Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

If you have tried and failed to lose weight with diet and exercise, Gastric Sleeve in Mexico is a safe, effective, and proven solution to overcome obesity through sustainable weight loss. MORE FREEDOM, MORE LIFE!

Gastric Sleeve Surgery, or VSG, is a minimally invasive operation done through tiny incision(s) in the abdominal wall to resect a large part of the stomach. The newly-formed pouch is a small reservoir for food to reduce caloric intake and helps make portion control a lifelong habit. It also causes hormonal changes, leading to decreased hunger, improved satiety, and remission of obesity-related diseases like diabetes.

Mexico Bariatric Center® (MBC) is the premier choice for Reinforced Gastric Sleeve Surgery™, saving you up to 75%* on affordable, all-inclusive packages with fair and transparent pricing. Gastric sleeve surgery has been performed in MBC for over ten years, amounting to exceptional expertise.

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How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Works

Gastric Sleeve Surgery, or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), is a definitive answer to obesity. The operation reduces the stomach volume by 80% by cutting and reshaping it to resemble a banana. Resection of the gastric fundus significantly lowers the plasma ghrelin production responsible for hunger. Patients experience restriction and less urge to eat, resulting in rapid weight loss. You will have more control over living healthier and maintaining a slimmer body. The sleeve gastrectomy serves you in several ways to lose excess weight naturally;

  • Reduction in stomach capacity: Fills with smaller-sized portions.

  • Appetite Suppression: Less hunger sensation due to decreased appetite-stimulating Ghrelin and increased Peptide-YY (PYY).

  • Satiety Enhancement: Increased sensitivity to Leptin hormones (protein) responsible for feeling full.

  • Accelerated Gastric Emptying (GE): Foods empty faster to produce weight loss, similar to gastric bypass.

  • Increased GLP-1 Concentrations: Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 (GLP-1) helps with weight loss and blood sugar.

All-Inclusive Gastric Sleeve Surgery Package

We simplify the process for you by handling all the details from the time you land in San Diego to the moment you leave. Our package for gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico covers all that you need, from ground transportation to hotel accommodations, ensuring a seamless experience without the stress of planning and preparing.

MBC’s gastric sleeve surgery destination travel bundle is one of the lowest-priced, full-featured options emphasizing patient care and security. Your only expenses are the flights to/from San Diego and any additional care that goes beyond the essentials.

  • Private Ground Transportation
  • Accredited Hospital with ICU
  • Board Certified Surgeons
  • State-of-the-Art Equipment
  • 4.5 Star Hotel
  • Pre & post-op Tests/Medications

  • 24/7 Hospital Staff

  • Prepare FMLA Forms

  • Nutrition Program

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Is Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana, Mexico Safe?

Gastric sleeve in Mexico with MBC is proven safe and reliable with quality care. Our world-class success rates are a testament to the safety protocols followed by the team of the best bariatric surgeons in Mexico, hospitals, nurses, and staff. Applying the following provisions and guidelines reduces complication rates and improves outcomes;

  1. Vetted bariatric surgeons
  2. FDA-approved top-quality surgical equipment & modern medical techniques
  3. Daily Managed Surgeon’s Workload (only 3 to 5 operations)
  4. Bariatric-specialized hospital accredited by COFEPRIS

CDC recommends traveling with a medicine provider such as Mexico Bariatric Center for peace of mind…

Mexico Bariatric Center’s best-in-class full-scale hospital with in-house labs is strategically located in prominent areas of Tijuana – just minutes away from the U.S. and Mexico border. We also operate in the Guadalajara weight loss center, the cultural nucleus of Mexico.

Do I Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery?

Use our BMI calculator to instantly determine if you’re a candidate for gastric sleeve Mexico. Our general requirements for procedures:

  • BMI of 30+ or 80 lbs overweight
  • Appropriate age (16 to 65)
  • Healthy heart
  • Realistic expectations regarding the weight loss results

Patients with acid reflux may not be a good candidate for sleeve surgery and need to undergo an RNY bypass. Consult with the most dependable gastric sleeve surgeons in Mexico today!

