Does the high costs of bariatric surgery in western countries make you numb?

Don’t worry! Bariatric Surgery Cost Abroad will save up to 80 – 90% even if you lack insurance.

Medical tourism is a pocket-friendly solution for people who can’t afford the self-pay price of the procedure in their home country.

Bariatric surgery in Mexico, Costa Rica, Turkey, and India is a cost-effective weight loss surgery tool.

Bariatric Surgery Before and After

Bariatric Surgery Before and After
The health benefits of gastric bypass outweigh its cost.

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How Much Bariatric Surgery Costs Abroad?

The cost of bariatric surgery in western countries is much higher as compared to the countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, India, etc.

For instance, a gastric sleeve surgery in the US costs you around $27,000, whereas it cost around $3,250 for the same procedure in Turkey and $4,400 in Mexico. This is how you can save 83% to 87% on costs.

The cost of gastric bypass surgery in the US is around $25,000, and the same procedure will cost you around $2,150 in Turkey and  $5,490 in Mexico. Look! You end up saving around 80% to 90%.

Following are some weight loss surgery price quotes around the world:

Country Gastric Bypass Gastric Sleeve
United States $25,000 $27,000
Canada $15,700 $19,600
United Kingdom $15,300 $11,800
Australia $18,000 $20,000
New Zealand $24,500 $21,750
Mexico $5,490 $4,395
India $7,400 $6,500
Costa Rica $14,900 $12,650
Turkey $2,150 $3,250
Prices are subject to change. Please connect with our team to plan your medical trip & get a FREE quote.
Good news for Americans
People most often ask about the cost of bariatric surgery in USA.
What if we told you that you can get gastric bypass surgery in the US only for the fraction of cost rather than burning your whole pocket.
Yes! This is possible with our partner in the USA Dr. Bernie Hanna – Las Vegas.
Dr. Bernie Hanna provides the cheapest gastric bypass surgery in USA.
The cost of gastric bypass in the USA is $16,000 and the cost of gastric sleeve is around $10,000. You can save 35-65% in your home country.

Weight Loss Surgery Abroad: Package Price Inclusions

Typical price inclusions for our bariatric surgery package abroad for Mexico, India, and the United States (Las Vegas) are listed below:

Price Inclusions Mexico India USA
Surgeon’s fee Yes Yes Yes
Hospital charges Yes Yes Yes
Hospital stay Yes Yes Outpatient
Hotel stay Yes Yes Yes
US-RD diet prog. Yes Yes Yes
Pre-ops Yes Yes Yes
Follow-ups Yes Yes Yes
Lab work Yes Yes
Phone calls & Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes
Companion stay Yes Yes
Companion meals Yes Yes
Airport pick-up Yes Yes yes
Support group Yes Yes Yes 

What May Result in Additional Charges?

Let’s decode the above equation. The rule of thumb is that if the cost of bariatric surgery abroad and the travel expenses is lower than the price quoted by your local surgeons and hospitals.

Consider medical tourism!


  • Airfare
  • Extra medication or an additional hospital stay
  • Discovery of a hiatal hernia during surgery
  • A body mass index (BMI) exceeding 50*, which requires a longer OT time and anesthesia, and extra hospital stay

(*People with a BMI of 40 or more are morbidly obese.)


  • Airfare
  • All expenses for stay beyond the package period
  • Professional charges of other consultants
  • Any other additional procedure
  • Use of special drugs/consumables
  • Blood and blood products
  • CT/MRI or any other complex lab investigations


  • Airfare
  • Pre-operative labs, EKG and surgical clearance*
  • Post-operative prescription medicines
  • Hotel
  • Protein shakes & vitamins
    (*Usually covered by insurance)


If you choose medical tourism for bariatric surgery abroad, make sure you factor in the following too:

  • Additional travel expenses
  • Hotel stay not covered by the package
  • Meals not part of the package
  • Visa and passport costs, if applicable
  • Currency fluctuations
  • Expenses related to the accompanying guest (please note we offer free stay for one guest in Mexico)

Factors affecting the cost of gastric bypass in a medical tourism destination are:

  • Cost of living in the desired destination
  • The extent of competition among the local bariatric surgery providers
  • The reputation of the weight loss surgeon
  • The chosen hospital or surgery center

How To Pay for Bariatric Surgery Without Insurance?

Not every health insurance policy covers the procedure. Insurance companies don’t pay for gastric bypass unless they deem it medically necessary.

You will have to check if your provider offers insurance coverage for it.

