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Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana – Mexico

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

Banish obesity and pay only about a third of the US prices by opting for gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, a Mexican border city.

The low cost of gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico hospitals we work with here has enabled many American and Canadian residents not only to avail the procedure that can help them embark on a journey to good health but also save thousands of dollars.

Gastric Sleeve Tijuana Mexico Co-morbidity Resolution
Figure 1: Gastric Sleeve Co-Morbidity Resolution Rates at 5 Years

How Much Does Gastric Sleeve Cost in Tijuana, Mexico?

Gastric sleeve surgery cost in Tijuana, Mexico ranges from $3,899 to $4,695. In the United States, the average vertical sleeve price is anywhere from $14,900 to $19,295.

Our VSG TJ price is inclusive of hotel and hospital stay (2 nights), surgeon and anesthesiologist’s fee, nutritional and lifestyle guidance, and border-airport-hospital-hotel pickup, among others.

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

Vertical Sleeve Tijuana Cost Comparison
Location Cost in USD Savings in Tijuana
Tijuana $3,899  –
United States $14,900 73.2%
Canada $14,800 73%
New Zealand $13,230 69.8%
Australia $11,400 64.95%

The above table shows that the prices of a gastric sleeve in Tijuana – MX are about 70% lower than in the United States and Canada.

We recommend that you fill in the contact form here to know our latest prices and offers.

Our packages include:

  • 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

Meet Your Board-Certified Tijuana Bariatric Surgeons

Dr. Green Gastric Sleeve Surgeon Tijuana

Dr. Jorge Green

  • Board-certified in general surgery in Mexico
  • Medical School: Autonomous University of Baja California (2000-06)
  • Medical Internship: Hospital Gral del Edo de Sonora (2004-05)
  • General Surgery Residency: Tijuana General Hospital
  • Additional Training:
    • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery: UNEME (2012)
    • Advanced Trauma Life Support by American College of Surgeons

Read more on Dr. Jorge Green here.

Dr. Camelo Gastric Sleeve Surgeon Tijuana

Dr. Mario Camelo Ramos

  • Medical School: Universidad Autonoma De Sinaloa (1995-2000)
  • Medical Internship: Hospital General Regional No. 1, Culiacan, Sinaloa
  • Residency:
    • Hospital General De Cd. Juarez (2005-06)
    • Hospital General De Culiacan (2006-09)
  • Additional Training: Advanced laparoscopic surgery at Hospital Angeles (2011)

Read more on Dr. Mario Camelo here.

Other Team Members

Dr. Alejandro Davalos Anesthesiologist Tijuana

Dr. Alejandro Dávalos

  • One of the top anesthesiologists in TJ
  • Extensive experience in bariatric surgery

Scrub Nurse Bariatric Surgery Tijuana

Scrub Nurse Edna

15 years of experience in OT

Our Weight Loss Surgery Nutritionists

Katelyn US-Registered Dietitian

Katelyn J Mock: US-Registered Dietitian

Katelyn is a US Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She oversees our online bariatric groups. Katelyn will answer all your diet and lifestyle-related queries on the group.

Here is an overview of her profile:

  • 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

Aranza Bariatric Nutritionist Tijuana

Aranza Iniguez: On-Site Nutritionist in TJ

Aranza is Medical Tourism Corporation’s on-location nutritionist in Tijuana. She is responsible for the pre and post-bariatric surgery diet of our clients.

She is certified in “Approach to obesity and eating disorders” (Universidad del Valle de México, Mexicali). She even coordinated the first National Diabetes Congress held in the Mexican state of Baja California.

Aranza sends out customized diet plans to our clients keeping in mind their specific requirements.

Bariatric Surgery Hospitals in TJ, BC

Medical Tourism Co. works with reputable hospitals to provide quality and affordable stomach sleeve surgery in the Mexican border town of Tijuana. The hospitals are well-equipped and conveniently located from the San Diego International Airport.

1. Oasis of Hope Bariatric Hospital

With a track record of over five decades, Oasis of Hope is a state-of-the-art hospital, featuring:

  • 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

Oasis of Hope OT Gastric Sleeve Tijuana MX
MTC’s Bariatric Team at Oasis of Hope

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 VSG Tijuana Schedule
Day 1 Arrival in San Diego. Free airport pick-up (9 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, and 7 pm).
Day 2 Have your surgery. Stay at the hospital the night after surgery.
Day 3 Stay at the hotel.
Day 4 Stay at the hotel.
Day 5 Depart (border medical line doesn’t open until 10 am).

Free Hotel Stay

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 clinics.

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 Choose Tijuana for Stomach Sleeve Surgery?

Here are the benefits of choosing to have a gastric sleeve in Mexico 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 for any culture shocks.
  •  Language barriers are minimal.
  • Because of negligible waiting times, you won’t face any scheduling problems.

Gastric Sleeve Tijuana Case Study: Jenifer G.

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

Jenifer came down all the from North Carolina to TJ, MX for her weight loss surgery. The following table summarizes the weight lost by her post vertical sleeve in the Mexican border town.

Vertical 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

Vertical Sleeve Tijuana Reviews

Watch the video interview of Victoria from LA, California about her gastric sleeve 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.

