it costs $17,700 in the States.

You can compare the cost difference of other procedures shown in the table below.

Cost of Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

WLS Procedure Tijuana USA
Gastric Sleeve $4,395 $9,500
Gastric Bypass $5,495 $7,400
Mini Gastric Bypass $5,495 $16,000
Lap Band Surgery $3,899 $9,000
Gastric Balloon Placement $3,650 $9,000
Gastric Balloon Removal $1,345 $5,000
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty $7,695 $17,700
*Cost may vary as per medical history and other requirements.

My Payment Options

You can pay for surgery via:

  • Cash, cards
  • Paypal

Tijuana, Mexico, is the one-stop destination to eliminate excess weight problems!

Get in touch with our case managers today.

Why Do People Go to Tijuana for Bariatric Surgery?

Many reasons including low costs and quality of treatment make Tijuana an attractive choice for bariatric surgery.

Watch our doctor explaining the need to visit Tijuana over the US for WLS.

Major Cost Savings

Tijuana offers more than 70% cost savings as compared to the US.

You pay nearly half of the cost that in the US for most weight loss procedures.

Thus, making it a coveted destination for affordable weight loss surgery for you!


Variety of WLS Options

You can get the latest treatments, such as endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, done in Tijuana.

Other options include but are not limited to:

Weight Loss Surgery

Qualified Surgeons

Bariatric surgeons in Tijuana are highly qualified & specialized.

With an experience of more than a decade & thousands of surgeries performed, they have a low complication rate.

So, you’ll be in safe hands during your treatment.

Experienced Surgeons

Modern Hospitals

Our partner hospitals in Tijuana are equipped with the latest medical equipment.

You get advanced infrastructure for high-quality treatment in the hospitals. Other facilities include:

  • On-site lab 🏥
  • Cafeteria ☕
  • Diagnostic imaging facility (portable X-rays) 🩻
  • Wi-Fi access 🌐
  • Parking facility 🅿️
  • Phone calls to the US and Canada ☎️

Proximity to the US

Tijuana, Mexico, is only 16 miles south of San Diego, California.[1]Where The Road Folks
Walking Across the Border to Tijuana
“The US-Mexico border lies 16 miles south of downtown San Diego.”
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Moreover, the hospital is just about 30 minutes from the San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN).

It is a US- Mexico border town so it becomes an attractive option for American tourists.

Positive WLS Reviews

MTC is happy to have changed the lives of many. See the stunning transformation of our client below!
Before & After: Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana

Get the Body That Fits Your Dreams

Do you want to meet our team of surgeons dedicated to bringing the best version of yours? Here you go!

Best Bariatric Surgeons in Tijuana, Mexico

Bariatric surgeons in Tijuana are highly trained and qualified. With immense experience in the field, they can assure you that you’ll be in good hands.

You can check out their profiles below.

Bariatric Surgeons in Tijuana, Mexico

Surgeon Details
Dr. Hector Perez

Dr. Hector Perez

Experience: 15+ years

Qualifications: Trained at the University of Miami, LaSalle University

Specialization: Laparoscopic gastric sleeve, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass

Membership: Mexican Council of General Surgery

Dr. Guillermo Lopez

Dr. Guillermo Lopez

Experience: 40+ years

Qualifications: Graduation from the Autonomous University of México

Specialization: Laparoscopic and bariatric surgery

Membership: Mexican Association of General Surgery

Dr. Luis Cazares

Dr. Luis Cazares

Experience: 14+ years

Qualifications: Graduation from the University of Nuevo Leon

Specialization: Minimally invasive bariatric surgery

Membership: Mexican Council of General Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Hospitals in Tijuana, Mexico

MTC collaborates with highly advanced hospitals in Tijuana, Mexico.

The staff here speaks good English & Spanish, so you do not face challenges understanding them.

Let’s have a look at them.


LIMARP is a renowned facility that offers quality treatment to its patients.

Also, the facility holds various certifications, such as the Center of Excellence for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
LIMARP in Tijuana, Mexico

LIMARP in Tijuana, Mexico

Check out some of its highlights:

  • Equipped with advanced technology
  • Highly trained and bilingual medical staff
  • Certified by Mexican General Health Council
  • Offers nutritional consultation, fitness department, and psychology department
  • Accredited as an International Center of Excellence for Obesity by the Surgical Review Corporation
  • Provides personalized treatment plans dedicated to each patient’s physical and mental health

Oasis of Hope

Oasis of Hope has gained a reputation for providing patients with excellent results. Moreover, the weight loss hospital is well-known internationally.
Oasis of Hope in Tijuana, Mexico

Oasis of Hope in Tijuana, Mexico

Check out its highlights stated below.

