Our Patient Process and Travel Itinerary

Your journey has officially started! Here is all the information about our patient process, surgeons, and much more.

Steps to Scheduling Your Surgery Date

To become one of 20,000+ success stories, here are 3 easy steps to follow. From having your health history reviewed by our board-certified surgeons to booking your surgery date. If you have any questions or need help, please don’t hesitate to contact our amazing patient coordinators at 1-855-768-7247.

Preparing for Surgery

Once you are scheduled, your coordinator will send you an email with specific guidelines to book your flights, follow pre-op diet instructions, and which home medications you may continue/discontinue before your surgery. You will also receive a Surgery Consent Form which must be completed 14 days before surgery. Ensure to include information regarding any potential accommodations you may need, such as additional hotel reservations, companion details, emergency contact information, and your flight itinerary.

Required Travel Documents

A valid Passport is highly recommended for all individuals in your party. If you do not have a passport or it’s expired, we suggest ordering an expedited passport application/renewal before your departure to Mexico.

*You may use ONE of the following in lieu of a conventional passport only upon approval from your Patient Coordinator.

  • Passport ID Card
  • REAL ID OR Enhanced Driver’s License
  • Valid Driver’s License AND Original U.S. Birth Certificate (no copies). *Bringing your social security card and recent utility/cell phone bill that matches your license/ID helps the process go smoother
Patients Together at Mexico Bariatric Center

What is Needed Prior to Surgery?

Have Your Documents Ready: Take this time before your surgery date to ensure your Valid Passports (book or card) are up-to-date. We ask that you submit the following documents to complete your file:

  1. Complete the Consent Form: The link will be sent in your booking confirmation email.
  2. Upload a Copy of your Passport/Identification: To ensure crossing the border is smooth, we verify your identification which you can attach to the consent form.
  3. Send Us Your Flight Itinerary: Make sure to have your arrival time before 12:00 PM (noon) and departure time after 2:00 PM.
  4. Proof of Final Payment or pay online (14 days prior)

What to Pack for Your Trip

Packing List: Pack lightly, and ensure that any laptops, notepads, or electronic devices are in travel cases with your name clearly on them. The hotel and hospital have standard U.S. outlets, free wi-fi, and free phone while at the hospital. Make sure to pack a loose, comfy nightshirt, a soft sports bra, and any medications you regularly take in the original prescription bottles. It is not necessary to bring any food or drink with you to Tijuana – you can buy any sports drinks/juices once you arrive at the hotel.

Check out our Patient Recommended Packing List

Travel Itinerary

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL

Arrive one day prior to surgery before 12:00 pm PST. Transportation Included. Pre-Op Tests and Stay at Hotel.

DAY 2 – SURGERY

Transportation to Hospital Mi Doctor. Stay for 2 nights in our Hospital w/ ICU under 24/7 care.

DAY 3 – RECOVERY

Recover in Hospital. 2-3 Leak Tests. 3. Spend day/night at Hospital Mi Doctor or Hotel w/ Companion.

DAY 4 – DEPARTURE

The driver takes you across the border to San Diego airport. Plan departure flight after 2:00 pm.

DAY 5 – BYPASS/DS*

Gastric Bypass and Duodenal Switch: Stay 1x Additional Night in the Hospital. Depart on Day 5.

Day 1: Arrival in San Diego

Book your flights To/From San Diego, CA International Airport (SAN). Flight instructions include;

  • ARRIVAL DATE: Before 12:00 pm (noon)
  • DEPARTURE DATE: After 2:00 pm

Once you arrive in San Diego, we will take care of the rest. Our private transportation will pick you and any fellow patients up outside the airport and drive you 20 minutes across the border to the hotel. We have a medical lane pass, meaning we don’t have to wait with normal commute traffic. At the hotel, you will meet Karla, our patient coordinator in Mexico. She is amazing and will assist you with anything you need (including checking into your room). The hotel will require a credit card for a $100 security deposit; it will not be charged unless the hotel room is damaged.

You will be given an information sheet with all phone numbers if you want to contact them at any time during your travel. Please provide Karla with your final payment cashier’s checks as needed to pay for the balance of your surgery. Periodically the coordinators will check in with you to ensure you are doing great. They will also inform you when to meet them in the lobby on the morning of your surgery for a fun shuttle ride to the hospital!

Karla - Tijuana Coordinator
Dr. Christian Rodriguez Lopez with surgery sisters 2021

Day 2: Surgery Day

Once you arrive at the hospital, you’ll meet the patient coordinator. You might have a small wait in a general waiting room area and have a chance to talk and get acquainted with the other patients that are scheduled for surgery on that day.

Our patient coordinator will escort you to your hospital room, where you’ll be given a hospital gown and have lab work done. The surgeons, anesthesiologists, and an internist will come in and do the pre-surgery consults. This is a very good time to ask any questions you might have for the doctors about restarting medication, vitamins, wound care, diet, and exercise. Then you will have your procedure done.

The process times will vary depending on your surgery, and you will sleep for several hours post-op. Make sure you tell your family members back home that you will call them when you wake up, but you may be sleepy for several hours post-op. It is not customary for the hospital staff to call family members for you. You can use the phone for free at the hospital, just ask the nurse for the phone.

Day 3: Recover at Hospital

*Gastric bypass, mini gastric bypass, some revision surgeries, and duodenal switch patients stay one extra night at the hospital.

Make sure to walk, walk, and walk post-op. The following day they will take you upstairs for a quick tummy scan to check for leaks. You will be given a small cup of contrast media (gastro graphene) to drink and a CD of this scan to take home with you.

