Gastric Bypass in Mexico
If you are looking for a cheap weight loss surgery in Tijuana, Gastric Bypass could be a great option for you.
What is Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass?
Gastric bypass decreases the size of the stomach, which makes you feel full more quickly. It also makes food bypass part of the small intestine, resulting in the absorption of fewer calories and nutrients.
This procedure, along with following a diet regimen as prescribed by your surgeon, has the potential to make you lose weight drastically.“Bariatric Surgery and Long-term Durability of Weight Loss. Maciejewski ML, Arterburn DE, Van Scoyoc L, Smith VA, Yancy WS, Weidenbacher HJ, Livingston EH, Olsen MK. JAMA Surg.2016; 151(11): 1046–1055. doi:10.1001 / jamasurg.2016.2317” View in Article Weight loss will also put you out of risk of the multiple co-morbidities associated with obesity,“Substantial Decrease in Comorbidity 5 Years After Gastric Bypass: A Population-based Study From the Scandinavian Obesity Surgery Registry. Sundbom M, Hedberg J. et al. Annals of Surgery (2017); 265(6):1166-117. PMC. Web. 14 Sept. 2017.”
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Gastric Bypass has been performed for over 50 years. According to Columbia University’s Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery, about 50% to 66% of excess weight can be lost in the first two years after gastric bypass. Also known as Roux-en-Y bypass, RnY, and RYGB, it may result in the successful resolution of co-morbidities.
You could also consider Mini Gastric Bypass in Mexico. It is similar to Roux-en-Y but has one shorter procedure and takes lesser time to perform.
Disclaimer: Weight loss results may vary. We do not guarantee any specific results.
Did you know?
Gastric Bypass is successful if 50% of the excess weight is kept off for at least 5 years.“Gastric Bypass Surgery. Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery. Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
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Do you Qualify for Bypass Surgery?
Are you a candidate for Roux-en-Y in Mexico? Our partner doctors will evaluate your medical documents and may approve you for surgery if you
- Have a BMI above 40
- Suffer from co-morbidities like diabetes, high cholesterol, heart problems, high blood pressure and sleep apnea
- Have a BMI of 35 but suffer from co-morbidities
- Have failed to lose weight through traditional means (diet, exercise)
- In exceptional cases, our surgeons may approve BMI 30 -35.
- Gastric Balloon patients may get approved for surgery with a BMI of 27 and above.
Cost of Gastric Bypass in Mexico
While the average cost of gastric bypass in the United States is $23,000, in Mexico the costs begin from $5,495, translating to savings of over 70%.
Cost of Gastric Bypass in Mexico
*Prices are subject to change without prior approval.
Gastric Bypass Package Inclusions
Once you have made up your mind for surgery, you will be glad to know that our discounted gastric bypass package the cost of which begins from only $5,495 includes:
(This is the package price for RYGB in Tijuana, Mexico; all prices are subject to change without prior notification.)
Cost Comparison between Mexican Cities
|Baja California||Quintana Roo||Baja California||Tamaulipas|
|Dr. Guillermo Lopez, Dr. Luis Cazares||Dr. Hector Perez||Dr. Marco Antonio Sarinana||Dr. Galileo Villarreal|
|Avenida Revolucion, El Popo Market||Resorts, beaches, nightlife||Historic buildings, food trucks, craft breweries||Mercado Maclovio market, Centro Cultural|
|Drive from San Diego or fly||Fly to International Airport||Drive from Calexico or fly||Drive from Texas or fly|
About Cities in Mexico
Tijuana, Baja California, is a border city on the San Ysidro US-Mexico Border. It is a short 20-min drive from San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN) via Interstate 5. Patients in the western US find this location very easy. As a tourist in Tijuana, there’s much history to see in Avenida Revolucion. Take back traditional Mexican souvenirs and gifts, do visit the El Popo market. The location makes Tijuana the favorite destination for Gastric Bypass in Mexico.
Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
Cancun is a resort city of Mexico well-known for its beaches, resorts and nightlife. A little south of Cancun sits the city of Playas del Carmen which has a part of the world’s second-largest coral reef. It is accessible by its own International Airport (IATA: CUN). If you go to Cancun, don’t miss Chichen Itza, a part of the Mayan ruins which is 2 and a half hours away.
