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Bariatric Surgery Mexico: Safe & Low Cost

Determined about your weight loss success!

Our “all-inclusive” bariatric surgery in Mexico packages help people get access to weight loss surgeries like  gastric bypass (RYGB), gastric balloon surgery in Cancun, gastric sleeve (VSG) in Tijuana, etc. beyond the southern US borders and that too at very low prices.

How Much is Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico?

The average cost of weight loss surgery in Mexico is about 70% lower than that of in the US. The prices are less even after adding the traveling expenses.

The following table shows the “all-inclusive” cost of our packages:

Special Weight Loss Surgery Mexico Packages
Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass D. Switch Lap Band
Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass Duodenal Switch Gastric Band
Stay Duration: Hospital + Hotel 
2+2 nights 3+2 nights 3+2 nights 1+1 night
You Can Resume Work After
1-2 weeks 2-3 weeks 2-3 weeks 1 week
Weight Loss (After 12 months)
60~70% 70% 80% 60%
Cost (US$)
$3,899 $5,199 $6,500 $4,000

**Contact for latest specials; get discount on above prices.

All-inclusive self-pay bariatric surgery costs in Mexico begins at US$3,899.

In comparison to the USA and Canada, weight loss surgery in Mexico is 60 to 70% cheaper. Our packages cost much lower than in New Zealand and Australia as well.

The cost of our self-pay weight loss surgery Mexico package includes:

  • Bariatric surgeon and anesthesiologist’s fee
  • Destination support by a bilingual patient coordinator
  • Hospital charges and stay
  • Patient meals during the hospital stay
  • Pick-up and drop-off (airport, border (if applicable), hospital)
  • Pre-op lab tests
  • Post-surgery X-rays and leak tests
  • Pre- and post-op nutrition consultations
  • Lifestyle, diet, and emotional support through online support groups
  • 2-night hotel stay
  • Follow-ups with bariatric surgeons (impersonal consultation)
  • Take-home medication supplies

The following can be availed for an additional fee:

  • Local sightseeing tour
  • Medical complications cover ($5,000 to $50,000)
  • Additional hotel nights

Bariatric Surgery Cost in Mexico Vs. Other Countries

Gastric sleeve and bypass cost the lowest in Mexico compared to the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. A major reason for the cost difference is the lack of malpractice insurance in Mexico. Lower medical staff salaries, office rent, and other expenses also contribute to the low price tag.

WLS Price (US$) Mexico Vs. Other Countries
Country Gastric Sleeve Cost Gastric Bypass Cost
USA $19,000 $20,000
Canada $11,400 $15,000
UK $14,000 $19,000
Australia $11,600 $13,000
Belgium $6,600 $9,500
Mexico $3,899 $5,199

Disclaimer: Prices in different countries may vary according to the complexity of the procedure. The table only highlights the average prices. 

From the above, it is quite clear that the average weight loss surgery Mexico cost is among the lowest in the world.

Weight Loss Surgery Results

The following bar graph is based on a research study published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences [1]Iswanto Sucandy, Gintaras Antanavicius
Impact of minimally invasive/bariatric surgery fellowship on perioperative complications and outcomes in the first year of practice.
” The excess weight loss outcome after different types of bariatric operations in our early series is shown in [Table 2] …”
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which shows the outcomes of various kinds of bariatric surgeries:

Excess Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery

It is apparent that over a period of one year, while a gastric bypass can result in an excess weight loss of 69.8%, a gastric sleeve can help shed 49.4% of the excess weight.

Weight Loss Surgery Options in Mexico

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

  • Also known as sleeve gastrectomy, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, gastric reduction, and vertical gastroplasty
  • Does not involve cutting or reconnecting the small intestine
  • Requires removal of a large part of the stomach (about 80% of it)
  • A much simpler procedure than gastric bypass
  • No fills or adjustments needed (as in the case of gastric banding)

Gastric Bypass

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass involves reducing the stomach to an egg-sized pouch (restricts the amount of food that can be taken during meals).
  • The pouch is reattached to the small intestine directly to bypass its upper portion as well as the rest of the stomach.
  • This limits the absorption of fat and calories from the food you eat.
  • The upper part of the small intestine is re-attached in a Y-shaped design.
  • Gastric bypass can be performed in two ways:
    • The traditional approach, in which the surgeon makes a large surgical incision (around 9 inches) in the abdomen and alters the stomach and the small intestine directly.
    • Using a laparoscope, in which the surgeon makes 4-6 incisions in the abdomen. A laparoscope (a lighted tube with a tiny camera which allows the surgeon to look inside the belly) and special instruments are inserted through these incisions.