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Cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico

The cost of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in the United States can be prohibitively expensive, with prices ranging from $12,000 to $23,000. In Canada, patients face long wait times of 5 to 8 years or bypass the free healthcare system and pay $22,000 out-of-pocket. As a result, many patients without insurance turn to Tijuana, Mexico, as an alternative.

Gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico offers a cost-effective solution with a variety of payment options ranging from debit or credit card, cashier’s check, Zelle, cash, financing, installment plans, and more.

Mexico Bariatric Center® has brought together a team of specialists, including world-class surgeons, nurses, surgeon liaisons, patient coordinators, drivers, and administrative staff, all included in our pricing. We have also established partnerships with several financing companies to offer payment plans and deferred options for those seeking more flexible payment arrangements.

Gastric Sleeve Mexico $4,995 $4,395*

Weight Loss Projections After Mexico Gastric Sleeve

A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports an impressive 82% loss of excess weight (%EWL) in the first year alone following gastric sleeve surgery.

Patients of Mexico Bariatric Center® typically experience a loss of between 63% and 100% of their excess weight within the first 1-2 years post-surgery.1 In the initial six months post-surgery, patients can expect an average weight loss of 2-3 pounds per week or around 10 pounds per month*.

Here’s a breakdown of average excess weight loss (%EWL) after gastric sleeve surgery:

  • 3 months: 25% to 34.1%
  • 6 months: 33% to 60.2%
  • 12 months: 63.2% to 85.2%
  • 3 years: 71% to 94%
  • 5 years: 56% to 98%

By adhering to the recommended post-op diet and incorporating a regular exercise routine, you could achieve up to 90% loss of your stubborn fat within just two years of undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico.

Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Sleeve Gastrectomy PROS

Sleeve Gastrectomy CONS

Health Benefits

Research data shows that gastric sleeve cures obesity and resolves metabolic disorders.

  • Cardiovascular Disease [100%]
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) [95%]
  • Asthma/Breathing Issues [90%]
  • Type II Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) [80% – ASMBS]

  • High Blood Pressure [68.1% – NCBI]

  • Infertility [61%]
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) [58%]
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea [55%]
  • GERD & Acid Reflux [50%]
  • Headaches & Migraines [40%]
  • High Cholesterol
  • Certain Types of Cancers
  • Back Pain & Joint Pain (Arthritis)

Non-Health Benefits

As a single-stage procedure, VSG benefits beyond quick, efficient weight loss and resolution of comorbidities. Most patients regain self-confidence, feel happier, improve quality of life, become more active, increase romantic interests and stamina, reduce depression and anxiety, and add years to life.

Surgery Details and Duration

Gastric sleeve procedure is performed laparoscopically through 3 to 5 small incisions rather than one large opening. The entire surgery can be completed in less than one hour. Patients are required to stay in the hospital for one night, although to ensure fewer complications and faster recovery, we provide patients to stay 30+ hours in the hospital without charging additional fees. Our surgical teams perform three separate leak tests as a precautionary measure before patients leave the hospital; one includes a barium swallow fluoroscopy exam.

Gastric Sleeve Recovery and Returning to Work

Healing is relatively fast. As a recovery guideline, we recommend that gastric sleeve patients return to work 2 to 3 weeks following surgery. Recovery time is different for everyone. Some patients who have desk jobs can return to work within 7 to 10 days after surgery and others need more time depending on their job duties.2

Surgery Duration
45 Min – 1 Hour

Hotel Stay
1 Night Pre-Op

Hospital Stay
2 Nights

Back to Work
1 – 2 Weeks

Is Gastric Sleeve Dangerous?

Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most frequently performed metabolic bariatric procedures worldwide. Although there are risks and unwanted side effects accompanied by any surgery, gastric sleeve ramifications and deaths are uncommon. You can reduce the potential difficulties by complying with the required pre-op, post-op, and recovery instructions.