  • Offers custom care plans
  • Staff includes board-certified bariatric surgeons
  • The modern infrastructure includes an on-site lab, imaging technology, and an ICU
  • Experience in treating patients from over 50 nations, including the US and Canada

Oasis of Hope in Tijuana has 50 years of Patient Trust

Blue Medical Tower

The facility is located 12 minutes from the US border and offers personalized treatment plans to its patients.

Blue Medical Tower in Tijuana

Blue Medical Tower in Tijuana

Have a look at some of their highlights below.

  • Offers a variety of weight loss surgeries
  • Holds more than 25 years of experience
  • Surgeons & staff are highly trained and certified
  • Equipped with world-class operative and recovery rooms
  • Safety standards equal to American medical facilities
  • Renowned success rates and 1000+ satisfied patients

Now you know what the bariatric facilities in Tijuana have to offer.

Moving forward, let’s get an overview of the different bariatric procedures.

Weight Loss Procedures in Tijuana

Our partner hospitals offer various types of weight loss procedures.

However, as per your medical history and personal requirements, the doctors can suggest any of the following procedures:

  • Gastric sleeve
  • Gastric bypass
  • Mini gastric bypass
  • Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty
  • Revision gastric bypass

Who Qualifies for Bariatric Procedures?

Individuals with a current BMI of 40 kg/m2 without comorbid diseases qualify for bariatric surgery.

Moreover, a BMI of 35.0-39.9 kg/m2 with at least one comorbidity, such as type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension, NAFLD, and others are considered for WLS.[2]American Diabetes Association
Bariatric Surgery: A Perspective for Primary Care
“Patients should be considered for referral to a bariatric surgery center if they have a current BMI ≥40 kg/m2 or a BMI of 35.0–39.9 kg/m2 with at least one comorbidity, including type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension, NAFLD, and others.”
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Indications for WLS

Procedure Indications
Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass BMI ≥ 40 or 35 to 40 + one comorbidity
Gastric Balloon BMI ≥ 40 or > 35  with or without comorbidities

≥ 30 where recovery from metabolic disease is the concern 

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty BMI ≥ 30

Gastric Sleeve

Sleeve gastrectomy is an innovative, safe, and practical approach to treat obesity.

This procedure removes a sizable portion of the stomach that controls hunger.[3]NCBI
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy
“Sleeve gastrectomy is a new, safe, and efficient method for the treatment of obesity with higher survival rates among patients [6]. In this method, a large part of the stomach, which accounts for the regulation of appetite, is resected.”
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Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric Bypass

It involves the transection of the stomach, creating a gastric pouch of approximately one-ounce capacity.[4]NCBI
Treatment of Obesity: Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery
“In this procedure, the stomach is transected creating a gastric pouch of approximately one ounce capacity.”
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Gastric Bypass Procedure

Mini Gastric Bypass: MGB is a laparoscopic procedure involving a long, narrow gastric tube.

Moving forward, the tube is attached to a small intestine loop. It skips most of the stomach and upper small intestine.[5]Science Direct
The Mini-Gastric Bypass Original Technique
“ MGB constructs a lesser curvature gastric conduit to or below the “crow’s foot” and an anastomosis to an anti-colic loop of jejunum 150–200 cm distal to the trietz ligament.”
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Mini Gastric Bypass Procedure

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty/ESG

It is newer type of least invasive WLS procedure, done in Tijuana. The risk of operative complications reduce with ESG.

Moreover, you can return to daily activities quickly. It can be done in patients with BMI above 30.

The best part is that you can lose 15% to 20% total body weight at 12 – 24 months.[6]Mayo Clinic
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty
“Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is available to people whose body mass index (BMI) is above 30…15% to 20% total body weight loss at 12 to 24 months…60 to 90 minutes…”
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Dr. Perez Explains How Patients Benefit from ESG in Tijuana

Revision Weight Loss Surgery

Revisional bariatric surgery is a secondary procedure performed on a patient who has previously undergone a primary bariatric operation.

Furthermore, they must have failed to achieve the desired weight loss or experienced significant weight regain or complications.[7]NCBI
Revisional Bariatric Surgery: Focus on Quality of Life
“As in other surgical specialities, revisional procedures in bariatric surgery are performed in patients who have an inadequate response or no response to initial therapy, as well as in those who have complications from therapy and require reversal or correction of these complications.”
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For example, when the gastric bypass procedure fails, then one may gastric bypass to TORe revision surgery.

