Getting weight loss surgery in Tijuana might be the best option for you if you’re looking for affordable bariatric surgery.
Tijuana is the largest city of the Mexican state of Baja California. It is about a 20-minute drive from the San Diego Airport (SAN), and accessible by the scenic famous Interstate 5 S, which ends at the San Ysidro-Tijuana Mexico Border.
How Much is the Cost of Weight Loss Surgery in Tijuana?
Packages for weight loss surgery in Tijuana include
- Gastric Sleeve that starts from $3,995
- Gastric Bypass from $5,199
- Gastric Balloon from $3,100.
Save up to 70% on the cost of weight loss surgery in Tijuana as compared to the US.
Our all-inclusive packages strive to take care of you throughout the stay making it a memorable experience.
Cost of Weight Loss Surgery in Tijuana
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Bariatric Surgery Cost Comparison – Tijuana vs. Other Countries
The starting price of weight loss surgery in Tijuana is $3,995 for gastric sleeve, $5,199 for gastric bypass and $3,100 for gastric balloon. These prices are the cheapest as compared to other countries.
Comparison: Cost of Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana VS Other Countries
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Apart from the low cost of bariatric surgery, you also have the advantage of quick scheduling with good value for your money, in Tijuana.
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For a revision bariatric procedure, the bariatric surgeons charge an additional $750.
Tijuana Bariatric Team
MBS works with highly experienced surgeons in Mexico.
Dr. Guillermo Lopez Espinosa, one of our weight loss surgeons has performed more than 4,000 procedures over two decades. We also work with Dr. Luis Cazares who has helped thousands of people vanquish obesity through surgery.
Our dedicated case managers continually help clients to coordinate with surgeons and hospitals. MBS’s bilingual destination managers are well-aware of the needs of medical tourists. Right from the driver to the on-site nutritionist, everyone is committed to patient comfort.
Get pre- and post-bariatric surgery online discussion groups overseen by a US-registered dietitian, Katelyn J Mock, and on-site nutritionist in Tijuana, Aranza. These support groups provide clients with a ready platform for weight loss success. Our experts and volunteering former patients answer your bariatric related queries.
Bariatric Centers in Tijuana
Surgeries are performed in Bariatric Centers of Excellence and accredited hospitals and clinics specializing in weight loss surgery in mexico. These centers are located in safe neighborhoods. 24×7 bilingual staff ensures a smooth stay. As patient experience is important to us, we work with the best of the hospitals with excellent ratings and reviews.
Oasis of Hope Hospital
- More than 50 years of track record.
- Over 100,000 people treated from 60+ countries.
- Only 25 minutes from the San Diego airport (IATA: SAN).
- Lab work, CT scans, ultrasounds, and x-rays under one roof in-house.
- In-house pharmacy.
- Comfortable patient rooms with a bed for accompanying guests, attached bathroom, and Netflix.
- Located in Playas de Tijuana, a safe neighborhood popular with tourists.
- Free roundtrip shuttle service.
- A patient-friendly setting with a chapel, dining room, and a garden.
Address: Oasis of Hope, Fracc. Playas de Tijuana, Terrazas, 22504 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Twin Towers Bariatric Surgery Hospital
- International Center of Excellence for Obesity (one of the first outside the USA).
- A successful track record since 2002.
- Accredited by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) after a rigorous review process.
- Secure and quality care at the Center of Excellence (ICE) bariatric program
- Located in the beautiful Grand Hotel Twin Tower property.
- The restaurant, hotel, and hospital are in the same Twin Tower facility.
- It offers fabulous views of the Tijuana Golf Course.
- The medical director of the surgery center is an SRC-recognized surgeon of excellence.
- Relaxing, spa-like ambiance.
- Via I-5 N, the center is about 40 minutes from the San Diego airport.
