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Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana-Mexico

Gastric Sleeve Package at $3,899 Only. Limited Time Deal.

Are you struggling to lose weight? Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico is one option where you can shed those extra pounds.

This low-cost option in Tijuana has enabled many American and Canadian residents to avail the benefits of the procedure without paying thousands of dollars for the same.

Gastric Sleeve Tijuana Mexico Co-morbidity Resolution
Gastric Sleeve Co-Morbidity Resolution Rates at 5 Years

According to a study conducted on 96 patients who underwent surgery, the 5-year follow up showed resolution and improvement of many co-morbidities among patients.[1]Daniel P. Lemanu, Primal P. Singh, Habib Rahman, Andrew G. Hill
Five-year results after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: a prospective study
“Combined improvement and resolution rates at 5 years were 79%, 61%, and 73% for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea,…”
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Resolution of Co-Morbidity of Obesity After Gastric Sleeve
Type 2 diabetes 79%
Hypertension 61%
Obstructive sleep apnea 73%

How Much Does Gastric Sleeve Cost in Tijuana?

Cost of gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico ranges from $3,899 to $4,695.

Our packages are inclusive of hotel and hospital stay (2 nights), surgeon and anesthesiologist’s fee, nutritional and lifestyle guidance, and border-airport-hospital-hotel pickup.

The following table shows the price comparison of gastric sleeve surgery in TJ, Mexico versus other countries:

Gastric Sleeve Tijuana Cost Comparison
Location Cost in USD Savings in Tijuana
Tijuana $3,899  –
United States $14,900 73.20%
Canada $14,800 73.00%
New Zealand $13,230 69.80%
Australia $11,400 64.95%

The above table shows that the price of a gastric sleeve in Tijuana is about 70% lower than in the United States and Canada.

Gastric Sleeve Tijuana package includes:

  • Surgeon and team
  • US-RD diet program
  • 1-week medicines
  • Phone calls & Wi-Fi
  • Labs
  • Local ground transfers
  • Hospital & hotel stay
  • Post-op follow-ups
  • Companion stay
  • Medical loans
  • Online support group
  • Sleeve-friendly meals

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Sleeve gastrectomy, an alternative term for the Gastric Sleeve Surgery, is the reduction of the stomach to around a quarter of its original size. The gastric sleeve is irreversible bariatric surgery.

During the surgery, the larger portion of the stomach is removed, and the open edges are stitched together to form a thin “sleeve.”

Gastric sleeve is beneficial over alap band. This is because the removed portion of the stomach no longer produces the hunger causing hormone ghrelin.

This further reduces hunger and makes it easier to follow the recommended diet after the surgery.

A study on 61 patients who underwent gastric sleeve surgery shows remarkable long term follow-up data. It showed that the mean excess weight loss outcomes at one year, two years, three years, four years, and five years are 76.0%, 79.6%, 77.3%, 73.4%, and 72.6% respectively.[2]Eng-Hong Pok, Wei-Jei Lee, Kong-Han Ser, Jung-Chien Chen, Shu-Chun Chen
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in Asia: Long term outcome and revisional surgery
“The weight loss outcome at 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, and 5 years showed a mean BMI 26.3, 25.2, 25.3, 27.1…”
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Meet Your Board-Certified Tijuana Bariatric Surgeons

Dr. Luis Cazares

Bariatric Surgeon in Tijuana, Mexico.

Read more on Dr. Luis Cazare here.

Other Team Members

Dr. Alejandro Davalos Anesthesiologist Tijuana

Dr. Alejandro Dávalos

Anesthesiologists in Tijuana

Scrub Nurse Bariatric Surgery Tijuana

Scrub Nurse Edna

15 years of experience in OT

Our Weight Loss Surgery Dietitian

Katelyn US-Registered Dietitian

Katelyn J Mock: US-Registered Dietitian (Online Support)

  • BS in Allied Health Professions (Medical Dietetics) from the Ohio State University (2006)
  • Lead bariatric dietitian at the Ohio State University Medical Center
  • Certified by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Katelyn oversees our online bariatric groups and will answer your diet and lifestyle-related queries there.

Aranza Bariatric Nutritionist Tijuana

Aranza Iniguez: Dietitian (On-Site Support in Tijuana)

  • Certified in “Approach to obesity and eating disorders” (Universidad del Valle de México, Mexicali).
  • Coordinated the first National Diabetes Congress held in the Mexican state of Baja California.

