Gastric Sleeve in Mexico


Gastric Sleeve in Mexico starting at $3,995 only!

Gastric Sleeve in Mexico Discount

A quick search of the average gastric sleeve cost on the Internet throws up some startling figures —the procedure can cost anything from $12,000 to $25,000 across the United States. However, those up for taking a quick jaunt across the border to have a gastric sleeve in Mexico can save about 70% over the American prices.

Price List for Gastric Sleeve Reduction in Mexico

To add to the experience of our clients, we have partnered with a number of renowned hospitals and clinics throughout the major Mexican cities. The following is the cost of sleeve gastrectomy* in various cities:

VSG Cost in Mexico From
Tijuana Cancun Mexicali
$3,995 $4,595 $4,695 $5,700 $4,750 $5,250

All our packages include:

  • Pre and Post-op bariatric dietitian consultation
  • Free Access to our Informative Webinars and Support Group moderated by a US-Registered Bariatric Dietitian

Prices may be changed without prior notification; please contact us for the latest information

What’s included in the package?

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Pre and post-op consultation with the doctor
  • Hotel Stay:
  • Tijuana: 2 nights at the hospital and one night at the hotel included
  • Cancun: 2 nights hospital &1 night hotel stay included
  • Mexicali: 3 nights hospital stay included
  • Guadalajara: 1-night hospital stay included
  • Medications required during the hospital stay

*Airfare not included.


Guide to Gastric Sleeve

Why is it called a gastric “sleeve”?

Simply because the truncated stomach (which is almost one-fourth the size of the original stomach resembles a tube or a banana or a sleeve. Individuals undergoing this form of weight loss surgery feel fuller faster and tend to lose weight rapidly.

Can the results of the surgery be undone?

No, the procedure is irreversible.

Is the surgery minimally invasive?

Yes, the surgery is performed laparoscopically and is hence minimally invasive.

What about the efficacy of the procedure?

We will quote a study by Matthew Yi-Chih Lin and colleagues which was presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) held in San Diego, CA, from June 17 to 22, 2012. The subjects of the study reportedly lost over 66 percent of their excess weight over a period of 24 months after the surgery.
Why Prefer It To Other Bariatric Procedures?
That’s because it doesn’t involve –

  • Malabsorption of nutrients as in the case of gastric bypass
  • Insertion of a foreign device as in the case of lap band

Also, gastric sleeve is the most sought-after bariatric surgery. A published report in the year 2016 by American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) suggests of total bariatric procedures performed in the year 2015 were 196,000 wherein 53.8% of them were gastric sleeve followed by 23.1% for RNY (Gastric Bypass) 1.

Why Choose Us?

Self Pay Cost Comparison

Pay almost $25,000 for the surgery in the United States. Compare this with our package prices for Mexican cities beginning from $3,995.

Less Waiting Times

As compared to the USA, the waiting time in Mexico is almost non-existing.

No Communication Problems

No language problems in the hospitals we work with as these are staffed with English-speaking medical professionals.

Low-Cost Gastric Sleeve Surgery – What About Quality?

We often associate lower price with compromises being made on the quality front. Potential medical tourists will be glad to know that the hallmark of Mexico’s booming medical tourism industry is value-for-money quality care. For a price that you can term as a “pittance” when compared to the arm and leg costing procedure in the USA, medical care in Mexico is comparable to that in the hospitals of the developed countries of the West.

To enhance the experience of our clients, we have partnered with many renowned hospitals and clinics throughout the major Mexican cities. We’ve compiled the highlights of our network hospitals and clinics.

Our Network Hospitals for Vertical Sleeve in Mexico

Hospital in Mexicali for Gastric Sleeve Surgery
In Tijuana

  • The hospital is located only a few minutes from the US-Mexico border
  • Closest American airport, the San Diego International Airport (IATA Code: SAN) is just 20 miles away
  • Bilingual staff
  • 24/7 patient liaison officer
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Phone calls to the USA
  • Well appointed private patient rooms
  • Parking for visitors is FREE and handicapped parking facility is also available
  • Facility of cafeteria within the hospital premises

In Cancun

  • Just about 30 minutes from the international airport and a short distance away from shopping areas and restaurants
  • Excellent track record of over 25 years
  • Bilingual staff
  • Well-equipped patient rooms
  • 24*7 emergency unit
  • Intensive care unit
  • In-house medical laboratory and digitized imaging equipment

In Mexicali

  • ISO-9002 certified
  • 24*7 emergency unit and pharmacy facility
  • State of the art medical lab and radiology services running 24 hours a day
  • Trained surgeons and nursing staff
  • The professionals in the radiology are certified by the Mexican Board of Radiology and the Mexican Council of Technical Professionals in Radiology
  • Well-resourced patient rooms
  • Cafeteria
  • FREE internet access for the visitors

We are also associated with leading, state-of-the-art hospitals in Guadalajara. Based on your location preferences, we can arrange for your sleeve gastrectomy surgery in any of our network hospitals and bariatric surgery clinics spread across Mexico.

