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Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

Mexico Bariatric Services brings you comprehensive programs for gastric sleeve in Mexico. Some of the best bariatric surgeons in Tijuana, Cancun, Guadalajara, and Mexicali make this possible. Gastric sleeve surgery could help people combat obesity who have failed to lose weight using traditional ways.

Medical tourism makes weight loss surgery in Mexico an excellent option for those who cannot afford to get such expensive surgeries in the US or Canada. Weight loss surgeries include gastric sleeve, gastric band, and gastric bypass, mini-gastric bypass, and gastric balloon. Here, we talk about the gastric sleeve in Mexico.

How Much Does Gastric Sleeve in Mexico Cost?

The total cost of the gastric sleeve in Mexico would depend on where you have your surgery. With Mexico Bariatric Services, the prices begin from $3,995. The average price of a self-pay gastric sleeve in the United States is about $17,000. In Canada, it ranges between $11,000 – $20,000.

The average cost of gastric sleeve across different cities in Mexico is as follows:

City in Mexico Cost of Gastric Sleeve
Tijuana From $3,995
Cancun From $4,695
Mexicali From $3,995

For more details, please fill out the quote form for a free estimate. (Note: Prices are subject to change without prior notification.)

Our all-inclusive gastric sleeve packages include:

  • Surgical team fees
  • Pre- and post-op labs
  • 2-night hotel and hospital stay
  • Ground transportation
  • Pre- and post-op nutritionist prog.
  • Medications
  • Aftercare/nutrition
  • Free phone calls to US & Canada
  • Food ordering assistance for guests
  • Post-op email & phone support

According to a study by Cawley and Chad Meyerhoefer of Lehigh University published in 2012, an obese person’s annual medical spending was $3,271 per year.[1]“The medical care costs of obesity: An instrumental variables approach”, Journal of Health Economics, John Cawley and Chad Meyerhoefer,

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By spending just about a few hundred dollars more on gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico now, you can save a massive amount of money in the long run.

Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana is the largest city of Baja California and the Baja Peninsula. It is the sixth-largest city in Mexico. It is on the US-Mexican San Ysidro border. It is a 20-minute drive from the San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN).

Tijuana is one of the cheapest options for Gastric Sleeve.

The cost of gastric sleeve in Tijuana, starts at $3,995 and you can save up to 70% on bariatric surgery.

If you’d like to shop and get a taste of Mexican history don’t forget to go to Avenida Revolucion and El Popo Market.

We have some of the best bariatric surgeons in Tijuana. Dr. Guillermo Lopez and Dr. Luis Cazares have performed thousands of successful surgeries in their decades of experience.

Gastric Sleeve in Cancun

Cancun is in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is developed as a resort city and has value for money packages which include city tours too. You can fly to its international airport (IATA: CUN).

Our packages are all-inclusive for vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) in Cancun, Mexico at $4,495. Mexico Bariatric Servicespackages also include a 2-night hospital with a 1-night hotel stay, travel assistance, passport and visa assistance, ground transportation, pre- and post-ops, and the surgeon’s fee.

You pay only a fraction of the amount you’d pay in the US and savor the beauty of the city.


Cancun has a part of the world’s second-longest coral reef on the island tourist zone.

If you’re traveling to Cancun for less than 180 days you just need a tourist permit called the Forma Migratoria Multiple and passport if you’re traveling by air.

Dr. Hector Perez Corzo is one of the best bariatric surgeons in Cancun. He has a zero percent complication rate in his career of more than 3000 surgeries.

Gastric Sleeve in Mexicali

You can either fly straight to the Mexicali International Airport or to the Calexico International Airport in California and take the road from there.

The US-Mexico border at Calexico East connects Mexicali. This border is usually open from 6 AM to midnight on all 7 days of the week.

Mexicali is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California.

