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Gastric Sleeve in Mexico


Gastric Sleeve in Mexico prices starting from $3,899 only!

Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

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 different cities:

VSG Cost in Mexico From
Tijuana Cancun Mexicali
$3,899 $4,595 $4,695 $5,700 $3,995 $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 the procedure called a gastric “sleeve”?

It is simply because the truncated stomach, which is almost one-fourth the size of the original stomach, resembles 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 gastric sleeve surgery be undone?

No, the procedure is irreversible.

Is gastric sleeve surgery minimally invasive?

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

What about the efficacy of the procedure?

Gastric sleeve procedure is highly effective in morbidly obese patients and produces long term results.

A study was conducted by Matthew Yi-Chih Lin and colleagues[1] Matthew Yi-Chih Lin
Sleeve Gastrectomy Improves Candidacy for Organ Transplants in Morbidly Obese Patients, New Study Shows
“After gastric sleeve surgery, patients lost 17 percent of their excess weight at one month, 26 percent at three months, 50 percent at 12 months, and 66 percent at 24 months…”
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on patients who underwent a gastric sleeve surgery. It showed that the subjects reportedly lost over 66% of their excess weight over a period of 24 months after the surgery. Also, this study showcased that sleeve gastrectomy is a feasible procedure even in patients with organ failure.

Why Prefer Gastric Sleeve Surgery Over 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, the 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)[2] American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
Estimate of Bariatric Surgery Numbers, 2011-2017
“The ASMBS total bariatric procedure numbers are based on the best estimation from available data (BOLD,ACS/MBSAQIP….”
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suggests of total bariatric procedures performed in the year 2011 were 158,000 wherein 17.80% of them were a gastric sleeve.

This number increased to 228,000 in the year 2017, out of which 59.39% gastric sleeve operations were conducted.

With time, the popularity of a gastric sleeve has increased with time due to its effectiveness.

Why Choose Us?

Self Pay Cost Comparison

Pay almost $25,000 for the surgery in the United States or Compare this with our package prices for Mexican cities beginning at $3,899.

Less Waiting Times

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

No Communication Problems

You will not face any language barrier in the hospitals as we have a qualified team working with us who are equally fluent in the English language.

Low-Cost Gastric Sleeve Surgery – What About Quality?

We often associate lower price with compromises being made on the quality front.

However, potential medical tourists will be glad to know that the hallmark of Mexico’s booming medical tourism industry is the 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
  • The facility of a 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.

Check out our other happy clients at Bariatric Surgery Testimonials.

Who Needs a Gastric Sleeve?

According to the recommendations by the NIDDK[3] National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Potential Candidates for Bariatric Surgery
“Who is a good adult candidate for bariatric surgery?…”
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, a person needs a gastric sleeve if the following is true:

  • 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

Gastric Sleeve Benefits

Elbanna H and colleagues[4] Hosam Elbanna, Wagih Ghnnam, Ahmed Negm, Tamer Youssef
Impact of preoperative body mass index on the final outcome after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity“Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is an efficient treatment to achieve significant weight loss that is maintained up to 5 years of follow up…”
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reported that laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is an effective treatment option to achieve notable weight loss which was maintained up to 5 years of follow up.

Effective Weight Loss

Another study published by Sofianos et al.[5] Chrysis Sofianos, and Constantinos Sofianos
Outcomes of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy at a bariatric unit in South Africa
“LSG was shown to produce an adequate %EBMIL loss at 6 months…”
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provided the following data that suggests that gastric sleeve can provide effective weight loss.

The enrolled patients had a mean BMI of 42.1 kg/m2 pre-operatively and 77% of them were suffering from related comorbidities. After the intervention, the mean %EBMIL was observed to be 65% at 6-months follow-up.

BMI Changes

The same study conducted by Sofianos et al. concluded that postoperatively, the BMI decreased from 53.8 kg/m(2) to 47.33kg/m(2).

BMI after Sleeve Gastrectomy

Reduction in Comorbidities

It also showed that at 5-year follow up, resolution of diabetes was maintained in 68 (91.8%) patients. Similarly, improvement in other co-morbidities are 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

Sofianos et al. also reported significant improvement in the quality of life of their patients. The study analyzed the patients on the basis of the M-A QoLQII score.

M-A QoLQII score

Quality of Life Very Good Good Fair Poor Very Poor
M-A QoLQII Score 2.1 to 3 1.1 to 2 −1 to 1 −1.1 to −2 −2.1 to −3

The results showed:

  • 96.1% reported good, very good or excellent outcomes.
  • Overall, 9.7% demonstrated an excellent outcome.

Less Risk of Complications

A study conducted by Ramadan and colleagues[6]M. Ramadan, M. Loureiro, K. Laughlan
Risk of Dumping Syndrome after Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: Early Results of a Multicentre Prospective Study “Patients undergoing LRYGB, especially with larger gastrojejunal anastomosis, are more prone to developing DS following surgery than patients undergoing LSG...”
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shows less risk of dumping syndrome with LSG as compared to gastric bypass.

Before the Surgery

The surgeons at MTC may ask you for the following:

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

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

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 your doctor.
  • 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 plan for you. Make sure to stick to the plan for better results.

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 therefore, 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 also offer gastric bypass in Mexico in cities like Mexicali, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and Tijuana. Here’s a small synopsis on different types of bariatric surgeries to help you decide which one is right for you:[7]UC San Diego Health
Compare Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery Options
“Each surgery for weight loss has benefits for certain people, depending on their health status and situation…”
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VSG Gastric Banding LRYGB
75% of the stomach  removed Small stomach pouch created 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

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.
  • The US citizens are allowed to stay for less than 72 hours without a visa but they should stay within 20-30 km from the border.
  • Although U.S. driver’s licenses are valid in Mexico, 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. Apart from gastric sleeve, we also offer gastric bypass in Mexico, lap band, and many revision surgery options.

Submit the free quote request form on the right for more information on Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico.

References:

  1. American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery: Sleeve Gastrectomy Improves Candidacy for Organ Transplants in Morbidly Obese Patients
  2. National Institue of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: Potential Candidates for Bariatric Surgery
  3. Turkish Journal of Surgery: Impact of preoperative body mass index on the final outcome after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity. 
  4. Annals of Medicine and Surgery: Outcomes of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy at a bariatric unit in South Africa. 
  5. Gastroenterology Research and Practice: Risk of Dumping Syndrome after Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: Early Results of a Multicentre Prospective Study.
  6. UC Sandiego Health: Compare Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery Options





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