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How Much is Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana
The cost of bariatric surgery in Mexico helps one save up to 70% of the costs estimated in the US. In Tijuana, the cost of weight loss surgery starts from $4,095. For a revision bariatric procedure, the bariatric surgeons charge an additional $750.
|Cities||Gastric Sleeve||Gastric Bypass|
DID YOU KNOW?Tijuana, a Mexican border city, is a popular destination for bariatric surgery among Americans. Just about 17 miles from San Diego, California, the city abounds with pocket-friendly weight loss surgical options.
Bariatric Surgery Cost Comparison – Mexico vs. Other countries
Here is a table highlighting the difference in the cost of weight loss surgery in Mexico vs. the United States and some other countries.
|Countries||Gastric Sleeve||Gastric Bypass|
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|Ground transfers||All Hospital Meals|
|Hotel Stay||Online Support Group|
|Medications (Pre and Post-op)||Post-op Care|
|Surgeon’s Fee||Free Calling|
|Anesthesiologist (Certified)||US-RD Nutrition Program|
|Destination Manager||Pre and Post-Op Labs|
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How Tijuana Scores Over USA
|Cost||Average price – $20,000||Easily save almost 70% of the American prices by availing our packages|
|Wait Times||Long wait times for approval from Medicaid and other medical insurance plans||Quick scheduling of surgery without any wait times|
|Value for money||Pay a five-digit figure to get treated||Quality care at hospitals following American standards for only a fraction of the US prices|
Why is Mexico Cheaper?
Bariatric surgery is cheaper in Mexico than in the United States and Canada because of the following:
- Lower cost of living
- Lower overheads (office rent, staff salary, and admin expenses)
- Lower cost of medical supplies
- Lower malpractice insurance costs
Check out the pricing details for bariatric surgery!
Helping You Finance Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana – Mexico
We offer financing options for the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and, other bariatric procedures in Mexico.
This is to help you avail the surgery in case self-pay surgery is not an option. We’ve partnered with United Medical Credit (UMC) and eMedical Financing Solutions for medical loans. For Canadians, we work with Medicard.
Benefits are as follows:
- A simple and quick application process
- Amazing interest rates
Why Choose MBS for Your Bariatric Surgery
MBS works with highly experienced surgeons in Mexico. One of our network weight loss surgeons has performed more than 4,000 procedures over two decades. We also work with a surgeon who has helped thousands of people vanquish obesity surgically.
- Quality procedures at affordable prices
- No waiting periods
- Ground transfers (to and from the hotel and the airport) included
- Neat and clean premises
- Qualified and experienced bariatric surgeons
- Bariatric-friendly meals
- Arrangements for the patient’s companion
- Free phone calls and Wi-Fi
- A unit of US-corporation
- 12+ years of successful track-record
- Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited
Popular Bariatric Procedures
Sleeve Gastrectomy or Gastric Sleeve Surgery (VSG)
Gastric sleeve requires removal of a portion of the stomach. The new stomach pouch is called the sleeve. The sleeve is about one-fourth the size of the original stomach and looks like a tube or a banana or a sleeve.
Gastric sleeve patients feel fuller faster and tend to lose weight rapidly. It is a minimally invasive procedure. This surgery is being preferred as it does not involve inserting a foreign object into the body, as is the case in the lap band procedure.
We offer the gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Cancun, and Mexicali.
Studies show that the gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve may lead to resolution of co-morbidities like:1
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Severe sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
“A patient is a candidate for bariatric surgery when his BMI is 35 or more. Sometimes, when the patient has a lower BMI but has co-morbidities like diabetes or high blood pressure, sleep apnea or reflux, we do perform such a procedure even if the patient has a lower BMI. All these diseases get better when you lose the weight” – Dr. Jorge Green
Gastric Bypass or Roux en Y
This weight loss surgical procedure helps one lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach. This is done by altering the way food is handled by the small intestine. A small pouch, about 10% of the stomach, is attached to the small intestine.
With the help of this procedure, the food is rerouted to the small intestine without it going through the bottom of the stomach. As the intestine is rerouted as well, the digestion begins in the intestine.
The major side effect of gastric bypass surgery is malabsorption of nutrients. This is why it becomes essential to be regular with nutritional supplements. Some other risks with gastric bypass are fatigue, anemia, and abdominal pain.
How to Shop for Bariatric Surgery in Mexico
Before embarking on a life-changing journey like opting for weight loss surgery in Mexico, it is advisable to research thoroughly for choosing the safest option for you.