The doctor(s) or their surgical assistant will be the person checking in on you daily. The morning of your release, the physician(s) will check on you and remove any drain tubes, but the surgeon may decide to leave the drain tubes in place for another day or two.

The nurses will dress your wounds, and you will be given a bag with antibiotics, pain medication, the CD of your leak test and procedure verification which includes the doctor’s names, and email addresses. Make sure that you receive a patient bag “before” you leave the hospital because it is tough to obtain medical records once you leave the hospital. You will then take the shuttle back to the hotel along with your new “surgery buddies.”

Recover at Hospital
Discharge from Hospital

Day 4: Released from Hospital

Once back at the hotel, you will “check-in” again as your post-op patient process begins, and you will have one night to rest and relax!! Remember that at the hotel, you will receive three bowls of broth, 3 Jellies, and two water bottles daily. The restaurant is lovely, and we encourage patients to have their broth in the restaurant. The patient coordinators will instruct you when to meet in the lobby for your return trip back up across the border.

Double checks your room before you leave for any personal items. You must check out before turning in your room key card. There is a kiosk in the lobby to print your boarding passes for flights. The driver has an exclusive license and dual insurance, allowing him to take you through the border in a special medical tourism line that lets us “Hopscotch” to the front of the line, but depending on the day. The time will vary depending on the time it will take to cross back into the United States.

Day 5: For Gastric Bypass and Duodenal Switch*

Make sure, whether you drive or fly back from San Diego, to move your feet frequently!!! Stop and stretch out your legs, or if traveling, walk to the restroom often and keep hydrated.

Do not try to lift your bag into the car or overhead storage compartment; ask for assistance. Drink juice and water for the flight home. No coffee or tea.

Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela with patient at Hospital

Post-Op Diet (Back at Home)

We recommend patients take 2 to 3 weeks off work starting from surgery day. However, most patients are able to return to work sooner. Please let us know if you need paperwork signed for medical leave from work.

A good rule of thumb for the post-op diet, starting from your date of surgery;

  • Phase One (Week 1): Continue with clear liquids only.
  • Phase Two ( Week 2): Add thick liquids to your diet.
  • Phase Three (Week 3): Add pureed foods and soft solids to your diet.
  • Phase Four (Week 4+): Add solid foods slowly. Remember to give your stomach time to heal and reduce swelling.

Restart your medications as instructed by the doctors. If you are diabetic and use insulin, you may have to adjust the amounts as your dietary needs have changed. *Make sure to sip 64 ounces of clear fluids (like water) daily. Ask your surgeon when to start daily vitamins, biotin, calcium chews, and sublingual B-12. Your stomach may be rumbly for several weeks! Refer to the post-op diet plan for foods to incorporate into your diet.

If you have questions regarding your post-op diet, you can email them to our dietitian/nutritionist at nutrition@mexicobariatriccenter.com. Any medical questions should be directed to the doctor or our surgeon liaison at jen@mexicobariatriccenter.com. Your patient coordinator can assist you in sending your questions to the physician. Finally, make sure to schedule a follow-up appointment with your primary care doctor within ten days of returning home.

Mexico Bariatric Center® is a U.S. Based Corporation started in 2012. Three of our surgeons are board-certified in bariatric and metabolic surgery – which is more than any other provider. Mexico Bariatric Center has performed more than 20,000 successful surgeries. That is the difference – giving the guaranteed lowest price for the highest-quality weight loss surgery package.

Our all-inclusive gastric bypass surgery package includes;

  • Starting at $4,795*
  • Ground Transportation
  • Accredited Hospital (2 nights)
  • Board Certified Surgeons
  • State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment
  • Anesthesiologist and Nurses
  • 4 Star Hotel (2-3 nights)
  • Aftercare Nutritionist and Support
  • No Hidden Costs

DAY 1

  • Arrive one day prior to surgery before 12:00 pm PST
  • Meet our driver at baggage claim (have a phone on to receive calls)
  • Get Pre-Op Testing and COVID Evaluation at Hospital

DAY 2

  • Meet driver at Hotel
  • Stay 2 nights in our Hospital with a fully equipped ICU and 24/7 care.

DAY 3

  • Get Post-Op Testing and Recovery in Hospital
  • Spend day/night at Hospital Mi Doctor

DAY 4

  • Released from Hospital and driven back to San Diegoriven back to San Diego

DAY 5 (FOR GASTRIC BYPASS AND DUODENAL SWITCH PATIENTS ONLY)

  • Released from Hospital Mi Doctor for RNY Bypass, Mini Bypass, and DS patients.
  • Driven back to San Diego

Step 1: Submit Health Questionnaire to get approved!

Step 2: Pick Surgery Date

Step 3: Make $350 Deposit

Mexico Bariatric Center operates at Hospital Mi Doctor, translated to ‘My Doctor Hospital’. Our hospital is both bariatric-specialized and full-service making it one of the best in Mexico for weight loss surgery.

All of our patients stay at the Hyatt Hotel in Baja California Tijuana. The Hyatt is a beautiful hotel in a lovely, safe region of Tijuana, Mexico. With an arrangement of shopping, corporate workplaces, restorative practices, and exciting entertainment– all just a short walk away.

To achieve the highest patient care possible, Mexico Bariatric Center offers the best bariatric surgeons who have shown impeccable care and understanding and unparalleled medical expertise. Each of our surgeons prides themselves on delivering the highest success rates, lowest complication rates while providing an affordable option.