Our Network Surgeons for Gastric Sleeve Surgery

We also have many reputable bariatric surgeons under our network in Mexico. Their medical credentials and experience rival the best in the United States and Canada. We have listed the credentials of a couple of our connected bariatric surgeons here:

  • Has performed hundreds of bariatric surgeries since 2009
  • Is well conversant in English
  • Undergone numerous post-doctoral training programs
  • Member of the Mexican Association of Obesity Surgery and Metabolic Disorders
  • Participated in the 13th National Congress of Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases held in Ensenada
  • Participated in the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) held in Los Angeles, California in 2010
  • Was an assistant in the XIII World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from April 23-27, 2012
  • Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy, 2011

Happy Clientele

“The hospital and the doctors were excellent. I was very satisfied and happy with them. The nurses were really, really nice. The hospital was super clean. It felt very professional, and all the doctors that I met were amazing. They were able to answer all the questions that I had, and they made it a great experience” says Stacy Burns reviewing gastric sleeve in Tijuana, Mexico.

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Who Needs a Gastric Sleeve?

  • Anyone with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more 2, OR
  • A BMI of 35 or more with severe health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea 2

Candidate For Sleeve Gastrectomy

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Elbanna H and colleagues (2016) state that laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is technically easier than gastric bypass3. It is less malabsorptive and carries no risk of an internal hernia. The study also affirms LSG as the best bariatric surgery in morbidly obese patients3.

Effective Weight Loss

A total of 103 people participated in the study with a mean BMI of 42.1 kg/m2. A 2016 study published by Sofianos C and colleagues suggests the following:

  • At 6-months follow-up, the mean %EBMIL was 65%4.
  • In totality, 9.7% demonstrated an excellent outcome4.

BMI Changes

A 2016 published study by Elbanna H concludes that postoperatively the BMI decreased from 53.8 to 47.33.

Change in BMI post laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (after one year)
Preoperative Postoperatively
53.8 47.3

BMI after Sleeve Gastrectomy
Reduction in Comorbidities

Elbanna H and colleagues in their published study affirm that the following comorbidities were reported to be solved and marked improvement3. At 5-year follow up, resolution of diabetes was maintained in 68 (91.8%) patients3. Similarly, improvement in other co-morbidities is discussed below:

Co-morbidities At 1 year At 3 year At 5 year
Diabetes 77% 91.8% 91.8%
Hypertension 78.8% 88.5% 88.5%
Musculoskeletal problems 72.6% 87.1% 96.8%
Dyslipidemia 86.7% 91.5% 95.1%
Symptoms of GERD 39.3% 57.1% 67.8%
Sleep apnea 68.8% 84.4% 96.9%
Reduction in Comorbidities
Improvement in quality of life

Significant improvement in the quality of life was reported by Sofianos C and colleagues’ 2016 published study4.

Less risk of complications

A 2016 published study by Ramadan M and colleagues states less risk of dumping syndrome with LSG as compared to gastric bypass5.

Gastric Sleeve Benefits

Before the Surgery

The surgeons at MTC, Mexico may ask you for the following:

  • A comprehensive physical examination
  • Blood tests, ultrasound, and other tests

You may tell your surgeon:

  • If you are under medication or other supplements
  • If you are allergic to some medicine
  • If you have any history to coronary diseases or any other ailment
  • Stop smoking several weeks before sleeve surgery and do not start smoking immediately after the surgery. Smoking interferes with the recovery process.
  • Do not take any other medication before consulting the doctor at MTC.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages and caffeine.
  • Make sure you chew your food well.

Precautions Before Surgery

  • Stop smoking several weeks before sleeve surgery and do not start smoking immediately after the surgery. Smoking interferes with the recovery process.
  • Do not take any other medication before consulting the doctor at MTC.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages and caffeine.
  • Make sure you chew your food well.