Address: Twin Towers Hospital, Blvd. Agua Caliente 4558-601, Aviacion, 22420 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
Our Best Bariatric Surgeons in Tijuana
The bariatric surgeons in our network have performed thousands of surgeries.
Dr. Guillermo López Espinosa
License number from Secretaría de Educación Pública: 341020
Dr. Lopez has an experience of more than 30 years and is a member of the executive council of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
He trained with the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) and has a track record of more than 4000 successful bariatric surgeries.
He has also worked as a full-time professor since 1996 in the universities and hospitals of Tijuana.
Dr. Luis Cazares
Dr. Cazares has been a bariatric surgeon for more than 11 years with a track record of more than 3000 successful weight-loss surgeries.
His working motto is “Working as a team to provide a new opportunity for a healthy life.”
He graduated from the University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 2002.
He has a certificate of attendance from the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO).
His certifications and continuous upgrade in the field of bariatrics earn him a place in the top bariatric surgeons of Mexico.
Traveling to Tijuana, Mexico for WLS
The nearest American airport is San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN). We have a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel and hospital.
The border city (Tijuana) has its international airport (IATA: TIJ), but Americans and Canadians 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.
Patients coming from Australia and New Zealand have the option of flying to the USA (and then going by road) or Tijuana. However, if your flight has a stop in the US, you’d need to apply for a US visa too (even for transit).
Traveling by Air to Tijuana
San Diego International Airport is the closest US airport to Tijuana. You can fly to San Diego and then drive down from there to your hospital. This might be cheaper and faster than flying directly to Tijuana.
Here is a table of the time it takes from the rest of the US to San Diego Airport.
Flight Time from US Cities to San Diego Airport
|Starting City||Flight Duration|
|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 from the US for Weight Loss Surgery Tijuana
These are the distances from US cities to Tijuana by road.
If you’re driving to Mexico, carry your driving license at all times. US driving licenses are valid in Mexico.
You also have the option of parking your car at Border Station Parking & Tourist Information Center. They offer shuttle services to Tijuana.
We have a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel.
Distance Between Tijuana and US Cities
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|San Diego||20 Miles|
|Los Angeles||138 Miles|
|Las Vegas||348 Miles|
Driving to Mexico from the US is not advisable for these reasons.
- Third-party liability insurance cover is mandatory in Mexico and US car insurance is not valid. You’ll have to buy insurance from Mexico before you drive down.
- A vehicle import permit is required in Mexico except for the Baja peninsula and Sonora. If you plan to go further you can apply for a permit here.
Documents to Enter and Exit Mexico
- Passport: Have a valid passport with at least 2 blank pages.
- US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand passport holders do not need visas for their stay up to 180 days in Mexico, but you do need a Visitors Permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM)).
- If you’re traveling by air, your airline will hand out these forms or you can get it when you land before you get your passport stamped. For those who are driving down, you can get them online. There is a small fee of USD 24.
- US citizens can easily cross the US-Mexico border to Mexico but while going back you need your documents in place. Americans can also cross the border with just their birth certificate and driver’s license, but it’s always better to have a passport too.
- Canadians need a valid passport to enter Mexico.
- 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).
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FAQ on Weight Loss Surgery Tijuana
It is the largest city of Baja California and the Baja peninsula.
Just like all big cities, Tijuana has both, safe and unsafe areas.
The eastern part of the town has a higher crime rate, so it is advisable to avoid that area. Our facilities are located in the western and central parts of the city. However, be careful with your belongings and don’t carry too much cash.
While going for weight loss surgery, the patient’s stay is arranged at a hotel near the hospital with the help of our team.
It is important to exercise common sense at all times and avoid red light areas like Calle Coahuila and going out at night.
Our hospitals in Tijuana are safe for bariatric surgery and verified. In Tijuana, one of our hospitals is located in Playas de Tijuana beach which is near Rosarito Beach. Practice caution in Mexico and adhere to the safety guidelines.
The other hospital is present in Central Tijuana and the 5-star patient hotel is attached to it. So, you don’t need to go outside.
