Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico

Are you struggling with excessive weight gain and obesity but cannot get the bariatric surgery that you need due to high costs?

You can get a gastric bypass surgery in Mexico at less than half what it will cost you in the US or Canada.

Gastric bypass procedure

Gastric Bypass in Mexico

Here is your ultimate guide for Gastric Bypass in Mexico. Read on! 

Why Mexico for Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Affordability

You will spend 70% less on the total cost of your gastric bypass surgery in Mexico than in the US.

Staff salaries, office rent, other overheads, and the cost of lying in Mexico are lower than in the US and Canada.[1]Expats in Mexico
Why Medical Costs Are Lower in Mexico
“Physicians in Mexico do not typically earn six-figure salaries. According to the New York Times, the average physician in Mexico earns US$25,000 per year… No student debt…Mexico, many medical students study at free public universities or in private universities with much lower tuition”
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Bariatric surgeons in Mexico do not have to pay for malpractice insurance.[2]Expats in Mexico
Why Medical Costs Are Lower in Mexico
“Doctors in Mexico do not purchase malpractice insurance (so there is no incentive for patients to sue for malpractice), thus saving the $4,000-$20,000 in annual malpractice insurance that doctors in the U.S. typically pay”
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World-Class Treatment

The Mexican surgeons are highly qualified, experienced, and internationally accredited.

They provide the same quality of treatment as in the US and Canada.

Bilingual Staff

The surgeons, as well as the medical staff, are well versed in English to ensure that there are no language barriers.

State of Art Technology

Bariatric hospitals and clinics associated with us are equipped with top-notch technology like TrueBeam and PET/CT. 

Cost of Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico,

The cost of gastric bypass in Mexico is between $5,495-$6,995.

The cost of this life-saving surgery is very cheap compared to that in the US. You can save upto 70% on your total costs.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost Comparison
Country Cost
Mexico $5,495
US $35,000
Canada $30,000
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Bariatric surgery is available across Mexico in different cities. The price may vary from city to city.

Here are the top Mexican cities that offer gastric bypass surgery at affordable prices:

Cost of Gastric Bypass in Different Mexican Cities
City Cost
Tijuana $5,495
Reynosa $5,799
Mexicali $5,950
Piedras Negras $6,500
Nuevo Laredo $6,799
Cancun $6,995
*Prices are subject to change, get a free quote today!

All these Mexican locations offer packages that are inclusive of:

  • Lab work
  • Hotel stay
  • Follow-ups
  • Ground transfer
  • Post-op medication
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital stay
  • Pre & post-op diet
  • Destination support 

Safety in Mexico

Mexico witnesses over a million medical tourists from the US annually.[3]Statista
Travel, Tourism & Hospitality
“Number of visitors who traveled for medical purposes to Mexico from January 2019 to December 2021”
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The medical procedures are performed with the utmost care and safety of the patient.

While traveling to Mexico, keep note of the following points to ensure your safety-

  • Dial 911 in case of emergency
  • Try to blend in with the locals
  • Use toll roads instead of free ones
  • Do not flaunt valuable items like jewelry
  • Avoid traveling at night. Travel in the daytime
  • Avoid deserted places and underpasses at night
  • Be aware of your surroundings in casinos and bars
  • Be mindful about what you eat, especially street food
  • Register with the STEP[4]Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
    What is STEP?
    “The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.”
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    program for safety alerts in Mexico

Before visiting the country, make sure to do your research and learn basic Spanish for your ease

Source: City Express[5]City Express
18 Travel Safety Tips for Your Trip to Mexico
“There are many other locations in Mexico which are safe for travelers. You just need to do your homework…Use registered taxis…Don’t wear valuables…Stay alert and know your surroundings…Use registered taxis”
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 Best Surgeons for Gastric Bypass in Mexico

Mexican bariatric surgeons are highly qualified and experienced with US and world organizations’ accreditations.

Our partnered surgeons provide the safest bariatric surgeries in Mexico.

Dr. Guillermo Lopez

Dr. Guillermo Lopez

  • 5000+ surgeries
  • 37+ years of experience
  • International Member of the ASMBS.
  • Ex-Director of Tijuana General Hospital


Dr. Luis Cazares

Dr. Luis Cazares

  • 11+ years of experience
  • 3000+ weight loss surgeries.
  • IFSO and MCGS certified
  • Fellow in Gastric Sleeve Surgery


Dr. Hector Perez

Dr. Hector Perez

  • 15+ years of experience
  • 0% complication rate
  • 3000+ surgeries
  • Certified by MCGS


Dr. Galileo Villarreal

Dr. Galelio Villarreal

  • 10+ years of experience
  • 2000+ surgeries
  • MCGS Certified
  • Member of the ASMBS


Dr. Oscar Trevino

Dr. Oscar Trevino

  • 14+ years of experience
  • Certified by Mexican Board of Surgery
  • AAOS Member
  • Certified by the MCGS


Dr. Cristobal Garza

Dr. Cristobal Garza

  • 6+ years of experience
  • 10,000+ surgeries performed
  • Member of IFSO
  • MCGS certified


 

Hospitals for Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico

We have partnered with the top hospitals for gastric bypass in Mexican cities across the country.