Aranza is responsible for pre and post-bariatric surgery diet of our clients. She sends out customized diet plans to the clients keeping in mind their specific requirements.

Bariatric Surgery Hospitals in Tijuana

Medical Tourism Co. works with reputable hospitals to provide quality and affordable Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana. The hospitals are well-equipped and conveniently located from the San Diego International Airport.

1. Oasis of Hope Hospital

With a track record of over five decades, Oasis of Hope is a state-of-the-art hospital. Some features include:

  • Bilingual doctors and nurses
  • In-house lab, imaging, and ICU
  • Personal rooms with a bed for accompanying guest, private bath, and Netflix connection
  • Chapel and dining area

Address: Paseo Playas de Tijuana 19 Fracc. Playas de Tijuana

2. Twin Towers Hospital

It is an International Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery. It is located in the beautiful Twin Towers complex and offers a salubrious environment for recovery. Some of its highlights are:

  • US standards of safety and effective bariatric procedures
  • Accredited by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC)
  • Certified by the General Health Council

Address: Paseo del Parque 18025, Zona Río Tercera Etapa, 22654 Tijuana, B.C.

Bariatric Center of Excellence - Tijuana - Mexico

Day Gastric Sleeve Tijuana Schedule
Day 1 Arrival in San Diego. Free airport pick-up is anytime between 8am to 8pm.
Day 2 Have your surgery. Stay at the hospital the night after surgery
Day 3 Stay at the hospital.
Day 4 Stay at the hotel.
Day 5 Depart (border medical line doesn’t open until 9 am).

Hotel Stay in Tijuana

We will arrange for your free stay at Hotel Grand. The hotel has an exclusive floor earmarked for guests with special needs after surgery with medical beds, personalized care, provision of special diet, as well as coordination with gastric sleeve surgery clinics or centers.

Grand Care Room - Tijuana - Mexico
Room at Grand Care

Complimentary Pick-up Services

We can arrange for free ground transportation from the San Diego International Airport (Airport Code: SAN), and also provide free transportation between the hospital and the hotel.

Why Tijuana for Gastric Stomach Sleeve Surgery?

Here are the benefits of choosing gastric sleeve in Tijuana:

  • Big savings.
  • TJ is only 17 miles from San Diego. San Diego is well connected with other cities in North America through frequent flights.
  • The border town is quite Americanized so that you won’t be in any culture shocks.
  • Language barriers are minimal.
  • Because of negligible waiting times, you won’t face any scheduling problems.

Body Mass Index BMI Chart

Gastric Sleeve (VSG) Vs Gastric Bypass

Both gastric sleeve and bypass are effective weight loss procedures. The following table compares the two surgeries:[3]University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
​Gastric Bypass Versus Gastric Sleeve Surgery
“Gastric Bypass Procedure vs. Gastric Sleeve Procedure: The Similarities…”
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Gastric Bypass Vs. Gastric Sleeve
Basis of Comparison Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass
Recovery 14-28 days 14-28 days
Weight loss at 12-18 months 60-70% 60-80%
Risk of Dumping Syndrome Low High
Reversal Not possible Not possible
Revision Options Revision to bypass, re-sleeve Pouch banding, StomaphyX, conversion to duodenal switch
Changes to Intestines No change Small intestines are re-arranged

Top Gastric Sleeve Tijuana FAQ

  • Who is a candidate for a gastric sleeve?
Who is a candidate for a gastric sleeve?

To be eligible for the sleeve gastrectomy in Tijuana Mexico, you should have

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) higher than or equal to 40 or
  • BMI exceeding 30 with co-morbidities of obesity, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or sleep apnea
  • Previous failed attempts at weight loss through dieting and exercising
  • Is gastric sleeve in Tijuana safe?
Is gastric sleeve in Tijuana safe?

As per our patient experience of more than twelve years, Gastric sleeve in Tijuana is quite safe. Although, no medical professional can guarantee surgery outcomes. Thousands of happy bariatric patients stories are a testimony to a safe & successful trip.

MTC’s panel of bariatric surgeons in Tijuana deal with high patient volumes from the USA and Canada.  They have experience of thousands of procedures. We work with only accredited hospitals & surgery centers.

  • Do I need to be in Tijuana for pre & post-op consultations?
Do I need to be in Tijuana for pre & post-op consultations?

