Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana – Mexico

From $3,995 only

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 the hospital we work with here has enabled multitudes of American and Canadian citizens not only to avail the procedure that can help them embark on a journey to good health but also save thousands of dollars.

Resolution of Co-morbidties of Obesity Post Sleeve Gastrectomy
Figure 1: Resolution of Co-morbidities of Obesity Post Gastric Sleeve

What is Cost of Gastric Sleeve in Mexico?

  • Our gastric sleeve package costs for Tijuana begin from $3,995.
  • Please note that the prices are subject to change and may vary according to the requirements in your case.
  • We recommend that you fill in the contact form here to know the latest prices and to let us get back to you with the details you need.

Package Inclusions
Destination manager Post-Op X-ray
Ground transportation US-RD Nutrition Program
Hotel Stay Companion Stay
Pre & Post-Op Labs Free Phone Calls
Hosital Stay Free Wi-Fi

Your Typical Surgery Schedule
Day 1 Arrive in San Diego. We will pick you from the San Diego airport (9 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, and 7 pm).
Day 2 This is the day of surgery. Stay in the hospital the night after surgery.
Day 3 & 4 Stay at the hotel.
Day 4 Stay at the hotel.
Day 5 Departure (please note that the medical line at the border does not open until 10 am).


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.

Option 1: 

Full-service hospital with more than 90% of admissions related to bariatric surgery. A 24*7 doctor is available on site.

Option 2

A well-equipped modern hospital with a newly built wing exclusively meant for bariatric patients. The hospital is not very far from the border.

Bariatric Center of Excellence - Tijuana - Mexico


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.

Testimonials and Reviews

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

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

Victoria used the services of Medical Tourism Corporation for facilitating her surgery. She went to the clinic to check out the facility with her mother before making the actual decision and was comfortable with the cleanliness and the doctor’s answers to her queries.

Medical Tourism Corporation hopes this video will help you select the right medical hospital for gastric sleeve weight loss surgery. Here are some other weight loss surgery reviews to assist you in your decision.

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 other weight loss surgeries 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)

Useful Information on Tijuana

  • 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 because 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). While most people from other parts of the U.S. choose to fly down to San Diego and then take the road to TJ, there are some who prefer to take direct flights to the Mexican city.
  • The Pacific coastal location of the city helps it enjoy a moderate climate for the most part of the year, and 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.

Streetview - 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 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 travel shouldn’t only be about getting to Tijuana, having your 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I use CareCredit for vertical sleeve surgery in Mexico?

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

Can I use a credit or debit card to make final payment in Tijuana?

We advise you to make final payments using a credit or debit card before your trip. This is because it takes a few days for the payment to be cleared. An additional surcharge fee of 4% will be applicable.

If you wish to use your debit or credit card in Mexico, make sure you inform your bank in advance. This will prevent your card from getting blocked when in Mexico.

Are there any additional charges for wire transfer?

A wire transfer carries an additional charge of 2%.

I am from Canada. Can I pay using a cashier’s check?

Canadians and clients from other countries must bring the balance with them to the surgery in the form of cash in US dollars. Cashier’s check from Canada and other countries (including US banks having branches in Canada) are not acceptable because they can take up to six weeks to clear.

Do you accept traveler’s check?

No, we do not accept traveler’s check.

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.

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?

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

Is it required that I have a travel companion?

Though recommended, a travel companion is not compulsorily required. We have many clients who even drove back home in the United States on their own after their weight loss surgery in Tijuana, MX. 

Which medications should I stop having before surgery?

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

Do I need to travel to Tijuana for pre-op recommendations and post-op consultations?

You won’t have to travel to Tijuana for the pre-op recommendations and post-op consultations. The preop recommendations will all be provided by the doctor during the approval, and you can follow them when you are at home. Our nutritionist will also get in touch with you regarding your pre-op diet.

Post-op care for the gastric sleeve is simple and straightforward. There is no need for further post-op tests aside from the ones that will be done at the hospital.

All the post-op care instructions will also be provided to you. You can be in constant communication with the doctor and nutritionist if you have concerns. They will give you their phone number and email.

What is the difference between laparoscopic and single-incision sleeve surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery has a 0.75-inch incision towards the middle part of the abdomen and three more micro incisions at the side through which the laparoscopic instruments are inserted.

The single-incision surgery is for a single-port incision. The incision will be done in the navel so there is no scar visible after the surgery.

Are there any extra charges for single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS)?

Yes, SILS gastric sleeve costs an additional $1,500.

How soon are gastric leaks discovered?

Our bariatric surgeons conduct leak tests before hospital discharge to find any leakages.

Can you help me with the passport? I am an American.

It is mandatory to carry a passport when crossing the border. We can help you with your passport application. We can send you a letter that you can submit to the agency for you to get your passport within 2-4 weeks instead of the usual 6-8 weeks.

Can I fly into San Diego the same day in the morning I have my surgery?

Yes, you may fly on the same day you have your surgery. Our bariatric surgeon, however, recommends that you arrive the day before the surgery for you to be well-rested.

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 during summer time)
  • 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 unnecessarily.

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

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


  1. Five-year results after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: a prospective study. Daniel P. Lemanu, Primal P. Singh, Habib Rahman, Andrew G. Hill, Richard Babor, Andrew D. MacCormick. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. Volume 11, Issue 3, May–June 2015, Pages 518–524.
  2. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in Asia: Long-term outcome and revisional surgery. Eng-Hong Poka, Wei-Jei Leeb, Kong-Han Serb, Jung-Chien Chenb, Shu-Chun Chenb, Ju-Juin Tsoub, Kin-Fah China. Asian Journal of Surgery. Volume 39, Issue 1, January 2016, Pages 21–28.

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