Advantages are:

  • Quicker recovery
  • Smaller scars
  • Less pain
  • Reduced length of hospital stay

Get complete information on the gastric bypass in Mexico here.

Revision Bariatric Surgery

For people with failed weight loss surgery (not lost enough weight or regained the lost weight). Common ones are:

  • Gastric Bypass Revision to to Gastric Banding
  • Gastric Bypass Revision to Gastric Pouch Plication
  • Gastric Sleeve Revision to Gastric Banding
  • Gastric Sleeve Revision to Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric Banding Converted to Gastric Sleeve
  • Gastric Banding Converted to Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric Re-sleeve (gastric sleeve pouch reduced the second time)

Find more information on Revision Bariatric Surgeries here.

Revision surgeries usually involve more OT time and are more complicated than first-time operations.

In the following video, our bariatric surgeon in Cancun explains gastric sleeve to bypass revision surgery:

Duodenal Switch

  • Alternative names: biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, BPD-DS, gastric reduction duodenal switch, and GRDS
  • The surgery involves altering the normal digestion process by:
    • Removing part of the stomach to make it smaller (leaving the pylorus intact)
    • Changing the small intestine, so that bile and pancreatic juices mingle with digested food towards the middle or end of it

Gastric Banding

  • Also known as laparoscopic banding, lap band, gastric band, and LAGB
  • Involves placing a band to separate the upper part of the stomach from the lower portion, and create a small stomach pouch
  • Makes you feel full with much less food
  • Very fast recovery time; people who visit Mexico for lap band usually travel back a day or two after the procedure

Gastric Balloon

  • Alternatively known as the intragastric balloon, it is an inflatable apparatus that is placed in the stomach endoscopically to aid in weight loss.
  • The weight loss balloon procedure reduces the gastric space and makes the person feel full even after eating limited quantities of food.
  • It is a straightforward endoscopic bariatric surgery.
  • A study by Seung Han Kim et al. [2]Seung Han Kim, Hoon Jai Chun, Hyuk Soon Choi
    Current status of intragastric balloon for obesity treatment
    “Results from previous studies indicated that the …”
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    showed ballon results from multiple studies. It analyzed that  “weight loss associated with intragastric balloon therapy ranged between 10.5 and 13.7 kg after three months and for Orbera intragastric balloon, it was between 12 and 26.3 kg after a 6-months placement.”
  • It is usually removed six months after placing it. The balloon is removed through endoscopy too.

Top Mexico Weight Loss Surgeons

  • Surgeons with an excellent track record
  • Board-certified and super specialty in bariatrics
  • Prior experience with US and Canadian patients
  • More than 80% of the practice in WLS
  • Open to post-surgery follow-ups and support

Here is an overview of our panel of some of the best bariatric surgeons in Mexico.

Dr. Hector Perez (Cancun)

  • Medical internship from Jackson Memorial Hospital (University of Miami)
  • General surgery with honors from Mexican National University
  • Board-certified by Mexican Council of General Surgery

See Dr. Hector’s resume here.

Dr. Marco Sarinana (Mexicali)

  • Specialization in general surgery at General de Zacatecas
  • Member of the Mexican Association of Endoscopic surgery
  • Fellowship in lap band and gastric balloon
  • Specialty and training in cosmetic surgery
  • Current member of Colegio de Profesionistas en Cirugia Estetica (College of Professionals in Aesthetic Surgery)

See Dr. Marico’s resume here.

Dr. Luis Cazares (Tijuana)

  • Diploma in metabolic bariatric surgery with a laparoscopic approach and multidisciplinary management of obesity at the Autonomous University of Baja California
  • IFSO Certificate of attendance 2017
  • Certificate by Mexican Council of General Surgery in 2009

See Dr. Luis Cazares here.

Bariatric Surgery Destinations in Mexico

Tijuana

  • The closest location to the USA for affordable WLS south of the border.
  • Right across San Ysidro, USA.
  • Only about 19 miles from San Diego, CA.
  • Nearest American airport: San Diego airport, which is only 20 minutes away
  • Tijuana airport code: TIJ (in most cases flying into San Diego is cheaper)
CECUT Tijuana
CECUT in Tijuana

We provide surgery at an international bariatric center of excellence in Tijuana, Mexico.
  • Driving from U.S. Cities to Tijuana
Driving from U.S. Cities to Tijuana
City Distance Estimated Driving Time
San Diego (CA) 19 miles 30 min
Los Angeles (CA) 138 miles 2h 15min
  • Flights From Midwest & South
Flights From Midwest & South