VSG in Mexicali will be performed by Dr. Marco Sariñana, a board-certified surgeon. The doctor has performed more than a thousand bariatric and metabolic operations and is a member of:

  • The Mexican School of Endoscopic Surgery, Metabolic Surgery, and Obesity
  • The Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric Sleeve in Mexico
It is also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG). This surgery is a widely preferred weight loss procedure. It has come a long way since it was earlier said to be the first time as part of biliopancreatic diversion by Marceau in 1993. Gastric sleeve involves removing a portion of the stomach. The new stomach is known as the sleeve.

Why Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Today, more people are ready to have bariatric surgery! This comes as no surprise as the statistics on obesity released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are alarming. The report says that 36.5% of adults in the US are clinically obese.

A Vox article says that more than 1.4 million Americans opted to go out of the country for medical treatments. The majority of Americans chose to travel to Mexico, a frequent destination for bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico.

Did you know?
Tijuana is an excellent destination for Americans who want Gastric Sleeve. It is about 20 miles from San Diego, California.


According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Stanford University has conducted a study that shows the complication rate of the gastric sleeve at less than 1 percent.

Gastric sleeve won’t just change your life from a physical standpoint. It will also eventually help you save money that you would otherwise be spending on the treatment of diseases resulting from excess weight. But, it is essential to know that a bariatric procedure means long-term lifestyle changes.

Are You a Candidate for Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?

You might be a candidate for gastric sleeve in Mexico if you:

  • Have a High BMI

You are a good candidate for gastric sleeve surgery if your BMI or Body Mass Index is above 35.

BMI Weight Loss Surgery Classification
  •  Suffer From Co-morbidities of Obesity

Type 2 diabetes is the biggest qualifying co-morbidity of obesity, along with heart diseases.

These diseases can result in premature death, especially when paired with obesity.

  • Have Failed in Previous Attempts at Weight Loss

As mentioned, if you have tried some diet and exercise plans but seen very few results, sleeve gastrectomy may help you reach your goal weight.

  • Do Not Suffer from Alcoholism or Drug Dependency

Sleeve gastrectomy is not recommended for people who suffer from alcohol or psychoactive drug abuse.

If you have the qualifying elements listed above, you may be a candidate for gastric sleeve. After undergoing surgery, patients need to follow a diet plan as prescribed by their bariatric surgeon. A healthy lifestyle needs to become a habit.

How Much Weight Will I Lose after Gastric Sleeve?

The average weight loss after gastric surgery is up to 60% in the first five years after weight loss surgery.[2]“Gastric Sleeve Works Long Term”, Kristina Fiore, MedPage Today,July 16,2013

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The actual weight loss varies from patient to patient as it depends upon the individual’s health before the surgery and also his ability to comply with the suggested guidelines post-surgery.

The more excess weight you have the easier it is to lose weight. But as you lose more weight, it becomes increasingly difficult to lose weight. But never fear, you can continuously make lifestyle changes to accommodate your body’s needs for the best results.

You can lose more weight with discipline and self control.

How to Prepare for Gastric Sleeve?

The entire weight loss process can be stressful and emotionally draining. It would help to make yourself emotionally strong along with the decision to change your life.

Start easing yourself into the post-bariatric routine at least 3 weeks before the surgery so it’s not a sudden shock. This also makes the surgery more successful and you lose more weight.

Mentally Preparing for Surgery

This is the most important step toward making the surgery successful. It is recommended that you start making minor diet and lifestyle changes to mentally prepare yourself for the surgery.

The changes may be overwhelming in the beginning. But these changes would only be temporary. After the sleeve, if you continue to follow the guidelines, you’ll find that it becomes easier.

Start including exercises into your day. Setting a routine will make the surgery experience easier and decrease the chances of cheating on the diet.

Diet and Lifestyle Changes Pre-Op

Instructions for pre op diet
The first step for preparing for the gastric sleeve is the liver shrink diet. You would need to go on this diet at least 2 weeks before your surgery date.

The liver shrink diet is a liquid diet, where you get all your nutrients from liquids like protein drinks, low or non fat milk, decaf coffee or tea and sugar-free juices.

The main reason for doing the liver shrink diet is to shrink your liver so it’s easy for your surgeon to operate on your stomach. This diet also helps you lose weight.

