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Gastric Bypass in Tijuana: Save & Discover a Healthier You!

Are you tired of struggling with weight loss despite dieting and exercising? 

A gastric bypass in Tijuana can help you shed those extra pounds and save up to 83%.

Discover the benefits, cost, and procedure of gastric bypass below.

Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico

Gastric Bypass Tijuana, Mexico Reviews

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 Happy Gastric Bypass Patients: Before and After

Witness the results of gastric bypass in Mexico through captivating before and after pictures of our patients.

Bariatric surgery in Tijuana
Weight Loss Surgery In Mexico

Don’t wait any longer to take control of your health and happiness. Contact us for a FREE consultation today!

Curious about the cost of weight loss surgery in Mexico? Read below to find the answer.

How Much Does Gastric Bypass Cost in Tijuana?

The cost of a gastric bypass in Tijuana is $5,495. It can cost you $35,000 to get it done in the US and $20,000 (CAD) in Canada.

You get significant savings of up to 83% compared to the US cost and 72% compared to Canada.

ProcedureTijuana US Canada
Gastric Bypass surgery$5,495$35,000$20,000
Mini Gastric Bypass$5,495$11,900$16,000

Mini gastric bypass in Mexico is also becoming a popular procedure, to know more about it follow this link.

What Your Price Includes

This price of gastric bypass in Tijuana includes all medical, hotel, and logistics. However, it does not include airfare.

More details on what is included in gastric RNY weight loss surgery are below:

  • US and Mexico-registered bariatric Nutritionists
  • Pre and post-op diet guidance
  • Bariatric Support Group
  • Help with travel documentation
  • Bilingual staff
  • Destination support
  • Ground Transfers
  • 1-night hotel stay

*Terms and conditions apply

We have a free shuttle service from the San Diego airport to our facilities.

Americans and Canadians face high healthcare costs, even with insurance. 

Gastric bypass in Tijuana is still cost-effective, even after transportation and other expenses.

In this case, getting weight loss surgery in Tijuana is the best option.

Mexico Bariatric Services also gives you the option of a gastric bypass in Cancun.

This option is more convenient for patients residing on the east coast of the US like Texas due to the shorter flying time to Cancun.


Financing weight loss surgery in Mexico is an easy task. You can use the following methods to pay for your gastric bypass.

  • Debit/credit cards : VISA and Mastercard are accepted
  • Paypal
  • Our US friends can use United Medical Credit to avail financing.
  • Besides, you can also avail financing with SuperMoney as well.

Getting a gastric bypass in Tijuana can save you from the hefty US prices. Call us to get a FREE quote today.

Best Gastric Bypass Surgeons in Tijuana, Mexico

Mexico Bariatric Services works with the best bariatric surgeons in Tijuana.

We have partnered with Dr. Guillermo Lopez and Dr. Luis Cazares.

Dr. Lopez Weight Loss Surgeon Tijuana
  • Dr. Guillermo Lopez practices at an International Center for Excellence (ICE).
  • He is IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) trained and has over 4 decades of experience.
  • He practices in our partner facility, Twin Tower, which has its hospital and hotel on the same premises.
  • The hotel has an entire floor dedicated to bariatric care and serves bariatric friendly meals. It is near Avenida Revolucion which is a tourist hot-spot.
  • Dr. Luis Cazares has over 11 years of success and a track record of over 3000 successful surgeries.
  • His professional motto is, “Working as a team to provide a new opportunity for a healthy life.”
  • He works at Oasis of Hope Hospital which is located near the Tijuana beach, Playas de Tijuana.
  • This hospital houses its lab work, ultrasounds, CT scans, pharmacy and x-rays on the same premises.
  • In the rare case that Oasis of Hope Hospital isn’t free on the desired date, Dr. Cazares performs surgeries in Guadalajara Hospital in Tijuana too.
  • At MBS, we work hard to give you quality treatment at affordable prices. To discuss your treatment course, contact us today!

Do I Qualify for Gastric Bypass?

If you are asking yourself how do i know if i qualify for bariatric surgery?, please read below to find out:

  • 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 problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea.
  • In rare cases, our doctors may approve a BMI of 30 and higher.
  • Gastric Balloon may be approved for a BMI of 27 and above.

What is the Procedure for Gastric Bypass in Tijuana?

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass is also called Roux-en-Y and RnY bypass surgery.

This procedure is known as the “gold standard” weight loss surgery. Gastric bypass limits the number of calories your body can absorb.

It’s a widely used and highly effective surgery for treating obesity and related diseases.1

A Step-by-Step Explanation of Gastric Bypass Surgery

  1. During gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is divided into a smaller upper part and a larger bottom part. 
  2. The smaller part, resembling the size of an egg, will be used for digestion. 
  3. The larger bottom part is bypassed, so it will no longer store or digest food. 
  4. The small intestine is divided during the surgery. Then, the smaller stomach pouch is connected to the divided small intestine. This connection allows the food to pass through.
  5. A part of the small bowel that drains the bypassed stomach is linked to the small bowel about 3-4 feet downstream.
  6. This creates a bowel connection resembling the shape of the letter Y
  7. Over time, stomach acids and digestive enzymes from the bypassed stomach and the first part of the small intestine mix with the food.
  8. The patient recovers in the hospital for 2-3 days.1

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?