Direct Flights from the Midwest to San Diego

City Time
Chicago (ORD) 4h 15m
Minneapolis (MSP) 3h 50m
Detroit (DTW) 5h 10m

Direct Flights from the South to San Diego

City Time
Atlanta (ATL) 4h 50m
Dallas (DFW) 3h 5m
Charlotte (CLT) 5h 5m
Orlando (MCO) 5h 20m
Miami (MIA) 5h 35m
Houston (IAH) 3h 30m
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 5h 35m
Baltimore (BWI) 5h 55m
Washington (IAD) 5h 20m
Tampa (TPA) 4h 55m
  • Flights From NE, West & Canada
Flights From NE, West & Canada

Direct Flights from NE U.S. Cities to San Diego

City Time
New York (JFK) 6h 15m
Boston (BOS) 6h 30m
Philadelphia (PHL) 5h 50m

Direct Flights from West US to San Diego

City Time
Denver (DEN) 2h 25m
San Francisco (SFO) 1h 30m
Las Vegas (LAS) 1h 5m
Salt Lake City (SLC) 1h 55m
Honolulu (HNL) 5h 30m
Portland (PDX) 2h 25m

Direct Flights from Canada to San Diego (US)

City Time
Calgary (YYC) 3h 15m
Toronto (YYZ) 5h 35m
Vancouver (YVR) 3h

Guadalajara

  • The largest city in the Mexican state of Jalisco
  • Served by an international airport (IATA: GDL)
  • Many major airlines operate non-stop flights from the US to Guadalajara
  • Direct Flights from US cities to Guadalajara (GDL)
Direct Flights from US cities to Guadalajara (GDL)
City Time
New York (JFK) 6h 5m
Chicago (ORD) 4h 40m
Atlanta (ATL) 4h 5m
Dallas (DFW) 2h 50m
Charlotte (CLT) 4h 45m
Orlando (MCO) 4h 5m
Miami (MIA) 4h 15m
Houston (IAH) 2h 35m
Denver (DEN) 3h 35m
Las Vegas (LAS) 3h 20m
Salt Lake City (SLC) 3h 45m
Portland (PDX) 4h 40m
Cities for Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico

Cancun

  • A picturesque resort city in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo
  • A suitable option for residents of Florida
  • Serviced by an international airport (IATA: CUN)

Get more information on bariatric surgery in Cancun here.

  • Flights from Midwest & NE US
Flights from Midwest & NE US

Direct Flights from NE US Cities to Cancun

City Time
New York (JFK) 4h 10m
Philadelphia (PHL) 4h

Direct Flights from Midwest US to Cancun

City Time
Chicago (ORD) 3h 45m
Minneapolis (ORD) 3h 55m
Detroit (DTW) 4h
  • Flights from South & West US and Canada
Flights from South & West US and Canada

Direct Flights from the South US to Cancun

City Time
Atlanta (ATL) 2h 30m
Charlotte (CLT) 3h 10m
Orlando (MCO) 2h
Miami (MIA) 1h 45m
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 1h 55m
Baltimore (BWI) 3h 55m
Washington (IAD) 3h 50m

Direct Flights from the West US to Cancun

City Time
Los Angeles (LAX) 4h 40m
Denver (DEN) 4h
San Francisco (SFO) 5h 10m
Las Vegas (LAS) 4h 30m
Salt Lake City (SLC) 4h 30m

Direct Flights from Canada to Cancun

City Time
Toronto (YYZ) 4h 25m
Montreal (YUL) 5h 10m
Quebec (YQB) 4h 55m
Calgary (YYC) 5h 30m

Mexicali

  • Mexicali is a Mexican border city right across Calexico in the United States.
  • It is the capital of the state of Baja California in Mexico.
  • Tijuana, another major Mexican border, is about 93 miles from Mexicali.
  • Drive Time from California (US) cities to Mexicali
Drive Time from California (US) cities to Mexicali
City Distance Estimated Driving Time
Calexico 6 miles 20m
El Centro 17.5 miles 35m
Imperial 21.4 miles 40m
Imperial Valley 37.7 miles 55m
Salton City 66.9 miles 1h 20m
Borrego Springs 87 miles 1h 40m
Coachella 98 miles 1h 50m
San Diego 123 miles 2h 5m
Palm Springs 124 miles 2h 15m
Riverside 180 miles 3h
Los Angeles 228 miles 3h 40m
  • Drive Time from other US Cities to Mexicali
Drive Time from other US Cities to Mexicali
City Distance Estimated Driving Time
Yuma, AZ 58.5 miles 1h 10m
Wellton, AZ 86.5 miles 1h 30m
Phoenix, AZ 241 miles 3h 41m
Tucson, AZ 294 miles 4h 20m
Las Vegas, NV 319 miles 5h 15m

Why MTC?