Post Surgery

  • You may go home 2-3 days after your surgery. Diet plays a vital role in recovery and hence should be given significance. Because the surgery involves making your stomach smaller, you should initially avoid large meals. Instead, opt for a liquid diet for 1-2 weeks and gradually move to a soft diet.
  • Do not worry if you feel fuller after eating a very small amount of food. It is because of the new small pouch that makes you feel so.
  • At MTC, a qualified dietitian will advise a diet for you. Make sure to stick to the diet plan.

Diet after Sleeve Gastrectomy

Week 1-2 Week 3-4 Week 5 Onwards
Water Pureed fruits Lean meats
Broth/clear soup Pureed veggies Cooked fish/chicken
Low Fat Milk Mashed potato Diced fruits like apples, peaches, and oranges
Unsweetened Fruit Juice Yogurt Cooked vegetables
Unsweetened Tea Sugar-free pudding
Beans – mashed and pureed Plain oatmeal

Gastric Sleeve Diet

Dietary Precautions

  • Your dietitian may recommend 5-6 small meals per day as it allows adequate protein intake.
  • Chew foods slowly and thoroughly.
  • Do not overfill your new stomach as it can hold only a small amount of food.
  • Protein is required to build and repair muscles so consume a protein-rich diet.
  • Foods that are high in sugar and fat should be avoided. Have a balanced diet.

Alternative to Gastric Sleeve Reduction

MTC offers bariatric surgery in state of the art hospitals across Mexico. We offer affordable lap band surgery in Mexico, Gastric Bypass in Guadalajara, Mexico. Here’s a small synopsis on different types of bariatric surgeries to help you decide which one is right for you:6

VSG Gastric Banding LRYGB
75% of the stomach  removed A small pouch created by placing a gastric band around the stomach Small stomach pouch created
Ghrelin, the hunger-producing hormone, is removed Ghrelin not removed Ghrelin not removed
No device  implanted A band is implanted in the body No device  implanted
No intestinal rerouting No intestinal rerouting Intestines are rerouted
50% excess weight loss in 1 year 50% excess weight in 2 years 80% excess weight in 18 months

*VSG: Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy *LRYGB: Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Useful Language Tips for Tourists

Spanish is the lingua franca of Mexico. Though the doctors under our network are English-speaking, you might face some communication problems when out on the street. To avoid any language barriers, you can keep a list of the following important Spanish words/phrases handy:

English Spanish
Hello Hola
Goodbye Adios
Thank you Gracias
Please Por favor
Excuse me Perdoname
Help Socorro
How much is this? Cuánto cuesta esto
Do you speak English? Habla inglés?
I don’t speak Spanish No hablo español
Yes Si
No No
Where is…. Dónde está…
I do not understand No comprendo
We are thirsty Tenemos sed
Where is… ¿Dónde está…?

Travel Information

  • American and Canadian citizens need valid passports to enter Mexico by all means.
  • All non-Mexican citizens are required to obtain Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM) to travel beyond 25 km into Mexico.
  • US citizens are allowed a stay of less than 72 hours without a visa provided they stay within 20-30 km from the border.
  • Although U.S. driver’s licenses are valid in Mexico, but the Mexican law requires that the owner is inside the vehicle if not driving. It is mandatory to carry Mexican insurance including rented vehicles.
  • American citizens are advised to register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program for the latest security and travel alerts. They can even download its iPhone app.

The option of a gastric sleeve in Mexico can be contemplated by those looking to combat obesity effectively without burning a hole in their pocket.

References:

  1. https://asmbs.org/resources/estimate-of-bariatric-surgery-numbers
  2. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/weight-control/bariatric-surgery/Pages/potential-candidates.aspx
  3. Elbanna H, Ghnnam W, Negm A, et al. Impact of preoperative body mass index on the final outcome after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity. Turkish Journal of Surgery/Ulusal cerrahi dergisi. 2016;32(4):238-243. doi:10.5152/UCD.2016.3275. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5245713/
  4. Sofianos C, Sofianos C. Outcomes of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy at a bariatric unit in South Africa. Annals of Medicine and Surgery. 2016;12:37-42. doi:10.1016/j.amsu.2016.11.005. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5121134/
  5. Ramadan M, Loureiro M, Laughlan K, et al. Risk of Dumping Syndrome after Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: Early Results of a Multicentre Prospective Study. Gastroenterology Research and Practice. 2016;2016:2570237. doi:10.1155/2016/2570237. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4875983/
  6. https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/surgery/bariatric/weight-loss-surgery/Pages/comparison-chart.aspx

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