Weight loss after gastric bypass can be up to 80% of the excess weight.

The weight loss rate decreases as you lose more weight. So you’ll lose weight rapidly in the first few months as compared to the later months.

From 6 months to 18 months post-op an individual can lose up to 78% weight.

The Recovery Timeline

After surgery, the hospital stay can be anywhere from 1 to 5 days.

But this can vary from case to case.

We have listed below everything you need to know after your procedure for a safe recovery.

Post-discharge instructions:

Upon leaving the hospital, follow these instructions for a successful recovery:

  • Diet: Gradually move from liquid to soft and solid foods over six weeks.
  • Nutritional Supplements: Add daily dietary supplements as per your doctor’s advice.
  • Hydration: Ensure proper hydration by consuming 1.5 to 2 liters daily to prevent dehydration.
  • Gradual Exercise: Walk daily to cover 2 miles by the sixth week.
  • Activity Restrictions: Avoid strenuous and heavy lifting for 3 to 6 weeks.
  • Driving: Hold off on driving until you are off all pain medications, typically around one-week post-surgery.2

How Do I Eat After Surgery?

  • Always include a minimum of 60 gm of 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 multivitamin and calcium supplement is a must.

What Can I Expect After Gastric Bypass?

After you make the life-changing decision to get a gastric bypass, you would also need to make lifestyle and diet changes.

Lifestyle Changes

You can go back to work after 2-4 weeks after gastric bypass.

For nutritional requirements, you would have to be prepared to take supplements all your life.

Gastric Bypass bypasses a portion of the intestine that also absorbs nutrients, so to make up for this, you can take supplements that you can tolerate.

Get your labs done regularly especially after gastric bypass. Keep your PCP in the loop so they can help you in case of emergencies.

Dietary Changes

In the beginning, you’ll be able to tolerate only clear liquids, then pureed foods.

Gradually you can move on to solid foods. Gastric Bypass diet is not very different from the other bariatric diets, you just need to be careful about your nutrient intake.

It is recommended you follow the 30-minute rule and eat small meals with dime-sized bites every few hours.

Emotional Stress

The drastic changes in your lifestyle could cause you to feel disoriented and hopeless. But you’ve made a good decision for yourself!

Before you go for the surgery, take a couple of months to ease yourself into the ways of gastric bypass. This will help you to cope better.

Do keep in touch with a mental health professional to help you cope with your lifestyle and body changes.

The drastic diet changes, as well as weight loss, can cause some patients to develop temporary mental issues. Insulate yourself against these.

How will exercise post-op help me?

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 the feeling of depression and anxiety

Returning to Work After Surgery

  • Before you proceed for surgery, plan your trip from the hospital back home.
  • You would want to keep yourself comfortable on the way. Put your feet up if your journey requires you to sit for long hours.
  • Keep your circulation going by walking after regular intervals especially during flights. Take short breaks if you’re driving and stretch your legs.
  • Most people are able to go back to work after 2-4 weeks after the surgery.
  • Your surgeon will advise you about the time it would take to return to work after bariatric surgery.
  • If you have a desk job, you could start work 1- 2 weeks after surgery. Patients who have more physically demanding jobs would need more time.
  • It is most important to keep yourself hydrated with at least 64 oz of water. Apart from the water, you could opt for low calorie, sugar-free and decaffeinated fluids.
  • Keep a tab on the nutrients that you’re getting per day. Since your stomach can’t tolerate food, your liquid diet needs to fulfil nutritional needs.
  • To know in detail about the diet guidelines after gastric bypass surgery, click on this link.

More Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

Some of the benefits of gastric bypass surgery are described below:

  • Patients lose a significant amount of weight after surgery.
  • It reduces the risk of obesity-linked diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. 
  • Gastric bypass can lower the risk of death due to obesity by almost 40%.
  • It reduces the risk of high blood cholesterol and may relieve GERD and sleep issues.
  • It also helps alleviate lower back pain, knee damage, and joint pain associated with excess body weight.
  • The risk of venous thromboembolic disease is also reduced.3

Gastric Bypass vs Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Bypass in Mexico
Gastric Sleeve, Mexico

While choosing surgeries, patients may be undecided about the best surgery for them.

Dr. Anna Ibele, M.D., University of Utah, who also is an assistant professor, talks about the major differences between the gastric bypass and gastric sleeve.

Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana is rapidly becoming a preferred surgery. Read below for the differences between the two.

Gastric SleeveGastric Bypass

The surgeon permanently removes about 80% of your stomach.

The surgeon creates a small stomach pouch by removing most of your stomach and the first part of your small intestine.

One-step procedure

Two-step procedure

Less Complicated

More Complicated

Helps to reduce less weight slower than gastric bypass

Helps to reduce more amount of weight and quicker

After gastric sleeve, your stomach pouch can hold 2 to 5 ounce of food.After gastric bypass, your stomach pouch can hold approximately 1 ounce (oz.) of food, just a bit smaller than a golf ball
Faster recovery Slower recovery4

Next, lets read about the gastric bypass risks and complications.