Following our guidelines, combined with our preferred network of doctors, makes gastric sleeve complications minimal.3

3-Incision Reinforced Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico - How the Laparoscopic Procedure Works

Highly skilled clinicians at our institution can perform the sleeve gastrectomy via three versus five incisions. Patients who comply with their pre-op regime can enjoy fewer scars on their bellies. In “clean” operations, the surgeon can even leave no drain.

Surgical Steps of the Reinforced Gastric Sleeve

The best gastric sleeve surgeons in Mexico will use the same operating protocols, standardizations, and quality-grade instruments as employed in the U.S. and Canada. The right choice of staples/stapler type, calibration bougie, pouch size, number of firings, and buttressing of the staple line safeguard patients for the ideal result. Our doctors follow these steps using minimally invasive techniques that ensure the most effective, safe, and stellar results.

† Reinforcing the staple line with non-absorbable sutures is superior to titanium clips.

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1. Anesthesia Administered

General anesthesia is delivered by the anesthesiologist, and a breathing tube (endotracheal tube) is inserted into the esophagus.

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2. Laparoscopic Incision(s)

Surgeon makes 3 to 5 tiny incisions (1 for single-incision) in the abdomen and trocars (hollow steel tubes) are placed through as a passageway for surgical instruments.

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3. Fill Abdomen & Lift Liver

The abdomen is filled with CO2 to separate stomach wall from the small intestine. The liver is gently pushed aside with a retractor by the assistant surgeon.

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4. Cut & Staple Stomach

A bougie is inserted endoscopically to guide the surgeon. The greater curvature is released starting from the antrum to approximately two inches from the pylorus. Then cuts and staples the stomach along the bougie line.

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5. Reinforce Staple Line

Tri-Staple (3 lines of Titanium staples like Johnson & Johnson or Covidien) closes the new smaller stomach pouch. Oversewing staple line (like Double-Buttress) to control bleeding, leakage, and stretching.

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6. Temporary Drain Inserted

The stomach remnant is removed and a drain is inserted in the abdominal cavity as a precaution for the early detection of a leak until the patient is released from hospital. The incisions are stitched with dissolvable sutures.

How Does Gastric Sleeve Stack Up?

The outcome of sleeve surgery as a stand-alone procedure is comparable to more invasive bariatric procedures like Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Here are some of the comparisons:

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy outweighs the new anti-obesity drugs like Zepbound and Mounjaro. Sleeve surgery’s physical changes create mechanical (restriction) and naturally occurring hormonal changes (GLP-1, GIP, PYY, …) in the body. Whereas Ozempic-class (semaglutide) medications inject synthetic GLP-1 hormones to mimic only one of many VSG effects.

Take Away

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy remarkably improves glucose homeostasis and drastically alters the ghrelin, CCK, PP, PYY, GLP-1, amylin, leptin, and adiponectin levels. The hormonal changes play a significant role in quick and sustainable weight loss, proving that VSG is more than just a restrictive procedure.

Metabolic syndrome and morbidities are underlying medical conditions for diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and Coronavirus, among the leading causes of premature death. The danger of living with morbid obesity far outweighs the risk of undergoing sleeve surgical treatment of obesity.

Outstanding surgical teams working with Mexico Bariatric Center® have an immaculate track record with a less than 0.5% complication rate. MBC is an individual’s first and last resort to renewing their lives and embracing a fresh start. Contact us today!

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* Prices are subject to change, ranging from $4,395 to $4,995. Not valid on blackout dates. Prices depend on the surgeon, surgery, additional fees, and availability. Prices may rise because of BMI levels and certain medical conditions. Post-Covid pandemic packages may be altered for the safety of patients.

** All of the testimonials are covered in our disclaimers. Individual results may vary. There is no guarantee made by statements on this website.

Last Updated: July of 2024 by Ron Elli, Ph.D.

Medically Reviewed by: Kimberly Langdon, M.D. August 2018