Note: We at MTC request you to fill a bariatric questionnaire to help our doctors plan your treatment.

Bariatric Surgery Success Rate: Tijuana

As per research, weight loss surgeries have a success rate of 65-85%.

Also, it is the most effective treatment for patients with severe obesity and metabolic complications.[8]BMC
Are There Really Any Predictive Factors for a Successful Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery?
“Currently, bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for severe obesity and its metabolic complications; however, 15–35% of the patients that undergo bariatric surgery do not reach their goal for weight loss.”
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Sillen L and colleagues reported a success rate of the gastric bypass at 73% at 1 year and 74% and 71% at 2nd and 3rd year, respectively.

Also, the mortality rate of RYGB operation to be 0.5%.[9]PubMed Central
Patient Factors Predicting Weight Loss after Roux-en-Y…
“ The success rate (defined as ≥60% EWL) at 1 year was 73%…The mortality rate was 0.5% (2 patients)…”
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How Do I Prepare for WLS in Tijuana?

Wondering how to prepare for your surgery? We have addressed some common concerns here to get you a smooth onboarding:

How can I book my WLS with MTC?

To book your WLS surgery with us, you can follow these 5 simple steps:

  • Fill out a health questionnaire & request a free price quote to get assisted by a case manager.
  • Once your eligibility & booking date is confirmed, you can pay the deposit & complete your paperwork.
  • A nutritionist will share a pre-op diet plan with you & our team will guide you with the necessary information like:
Travel arrangement 🚗
Accommodation 🏨
Pre-op instructions 📝

What tests do I need before my surgery?

Prior to the surgery, you will have to undergo some medical tests like:

  • Chest Xray
  • Urine analysis
  • CBC – Complete blood count
  • Chemistry panel
  • ECG– Electrocardiogram
  • Gall bladder ultrasound
Medical Tests

What do I need to pack for my trip?

We have created a tailored light packing list to help you prepare for your trip.

  • Accessories: Phone charger, headphones
  • Essentials documents: ID, passport, insurance card
  • Cosmetics: Lip balm, moisturizing creams, wet wipes, vaseline
  • Toiletries (e.g. toothbrush, hairbrush, deodorants) & refreshing water spray
  • Clothing: Comfy outfits (avoid jeans) & undergarments, warm socks, pajamas, bathrobe & slippers

Tip: Don’t purchase new clothes, as your size will eventually change in the near future.

Do I need to carry liquids?
No, you do not need to carry any liquids from home. However, you can buy protein shakes, clear broth & other stuff from a nearby store.

Where can I stay in Tijuana?

Tijuana provides affordable stays with luxurious amenities in proximity to the hospitals. Some of the recommended accommodations include:

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel Tijuana

Quartz Hotel

Quartz Hotel

How to reach Tijuana?

You can reach Tijuana easily via road if you’re located near the US-Mexico border.

Reaching Tijuana via Road
From Duration
San Diego 30m
Los Angeles 2h 48m
Las Vegas 5h 20m
Phoenix 5h 50m

Another option is to reach San Diego Int. Airport via air & continue the journey by road.

Reaching San Diego Via Air
From Duration
Denver 2h 30m
Seattle 2h 45m
Dallas 3h 10m
New York 6h 20m

MTC can help you book a seamless journey as per your requirements. So, get in touch with us now!

How will I get my pre-op diet?

We support you in every step towards weight loss surgery. You can reach out to MTC’s onsite dietician, who is available 24/7 to address your queries.

Moreover, you will be instructed to practice mindful eating.

What challenges can you face post-WLS?

You are likely to experience positive changes, especially in your health & looks. Despite this, you may come across a few inevitable challenges, such as:

  • Buying new clothes frequently as the size fluctuates
  • Lifestyle changes like regular exercise & eating smaller, healthier meals
  • Emotional changes pertaining to personal and professional routine

But you don’t have to worry, as we provide all the necessary post-op support.

What lifestyle changes do I need to make post-WLS?