Tijuana

Tijuana is one of the popular destinations for gastric bypass surgery in Mexico. The city is located on the US-Mexico border.

It is near many US cities like San Diago.[6]Indiana Jo
How To Visit Tijuana from San Diego – Complete Guide
“Tijuana is just 20 miles (32 kilometres) from San Diego and it takes about 45 minutes to get from Fifth Avenue in downtown San Diego to the San Ysidro border crossing.”
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The hospital for gastric bypass surgery in Tijuana, Mexico-

International Center of Excellence for Obesity (LIMARP)

The hospital is in the beautiful Twin-Towers complex.

It features an in-house ICU, post-surgery recovery room, and specialized operation theaters.

International Center of Excellence for Obesity

LIMARP, Tijuana

Oasis of Hope

Oasis of Hope, Tijuana

Oasis of Hope

This medical facility is close to the local beach area.

It is a full-service hospital in Tijuana with 50+ years of successful track record.

Over 100,000 international patients have visited the hospital for treatment.

Reaching Tijuana

The San Diego airport (IATA: SAN) is the closest US airport to Tijuana.

The Mexican border city is 16 miles north of downtown San Diego.

One can enter Tijuana from the San Ysidro port of entry. It is open 24*7.

Steer clear of Calle Coahuila and Zone Norte in Tijuana. Other areas to avoid are El Florido, Murua, and Mariano Matamoros.

Source: Where the Road Forks[7]Where the Road Forks
Walking Across the Border to Tijuana
“You’re going to be crossing the actual border on foot. First, you need to travel from San Diego to the Border. This is a distance of about 16 miles. There are several ways to travel from San Diego to the Border.”
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Here is a list of nonstop flights to San Diago airport from popular cities in the US.

Flight durations to Tijuana
City Duration Provider
Queens, New York 5h 55min Alaska
Los Angeles, California 5h 43h Alaska
Miami, Florida 5h 20min American

Mexicali

Located in Baja, California, you can enter Mexicali immediately after crossing the US-Mexico border in Calexico.

It is one of the safest and most progressive cities in Mexico.[8]Travel Safe
How Safe Is Mexicali for Travel?
“It’s also considered to be extremely progressive for its significant investments in education…the safest border cities in Mexico, and the safest of its size.”
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Hospital de la Familia

Hospital de la Familia is located on the US border in Mexicali, Mexico.

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, it has ensured to give the best treatment to its patients for the last 20 years.

The hospital is located only 1.1 miles away from the US- Mexico border.
Hospital de la Familia

Hospital de la Familia, Mexicali

Reaching Mexicali

By Air

The Imperial County Airport (IATA: IPL) is the closest US airport to Mexicali.

Mexicali is 30 miles from the airport.

Here are a few airline providers that travel to Imperial County Airport from some of the popular cities in the US.

Flight durations to Mexicali
City Duration Provider
Los Angeles, California 1h 25min United
Austin, Texas 2h 52min Skywest Airlines
Boston, Massachusetts 6h 22min Delta

You will have to cross the border by car, bus, or on foot. You can either enter Mexicali from either side.[9]Visit Loreto
Directions And Map To Cross Border
“In order to cross the Mexicali / Calexico border crossing, you will need to get to the northernmost roads that go east to west or west to east, on either side of the border crossing…From the East..Highway 5 to “Cristobal Colon” Road…From the West…Avenue Baja California…”Internacional” Road. ”
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By Car

You can also opt to drive to our partnered hospital in Mexicali. The driving distance from the nearby US cities to Mexicali is.

Travel distance to Mexicali
US Cities Distance
Calexico 6 miles
El Centro 18 miles
Imperial Valley 38 miles
Salton Lake 70 miles
Palm Springs 118 miles
San Diego 117 miles
Tucson, AZ 125 miles.


Understanding Gastric Bypass Surgery

A Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a weight-loss procedure that entails cutting a tiny pouch from the stomach and attaching it directly to the small intestine.