Though attractive and cheap packages will be easy to come by, you may be uncertain about the quality and safety of the services offered.
1. Check for the Center/Hospital Credentials
- Check for their credentials, years of service, any seals of approval from quality-authenticating bodies and certifications from medical associations.
- Information about the technology they use and the infrastructure should be readily available on their website.
- Try looking online for pictures of the hospital rooms, operating rooms, waiting areas, and other sections.
2. Bariatric Surgery Staff in Mexico
- Bilingual or English speaking staff can help defeat a lot of your worries.
- The presence of an on-site nutritionist is a considerable asset to any bariatric center as the surgery is only half the work. The rest depends on your diet and fitness regime.
- Ensure that their support does not end as soon as you leave the hospital after your weight loss surgery as that increases the chances of relapse.
3. Choosing the Right Bariatric Surgeon
The success of your surgery rests on the shoulders of your surgeon.
Check the Credentials
- You can easily find information about your surgeon’s credentials like education, experience, and affiliations with Mexican and international medical societies and associations. If such information is not visible, that’s a red flag.
- Some of the associations you could look out for in the resume when appraising a weight loss surgeon in Mexico are:
- American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
- International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
- Mexican General Surgeon Board
Keep an Eye Out for Complication Rates
- Choose a bariatric surgeon whose complication rates are either at par or below the average figures. According to the ASMBS, mortality rates in bariatric surgery are about 0.1%, and the chances of occurrence of a significant complication are 4%.
- Take a look at the following table which shows the 30-day serious complication rates for various weight loss surgeries (source: ASMBS):
|Gastric Sleeve||Gastric Bypass||Lap Band|
|96 in 10,000||125 in 10,000||25 in 10,000|
- The following table shows the 30-day mortality for the above procedures:
|Gastric Sleeve||Gastric Bypass||Lap Band|
|8 in 10,000||14 in 10,000||3 in 10,000|
Are Your Questions Being Answered?
- Does the surgeon inform you of the benefits as well as the risks of choosing bariatric surgery in Mexico, and lists the safest options at your disposal? Or does he conceal essential facts like possible complications that may arise, even after you ask?
4. Online and Offline Support Groups
Some of the advantages of becoming a member of an online weight loss surgery support group are:
- Get in touch with your peers, read about their concerns, and learn from their experience
- Learn about the lifestyle changes to be made to achieve your goals
- Acquaint yourself with meal planning, prepping, and palatable bariatric-friendly recipes
- Get advice from experienced professionals
5. Read the Bariatric Patients’ Reviews/Testimonials
- An excellent surgical center and organization will make it comfortable and convenient for you to read real patient reviews.
- Look for reviews for choosing safe weight loss surgery in Mexico in the form of blogs or even better, videos on their YouTube channels and other social media platforms.
- It is better to find real feedback on neutral online avenues. For example, Yelp, Bing and their local Google business listing.
Traveling to Tijuana, Mexico for WLS
Tourist Spots: Playas de Tijuana, Avenida Revolución, and the Cultural Center
- The nearest American airport is San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN). We have pick-up vehicles available from this point.
- The border city has its international airport (IATA: TIJ), but people prefer landing in San Diego as that usually turns out to be cheaper.
- Another option is to drive into the city. For this, one needs to cross the San Ysidro border.
Traveling by Air – The US to San Diego for Bariatric Surgery
|Los Angeles||55 minutes|
|San Francisco||1 hour 35 minutes|
|San Jose||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Sacramento||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Long Beach||4 hours 30 minutes|
|Riverside||4 hours 5 minutes|
Driving to Tijuana from the US for Weight Loss Surgery
|San Diego||20 miles|
|Los Angeles||138 miles|
|Las Vegas||348 miles|
Our Clients’ Experience with Bariatric Surgery in Mexico
We’ve received hundreds of positive reviews from our happy and satisfied clients. Some of our clients even reported resolution of specific co-morbidities of obesity.
- “I’m not snoring anymore! Sleep apnea is gone. I am more rested. My journey has just started!” – C. Hernandez
- “Four months ago, I was taking 14 prescription pills twice a day with a very weak. It was due to severe congestion. Heart failure caused by obesity. Today, I don’t take those medicines. My doctor said my heart is stronger than ever. I feel healthy and super grateful to this amazing company. My wonderful surgeon who saved my life.” – J. Garcia
- “I had Gastric Bypass on October 14, 2016. I was on two pills for my sugar and 120 units of insulin. With all this, my sugar rarely went below 400. Now, I am medicine free!” – T. House
Bariatric Surgery in Mexico – Reviews
- Sandra reviews Bariatric Surgery in Mexico
- Rudy shares his experience with Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico
- Gina discusses her experience with gastric sleeve surgery.
