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Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico

Cost of Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico

Gastric bypass in Mexico is the second most sought-after bariatric procedure after Gastric sleeve. It is due to the aggressive weight loss results and its ability to resolve comorbidities like GERD and dumping syndrome.

At Medical Tourism Corporation, we offer all-inclusive packages at affordable prices.

The cost of gastric bypass in Mexico is on an average between $5,199- $6,895. These prices varies from one place to another due to many reasons. However, the cost of this life-saving surgery is very cheap if compared to that in the USA.

City Cost in US$

Tijuana

$5,199

Mexicali

$5,950

Cancun

$6,895

All these Mexican locations offer packages that are inclusive of:

Package Inclusions
Surgeon’s fee Anesthesia
All hospital meals Lab work
Hospital Stay Hotel Stay
Post-op medication Pre- & post-op diet
Destination support Ground transfer
Follow-ups Support group

Gastric Bypass Cost Comparison – Mexico vs. USA and Canada

The following table shows the price difference of Mexico against USA and Canada:

Country Gastric Bypass Cost
Mexico $5,199 – $6,895
USA $24,000
Canada $21,000

The following pointers explain this cost difference:

  • The cost of living in Mexico is lower than in the United States and Canada.
  • Staff salaries, office rent, and other overheads are lower in Mexico than in the US and Canada.
  • Bariatric surgeons in Mexico do not have to pay for malpractice insurance.
  • A less regulated environment gives surgeons the necessary freedom to practice without overcharging their patients.

Understanding Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass in Mexico

  • Also known as Roux-en-Y bypass (RNY), this procedure divides the stomach into two parts: a small upper pouch and a larger lower pouch.
  • 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.
  • Larger stomach and the bypassed duodenum connects to the later part of the small intestine. It helps in draining 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. 

Gastric Bypass surgery in Mexico helps in resolving problems like diabetes, GERD, dyslipidemia, etc.

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A long-term study, [1]Ted D. Adams, Lance E. Davidson, Sheldon E. Litwin, Jaewhan Kim, Ronette L. Kolotkin
Weight and Metabolic Outcomes 12 Years after Gastric Bypass.
“This study showed long-term durability of weight loss and effective remission and prevention of type 2 diabetes…”
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observed patients who underwent Roux-n-Y gastric bypass surgery for 12 years.

The study successfully showed that maximum patients who had bypass surgery did not regain the weight. Moreover, problems like Type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia were also tackled effectively.

Benefits of Bypass Roux-en-Y Mexico

Health Benefits with Gastric Bypass

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.[2]Paulina Salminen, Mika Helmiö, Jari Ovaska
Effect of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy vs Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Weight Loss at 5 Years Among Patients With Morbid Obesity
“the estimated mean percentage excess weight loss at 5 years was 49% after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy compared with 57% after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass…”
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Resolves Diabetes

Gastric bypass can result in resolution of type 2 diabetes. In a study,[2]Paulina Salminen, Mika Helmiö, Jari Ovaska
Effect of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy vs Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Weight Loss at 5 Years Among Patients With Morbid Obesity
” Complete or partial remission of type 2 diabetes was seen in 37% (n=15/41) after sleeve gastrectomy and in 45% (n=18/40) after gastric bypass (P>.99)….”
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 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.[2]Paulina Salminen, Mika Helmiö, Jari Ovaska
Effect of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy vs Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Weight Loss at 5 Years Among Patients With Morbid Obesity
“Medication for dyslipidemia was discontinued in 47% (n=14/30) after sleeve gastrectomy and 60% (n=24/40) after gastric bypass (P=.15) and for hypertension in 29% (n=20/68) and 51% (n=37/73) (P=.02), respectively…”
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Normalizes Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is known to return to normal or near-normal levels, post-surgery. [2]Paulina Salminen, Mika Helmiö, Jari Ovaska
Effect of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy vs Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Weight Loss at 5 Years Among Patients With Morbid Obesity
“Using the American Diabetes Association triple end point of HbA1c value, LDL-C level, and systolic blood pressure as the primary outcome, the Diabetes Surgery Study found that laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass resulted in better outcomes than did intensive medical management using the Look AHEAD protocol…”
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Why Choose MTC for Gastric Bypass in Mexico?

Reasons to Choose MTC for gastric bypass

Quality Medical Care

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

Our prime focus is on 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

Medical Tourism Coporation is a Texas-based organization. It has attained the highest A+ ranking by Better Business Bureau (BBB) which makes it trustworthy in the industry.

Convenient Payment Options

We accept payment in cash, credit/debit cards, wire and bank transfers, and PayPal. MTC also offers exclusive discounts and best price guarantee which can be availed during payment.

All-round Travel Experience

Our partnership with travel and logistics companies ensures thay you have a seamless experience. We take care of your travel schedule that begins as soon you hit the Mexican grounds.