Mexicali is the Mexican sister city of Calexico in California. This industrious city is the capital of the state of Baja California. You can fly down to Calexico International Airport (IATA: CXL) and take our free shuttle from there. Mexicali has its own international airport too, Aeropuerto Internacional Gral. Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada (IATA: MXL).
Nuevo Laredo is the Mexican sister city of Laredo in Texas. It is one of the most important cultural and economic urban centers on the US-Mexico border. A short 15-min drive from Texas gets you to the city. You can fly to Texas’ Laredo International Airport (IATA: LRD) and drive to Nuevo Laredo or fly directly to Nuevo Laredo International Airport (IATA: NLD).
Safety in Mexico
A very valid concern of our patients: Is Mexico safe? The answer is yes and no. Just like all big cities, Tijuana, Cancun and Mexicali have their share of crimes. But if you steer clear of the unsafe parts of the cities, Mexico has a lot to offer in terms of tradition and beauty.
Our facilities are located in the safest parts of Mexico. Medical tourism for weight loss surgery in Mexico is increasing at a steady pace.
Gastric Bypass Surgeons in Mexico
Mexico Bariatric Services has partnered with some of the best bariatric surgeons in Mexico who have a near 100% successful surgery rate.
Tijuana and Mexicali are on the California-Baja California Border. While Nuevo Laredo shares its border with Laredo-Texas. Tijuana is easily accessible by San Diego, Mexicali by Calexico, and Nuevo Laredo by Laredo. All three cities have International Airports if you’d rather fly down to Mexico directly.
Our Tijuana team has Dr. Luis Cazares and Dr. Guillermo Lopez who have more than 11 years of experience and performed over 3000 successful surgeries.
Our partner bariatric surgeon Dr. Marco Antonio Sarinana Guridi performs Gastric Sleeve, Mini Gastric Bypass and Gastric Band and Gastric Bypass in Mexicali.
Our Nuevo Laredo Weight loss surgeon, Dr. Galileo Villarreal, has ten years of experience and performed over 4000 successful bariatric surgeries.
Our medical facility in the East is located in Cancun. It has one of the best bariatric surgeons in Mexico, Dr. Hector Perez. He is a board-certified bariatric surgeon who also teaches post-graduate bariatric surgeon programs.
Duration of Gastric Bypass
|Length of Procedure||Hospital Stay||Resumption of Work|
|About 1 ½ hour||4-6 days||3-6 weeks|
What to Expect After Surgery?
After Gastric Bypass, you’d have to change your diet and lifestyle, especially eating habits. Remember to take small dime-sized bites and chew each bite properly. Eat small portions of food at one sitting, else you could experience pain and the food would pass through to the intestine too fast.
You will be able to tolerate less food because of the reduced size of the stomach pouch and feel full faster.
For the first 2 weeks, your incisions may feel sore and your stomach could hurt a little. Your doctor will give you pain medication for this duration.
When food passes through to the intestines before breaking down, it causes dumping syndrome. Symptoms of dumping syndrome include diarrhea, dizziness and nausea.
Gastric Bypass bypasses a part of the intestine that absorbs vitamins and minerals. Patients of Gastric Bypass must be prepared to take additional supplements to avoid deficiencies. You may have a deficiency of iron, calcium, magnesium and Vitamin B12. “Gastric Bypass Surgery.” University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
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Don’t lift heavy objects and avoid exercise to let your stomach heal.
You can typically go back to work after 2-3 weeks of surgery.
Diet after Gastric Bypass
- Your body can handle only very small amounts of food and liquids.
- Eat your meals every few hours in small quantities.
- It is advisable to follow the 30 min rule to keep yourself hydrated. Sip at least 64 oz of water in a day.
- You may notice irregular bowel movements after the surgery, but this is completely normal. Avoid constipation after gastric bypass by getting enough fibre and liquids.
- Slowly, you can add solid foods into your gastric bypass diet. Remember to chew food properly and stop eating when you’re full.
- Avoid junk food and carbonated drinks.
Eating too much may stretch your stomach and render your surgery unsuccessful.
Supplements for Gastric Bypass
As your body may no longer be able to absorb certain nutrients from food, your surgeon may prescribe dietary supplements. According to the University of Michigan Health System, RYGB patients should take the following to avoid any complications“Vitamin & Mineral Supplements After Gastric Bypass.” University of Michigan Health System. View in Article:
|Supplement||Daily Intake||Additional Instructions|
|Calcium||1500 mg (500 – 600 mg 3 times)||Don’t consume with iron.
