Medical Tourism in Guadalajara, Mexico


Medical tourism is growing increasingly worldwide, including Mexico. Locations like Tijuana and Guadalajara are becoming popular destinations in Mexico. Known for its vibrant history and rich culture, Guadalajara has a lot to offer medical tourists. Tijuana is a viable option for travelers seeking bariatric procedures due to its closeness to U.S. city of San Diego and its affordability.

Individuals fighting obesity and its related diseases are looking into Mexico to get quality gastric surgeries to renew their lives and save thousands of dollars. Patients in countries like Canada also choose to go across the border to avoid long wait times.

University of Guadalajara
University of Guadalajara

Guadalajara, Mexico is home to several world-class universities producing top notch surgeons. Noteworthy medical schools include Universidad de Guadalajara, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG) School of Medicine and Tec de Monterey.

Especially interesting, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara has a special program for foreigners with the vast majority of them being Americans.

Famous for Medical Tourism

Few years ago, celebrity Kim Kardasian was spooted in one of Guadalajara's premier cosmetic surgeons offices. Not only do famous individuals seek the best services, but it's Mexico's destination for dental, bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery and infertility treatments.

Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento
Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento

Beyond traveling tourists, Guadalajara is home to large retirement communities of expats. Communities include Lake Chapala and Ajiji Jalisco. These communities often commute to Guadalajara seeking qualified healthcare.

Bariatric Surgeries Offered in Guadalajara

Rodriguez Lopez, MD, offers the following surgeries in Guadalajara: gastric banding (Lap-Band system), gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, duodenal switch and revisions surgeries. Dr. Rodriguez Lopez is known for performing weight loss surgery with one-incision. His preference is to perform single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) with the GelPoint system. Recently, Dr. Lopez has been featured in PRWeb (Mexico Bariatric Center Performs Single Incision Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana, MX).

Dr. Rodriguez Lopez
Dr. Rodriguez Lopez

Dr. Rodriguez Lopez is a highly-skilled bariatric and metabolic surgeon working exclusively with Mexico Bariatric Center (MBC). He is capable of doing any top of surgery including Duodenal Switch, Gastric Balloon and Revisional Surgeries.

Why Guadalajara is Good Destination for Medical Tourism

Guadalajara, the capital of the state of Jalisco, has served as one of the strongest cultural centers in Mexico since colonial times. As the second largest city in Mexico, Guadalajara's cultural wealth has taken on an important role in the social, professional and economic sectors. Many well-known Mexican symbols such as tequila and mariachi music are considered to have their origin in Guadalajara.

Beyond the rich culture of Guadalajara, lies a city that is quickly becoming known for it's universities and medical education. Guadalajara boosts three large and respected medical schools in the area, and thus qualified medical surgeons.

There are 3 medical schools in Guadalajara, Mexico or its surrounding suburbs:

  • Universidad de Guadalajara (UdG), a state medical school located in Guadalajara proper, is among the most respected institutions in Mexico.
  • Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG) School of Medicine, the private medical school located in suburb of Zapopan to the NW of Guadalajara. This school has an international program tailored for foreigners with vast majority of them Americans.
  • Tec de Monterey, a renowned Mexican national university with two of them (Monterey andGuadalajara) have a medical school.

Mexico is one of the first countries to regularly perform sleeve gastrectomy on patients suffering from obesity. Mexico is also one of the first countries to start performing single port weight loss surgery. Currently, Dr. Rodriguez Lopez is one of the first surgeons in Mexico to perform single-incision weight loss surgery on patients from the United States, Canada and Mexico.