Safe Locations

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

Gastric Bypass Schedule

Gastric Bypass Trip To Mexico Schedule

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

You can visit the hospital and talk to the surgeons before the surgery which will ensure 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 Duration

Hospital Stay

3 nights

Hotel Stay

2 nights

Return to Work

2-3 weeks

Trip Schedule for Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico

Before the Trip

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

On Arrival

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

On Surgery Day

  • The bariatric surgeon will perform the pre-ops, including:
    • ECG
    • Chest X-ray
    • Blood tests
  • The nutritionist and psychiatrist will medically assess you.

Hospital Discharge

The gastric bypass surgeon will perform a series of tests to rule out leaks.


Entering/Exiting Mexico

Border crossing to Mexico

Entry Requirements in Mexico

Americans and Canadians traveling to Mexico:

  • Require a valid passport
  • Need a Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM) for moving beyond the border zone
  • Don’t require a visa for a five to the seven-day medical trip.
  • If traveling by car, then Mexican auto insurance is a must.

Re-entery Requirements for USA or Canada

American and Canadian citizens re-entering the US or Canada should present any of the following:[3]U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
U.S. Citizens – Documents needed to enter the United States and/or to travel Internationally.
“U.S. citizens entering the United States by land or sea are required to present a valid WHTI-compliant document…”
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  • Passport
  • Passport card
  • Enhanced driver’s license
  • Trusted Traveler Cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST)

Note: The Global Entry card is just an Entry document, and you may not be allowed to enter Mexico using only this.

Destinations for Gastric Bypass in Mexico

Hospitals for Gastric Bypass Surgery in TJ (Tijuana)

The hospitals for gastric bypass surgery in Tijuana, Mexico are:

Option 1: 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.

Option 2: Oasis of Hope

This medical facility is close to the local beach area. It is a full-service hospital in TJ with 50+ years of successful track record.

Hospital For Weight Loss Surgery In Tijuana

Weight Loss Surgeon in Tijuana

The bariatric surgeon in Tijuana has a track record of 1,000+ surgeries. He specializes in the following:

  • Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG)
  • Gastric bypass
  • Mini-gastric bypass
  • Revisional surgery

He has completed courses in:

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (the American College of Surgeons)
  • Advanced Life Support (the American Heart Association)

Reaching Tijuana

  • The San Diego airport (IATA: SAN) is the closest US airport to TJ.
  • The Mexican border city is 15 miles north of downtown San Diego.
  • One can enter Tijuana from the San Ysidro port of entry. It is open 24*7.

Driving Time From the USA To Mexico

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

Gastric Bypass in Mexicali

The hospital in Mexicali has a 14-year successful track record.

The hospital for gastric bypass in Mexicali features:

  • Advanced operating rooms
  • 24*7 emergency units
  • Cafe
  • On-site imaging services

Gastric Bypass Hospital In Mexicali


Best Bariatric Surgeon in Mexicali

We have partnered with a leading bariatric surgeon in Mexicali. Below is a snapshot of his profile:

  • Member of the Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery
  • Advanced diploma degree of minimally invasive surgery
  • Advanced diploma degree of obesity surgery
  • Attended XXIX National Congress of Surgery

Reaching Mexicali

By Air

  • The Imperial County Airport (IATA: IPL) is the closest US airport.
  • Mexicali is 30 miles from the airport.

By Car

  • Our network hospital is 200 yards from the east border entry.
  • The driving distance from the nearby US cities to Mexicali is:
US Cities Distance
Calexico 6 miles
El Centro 18 miles
Imperial Valley (IATA: IPL) 38 miles
Salton Lake 70 miles
Palm Springs (IATA: PSP) 118 miles
San Diego (IATA: SAN) 117 miles
Phoenix, AZ (IATA: PHX) 239 miles
Tucson, AZ (IATA: TUS) 125 miles

Gastric Bypass in Cancun

The hospital in Cancun has been serving for the past thirty years.

Gastric Bypass In Cancun - Hospital Room

From water sports to Mayan sites, the Caribbean has something for everyone.

Below are some of the features of the hospital:

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) 24*7 Emergency Room
Digital X-Ray CT Scan

Additional Features

  • The hospital is a short distance away from the beach and is close to the downtown area.
  • It is in a safe neighborhood.
  • It is 15 minutes from a shopping area.