Some of the ways to finance gastric bypass in the absence of gastric bypass coverage are:

Medical Tourism for Self-pay Surgery

  • In case your insurance doesn’t offer coverage, you may consider medical tourism.
  • We facilitate gastric bypass in all the leading medical tourism destinations around the world.
  • Click here for a free price estimate.

Personal Crowdfunding

  • It is a way to raise funds for a particular problem using the Internet.
  • Crowdfunding sites are a ready platform for online fundraising for surgery.
  • Generally, people respond with generous donations.
  • That’s because they prefer lending a helping hand directly rather than through a non-profit.
  • Popular crowdfunding sites for raising funds for surgery: GoFundMe, GiveForward, and FundRazr.


  • It refers to the phenomenon of replacing a previous loan with a new credit for the surgery.
  • It utilizes the same collateral as used in the old debt. It involves the revision of the monthly installment payment plans.
  • The new payment plans will be based on the new interest rate and the amount borrowed.
  • Here is a detailed read on refinancing for weight loss surgery.

Money Pooling

  • It involves bringing together a bunch of people who pool in part of their income for a specific cause.
  • All the members of the pool agree to a pre-defined payment period. They take turns receiving the lump sum.

Loans from Friends and Family

  • Another option is to take an informal loan from friends or family.
  • One can avail such loans without extensive paperwork.


  • A CareCredit card can come in handy if you have high deductibles.
  • It also helps with high fixed out-of-pocket payments or co-insurance.
  • You can also utilize it for surgeries not covered by your insurance plan.
  • This healthcare credit card only covers bariatric surgeons and facilities in the United States.
  • For a procedure costing $2,500 or more, financing plans with a tenure between two and six years are available.

Is Bariatric Surgery Covered by Medicaid?

  • Not all states’ Medicaid programs cover gastric bypass surgery.
  • Mississippi is the state which doesn’t give coverage.[1]Mississippi Division of Medicaid
    Bariatric surgery not currently covered by Medicaid
    “Medicaid enrolled health-care providers should be advised that Mississippi Medicaid does not currently cover bariatric surgery.”
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  • Medicaid program helps low-income group people irrespective of their age.
  • Medicare is an insurance program covering people aged above 65 years.
  • The program does not consider income levels.
  • To qualify for Medicare, the candidate should choose to have weight loss surgery at a bariatric center of excellence only.

Ready to transform your life with bariatric surgery abroad?

But have some reservations about it, especially when compared to diet pills?

Let’s address your concerns about bariatric surgery vs. weight loss drugs.

Weight Loss Drugs: Easy Way Out Or Cause For Concern?

You might be thinking: why should I get bariatric surgery when I can just take weight loss pills?

Given the recent surge of weight loss drugs in the market like Ozempic, it’s a valid question.[2]Fox News
Weight loss medications Ozempic and Wegovy: What to know before you stop taking them
“The medication sold under the brand names Ozempic and Wegovy — semaglutide — has skyrocketed in popularity over the past couple of years…”
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And with more experimental drugs on the way, it’s natural to wonder if diet pills are the solution to obesity.[3]CNN Health
Experimental drugs aim to surpass weight-loss stars like Ozempic and Wegovy
“Nearly two dozen other experimental drugs are now in development that are designed to be taken as pills for obesity and related conditions, according to research from financial firm TD Cowen.”
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Weight Loss Drugs

Like all things that seem too good to be true, however, there is a catch here.

Firstly, you should know how these medications, known as GLP-1 agonists, work.

How Do GLP-1 Agonists Work?

These drugs mimic the effects of a hormone called GLP-1.

They slow the passage of food through the stomach, helping you feel fuller for longer.[4]CNN Health
They took blockbuster drugs for weight loss and diabetes. Now their stomachs are paralyzed
“The diabetes drug Ozempic, and its sister drug for weight loss, Wegovy, utilize the same medication, semaglutide. These and other drugs in this family, which includes medications like tirzepatide and liraglutide, work by mimicking a hormone that’s naturally made by the body, GLP-1. One of the roles of GLP-1 is to slow the passage of food through the stomach, which helps people feel fuller longer. If the stomach slows down too much, however, that can cause problems.”
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This ultimately helps you lose weight.[5]CNN Health
They took blockbuster drugs for weight loss and diabetes. Now their stomachs are paralyzed
“Camilleri received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how one of the first GLP-1 agonists, a drug called liraglutide, affects stomach function…People taking liraglutide had dramatically slowed digestion compared with those on the placebo…Camilleri said the group taking liraglutide lost weight, and the bigger the delay in food leaving the stomach, the more weight people seemed to lose.”
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But the stomach being slowed down too much can cause a multitude of problems.