You won’t have to travel to Tijuana for the pre-op recommendations and post-op consultations. The surgeon & dietecian will provide via email all the pre-op recommendations on your surgery approval.

Our nutritionist will share your custom pre-op diet.

Post-op care for the gastric sleeve is simple. Usually, no further post-op tests aside from the ones done at the hospital are required.

Our team will share all the post-op care instructions. You can be in constant touch with the doctor and the nutritionist through phone and email.

You also have access to a post surgery online support group moderated by US registered dietecian specializing in Bariatric surgery.

  • Is companion stay included in MTC’s package?
Is companion stay included in MTC’s package?

Yes, our packages include a free stay for one accompanying guest.

  • Which medications should I stop before surgery?
Which medications should I stop before surgery?

If you are planning for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana, then you must stop taking aspirin and any anti-inflammatory medications one week before the procedure.

Also, stop taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as Diclofenac, ten days before surgery.

However, this is not a comprehensive list of medications that need to be discontinued. Only your surgeon can give the final instructions on discontinuation of medicines based on your medical situation.

  • What should I pack in my hospital bag?
What should I pack in my hospital bag?

Clothing

  • Carry loose cotton tops and pants; avoid zippers/buttons and elastic waistbands
  • Pack loose undergarments; for women, we recommend bras with front hooks
  • Warm socks (some people tend to get cold after surgery even in summers)
  • Slip-on shoes
  • Slippers or flips flops

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush, hair ties
  • Chapstick or any lip balm to moisturize lips
  • Wet wipes
  • Prescribed medications
  • Gas X strips

Book, laptop, or tablet to pass the time at the hospital

Please note that even though people are afraid of drinking water in Mexico, they can buy bottled water easily. It’s not very expensive.

Getting bottled water from home will only add to your luggage.

You need not bring pillows or blankets. They will only add on to your luggage.

Also, as per the doctor’s instruction, you cannot lift more than 15 lbs. after surgery. So, make sure to pack light.

  • How soon are the gastric sleeve leaks discovered?
How soon are the gastric sleeve leaks discovered?

Our bariatric surgeons conduct three leak tests before hospital discharge.

  • The surgeons perform the first test with a dye or gas to rule out leaks during surgery.
  • They also perform a barium swallow test. This test involves taking an X-ray of the abdominal tract.
  • The third test involves inspecting the drains for leaks.
  • Can you help me with the passport?
Can you help me with the passport?

It is mandatory to carry a passport when crossing the border. We can send you a letter that you can submit to the passport agency. You can request them to issue your passport within 2-4 weeks instead of the usual 6-8 weeks.

  • Can I reach San Diego the same day I have surgery?
Can I reach San Diego the same day I have surgery?

Yes, you may fly on the same day as your surgery. Our bariatric surgeon, however, recommends that you arrive a day before so that you’re well-rested.

  • Can I use CareCredit for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana?
Can I use CareCredit for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana?

No, you can only use a CareCredit card for gastric sleeve procedures in the United States.

  • Can I pay using a cashier’s check?
Can I pay using a cashier’s check?

We only accept US cashier’s checks.

We do not accept cashier checks from Canada or other countries (including US banks having branches in Canada).

  • Can I use a credit/debit card for final payments?
Can I use a credit/debit card for final payments?

There might be issues with international transactions made through credit cards. If you wish to use a debit or credit card in Mexico, make sure to inform your bank in advance. This will prevent your card from getting blocked when in Mexico.

Usually, international transactions carry a substantial surcharge and local taxes.

  • Do you accept traveler’s check?
Do you accept traveler’s check?

No, we do not accept traveler’s check.

  • How can I stay in touch with my family?
How can I stay in touch with my family?

Both the hospital and hotel have Wi-fi so you may contact your loved ones through apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. You can also ask your service provider to activate free international calling. Make sure you get the service activated before you leave the United States.

  • Where can I park on the US side of the San Ysidro border?
Where can I park on the US side of the San Ysidro border?

Most of our clients use the Border Station Parking. You may also choose to park at Gateway Parking, International Parking Systems, Baja-Mex Insurance, or Kaiser Parking Structure.

  • What are the timings for free pick-up?
What are the timings for free pick-up?

Free pick-up is available between 8 am and 8 pm.