Tijuana is a popular destination with medical tourists from Australia and New Zealand. Keri traveled all the way 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.

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.
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.

Top Gastric Sleeve Tijuana FAQ

  • Who is a candidate for a gastric sleeve?
Who is a candidate for a gastric sleeve?
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) higher than or equal to 40 or
  • BMI exceeding 35 with co-morbidities of obesity, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or sleep apnea
  • Previous attempts at weight loss through dieting and exercising
  • Is gastric sleeve in Tijuana safe?
Is gastric sleeve in Tijuana safe?

Gastric sleeve in Tijuana is as safe as in the United States or Canada.

MTC’s panel of bariatric surgeons deals with high patient volumes. That’s because Mexico is one of the most obese countries in the world. They have experience of thousands of procedures.

However, please note that it is essential to research your options thoroughly, and only choose professionals with positive reviews.

  • 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 will provide all the pre-op recommendations on approval. You can follow them when you’re home.

Our nutritionist will share your custom pre-op diet.

Post-op care for the gastric sleeve is simple. No further post-op tests aside from the ones done at the hospital will be required.

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

  • 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?

Stop taking aspirin and any anti-inflammatory medications one week before gastric sleeve. Stop taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as Diclofenac, ten days before surgery.

This is not a comprehensive list of medications that need to be discontinued. Only our 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?


  • 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


  • 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 the vertical sleeve in TJ?
Can I use CareCredit for the vertical sleeve in TJ?

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’s 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 & single-incision VSG?
What’s the difference between laparoscopic & single-incision VSG?

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.

Body Mass Index BMI Chart

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

  • Sleeve gastrectomy, an alternative term for the surgery, involves reduction of the stomach to around a quarter of its original size.
  • The larger portion of the stomach is removed, and the open edges are stitched together to form a thin “sleeve.”
  • The gastric sleeve is irreversible bariatric surgery.
  • One of the prime benefits of the gastric sleeve over lap band is that the removed portion of the stomach no longer produces the hunger causing hormone ghrelin. Reduced hunger makes it easier to follow the recommended diet after the surgery.
  • The procedure results in resolution and improvement of many co-morbidities (as shown in figure 1 taken from a 2015 research study by Daniel P. Lemanu and colleagues1):
Resolution of Co-Morbidity of Obesity After Gastric Sleeve
Type 2 diabetes 79%
Hypertension 61%
Obstructive sleep apnea 73%
  • 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 (according to a May 2015 study by Eng-Hong Pok and colleagues2)

Difference Between VSG and Gastric Bypass

Both gastric sleeve and bypass are effective weight loss procedures. The following table compares the two surgeries:3

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

Useful Information on Tijuana, BC

  • Thousands of tourists enter the Mexican border town via the road-crossing at San Ysidro, making it the busiest border crossing in the world.
  • American and Canadian citizens need a valid passport or passport card to enter Mexico.
  • A bus ride into the city should cost you under $10. If you choose to drive up to the border, you may park your car in one of the U.S. parking lots, which charge $6-$10 for a day.
  • Should you choose to cross into Mexico in your car, make sure you get Mexican auto insurance. The U.S. policies will not cover any accidents on the other side of the border.
  • The city is served by an international airport (IATA: TIJ). However, most people from other parts of the U.S. choose to fly down to San Diego and then take the road to TJ.
  • The Pacific coastal location of the city helps it enjoy a moderate climate for the most of the year. If you find you have some extra time before your weight loss gastric sleeve in Tijuana, you may use it to explore the charming Mexican city.
Avenida Revolucion Tijuana Mexico
Avenida Revolucion in Tijuana

Handy Tips for Medical Tourists

Let’s assume you’ve made up your mind to travel to Tijuana for vertical sleeve gastrectomy; here are a few things that you should do before you hit the road:

  1. Never travel alone. Bring your spouse, sibling, cousin or a friend along. You’d be needing some reassurance in a foreign land no matter how cosmopolitan the country may be. Sometimes, if you’re on a tight schedule and recovery under the watchful eye of the experts is not possible on account of your early departure from the country, two ears are better than one to ensure that you don’t forget post-operative diet plans and other instructions.
  2. Prepare a checklist. Packed your medical reports? Is documentation in place? Are you carrying proper clothes as per the border 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. Check new updates from the State Department. The conditions on the ground keep on changing. Check the State Department website for any new updates on crime and violence in Mexico.
  4. Learn some Spanish. Spanish is fun to learn and would help you get by quickly through the situations. You should know a little more than “Hola” and “Adios” to save yourself from getting conned. Perhaps a well-executed phrase, such as, “¿Puedes llevarme al hotel,” may put you at ease and endear you instantly to a cab driver. 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.

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


  1. Five-year results after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: a prospective study. Lemanu, Daniel P. et al. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, Volume 11, Issue 3, 518 – 524
  2. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in Asia: Long-term outcome and revisional surgery. Eng-Hong Poka, et al. Asian Journal of Surgery. Volume 39, Issue 1, January 2016, Pages 21–28.
  3. Gastric Bypass Versus Gastric Sleeve Surgery. UPMC

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