Top 25 Questions on Bariatric Surgery in TJ
1. What are the risks associated with gastric sleeve and gastric bypass?
Gastric Sleeve – Though the complication rate for this procedure is meager, the significant risks include internal bleeding, leakage, stricture, nutritional deficiencies, acid reflux, and blood clots. There are ways of preventing such complications. For example, cutting out spicy food, alcohol and smoking, and hydration.
Gastric Bypass – The most common complaint of a gastric bypass patient is abdominal pain, and that usually goes away in a few days. Other complications include ulcers, gallstones, and surgical site infections.
2. How safe is bariatric surgery in Mexico?
Our team of qualified and experienced bariatric surgeons makes your bariatric surgery in Mexico very safe. One can head over to the many client testimonials on weight loss surgery in Mexico and know how their experience was.
3. Does insurance cover bariatric surgery?
Generally, bariatric surgery is covered by insurance if it can be shown that it isn’t an elective procedure. However, the exact coverage depends on the insurance policy. Medicaid typically covers weight loss surgery. Some American states even require the insurance companies to include the bariatric procedure in cases where the patient meets the NIH qualifications.
4. How much does gastric sleeve cost without insurance in the US?
On an average, sleeve gastrectomy or the gastric sleeve surgery costs $14,900 in the US. This is the primary reason why patients are exploring cheaper options in Mexico. The same procedure is Mexico starts at $3,995.
5. Is bariatric surgery painful?
Those who undergo a laparoscopic procedure have a shorter hospital stay. On average, patients spend 2-5 days in the hospital. Mostly, patients complain of gas pain and pain at the incision sites. This pain lasts 1-2 days and is manageable.
It is essential to tell the doctors/staff that you are experiencing pain. There is very less risk of getting addicted to the pain control medication when it is administered for a specific medical purpose after surgery.3
6. Who is an ideal candidate for bariatric surgery?
You qualify for bariatric surgery if –
- Body mass index (BMI) is equal to or above 40
- A BMI that lies between 31 and 40, coupled with a co-morbidity of obesity, such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiac problems, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea
- Alternatives like exercise and healthy diet fail to work
7. Can gastric bypass be reversed?
Generally, a bariatric procedure is reversed when the patient starts experiencing severe complications (revision Surgery). Yes, gastric bypass surgery can be reversed. Reversal does cause the previously shed weight to return. Some medical conditions that require reversal of gastric bypass are the short gut syndrome, renal failure, marginal ulceration, and malnutrition.4
8. What is the mortality rate of bariatric surgery?
In the first year, the mortality rate is about 1%. The fatality rate increases to almost 6% on a 5-year follow up. In the first 30 days following the weight loss procedure, less than 1% of the bariatric patients died.5
9. Is it safe to get gastric sleeve in Tijuana?
It is safe to get gastric sleeve or any other bariatric procedure in Mexico, but it solely depends on your choice of bariatric surgeon. Check for credentials and reviews. If possible, talk to their old patients to be sure.
10. Are there any good beaches in Tijuana, Mexico?
Yes, there are. Playas de Tijuana and Border Field State Park. There is a beach about 2 blocks from Oasis of Hope as well. Apart from the beaches. The town has many other tourist attractions like the Avenida Revolucion, and El Popo market.
11. What information is available about the different bariatric hospitals in Mexico?
We offer services in Oasis of Hope and Florence Hospital. We also offer bariatric surgery at an International Center of Excellence (ICE).
This hospital was established in 1986. It takes about 40 minutes to reach Florence hospital from San Diego, USA. Since Florence is quite close to the US-Mexico border, Americans tend to be outpatients or stay for 1-2 days.
Oasis of Hope
Established in 1963, Oasis of Hope is popular with both local and international patients. It is located about 30 minutes drive from the San Diego airport. Oasis of Hope has top-notch equipment, an on-site lab, a cafeteria, and a hotel on the top floor. To make the patient’s stay as comfortable as possible, there is ample amount of parking space, a Chapel with Sunday services and high-quality diagnostic imaging facility.
Twin Towers Hospital
Twin Towers is an internationally recognized hospital. The centre has successfully treated more than 3,000 bariatric patients from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. With state-of-the-art facilities like nutrition planning, an on-site intensive care unit and a wonderful spa-like environment, the centre offers to its patients the best of medical facilities and comfort.