Our facilities are gated premises in safe neighborhoods with full-time security. There is 24×7 bilingual staff to ensure smooth stays.
Zona Norte It is a small area in Tijuana touching the US-Mexico border.
It is safe for tourists, but since it is the largest red-light area of North America you need to be more careful. Avoid going here at night.
You can visit the beaches, Playas de Tijuana and Border Field State Park, that are about 2 blocks from our hospital Oasis of Hope. You can also savor the beauty of the coast on the drive to Rosarito Beach via Mexico 1D which goes along the coast of Mexico.
The town has many popular tourist areas like Avenida Revolucion which has a lot of historical value, shopping areas, restaurants, and bars. If you go here, also take a look at the El Popo market which has traditional Mexican merchandise.
Only as an American citizen, you can enter Tijuana without a passport if you’re driving down. You can also enter and exit Mexico with your birth certificate and driving license. However, it is safer to carry your passport with you to Mexico. Passport is necessary if you’re entering Mexico by air.
Citizens of other countries must carry their passports.
To enter the town, one crosses the San Ysidro border. It is open 24 hours. People often drive to Tijuana for bariatric surgery. When entering Mexico it doesn’t take much time (you can drive through after some nominal checks), but while coming back it could take some time. Only in rare cases, it could take 2-3 hours.
Another way is to drive till the San Ysidro border and cross the border on foot after parking the vehicle at the border parking.
You can also catch the shuttle to Tijuana. Our facilities have free shuttle services to and from the airport.
American debit cards can be used for shopping in Mexico. However, it is better to withdraw money from one’s bank branch’s ATM and use cash instead. Another suggestion is to inform the bank beforehand so that they don’t block the card transaction under the suspicion of fraud.
Do remember to carry plenty of small bills. Even though you can use USD in Mexico, it’s difficult to get change back.
We accept only US cashier checks.
We offer services in Oasis of Hope and Twin Towers Hospital which is an International Center of Excellence (ICE).
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 space for parking, a Chapel with Sunday services and high-quality diagnostic imaging facility.
Twin Towers Hospital
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 with bariatric friendly food. It takes about 30 minutes to drive to the hotel from San Diego International Airport via the Interstate 5 S. Grand Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from the hospital.
Our all-inclusive packages cover hotel stays for our patients and the caregiver.
For US and Canadian patients, flying into San Diego (San Diego International Airport IATA: SAN) 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 requires more paperwork as compared to driving down.
- It is only a 30-minute drive (20 km) from the San Diego airport to our facilities in Tijuana.
You can tour Tijuana through our special packages. Our specials 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.
Try getting a cellphone plan which does not have roaming charges.
It is recommended to carry small bills with you for tipping purposes. Tipping in Mexico can be anywhere from $2 to $20.
Tip your driver from the airport to the hotel $10 to 20, whereas $5 for your hotel driver is excellent. Your bellhop, doorman, and housekeeping would be happy with $2.
It is customary to tip your waiters/waitresses in Tijuana 10 – 20% of the bill. If you’re at a bar tip the bartender either 10 – 20 pesos per drink or 10 – 15% of the bill.
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
Though be cautious about which pharmacy you’re getting your medications from. Medicines in Mexico may not be in compliance with the US standard even though the medicine is the same as prescribed.
If you’re bringing medications in bulk from Mexico to the US, always have the doctor’s prescription handy. It may be illegal to carry medicines in bulk to the US.
Those who undergo a laparoscopic procedure have a shorter hospital stay. On average, patients spend 1-2 days in the hospital.
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.
We can also put you in touch with more patients who have undergone the same procedures for pre and post-op support.
1. “Safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery in Mexico: A detailed analysis of 500 surgeries performed at a high-volume center” Revista de Gastroenterología de México (English Edition), L.Guilbert, P.Joo, et al, doi.org .2018.05.023