One of the most often carried out types of bariatric surgery is gastric bypass. When diet and exercise have failed or when you have significant health issues because of your weight, gastric bypass is performed.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico helps resolve problems like diabetes, GERD, and dyslipidemia.

Source: NIH[10]NIH
Treatment of Obesity: Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery
“Roux-en-Y gastric bypass was developed by Mason in the 1970’s in response to unacceptable complication rates that followed ileojejunal intestinal bypass, a procedure which resulted in malabsorption, diminished food intake, and substantial weight loss with its associated benefits but unacceptable complication rates”
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 Procedure

  • Gastric Bypass Surgery divides the stomach into two portions- a small upper pouch and a larger lower pouch.
  • The smaller pouch connects with a part of the jejunum in the small intestine. This arrangement enables the food to bypass a part of the intestine.
  • The larger stomach and the bypassed duodenum connect to the later part of the small intestine.
  • It helps drain the digestive juices from the larger stomach pouch in the intestines for food digestion.
  • As the maximum portion of the stomach and duodenum is bypassed, less food is absorbed, which ultimately causes weight loss.
Source: Medline Plus[11]Medline Plus
Gastric bypass surgery
“surgeon uses staples to divide your stomach into a small upper section and a larger bottom section…. surgeon connects a small part of your small intestine (the jejunum) to a small hole in your pouch…The food you eat will now travel from the pouch into this new opening and into your small intestine. As a result, your body will absorb fewer calories.”
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 Pros and Cons of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Pros Cons
Long-term weight loss Initial weight loss failure
Fixes obesity-related health issues May require additional procedures
Increases life expectancy Inability to eat certain foods
Normalizes blood pressure Acid reflux
Improved quality of life Initial costs
Improves psychosocial health Nutritional deficiency
Source: NCBI[12]NCBI
Quick fix or long-term cure? Pros and cons of bariatric surgery
“Initial and sustained weight loss..Resolution of obesity-related comorbidities…Improved mortality…Potential complication: perioperative, surgical, gastrointestinal, nutritional and psychological…Initial costs…Initial failure to lose weight”
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Benefits of Bypass Roux-en-Y Mexico

According to a study comparing gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, the following benefits of RNY bypass Mexico (Roux-n-Y) were highlighted:

Higher Excess Weight Loss

The average excess weight loss after gastric bypass is much higher than in restrictive surgeries.

Candidates report losing more weight with gastric bypass surgery compared to lap band and gastric sleeve surgery.

Resolves Diabetes

Gastric bypass can result in the resolution of type 2 diabetes. In a study, researchers observed a complete or partial remission of type 2 diabetes in 45% of the cases post-op RYGB.

Lowers High Cholesterol Level

Post-surgery, cholesterol levels return to normal or near-normal levels.

As per a study, 60% of the participants reported discontinuation of medication for cholesterol following gastric bypass.

Normalizes Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is known to return to normal or near-normal levels post-surgery.

Learn more about the benefits of gastric bypass surgery from one of our patients.

Variable benefits of Gastric Bypass- Testimonial
Source: Jama Network[13]Jama Network
Effect of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy vs Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Weight Loss at 5 Years Among Patients With Morbid Obesity
“gastric bypass for the secondary outcomes of type 2 diabetes remission, dyslipidemia resolution, QOL improvement, and late morbidity. Compared with sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass resulted in better resolution of hypertension, based on antihypertensive medication use.”
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 Gastric Bypass Vs. Gastric Sleeve Vs. Lap Band

Parameters Gastric Bypass Gastric Sleeve Lap Band
Procedure[14]NIH
Types of Weight-loss Surgery
“Gastric sleeve… surgeon removes most of your stomach, leaving only a banana-shaped section that is closed with staples…Gastric bypass…surgeon staples your stomach, creating a small pouch in the upper section…so you eat less because you feel full sooner…Adjustable gastric band…surgeon places a ring with an inner inflatable band around the top of your stomach to create a small pouch. ”
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A large portion of the stomach is bypassed Extra portion of the stomach is removed Stomach is restricted with a lap band
Cost in Mexico $5,495 $5,795 $7,695
Recovery Period 2-5 weeks 3-6 weeks 1-2 weeks
Weight Loss* 70-80% 60-70% 35-40%
*Source:NCBI[15]NCBI
Bariatric Surgery
“The gold standard is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, which yields an average loss of 70% of excess weight. The sleeve gastrectomy yields an average loss of about 60% of excess weight. The gastric band is least effective and carries a high long-term failure rate.”
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A research[16]Pubmed.gov
Gastric Bypass Versus Sleeve Gastrectomy: Patient Selection and Short-term Outcome of 47,101 Primary Operations From the Swedish, Norwegian, and Dutch National Quality Registries
“A total of 47,101 primary operations were registered, 33,029 (70.1%) RYGB and 14,072 (29.9%) SG…This study reflects the pragmatic use and short-term outcome of RYGB and SG in 3 countries in North-Western Europe. Both procedures were safe, with RYGB having higher weight loss and follow-up rates at the cost of a slightly higher 30-day readmission rate.”
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was conducted on 47,101 patients who were randomized to undergo either gastric bypass surgery or gastric sleeve.