Are There Any Risks to Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Like any other surgery, gastric bypass surgery in Tijuana also has some long-term risks and complications like

  • Bowel obstruction,
  • Dumping syndrome, causing diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Gallstones
  • Hernias
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Malnutrition
  • Stomach perforation
  • Ulcers
  • Vomiting5

Short-Term Side Effects

Some short term risks that may occur are:

  • Anastomotic leakage (leak from the surgical connection)
  • Bowel obstruction (blockage of the intestines)
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Diarrhea or blood in the stool
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach pain and cramping
  • Stenosis (narrowing of the stomach outlet)
  • Surgical complications5

Ensuring your well-being is a top priority! Talk to us for a plan just for you. We’ll handle all the details for a smooth experience.

The next question in your mind must be, is it safe? Let us answer it for you.

Is Gastric Bypass Safe in Tijuana?

At Mexico Bariatric Services, we do our best to ensure you get the best treatment from well experienced professionals.

Our doctors have a zero mortality rate and have performed more than 5000 surgeries.

MBS works with accredited hospitals and recognized surgeons. 

More than 90% of our practice is is dedicated to weight loss surgery.

With a state of art treatment facility and experienced surgeons you will get a safe and sound treatment.

Why Choose Tijuana, Mexico for Your Gastric Bypass?

Advantages of Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico

Out of the many reasons to choose gastric bypass in Tijuana, we have listed some for you.


  • One major advantage of gastric bypass in Tijuana is that it is much more affordable than in the US and Canada.
  • The cost of a gastric bypass in Tijuana is $5,495. It costs you $35,000 to get it done in the US and $20,000 in Canada.
  • Gastric bypass in Tijuana is 83% cheaper than in the US and 72% compared to Canada.

Language support:

  • You’ll be supported by English-speaking professionals.
  • Which eliminates any communication barriers during your treatment journey.


  • In Tijuana, you can expect a friendly reception by kind locals.
  • Choose Tijuana for effective treatment in a serene environment.

Best doctors:

  • You get the best treatment from certified, experienced professionals.
  • They have zero mortality record and and history of excellent outcomes.

Tijuana Medical Tourism

Traveling to Tijuana

  • Tijuana is based on the Californian San Ysidro US-Mexican border, on the coast of the Mexican state of Baja California.
  • It is easily accessible by a 30-minute drive on Interstate 5, from the San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN).
  • You can even fly down to its own Tijuana International Airport (IATA: TIJ).
Gastric Bypass in Tijuana

San Diego International Airport > Twin Tower (Grand Hotel) > Oasis of Hope

  • Mexico Bariatric Services has partnered with Twin Tower (Grand Hotel) and Oasis of Hope Hospital.
  • Both these facilities are in the safest parts of Tijuana.
  • This map shows that the total time it would take to get from San Diego International Airport to all our facilities in Tijuana is about 1 hour.
  • Each of our facilities is about 30 minutes from the San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN).

Do go sightseeing in Tijuana during bariatric surgery trip to enjoy the beautiful beaches while we take care of your health.

Documents needed for Tijuana, Mexico


  • Flying down to Mexico requires you to carry your passport. Ensure that your passport has at least 2 blank pages.
  • Carry your passport while entering Mexico from US.


  • People traveling from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not need visas for their stays up to 180 days.
  • You can get a tourist card (Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM)) from their flights or on arrival from the airport.
  • You can get it at the airport before you get your passports stamped.
  • US citizens: Can cross the border with just their driver’s licenses and birth certificates, though it is advisable to carry passports too.

Australians and New Zealanders: Need to carry valid proof of residence with them like payment slips and paperwork from their respective institutions.

It is not recommended to take your own vehicle into Mexico because US car insurance isn’t valid in Mexico. You’ll have to get Mexican car insurance.

Are there any travel tips for Tijuana?

You can tour Tijuana through our special packages which include city tours and hotel stays.

Our drivers and hotel/hospital staff are bilingual.

Though, if you’d like to tour independently, Uber cabs are a pocket-friendly way to zip through the city.

Learn some basic words in Spanish for easy communication. It is advisable not to drive yourself in Mexico.

FAQ for Gastric Bypass in Tijuana

According to research findings, weight loss surgeries exhibit a success rate ranging from 65% to 85%.

Weight loss surgeries work really well for people dealing with serious obesity and metabolic issues.6

Apart from following up with your doctor, it is important to keep your PCP in the loop so they can help you through your bariatric surgery journey.
Follow-up visits regularly for the first year and then yearly after that is important.


Gastric Bypass surgery offers benefits beyond weight loss.

Improved self-esteem and elimination of weight-related health issues allow an individual to live a healthier life.

Contact us today to begin a better and healthier life.


  1. ASMBS
  2. VeryWellHealth
  3. News Medical Lifesciences
  4. Healthline
  5. VeryWellHealth
  6. Springer

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