Side Effects of Weight Loss Drugs

Studies show that GLP-1 agonist drugs can lead to issues such as:[6]Science Alert
Popular New Weight Loss Drugs Linked to Digestive Problems
“Weight loss medications that mimic the hormone GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) in order to suppress appetite might also be triggering a variety of digestive problems, according to a new analysis of data from 5,411 patients…increased risk of issues including pancreatitis, gastroparesis, and bowel obstruction in patients using GLP-1 medications, compared with a medication that doesn’t activate the same chemical pathways as GLP-1.”
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  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastroparesis
  • Bowel obstruction

Long-Lasting Damage Caused By Weight Loss Drugs

These are all serious issues that can cause long-lasting damage.[7]NIDDK
“Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. Acute pancreatitis is short term and may go away in a few days with treatment. Chronic, or long-lasting, pancreatitis can get worse over time and cause lasting damage.”
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Gastroparesis, or delayed gastric emptying, can also lead to other complications like:[8]NIDDK
Definition and Facts for Gastroparesis
“Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying…Complications…may include dehydration due to repeated vomiting, malnutrition due to poor absorption of nutrients, blood glucose, also called blood sugar, levels that are harder to control, which can worsen diabetes…bezoars…”
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  • Dehydration & malnutrition
  • Bezoars, which can cause blockage, ulcers, and bleeding[9]NIDDK
    Dictionary Definition: bezoar
    “A solid collection of food, mucus, vegetable fiber, hair, or other material that your stomach can’t digest. Bezoars can cause blockage, ulcers, and bleeding.”
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  • Hard to control blood glucose levels, which can worsen diabetes

These side effects can have a physical as well as mental toll, as reported by many people.[10]CNN Health
They took blockbuster drugs for weight loss and diabetes. Now their stomachs are paralyzed
“She said she stayed nauseated all the time, no matter how little she ate, and took a prescription anti-nausea medication like it was candy…Wright had to be hospitalized for dehydration related to the vomiting…instead of just vomiting the food she’d recently eaten, Wright noticed that she was throwing up food she’d eaten three or four days prior…Both Knight and Wright said they got some relief after coming off the medication, but their problems continued.”
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Additionally, you will have to take these drugs all your life for their weight loss effects to stay.[11]USA Today
Why experts worry the ‘magic’ in new weight loss medications carries a dark side
“Most people are likely to regain lost weight if they don’t keep taking the drugs for life, and the psychological toll of that rebound could be damaging, psychologists predict.”
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Is Bariatric Surgery Better Than Diet Pills?

Bariatric surgery has certain advantages over GLP-1 drugs, such as:

  • Leads to more weight loss & BMI reduction
  • Can treat other obesity-related conditions
  • Leads to longer life expectancy
Sources: NLM,[12]NLM
Weight loss between glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists and bariatric surgery in adults with obesity: A systematic review and meta-analysis
“In adults with obesity, bariatric surgery still confers the highest reductions in weight and BMI but confers similar effects in glycemic control when compared with GLP-1 receptor agonists.”
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The Lancet[13]The Lancet
Association of metabolic–bariatric surgery with long-term survival in adults with and without diabetes: a one-stage meta-analysis of matched cohort and prospective controlled studies with 174 772 participants
“Metabolic–bariatric surgery delivers substantial weight loss and can induce remission or improvement of obesity-related risks and complications…Among adults with obesity, metabolic–bariatric surgery is associated with substantially lower all-cause mortality rates and longer life expectancy than usual obesity management.”
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Watch the video below to learn more.

Bariatric Surgery vs. Weight Loss Drugs

Find out other benefits of bariatric surgery below to make an informed decision!

What Are the Advantages of Bariatric Surgery?

Weight loss surgery results in better self-esteem and overall quality of life.

It also causes a reversal of life-threatening diseases, such as:

  • Type II diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis
  • Abnormal cholesterol
  • Abnormal cholesterol
  • Breathing troubles
  • Acid reflux
  • Heart disease
Source: Mayo Clinic[14]Mayo Clinic
Bariatric surgery
“In addition to weight loss, gastric bypass surgery may improve or resolve conditions often related to being overweight, including: Heart disease High blood pressure Obstructive sleep apnea Type 2 diabetes”
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Other Things You Need to Know