The results highlighted that one-year after the surgery, fewer RYGB patients were lost-to-follow-up as compared to sleeved patients.

This shows that gastric bypass is more secure than the sleeve procedure.

Watch our partnered surgeon, Dr. Hector Parez explain all you need to know about gastric bypass surgery.

Dr. Hector Parez, Cancun, Mexico

 Why Choose MTC for Gastric Bypass in Mexico?

? High-quality Treatment

We’ve partnered with hi-tech hospitals, surgery centers, and experienced weight loss surgeons to ensure quality care.

Our prime focus is on a sound physician-patient relationship. Therefore, we appraise hospitals and surgeons based on:

  • Proven track record
  • Surgeons’ credentials
  • Certifications from recognized local and global bodies

You can also talk to the surgeons before opting for the bypass Roux-en-Y Mexico.

? US Corporation

We are a Texas-based organization. It has attained the highest A+ ranking by Better Business Bureau (BBB), which makes it trustworthy in the industry.

✅ Safe Locations

Our treatment locations are secure, and the people here are friendly. So, you don’t have to worry about safety during your stay.

? Easy Payment Options

We accept payment in cash, credit/debit cards, wire and bank transfers, and PayPal.

MTC also offers exclusive discounts and the best price guarantee, which can be availed during payment.

? All-round Travel Experience

Our partnership with travel and logistics companies ensures that you have a seamless experience.

We take care of your travel schedule, which begins as soon you hit the Mexican grounds. 

Trip Schedule for Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico

Once you qualify for the surgery, our case managers will help you with the surgery dates.

You can visit the hospital and talk to the surgeons before the surgery, ensuring your trust in our services.

However, you can also book an appointment with us through our online portal, and our case managers will guide you through the journey.

Gastric Bypass Schedule
Criteria Duration
Hospital Stay 3 nights
Hotel Stay 2 nights
Return to Work 2-3 weeks

1️⃣ Before the Trip

You’ll receive an email with the trip details. Our nutritionist will mail you a custom pre-op diet.

2️⃣ On Arrival

Our driver will pick you up from the border or the airport.

3️⃣ On Surgery Day

The bariatric surgeon will perform the pre-ops, including ECG, chest X-rays, and blood tests.

The nutritionist and psychiatrist will medically assess you.

4️⃣ Hospital Discharge

The surgeon will perform several tests to rule out leaks.

Entering/Exiting Mexico

Entry Requirements in Mexico

Americans and Canadians traveling to Mexico require:

  • A valid passport
  • Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM) for moving beyond the border zone
  • If traveling by car, then Mexican auto insurance is necessary

You don’t require a visa for a five to seven-day medical trip.

Source: Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores[17]Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
What documents do I need to enter Mexico?
“ A valid passport or travel document… A properly completed Multiple Migratory Form (FMM)…”
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Travel Requirements to Mexico
Passport
Travel Permit

Re-entry Requirements for the US or Canada

American and Canadian citizens re-entering the US or Canada should present any of the following:

  • Passport
  • Passport card
  • Enhanced driver’s license
  • Trusted Traveler Cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST)[18]Homeland Security
    Trusted Traveler Programs
    “The Trusted Traveler Programs are risk-based programs to facilitate the entry of pre-approved travelers. All applicants are vetted to ensure that they meet the qualifications for the program to which they are applying. ”
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The Global Entry card is just an entry document, and you may not be allowed to enter Mexico using only this. 

Gastric Bypass in Mexico – Reviews

Terinda had her surgery in Tijuana in 2018. She had traveled to Mexico from Washington state.

Another patient, Kelly, chose gastric bypass in Mexico to lose weight. Here are their reviews:

Terinda’s Review on Gastric Bypass

Kelly’s Review on Gastric Bypass in Mexico 

Gastric Bypass Success Story: Melonie from the USA

Here’s the complete weight loss journey of one of our clients. Melonie is from the United States, and she had gastric bypass surgery in Mexico.