  • Garnered patient trust since 2007
  • US-based BBB accredited corporation
  • More than 70% savings on US prices
  • Thousands of happy and satisfied clients
  • 24*7 support by a trusted and experienced on-site patient coordinator
  • Access to a FREE Weight Loss Surgery Support Group where experts answer all your queries
  • On-site diet counseling
  • Post-op diet counseling by a US-registered bariatric dietitian

Pre & Post Surgery Support and Education

To help you lose weight through surgery, MTC offers:

  • FREE Exclusive Support Webinars
  • WLS Support Group moderated by bariatric experts
  • Free Diet & Lifestyle Counseling by US RD
  • Comprehensive and regularly updated knowledge-base for patient education on our Mexico Weight Loss Surgery Support portal

Free Shuttle Services

We provide free ground transfers (hospital-hotel included) from the following pick-up points:

  • San Diego airport or any hotel in San Diego close to the border or the airport (for Tijuana)
  • Guadalajara airport (IATA: GDL)
  • Cancun airport (IATA: CUN)

Free Hotel Stay

We arrange for a free stay at The Grand and Pueblo Amigo in Tijuana.*

The Grand has an exclusive floor called the Grand Care with patient-friendly rooms and bathrooms. It has:

  • Medical beds with controls
  • Wheelchairs
  • Special food menu (catering to prescriptions as well)
  • Bathrooms with phone-type showers and shower chairs
  • 24*7 exclusive reception for convalescing patients
  • A perfect environment for recovery

*Subject to availability.

Grand Care Grand Hotel Tijuana

Advantages of Treatment of Mexico for Americans and Canadians

  • Huge savings by choosing lap banding, bypass and VSG in Mexico
  • No major culture shock
  • No extensive traveling required
  • Bilingual staff (Spanish and French language support)
  • Easy scheduling of surgery

How to Choose a Safe Weight Loss Surgery Option in Mexico?

  • Deal with a reputed USA or Canadian medical tourism company.
  • Look up the credentials of the hospital and surgeons you will be working with. Some patients even go as far as asking for references – talking to previous patients and asking them about their experiences.
  • Choose a hospital in a safe locality.
  • Do not choose a location which involves prolonged traveling, as long journeys may put you at risk of deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, etc.
  • To make it further safe, make sure you arrange for aftercare back home.

Click here for more information on traveling abroad for bariatric surgery.

  • Consider bringing someone with you.
  • You may also need a wheelchair (for example, at the airport or any other place which may require walking long distances, though it is recommended that you start walking as soon as possible after surgery), particularly if you have had a bypass or duodenal switch surgery.
  • Ask for medical reports and records from the surgeon; you can use these to update your local doctor about your situation and get necessary follow-up checks in your home country instead.
  • Share your experience with others (via online platforms, such as MTC’s very own WLS Facebook Group) and help those considering the same journey.

Obesity can complicate your life and may give rise to health issues, such as:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Bone & joint problems
  • Brain stroke risk
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Gallstones
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Hormonal problems
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Depression
  • Asthma
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Hernia

You can consider surgery if conventional means (diet control and exercising) have not helped.

Contact us now for pricing and free information packet on bariatric surgery in Mexico.

Mexico Weight Loss Surgery Reviews

weight-loss-surgery-mxTheir VSG Tijuana experience.

Came to have gastric sleeve in Tijuana four months ago. Lost 53 pounds! My husband saw my results and he wanted to do it too! Had great service from everybody through MTC.

– Connie, San Antonio, TX

wls-mxMore on her review here.

My third time to work with Medical Tourism Co. and I think it’s a wonderful company. The reason why I’m here the third time? My sister – she became very jealous of my wonderful results.

– Annie Brooks, Colorado

Another patient who shared her before and after pictures from her weight loss journey.

Mexico Bariatric Surgery-Before and After Pic

Another client from Japan reviews gastric sleeve in Tijuana, MX.

Terinda traveled all the way from Washington state to Mexico for her bariatric surgery.’

Click here for more bariatric surgery reviews.

Disclaimer: Results may vary. We do not guarantee any specific outcomes.

Top 10 FAQ on Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico

  • 1. Do I need insurance for bariatric surgery in Mexico?
1. Do I need insurance for bariatric surgery in Mexico?

