Medical Tourism Resource Guide

Affordable Healthcare Worldwide

Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico can be less costly than the same surgeries in the United States or Canada. Sometimes bariatric surgery can be up to 70% less.
Obesity - Bariatric Surgery in MexicoDiabetes and other diseases associated with obesity are rampant throughout the world. Obesity is prevalent in most developed countries and in some places you might not expect. There is also a social stigma attached to obesity that profoundly affects the obese person’s life; airlines charge double seats, their sex lives are affected and even their relationship with their kids. Globalization has brought the so-called the “Western diet,” high in saturated fats, sugar and refined foods. Processed meals and soft drinks have replaced fresh foods. Media, flooded with ads for the new Western diet,  give the population the temptation to eat badly. And not to mention the lack of exercise. Bariatric and Metabolic surgery, like gastric sleeve and bypass, offers permanent solutions to obesity and the resulted problems comparing to lifestyle changes (diet and exercise) and pharmacotherapy. With numerous qualified bariatric surgeons and professionals in Mexico, it’s easy to see why Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery is hugely popular in Mexico. Bariatric Surgery is a primary treatment for severe and morbid obesity. These procedures vary in invasiveness and techniques used.

Bariatric Surgery Options in Mexico

Start living a healthier life today. For help in deciding which procedure is right for you, you are invited to contact us to learn more. Their skilled weight loss staff has helped many people, just like you, succeed in losing weight. Below are various weight loss surgeries offered in Mexico:

Vertical Gastric Gastrectomy (VSG)

Gastric Sleeve - Bariatric Surgery in Mexico
Gastric Sleeve
Long narrow vertical pouch (about 3-4 oz or 60-100 cc) is created laparoscopically by removing roughly 80% of the stomach. Same shape as the duodenal switch pouch but smaller. The majority of hunger hormones are removed as well.  The patient’s set-point (neuro-hormonal) is changed after surgery. No intestinal bypass is required. The patient does not get hungry as much and gets full faster. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy significantly restricts the volume of food that can be eaten thus allow patients to eat fewer calories. Gastric Sleeve is a permanent solution that is quickly growing in demand.

Gastric Band (LAP BAND®)

Surgical Weight Loss Gastric Band - Bariatric Surgery in Mexico
The Lap-Band is an adjustable silicone ring (implant) that is placed around the top part of the stomach creating a small (1-2 ounce or 15-30cc) pouch. The Lap-Band system moderately restricts the volume and type of foods the patient is able to consume. The Band delays emptying of the pouch and create the sensation of satiety (fullness) that forces the patient to consume fewer calories. In the U.S., Lap-Band and Gastric Bypass are two of the most common weight-loss surgeries.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

gastric bypass - Bariatric Surgery in Mexico
RNY Bypass
The RNY gastric bypass significantly restricts the volume of food that can be eaten and absorbs less of food nutrients by using two techniques: restrictive and malabsorptive.  This combination allows gastric bypass to provide high expected weight loss. The new stomach that is created is the restrictive component, while the malabsorptive technique is the rerouting of the small intestines. Small pouch (about 1 ounce/20-30 cc) is created by stapling off a new stoma. The pouch is connected to the small intestine where food and digestive juices are separated for the first 3 to 5 feet. Mini bypass surgery is similar to gastric bypass with one anastomosis.

Duodenal Switch Surgery

duodenal switch - Bariatric Surgery in Mexico
Duodenal Switch
Duodenal Switch is a procedure reserved for only morbidly obese patients. Duodenal Switch provides higher expected weight loss than even gastric bypass surgery, patients can lose between 60-80% of their excess weight compared with 50-75% for the gastric bypass. Duodenal Switch is a procedure that combines malabsorptive and restrictive properties, which provides patients will the best possible chance to lose weight. Duodenal Switch is a complicated surgery, review our guide to this powerful surgery.

Gastric Sleeve Plication

Gastric Sleeve Plication or Sleeve Plication is an experimental procedure. Sleeve Plication is a procedure that can produce comparable expected weight loss to other bariatric surgeries, especially sleeve plication. Gastric Sleeve Plication is a procedure that is reversible, it uses sutures to reduce the capacity of the stomach, thus producing a feeling of fullness sooner. Gastric Plication is not getting good reviews and results. It is quickly becoming an obsolete procedure, like gastric banding.

Revision Surgery

Revision surgeries are more risky and costly, but having revision surgeries done in Mexico can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Some bariatric surgeons are reluctant to perform revision surgeries on patients because of the high potential complication rate. That is why it’s important to hire a competent bariatric surgeon. Various revision bariatric surgeries including the Lap-Band to Gastric Sleeve revision surgery. Learn about the various pros and cons of weight loss surgery revision by contacting our staff today.