⭐Highest Weight- 255lbs
⭐On Surgery- 209lbs
⭐Before Surgery- 216lbs
⭐Current Weight- 148lbs

Pre-op

Melonie lost 13 lbs. through her pre-op diet. She had her surgery in Tijuana in August 2017.

Melonie Pre-op

Post-op

Her Before and After Gastric Bypass Pics

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Five Days

Melonie reported: “I woke up feeling great today, so I went to work! I’m not in any pain, and I have energy! I can drink water, protein, sugar-free Jell-O, and chicken broth without issues.

“I have no problem taking vitamins. The doctor and nurses said I didn’t look like I had surgery. I can see the difference in my face. I feel different emotionally in a good way.”

Two Weeks

She had lost 23 lbs. Melonie said: “I’m already off one diabetes medication and going to get off one of my blood pressure medications. To better health!”

Three Weeks

She reported losing weight slowly yet consistently.

Six Weeks

Melonie was down to 172 lbs from 203 lbs. In addition to cardio, she took up weight training.

Seven Weeks

She reported: “Off two diabetic meds, two blood pressure meds, and acid reflux meds. Feeling great and staying focused.”

9.5 Weeks

Melonie said: “In the past seven days, I’ve hiked a moderate trail of 2.5 miles. I even played tennis for 2 hours. Today I’m down another 3.0 lbs. (in one week).

“My surgery weight was 206 lbs. My current weight is 163 lbs. My goal is to reach 160 lbs. I have a ton of energy.”

She further added “I am no longer light-headed. My days of getting tired easily after minimal activity are LONG gone!”

12 Weeks

She shared: “I hike, play tennis, walk/jog the stairs at least four times a week for 2 hours or more. Because I started this early, I’m gaining muscle.

“My body is toning itself. I feel a little better about the way I look. I’m having fun being outdoors.”

4 Months

Melonie says: “My health is 80% better, but it’s still challenging. I’ve had a few days that I made poor food choices. As a result, I felt sluggish.

“This journey is about continually being a mindful eater. It is essential to take an inventory of what we are doing.

Don’t let setbacks keep you from pushing forward to meet and maintain our new healthy lifestyle.”

Pre-op Weight: 216 lbs. Surgery Weight: 206lbs. Current Weight: 149 lbs.

5 Months

She was now in the weight loss maintenance mode. She gradually increased the intensity of her workouts.

6 Months

Melonie updated that she had lost 67 lbs. since her gastric bypass surgery.

She added: “Hard work pays off, and it’s never easy. It can be fun if you keep it interesting and try new things.”

1 Year

She reported that 95% of her health issues had been resolved. Her hair was growing back.

She had started experiencing hair loss 3-4 months after gastric bypass.

She was down to 148 lbs. from 216 lbs.

Melonie 1 year after gastric bypass surgery

She summarizes her journey in these beautiful words: “Today, I looked at myself in the mirror and liked what I saw.” 

FAQs


How much is a gastric bypass surgery in Mexico?

Gastric bypass surgery in Mexico costs between $5,495-$6,995.

The same procedure will cost around $30,000 in US and Canada.

City Cost
Tijuana $5,495
Mexicali $5,950
Cancun $6,995


Conclusion

Getting bypass surgery in Mexico will save you hundreds of dollars and solve many health issues.

Connect with us at Medical Tourism Corporation to get a free quote for your weight loss surgery and ensure a seamless and hassle-free treatment in Mexico.

References

1. Expats in Mexico: Why Medical Costs Are Lower in Mexico
2, Expats in Mexico: Why Medical Costs Are Lower in Mexico
3. Statista: Travel, Tourism & Hospitality
4. STEP: What is STEP?
5. City Express: 18 Travel Safety Tips for Your Trip to Mexico
6. Indiana Jo: How To Visit Tijuana from San Diego – Complete Guide
7. Where the Road Forks: Walking Across the Border to Tijuana
8. Travel Safe: ‘ How Safe Is Mexicali for Travel?
9. Visit Loreto: ‘ Directions And Map To Cross Border
10.  NIH: Treatment of Obesity: Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery
11. Medline Plus: Gastric bypass surgery
12. NCBI: ‘Pacientes : ‘Quick fix or long-term cure? Pros and cons of bariatric surgery
13. Jama Network: ‘Effect of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy vs Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Weight Loss at 5 Years Among Patients With Morbid Obesity’
14. NIH: Types of Weight-loss Surgery
15. NCBI: Bariatric Surgery
16. Pubmed.gov: Gastric Bypass Versus Sleeve Gastrectomy
17. Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores: What documents do I need to enter Mexico?
18. Homeland Security: Trusted Traveler Programs