  • What’s the difference between laparoscopic (VSG)& single-incision gastric sleeve (SILS)?
What’s the difference between laparoscopic (VSG)& single-incision gastric sleeve (SILS)?

Laparoscopic surgery involves making a 0.75-inch incision towards the middle part of the abdomen. The surgeon makes three more small incisions at the side through which the laparoscopic instruments are inserted.

SILS involves a single-port incision. The incision is made in the navel. SILS leaves no visible scar after the surgery.

  • Are there any extra charges for SILS surgery?
Are there any extra charges for SILS surgery?

Yes, SILS usually costs an additional $1,500. Contact your case manager for the exact cost.

  • Can gastric sleeve be financed?
Can gastric sleeve be financed?

Yes, we work with United Medical Credit and eFinancing Solutions for financing bariatric surgery in Mexico. For Canadians, we have teamed up with Medicard for gastric sleeve loans.

We can also work out a savings plan for you. Contact your case manager for more information.

Handy Tips for Medical Tourists

Here are a few things that you should do before you begin your journey to weight loss with gastric sleeve:

1. Bring a Companion

Bring your spouse, sibling, cousin or a friend along.  With us, companion stay is free. You’d get extra reassurance in a foreign land no matter how good the hospital & support staff is.

Although, we have many clients who travel alone for surgery with no issues.

2. Prepare a checklist

Packed your medical reports? Is documentation in place? Are you carrying proper clothes as per the town’s weather (this is important because you’d be needing different fit clothes post-surgery.)? There are hundreds of things that you need to consider before you travel.

3. Know some Spanish words

Spanish is fun to learn and would help you get by quickly through the situations.  It can be fun to try a new language.

Some of the other Spanish words/phrases you could make good use of are:

  • Yes – Si
  • No – No
  • Please – Por Favor
  • Sorry – Lo Siento
  • Excuse Me – Disculpe
  • Help – Socorro
  • How much is this – Cuanto cuesta esto?
  • Do you speak English – Habla usted ingles?

5.  Explore.

This is the most important part of your medical travel. Your medical trip shouldn’t only be about getting to Tijuana for gastric sleeve, and then flying back. While you’re in a foreign land, explore it like the early “Conquistas”.

Watch out for “gringo friendly”—a term describing places where communicating in English isn’t a problem—restaurants, shops, and hangouts.

A non-gringo friendly place doesn’t imply that it’d be hostile towards the guests. It just means you need to be a little more patient.

US dollars are widely accepted; you should carry some Pesos to be safe. Don’t forget to visit Preparatoria Federal Lazaro Cardenas and Avenida Revolucion.

Case Study for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana: Jenifer G.

Surgery date: November 2017; Weight Lost After 1 Year of Sleeve: 115 pounds

Jenifer came down all the way from North Carolina to Tijuana (TJ), Mexico (MX) for her weight loss surgery. The following table summarizes the weight lost by her post vertical (gastric) sleeve.

Gastric Sleeve Tijuana Weight Loss Progression
VSG Post-op Period Weight Loss
1.5 months 31 pounds
3 months 62 pounds
4 months 70 pounds
6 months 80 pounds
9 months 100 pounds
11 months 108 pounds

Gastric Sleeve Tijuana Reviews

Victoria, LA, California, USA

Watch the video interview of Victoria from LA, California about her gastric sleeve (vertical sleeve surgery) experience in the Mexican state of Baja California.

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

She went to the clinic to check out the facility with her mother before making the actual decision. She was comfortable with the cleanliness and the doctor’s answers to her queries.

Keri, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Tijuana is a popular destination with medical tourists from Australia and New Zealand. Keri traveled from Hawke’s Bay to TJ for her sleeve surgery. She found the prices to be a lot lower than in New Zealand.

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

Shelly, Tokyo, Japan

Another client came down to TJ from Japan because of the cost difference.

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

Malia, Idaho, USA
A friend recommended MTC to Malia for vertical sleeve gastrectomy. She decided to travel south of the border because her American insurance did not cover the procedure.

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

Here are some other weight loss surgery reviews to assist you in your decision.

Contact us now for more information on the gastric sleeve in Tijuana to lose weight.

References:

  1. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases: Five-year results after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: a prospective study.
  2. Asian Journal of Surgery: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in Asia: Long-term outcome and revisional surgery.
  3. UPMC: Gastric Bypass Versus Gastric Sleeve Surgery. 






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