  • The success of the procedure depends on the changes in eating habits after surgery.
  • Exercising regularly after weight loss surgery is also recommended and helps patients lose weight more rapidly.
  • Not following the doctors’ post-surgery instructions might result in no or minimal benefits.
  • Minimally invasive bariatric surgery done laparoscopically speeds up recovery and reduces pain.[15]ASMBS
    Bariatric Surgery Procedures
    “They are performed with small incisions using minimally invasive surgical techniques (laparoscopic and robotic surgery). These advancements allow patients to have a better overall experience with less pain, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery.”
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  • Some people may require plastic surgery to treat droopy skin from losing weight.[16]UPMC
    Life After Weight Loss Program
    “Almost all parts of the body can be affected by loose skin after weight loss. The most common area that people are concerned with is the belly..The best time to consider plastic surgery in when you are as close to your goal weight as possible and are weight stable. This is usually 12-18 months after the gastric bypass surgery or gastric banding. ”
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  • They may have to undergo plastic surgery a year or more after having the gastric bypass.
  • According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), bariatric surgery is successful when the patient loses 50-70% percent of his excess weight.[17]NCBI
    Long-Term Weight Outcomes after Bariatric Surgery
    “A successful outcome of bariatric surgery is one that achieves a loss of 50–70% of excess weight”
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  • One can be back to work in  about three to six weeks after the surgery.[18]NHI
    “You’ll be able to start to return to your normal activities 4 to 6 weeks later.”
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How MTC Can Help You?

  • We offer all-inclusive weight loss packages at carefully screened accredited facilities abroad.
  • Our aim is to give people in financial distress easy access to pocket-friendly WLS.
  • We are a Better Business Bureau (BBB) A+ ranked US corporation. Our negotiated prices ensure you get quality care for just a fraction of the US costs.
  • Patient satisfaction and top-notch post-op care form the core of our philosophy.
  • We believe in transparent pricing. For an instant quote in your inbox, fill the contact form.
  • We’ve helped thousands of people get access to bariatric surgery since 2007. Check out our client ratings and reviews.
  • We can help you with flexible payment plans and loans in case you can’t afford cash-pay surgery.
  • We offer medical tourism complications cover in case of a surgery-related problem later.
  • Our panel includes board-certified bariatric surgeons.

A Complete Medical Tourism Experience Abroad!

  • We provide you with high user-value information on having surgery in the destination of your choice.
  • We coordinate between you and your bariatric surgeon abroad.
  • We assist in the entire process.
  • We make arrangements for stay and local transfers.
  • We also  arrange for video calls with the surgeon if desired.

FAQS for Bariatric Surgery Cost Abroad

Should I go abroad for bariatric surgery?

Yes, you should opt for bariatric surgery abroad because you can get quality work done at affordable prices.

For instance, A gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico will cost you around $4,400 and 3,250 in Turkey. The same procedure will cost you around $27,000 in the US. you can save up to 83% to 87% on costs.

Gastric bypass surgery in the US costs around $25,000 and you can get the same procedure done in Mexico for $5,490 and for 2,150 in Turkey you end up saving up to 80% to 90%.


Bariatric Surgery Cost Abroad: Reviews and Testimonials

Check out a client from Washington who chose to have gastric bypass in Tijuana.
Another client, Terinda, came down from Washington state to Mexico for surgery.
Marilyn, another client, cited the high price tag in the USA as a deciding factor.
Brian is a New Orleans resident who came down to Mexico for bariatric surgery primarily because of the cost difference.
Adrienne from Lousiana took up the medical tourism route to avoide the high surgery costs back home.
Malia discovered that her insurance won’t cover bariatric surgery. That’s when she got hold of MTC.


Get rid of obesity with low bariatric surgery cost abroad! We at MTC will help you plan your safe medical trip.

Your safety is our priority. Contact our team now to get a FREE quote.


1. Mississippi Division of Medicaid: Bariatric surgery not currently covered by Medicaid

2. Fox News: Weight loss medications Ozempic and Wegovy

3. CNN Health: Experimental drugs aim to surpass weight-loss stars like Ozempic and Wegovy

4. CNN Health: They took blockbuster drugs for weight loss and diabetes. Now their stomachs are paralyzed

5. Science Alert: Popular New Weight Loss Drugs Linked to Digestive Problems

6. NIDDK: Pancreatitis

7. NIDDK: Definition and Facts for Gastroparesis

8. NIDDK: Dictionary Definition: bezoar

9. USA Today: Why experts worry the ‘magic’ in new weight loss medications carries a dark side

10. NLM: Weight loss between glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists and bariatric surgery in adults with obesity

11. The Lancet: Association of metabolic–bariatric surgery with long-term survival in adults with and without diabetes

12. Mayo Clinic: Bariatric surgery

13. ASMBS: Bariatric Surgery Procedures

14. UPMC: Life After Weight Loss Program

15. NCBI: Long-Term Weight Outcomes after Bariatric Surgery

16. NHI: Afterwards