12. Why do most people fly to San Diego and not directly to Tijuana?
For international patients, flying in to San Diego and crossing the border is a much preferred option because of the following reasons-
- It is more expensive to fly directly
- There aren’t daily flights
- Flying in to the town necessarily requires a passport
13. When in Mexico, can one shop using debit cards/credit cards?
American debit cards can be used in Mexico. However, it is better to withdraw money from one’s bank branch’s ATM and use that instead. Another suggestion is to inform the bank beforehand so that they don’t block the card transaction under the suspicion of fraud.
14. What are some good hotels to stay at, in Tijuana?
The Grand Care hotel in Tijuana is a good one. Grand Care is an entire floor in the Grand Hotel exclusively for medical tourism patients. It takes about 40 minutes to drive to the hotel from San Diego. Grand hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the hospital.
15. Where can I find some patient reviews for bariatric surgery in Mexico?
We have a section on video testimonials on bariatric surgery experience where one can check out reviews. We also have a section on pictures before and after weight loss surgery, where one can see results.
16. Does one need to carry a power converter?
Speaking about the hotel facilities, one does not need to carry a power converter to Tijuana. Adapters are also easily available in most Mexican electronics stores.
17. Can one get the lap band surgery in Tijuana?
It is a restrictive weight loss procedure that used to be very popular. Lap band surgery is performed here. However, we suggest that one weighs all their options as the success rates of gastric sleeve and gastric bypass are higher and safer to perform.
18. What are some of the dietary changes after a bariatric procedure in Mexico?
Generally speaking, a weight loss procedure is accompanied with severe lifestyle changes. The most significant change comes in one’s dietary choices. Foods like bread and sweets and drinks like alcohol and soda become a rare occurrence. One eats less amount of food, while paying special attention to protein consumption.
19. Is it okay to buy prescription from Tijuana?
Yes! Some medicines are cheaper in Mexico, in comparison to the United States. However, it is important to declare such prescription medicines while crossing the US-Mexico border to avoid any problems.
20. Does one get both online and offline support while in the bariatric program?
We offer both online and offline support. We have support groups on Facebook where our clients, both old and new, talk about their experiences. The platform also has expert nutritionists and our bariatric surgeons on it. This has been done to provide support both before and after the surgery. Our team of medical professionals are always available on call, to answer any query.
21. Are there any travel tips for Tijuana?
- It would always be helpful to learn some basic Spanish beforehand to communicate with taxi drivers.
- Uber cabs are a pocket-friendly way to zip through the city
- Try getting a cellphone plan which does not have roaming charges.
- Avenida Revolucion is the downtown tourism center of TJ which is also home to Hotel Caesar where the famous Caesar salad was invented.
22. Which border needs to be crossed to enter Tijuana?
To enter the town, one crosses the San Ysidro border. It is open 24 hours. People often drive to Tijuana for bariatric surgery. Another way is to drive till the San Ysidro border and cross the border on foot after parking the vehicle at the border parking.
23. What documents are required to enter Mexico?
Passport (Proof of Citizenship)/Valid Photo ID, enhanced driver’s license are checked while crossing the border.
24. What is the tipping etiquette in Mexico?
When in Mexico, it is recommended to carry small bills with you for tipping purposes. Tipping in Mexico can be anywhere from $2 to $20.
25. Is Tijuana a safe city?
Recently, the crime rate in Tijuana has gone down. It is important to exercise common sense at all times and avoid red light areas and going out at night. The eastern part of the town has a higher crime rate, so it is avoid that area. While going for weight loss surgery, the patient stays at a hotel near the hospital. With the help of our team, it is possible to have a really safe stay.
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- Mayo Clinic, “Bariatric Surgery – Overview” https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/bariatric-surgery/about/pac-20394258
- ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) “Bariatric Surgery FAQs.” https://asmbs.org/patients/bariatric-surgery-faqs
- University of California San Francisco, “Recovering from Bariatric Surgery” https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/recovering_from_bariatric_surgery/
- Chousleb E, Patel S, Szomstein S et al. “Reasons and Operative Outcomes after Reversal of Gastric Bypass and Jejunoileal Bypass” Obesity Surgery (2012); 22(10): 1611-6 doi https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22810420
- JAMA Surgery, “Death Rates and Causes of Death After Bariatric Surgery for Pennsylvania Residents 1995-2004”
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