Keep at least 4 hours between doses.
|MultiVitamin||18 mg 2 times||Include Iron and take at bedtime if stomach upset|
|Vitamin B12||500mcg (Once)||Dissolve on the tongue.|
|Vitamin D||2000 Iu (Once)||Take with Calcium|
Make sure you consult your doctor for all your nutritional requirements. Everyone has different nutritional needs, so remember to check your labs regularly
Risks of Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y)
You could run a few risks of gastric bypass like:
- Infection at the site of incisions
- Incisional hernia
- Leakage in the stomach pouch
- Blood clot (in legs or lungs)
- Dumping Syndrome
- Nutritional deficiency
- Gallstones or kidney stones
- Vomiting on eating more than the capacity of your new stomach
In case of any of these symptoms, rush to your PCP immediately.
Advantages of Roux-en-Y in Mexico
The average self-pay price of gastric bypass in the United States in 2015 is $24,000. By having your RYGB in Mexico, it’s possible to save tremendous amounts over US prices. But these initial cost savings aren’t the only advantages. Save on the medication and treatment you would have to get because of comorbidities.
- Obesity is on the rise in North America, so doctors are performing bariatric surgeries more and more often. It is easy to find experienced weight loss surgeons in Mexico.
- We work with well-qualified gastric bypass surgeons who speak reasonably good English and can easily explain all aspects of the surgery to you.
- It can be quite unnerving to go under the knife in a foreign country, and the doctors strive to make their patients as comfortable as possible.
- Getting there is easy. Cities such as Tijuana lie just across the US-border.
- You get to schedule your gastric bypass procedure sans any waiting periods involved.
For information on gastric bypass in Cancun, Tijuana, Nuevo Laredo and Mexicali, contact us through the quote form on this page.
If you are thinking of gastric bypass – Mexico could be a good option if you’re finding it difficult to afford it in your home country.
Gastric Bypass vs. Gastric Sleeve
Which procedure should you choose, Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass? Dr. Anna Ibele, M.D. sheds light on the differences between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass in the video below. She is an assistant professor at the University of Utah, and has worked minutely with research on bariatric surgeries.
Differences between Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass
Procedure: Gastric Bypass involves bypassing most of the stomach and a part of the intestine to reduce hunger. Gastric Sleeve surgery removes 80% of the stomach which reduces hunger.
Weight Loss: Gastric Bypass patients lose around 70-80% of their excess weight after surgery. Gastric Sleeve patients shed 60-70%.
Gastroesophageal Reflux: Gastric Bypass helps reduce acid reflux in more than 90% of patients who already have an acid reflux problem. It is not very clear whether Gastric Sleeve reduces reflux in patients.“Gastric Bypass or Sleeve Gastrectomy?”, General Surgery News, FEBRUARY 28, 2018View in Article
Co-morbidities: Since Gastric Bypass patients lose more weight, there is a greater chance of resolving co-morbidities than Gastric Sleeve.
Absorption of Nutrients: Gastric Bypass bypasses a portion of the intestine that absorbs nutrients so patients need to overcome deficiencies through supplements. Gastric Sleeve reduces hunger and may restrict nutrients because of the low intake of food.
Dumping Syndrome: Gastric Bypass patients are more susceptible to dumping syndrome than Gastric Sleeve patients. “Risk of Dumping Syndrome after Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: Early Results of a Multicentre Prospective Study”, M. Ramadan, M. Loureiro, 2016 May 8. doi: 10.1155/2016/2570237View in Article
If you don’t have acid reflux, you may even opt for Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana.
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2. Substantial Decrease in Comorbidity 5 Years After Gastric Bypass: A Population-based Study From the Scandinavian Obesity Surgery Registry. Sundbom M, Hedberg J. et al. Annals of Surgery (2017); 265(6):1166-117. PMC. Web. 14 Sept. 2017.
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5. Vitamin & Mineral Supplements After Gastric Bypass. University of Michigan Health System. Parrott, Julie et al. American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Integrated Health Nutritional Guidelines for the Surgical Weight Loss Patient 2016 Update: Micronutrients. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, Vol 13, Iss 5, pgs 727 – 741, 2017.
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7. “Risk of Dumping Syndrome after Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: Early Results of a Multicentre Prospective Study“, M. Ramadan, M. Loureiro, 2016 May 8. doi: 10.1155/2016/2570237