No. We offer self-pay weight loss surgery in Mexico for people lacking insurance cover or who have very high co-pays.

  • 2. Which areas should I avoid in Mexico?
2. Which areas should I avoid in Mexico?
  • A Mexico travel advisory by the US Department of State prohibits its citizens from visiting the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.
  • The U.S. government has not imposed any restrictions on traveling to Ensenada, Rosarito, and Tijuana.
  • When in Tijuana, stay away from Calle Coahuila (Red Light District).
  • When in Cancun stay close to the tourist areas and do not venture far from there. The Hotel Zone is a safe area in Cancun.
  • 3. Do you offer complications cover insurance?
3. Do you offer complications cover insurance?

Yes, we offer medical travel insurance plans to cover complications arising after the elected surgery. Contact your case manager for more details on medical complications travel cover.

  • 4.Will I need a translator app when in Mexico?
4.Will I need a translator app when in Mexico?

While our bariatric surgeons and majority of the support staff speak reasonably good English, a translator app can come in handy when you are out on the street. You can download and install Google translator app in your cell phone.

  • 5. Can I drink soda after weight loss surgery?
5. Can I drink soda after weight loss surgery?

No, as there are several reasons not to drink soda after weight loss surgery:

  • Initially, after bariatric surgery, drinking carbonated beverage could interfere with your staple line and the healing process.
  • Artificial sweeteners may cause increased cravings for sweets and carbs.
  • Cola can increase the risk of kidney stones.
  • Caffeine is a diuretic and is present in many regular and diet soda drinks. Having caffeine can cause you to lose valuable fluids.
  • Sodium, which is frequently added to sodas, increases your thirst and fluid needs.
  • Phosphoric acid can cause decreased absorption of calcium (a much-needed nutrient after surgery).
  • The new real estate in your stomach or pouch is prime (meaning there’s limited space in there). You don’t want to fill it with junk.
  • 6. Can gastric sleeve be reversed?
6. Can gastric sleeve be reversed?

No. Sleeve gastrectomy is an irreversible procedure. In the event of gastric sleeve failure, however, revision surgery is possible. Possible options are conversion to bypass, duodenal switch, or re-sleeve.

  • 7. What are the risks of bariatric surgery?
7. What are the risks of bariatric surgery?
  • Heartburn or GERD
  • Obstruction of the stomach pouch
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Weight Regain
  • Intolerance of certain foods
  • Minuscule weight loss
  • Leaks
  • Internal bleeding

Long-term risks of weight loss surgery are:

  • Dumping syndrome
  • Low blood sugar
  • Malnutrition
  • Ulcers
  • Obstructions in bowel
  • A hernia
  • Strictures
  • Gallstones (in gastric bypass)
  • 8. Which is the least invasive weight loss surgery?
8. Which is the least invasive weight loss surgery?

The least invasive bariatric surgery is the intragastric balloon. It is a non-surgical procedure performed on an outpatient basis. The gastric balloon is placed through the esophagus. It doesn’t require any incisions or sutures and doesn’t leave any scars.

Single-incision sleeve (SILS) is the next least invasive bariatric procedure. The procedure involves making a tiny incision in the navel through which the bariatric surgeon inserts the special instruments.

Besides fewer scars, other advantages of SILS are quick recovery, less pain, and lower risks.

  • 9. What are my options if gastric bypass fails?
9. What are my options if gastric bypass fails?

If you’ve regained weight or have insufficient weight loss after gastric bypass, your option is to have revision surgery. Gastric bypass can be revised to StomaphyX.

Another option is to convert its pouch to plication. It is interesting to note that while a gastric sleeve can be converted to bypass, the vice versa is not possible.

  • 10. Can the pouch stretch after gastric sleeve?
10. Can the pouch stretch after gastric sleeve?

The restriction does lessen as time goes on. However, if you are happy with the amount of food you are eating and feel like you are doing a good job fueling yourself, there are a few things you can do to prevent the pouch from stretching.

  1. Eat mindfully. Don’t eat and watch TV or play with your phone or computer.
  2. Eat slowly. Continue to take no more than two bites per minute.
  3. When you feel a sense of tightness or restriction, stop eating. You can always save something that was yummy for later.
  4. Avoid grazing.

All these tips are just small choices that you can make day in and day out to create positive habits for yourself.

Reference:

  1. North American Journal of Medical Sciences: Impact of minimally invasive/bariatric surgery fellowship on perioperative complications and outcomes in the first year of practice. 
  2. World Journal of Gastroenterology: Current status of intragastric balloon for obesity treatment. 

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