Some side-effects of this diet could be nervousness, anxiety and dizziness. Decrease your caffeine intake and drink more water. Check your blood sugar if you’re diabetic.

Recovering from Gastric Sleeve

You can go home 1-2 days after your laparoscopic surgery. Be careful of your diet and stay on only clear liquids.

It may still be difficult for you to move around at this point, but it’s completely normal. Focus on getting enough fluids. If you feel thirsty or dizziness while sitting and standing up, it’s a sign of dehydration.

Keep yourself hydrated with at least 64 oz of fluids a day. You can move to the pureed diet after the first week.

Returning to work after gastric sleeve


It just takes 2 – 3 weeks to return to work after gastric sleeve.

If you’re in a physically demanding job, you may need to be off work for a longer period.

Risks and Complications of Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Sleeve surgery is a relatively safe option for weight loss as a primary procedure. [3]“Complications after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy”, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases,Volume 4, Issue 1, January–February 2008, Pages 33-38

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MedlinePlus lists the following as the risks of gastric sleeve operation:

  • Inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis)
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Scarring inside the abdomen which could block bowel movement in future
  • Vomiting from over-eating
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Leaks from the staple line
  • Dumping Syndrome
Did you know?
Taking dime-sized bites helps with tolerance. It also aids in savoring food (flavor, texture, temperature) after gastric sleeve surgery!


Traveling to Mexico

Mexico is infamous for its crime and notoriety. But it has its safe and unsafe areas like all countries. Our facilities are only in the safest parts of the country.

You can fly into the cities of Tijuana, Cancun, and Mexicali. The second option is flying to California and driving down from there. San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN) connects Tijuana by road and Calexico International Airport (IATA: CXL) connects Mexicali. For Cancun fly directly to the Cancun International Airport (IATA: CUN).

We have a free shuttle service from the airports to our hotels and hospitals.

Driving your own car to Mexico is not advisable because US car insurance is not valid in Mexico. You’ll have to purchase Mexican car insurance before the trip. Secondly, if you wish to go beyond Baja California and Sonora you’ll have to apply for a vehicle import permit.

From the United States, you will have to cross the US-Mexican border. For average wait times, click here.

US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealanders can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days on a Visitors Permit called Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM).

Australians and New Zealanders must travel with proof of current residence/ employment/ education in Australia (like real estate ownership papers, payment slip/ bank statements of the last 3 months, proof of enrolment in an educational institution).

American citizens can enter Mexico with their birth certificates and drivers’ licenses if you’re going by road (though it is safer to also carry your passport). It is easy to get into Mexico but to exit you need your documents in place. Those who are flying into Mexico need their passports.

Except for Americans, everyone else needs a passport to enter Mexico

Our Dedicated Team for Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

With an experienced and well-qualified team of surgeons in Mexico, we have assisted thousands of patients with bariatric surgery. Our clients go to state of the art hospitals like Twin Towers and Oasis of Hope.

A case manager works with the patient every step of the way to ensure the best of our services and complete satisfaction.

Our destination managers help patients navigate in Mexico and answer their location-specific queries. We have our centers in Tijuana, Cancun, and Mexicali in Mexico.

Mexico Bariatric Services also has a US registered dietitian, Katelyn Mock, and on-site nutritionist, Aranza, who help patients with their bariatric surgery-induced diet and lifestyle changes.

Reviews on Gastric Sleeve in Mexico




For more information on affordable gastric sleeve procedure in Mexico, contact us now!


1. “The medical care costs of obesity: An instrumental variables approach“, Journal of Health Economics, John Cawley and Chad Meyerhoefer,

2. “Gastric Sleeve Works Long Term“, Kristina Fiore, MedPage Today,July 16,2013

3.“Complications after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy”, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases,Volume 4, Issue 1, January–February 2008, Pages 33-38

3. “Sleeve gastrectomy and the risk of a leak: a systematic analysis of 4,888 patients.” Aurora AR1, Khaitan L, Saber AA. Surg Endosc. 2012 Jun;26(6):1509-15. doi: 10.1007/s00464-011-2085-3. Epub 2011 Dec 17.

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