Mexico Cities for Weight Loss Surgery

  • Tijuana
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Monterrey
  • Mexicali
  • Guadalajara – Guadalajara is located in the western pacific area of Mexico.
  • Cancun
Mexico boasts many cities that offer gastric banding surgery including Tijuana, Mexicali, Monterrey, and Cancun. Each city that offers Lap-Band surgery has different strengths and reasons why it’s popular, but the underlying theme of traveling to Mexico is lower costs. Mexican Medical Tourism, traveling outside your native region to undergo a medical treatment, is growing annually, and is considered one of the top players in bariatric surgery. Cutting-edge hospitals, top-rated bariatric surgeons, and close vicinity to the U.S. make Mexico a prime location if you’re seeking to save money. With U.S. costs approaching $25,000 for Lap-Band Surgery, it makes sense if you lack insurance coverage, to travel to Mexico. Costs typically will run less than $7,000 for the same surgery. But patients should account for the expenditure on airfare and expenses. Some companies will offer complete packages to reduce patient headaches.

Most Popular Cities in Mexico

Below are the top three cities to undergo bariatric surgery in Mexico. Each city has it’s own appeal and drives different patients to perform the surgical operation. Tijuana, Mexico – Located minutes from the U.S. and Mexican border, Tijuana is Mexico’s biggest draw. Tijuana has top surgeons like Dr. Alejandro Lopez and Dr. Fernando Garcia and some of the newest hospitals in Mexico. Tijuana is the fastest growing city for Medical Tourism, not just for bariatric surgery but also for dental surgeries, plastic surgeries, and other various medical treatments. Cancun, Mexico – Driving a lot of visitors looking for a vacation and medical treatments, Cancun is a truly unique place. Where else can you spend a few days in the hospital undergoing weight loss surgery, while looking out on the pristine beaches that surround the hospitals? Currently, Dr. Hector Perez is the top bariatric surgeon in Cancun, Mexico. Monterrey, Mexico – Monterrey is the intellectual capital of Mexico, home to many prestigious Universities and Colleges. Because of this, many of the top Surgeons are in Monterrey, including Dr. Miguel Zapata, a top surgeon who has performed over 4,000 bariatric surgeries.

Skill and Expertise of Bariatric Surgeons in Mexico

The biggest concern for most people when considering weight loss surgery abroad is how skilled bariatric surgeons are. You are not going to meet your surgeon in person before you fly to Mexico, so it can be important to do some research beforehand. We work with some of the most qualified and talented bariatric surgeons in Mexico. It might be tough to meet them in person before your surgery, but it’s easier to connect with them online.
  • Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela from Mexico Bariatric Center has had weight loss surgery herself. We met her at an Obesity event last year and she’s extremely friendly and truly dedicated to helping her patients
  • Surgeons with an excellent track record
  • Board-certified and super specialty in bariatrics
  • Prior experience with patients all over the world
  • More than 80% of the practice in WLS
  • Open to post-surgery follow-ups and support

Average Cost Of Bariatric Surgery In Mexico

Bariatric surgery is less costly in Mexico. Healthcare, in common, is less controlled. Compensation is lower and the fetched of the same gear tends to be less as well. This all leads to a lower by and large taken a toll. ‘Less regulated’ sound terrifying? It is. In any case, a great specialist is dependable for you amid and after your strategy. This article talks about how to select a bariatric specialist. The average cost of bariatric surgery in Mexico by the procedure is listed below.

What Is Included In The Cost?

Regularly, your flight isn’t included. In any case, transportation to and from the air terminal ought to be included. You’re in a remote city and approximately to have surgery. The final thing you need to stress approximately is finding your lodging or surgeon’s office. Most individuals will arrive 2 days sometime recently their planned surgery day. This gives you time to alter, meet with the specialist and staff, have blood work done and relax. The taking after ought to be included in your charge. Ask about these once you convert to your persistent contact (these are your essential contact at the surgeon’s office).
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Two Surgeons in the operating room with you or one surgeon and a qualified First Assist
  • Pre and post-op medication
  • Operating room costs
  • All preoperative evaluations
  • Pre and post-op instructions (Diet guidelines)Transportation
  • Fill adjustments (for Lap-Band) and follow up care
  • Stay at a local 4-star hotel – or something close to 5 star
Mexico Bariatric Surgery Resources
Scroll to top