You must comply with the following lifestyle changes for the best WLS results:

  • Stick to a healthy, low-sugar diet
  • Stay active with moderate exercise
  • Don’t miss your long-term follow-up visits
  • Take vitamin supplements: Vitamin B1, B12, D, A, E, K, Iron, folic acid, calcium, zinc, and copper

Travel Tips to Tijuana

Here are the tips to make your journey smooth:


You must carry:[10]
Crossing the U.S. – Mexico Border by Land
“U.S. citizens must present a valid U.S. passport book or card, in addition to an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM) issued by Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM)…”
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  • A valid proof of automobile registration.
  • A valid passport when traveling to Tijuana, Mexico.
  • An entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM) issued by Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM).


We recommend basic travel tips for a safe visit to Tijuana in Mexico. Some pointers are listed below.

  • Avoid wearing flashy valuables.
  • Keep emergency contacts handy.
  • Don’t wander in dimly lit areas at night.
  • Keep your belongings safe at all times.
  • Keep your near ones informed about your location at all times.
  • Only use registered taxi services such as Uber to get around.
  • Carry the local currency (Pesos) for easy transactions at local shops or restaurants.

Click here to find out the ways to reach Tijuana by road or by flight.

Do you know what are the best things to do in Tijuana? Watch the video to find out!

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Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana: FAQs

What is the difference between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery are both weight loss procedures. However, their process and results differ.

Difference Between Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass

Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass
Restricts stomach vertically (80% is removed) Bypass stomach and small intestine and reduces the size of the stomach to a small pouch.
Significant weight loss – 10 to 18 BMI units Massive weight loss – 14 to 20 BMI units
Irreversible procedure Partly reversible procedure

Source: Karger[11]Karger
European Practical and Patient-Centred Guidelines for Adult Obesity Management in Primary Care
“Table 8. Comparison of the three major bariatric surgery procedures for the treatment of severe obesity”
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Is bariatric surgery in Tijuana safe?

The city has world-renowned bariatric centers that offer quality treatment to their patients.

Moreover, the staff is highly trained and experienced to ease your weight loss journey.

You can take a look at our partner facilities & doctor’s profile here.

Other than this, we advise you to research the facility you’d want to choose as a medical tourist.

How long does it take to get weight loss surgery in Tijuana, Mexico?

Most bariatric procedures last approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours on average.[12]NHS
Bariatric Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
“Operation times vary between 30minutes to 2 hours. There is additional time putting you to sleep and waking you up. Overall, you are away from the mediroom for 4-5 hours.”
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However, the length of bariatric surgery might vary.

It depends on various factors, such as the particular technique performed, the patient’s unique anatomy, and medical background.

Do you need someone to stay with you after bariatric surgery?

You can usually go home 1-3 days after a weight loss surgery. However, returning to a regular daily routine may take 4-6 weeks.[13]NHS
Afterwards -Weight loss surgery
“You can usually leave hospital 1 to 3 days after having weight loss surgery. You’ll be able to start to return to your normal activities 4 to 6 weeks later.”
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Depending on your requirements, you may need someone for support and care.

What can disqualify you from bariatric surgery?

You’ll likely be disqualified from bariatric surgery if you have the following conditions.[14]Semantic Scholar
Summary of Bariatric Surgery Guideline of the Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism of Turkey
“Refer to Table 3.”
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  • Pregnancy
  • Age (<18 or >65 years)
  • Alcohol or drug addiction/abuse
  • Any disease that restrains anesthesia
  • Untreated conditions such as endocrine disorders, cardiac diseases, mental disorders, digestive issues


Tijuana, Mexico, offers an excellent option for individuals seeking high-quality & affordable bariatric surgery.

Moreover, with experienced surgeons & a supportive medical staff, patients can achieve life-changing results.

By exploring your options today, take the first step towards a healthier and happier life. Call us now to get started.

Regain a healthy body and confidence today!


1. Where The Road Folks: Walking Across the Border to Tijuana
2. American Diabetes Association: Bariatric Surgery: A Perspective for Primary Care
3. NCBI: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy
4. NCBI: Treatment of Obesity: Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery
5. Science Direct: The Mini-Gastric Bypass Original Technique
6. NCBI: Revisional Bariatric Surgery: Focus on Quality of Life
7. Mayo Clinic: Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty
8. BMC: Are There Really Any Predictive Factors for a Successful Weight Loss…
9. PubMed Central: Patient Factors Predicting Weight Loss after Roux-en-Y..
10. Crossing the U.S. – Mexico Border by Land
11. Karger: European Practical and Patient-Centred Guidelines

12. Semantic Scholar: Summary of Bariatric Surgery Guideline…
13. NHS: Bariatric Surgery Frequently Asked Questions