Gastric Bypass in Tijuana
Gastric bypass, also known as Roux-en-Y bypass, is a weight loss surgical procedure that helps one lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach and altering the way food is handled by the small intestine. MBS is a one-shop stop offering comprehensive packages for gastric bypass in Tijuana, Mexico.
The border city can be a feasible option if you are looking for affordable weight loss surgery near the United States.
- TJ (short for Tijuana) is just a half-hour drive from San Diego, California
- You may save up to 80% by choosing surgery here
How Much for Gastric Bypass in Tijuana, Mx?
Our all-inclusive package for Roux-en-y Bypass in Mexico costs less than $5,900. Contact us by filling in the website form for a detailed quote.
The team at MBS ensures personalized attention to individual patients for pre and post-op bariatric surgery support. Some of the support services we provide include:
- US and Mexico Registered Bariatric Nutritionists for pre- and post-op diet guidance
- Free Bariatric Webinars
- Bariatric Support Group
- Latest and technologically advanced medical centers
- Bilingual staff
- Help with travel documentation
To ensure you have a hassle-free stay, we also provide the following:*
- A patient liaison manager in Tijuana to take care of all your needs
- Free airport pick-up and drop
- 1-night hotel stay
*Terms and conditions apply
Gastric Bypass Surgery – an Overview
- This procedure is also known as the “gold standard” weight loss surgery. Gastric bypass is a combination of both malabsorptive and restrictive surgeries that rearrange your digestive system and limit the amount of calories your body can absorb.
- It involves cutting the stomach into two parts – a pouch which is 10% of the original stomach and the remaining part which is not going to be used. The pouch is then connected to the small intestine. The food is rerouted from the pouch to the small intestine without going to the bottom of the stomach. The intestine is rerouted as well in this procedure and digestion begins in the intestine.
- 5-6 incisions are made. The stomach is divided into two parts with staples and intestine is also divided and hooked up to small pouch. A Y-configuration is created before the intestine is re-hooked to itself. The food enters one side and digestive enzymes enter the other end on Y-configuration, eventually meeting at the end. The patient recovers for 2-3 days in the hospital.
- A feeling of fullness occurs quickly because the pouch can only accommodate a few ounces of food at a time. Some of the nutrients and calories in food will not be absorbed. One must make lifelong changes after the surgery, including changes in diet and maintaining adequate protein intake.
In the year 2006, the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS), the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) and the National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery (NSAS) were assessed for bariatric surgery procedures in the U.S. There were approximately 113,000 bariatric operations performed in 2006 including gastric bypass1.
Advantages of Roux-en-Y Bypass
Weight Loss: Patients see a dramatic weight loss and continue to lose weight for up to 24 months.
A study conducted by Bandar Albeladi, Céline Bourbao-Tournois, and Noel Huten states BMI reduced from 46 to 30 in 18 months2.
Improved quality of life: The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) states with increased weight loss, one engages more in physical activities such as walking, biking etc. thus, leading to positive personal attitude and decreased stress levels.
Reduction in Comorbidities: Weight loss surgery improves many related conditions like diabetes, sleep apnea and high cholesterol.
Who needs it?
In general, gastric bypass could be an option for you if:
- Your efforts to lose weight with diet and exercise have been unproductive
- Your BMI is 40 or higher
- Your BMI is 35 to 40 and you have severe weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea
Gastric Bypass surgery offers benefits beyond weight loss. An improved self-esteem and elimination of weight related health issues allow an individual to live a healthier life.
How can it help me?
Obesity can put you at risk of life-threatening cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol levels, diabetes and stroke. Gastric bypass can help you reduce weight and also decrease certain pre-existing co-morbidities.
Do I have to make dietary changes?
Post surgery, you will be required to follow specific eating guidelines. Our team of registered dietitians in TJ, Mexico will work directly with you to help plan healthy meals. Additionally, you will need to stop smoking.
How long do I need to stay in the hospital?
After surgery, the hospital stay is anywhere from 1 to 5 days.
Are there any complications associated with this surgery?
Some of the risks of RYGB enlisted by Johns Hopkins Medicine are:
- Blood clots which could enter the heart and lungs
- Breathing problems
- Leaks at the surgical site
- Malnutrition (which can be taken care of with prescribed nutritional supplements)
- Internal hernia
- Pouch stretching
Is the surgery reversible?
No, it is not reversible. However, a failed bypass can be revised by winding a gastric band around the stomach pouch.
How much weight will I lose post surgery?
From 6 months to 18 months post-op an individual can lose up to 78% weight2.
I have diabetes, how does surgery affect the overall health and diabetes?
Research shows improvement in type 2 diabetes after gastric bypass surgery3.
Piotr Gorecki MD, Kevin Cho MD, and James Rucinski from the Department of Surgery, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, New York studied the effects of gastric bypass on 434 patients and concluded that co-morbidities resolved by more than 90% in some patients.
This research study by Surowska et al. published on February 25, 2016 shows that “postprandial lipid concentrations were markedly decreased in subjects having had RYGB surgery.”4
How much will it cost in Mexico?
MBS’s Gastric Bypass Surgery packages cost less than $6,000 and include surgeon’s fee and pre & post-op lab work.
Note: Conditions apply
Whom do I contact after the surgery?
You can directly contact the surgeon for follow-up.
- Always include a minimum of 60 gm lean protein in your diet. Lean protein can be obtained from chicken, fish, pork, cottage cheese and eggs.
- Do not skip meals. Instead have 6-8 mini meals with small portions to prevent your pouch from filling up too fast.
- Drink 6-8 cups of caffeine-free, non-carbonated beverages in a day. Include skim milk and juices in your diet.
- Certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies can occur in gastric bypass patients’ post-op. A daily multi-vitamin and calcium supplement is a must.
Exercise maximizes weight loss and helps to maintain a healthy body. Some reasons to exercise include:
- Increases the metabolic rate and burns fat easily
- Improves mood and feeling of well-being by secreting endorphins (pleasure-chemicals) into your body
- Builds and maintains healthy bones, muscles and joints
- Decreases muscle breakdown while losing weight
- Helps alleviate constipation
- Helps reduce feeling of depression and anxiety
- Patients who undergo gastric bypass require close monitoring of their nutritional status and well-being for the rest of their life. Follow-up visits regularly for the first year and then yearly after that are important.
- Adherence to an appropriate diet high in protein and taking nutritional supplements are an effective way to avoid complications of any sort.
- Carbonated beverages
- Very sweet beverages
- Starchy foods like pasta, rice and bread
- Fried foods
- Sugary drinks
- Livingston EH. The Incidence of Bariatric Surgery Has Plateaued in the U.S. American journal of surgery. 2010; 200(3): 378-385. doi: 10.1016/ j.amjsurg. 2009.11.007.
- Bandar Albeladi, Céline Bourbao-Tournois, and Noel Huten, “Short- and Midterm Results between Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity,”Journal of Obesity, vol. 2013, Article ID 934653, 6 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155 / 2013/ 934653
- Resolution of comorbidities following LRYGB. A prospective Analysis of 434 patients. Piotr Gorecki MD, Kevin Cho MD, James Rucinski, from Department of Surgery, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, New York
- Surowska, A., De Giorgi, S., Theytaz, F., Campos, V., Hodson, L., Stefanoni, N., Rey, V., Schneiter, P., Laville, M., Giusti, V., Gabert, L. and Tappy, L. (2016), Effects of roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery on postprandial fructose metabolism. Obesity, 24: 589–596. doi: 10.1002 / oby.21410