Gastric bypass in Cancun is affordable. Take a tour of the bariatric-specific hospital in Cancun:

Bariatric Surgeon in Cancun

A sneak peek of the profile of our bariatric surgeon in Cancun:

  • US-trained and board-certified
  • Zero percent of complication rates
  • Attends several WLS conferences in Mexico and the world-over
  • A regular attendee of the IFSO congresses
  • Imparts bariatric training to other surgeons

Gastric Bypass Vs Gastric Sleeve

Parameters Bypass Sleeve
Procedure Large stomach portion bypassed extra portion of stomach removed
Recovery Time 2 to 4 weeks 2 to 4 weeks
Dumping syndrome High risk Low risk
Weight Loss 60 to 80 percent 60 to 70 percent
Gastric reflux remission[4]Ralph Peterli, Bettina Karin Wölnerhanssen, Thomas Peters,
Effect of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy vs Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Weight Loss in Patients With Morbid Obesity
“Gastric reflux worsened (more symptoms or increase in therapy) more often after sleeve gastrectomy (31.8%) than after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (6.3%)….”
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High Reflux worsens

A research[5]Poelemeijer YQM, Liem RSL, Våge V, Mala T, Sundbom M, Ottosson J, Nienhuijs SW
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.
“One-year post surgery, less RYGB-patients were lost-to follow-up (12.1% vs 16.5%, P < 0.001) and RYGB resulted in a higher 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, less RYGB-patients were lost-to follow-up as compared to sleeved patients. This shows that gastric bypass is more secure than the sleeve procedure.

Lap vs Open Gastric Bypass 

The major difference between lap and gastric bypass is that laproscopic surgery in minimally invasive and the recovery time is faster.
According to a study[6]Nguyen NT, Goldman C, Rosenquist CJ, Arango A, Cole CJ, Lee SJ, Wolfe BM.
Laparoscopic versus open gastric bypass: a randomized study of outcomes, quality of life, and costs.
“Laparoscopic GBP patients had comparable weight loss at 1 year but a more rapid improvement in QOL than open GBP patients…”
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that compared quality of life (QOL), and costs of laparoscopic and open gastric bypass (GBP) suggests that Lap patients had similar weight loss but showed rapid improvement in QOL than open GBP patients.
Also, the higher operative costs for laparoscopic RNY bypass were adequately balanced by the lower hospital costs and was again comparable to the opne GB cost.

Reaching Cancun

  • The hospital is 30 minutes from the international airport (IATA: CUN).
  • Below is the average flight times from the US and Canada:
Location To Cancun
Calgary, AB (IATA: YYC) 5 h 10 min
Vancouver, BC (IATA: YVR) 5 h 40 min
Toronto, ON (IATA: YYZ) 3 h 50 min
New York, NY (IATA: EWR) 3 h 55 min
Washington D.C. (IATA: IAD) 3 h 20 min
Miami, FL (IATA: MIA) 1 h 40 min
Orlando, FL (IATA: MCO) 1 h 50 min

Travel Time By Air To Cancun

Safety in Mexico

Below are some safety tips:

  • Use toll roads instead of free ones.
  • Be aware of your surroundings in casinos and bars.
  • Avoid traveling at night. Travel in the daytime.
  • Avoid deserted places and underpasses at night.
  • Register with the STEP program for safety alerts in Mexico.
  • Avoid sharing your travel plans with strangers.
  • Secure your wallet and passport beneath your clothes.

Gastric Bypass Mexico Reviews


Terinda had her surgery in Tijuana in 2018. She had traveled to Mexico from Washington state. Here’s her review:


Kelly, who chose gastric bypass to lose weight, talks about her experience:


Some of our clients with successful bariatric surgeries reported the following non-scale victories.

Non-Scale Victories After 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 the gastric bypass surgery in Mexico.

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Before Surgery

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Current Weight

Melanie’s weight loss in pounds (lb)

Gastric Bypass Before After Pic - Mexico

Pre-op

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

Post-op

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’m able to drink water, protein, sugar-free Jell-O, and chicken broth with no issues at all.

“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.”

Her Before and After Gastric Bypass Pics

Click every picture to enlarge.

Two Weeks

She had lost 23 lb. 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’ve 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 lb. My goal is to reach 160 lbs. I have a ton of energy. 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

In Melonie’s own words: “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 any setback keep you from pushing forward to meet and maintain our new healthy lifestyle.”

4.5 Months

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

5 Months

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

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 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 in Mexico

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

Disclaimer: Weight loss results may vary. We do not guarantee any specific results.

References:

  1. The New England Journal of Medicine: Weight and Metabolic Outcomes 12 Years after Gastric Bypass

  2. JAMA Network: Sleeve Gastrectomy vs. Gastric Bypass at 5 Years.
  3. U.S. Citizens – Documents needed to enter the United States and to travel internationally. U.S. Customs
  4. JAMA Network: Effect of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy vs Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Weight Loss in Patients With Morbid Obesity
  5. Annals of Surgery: 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.
  6. Annals of Surgery: Laparoscopic versus open gastric bypass: a randomized study of outcomes, quality of life, and costs.





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