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, proven, and long-term solution to overcome obesity through sustainable weight loss.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery 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. Patients experience decreased hunger, improved satiety, and remission of obesity-related diseases like diabetes. MORE FREEDOM, MORE LIFE!

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

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How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Works

Gastric Sleeve Surgery, or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), reduces the stomach volume by 80% via cutting it 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 need to eat, resulting in rapid weight loss outcomes. You will have more control over living healthier and maintaining a slimmer body. Gastric sleeve serves you in several ways to lose excess weight naturally;

  • Reduction in stomach capacity: Limits food intake and feels full from smaller-sized portions.

  • Appetite Suppression: Less hunger sensation due to decreased appetite-stimulating hormone Ghrelin.

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

  • Accelerated Gastric Emptying (GE): Liquids and solids empty at a faster pace to produce weight loss similar to gastric bypass.

What’s Included in the Gastric Sleeve Surgery Package?

We eliminate all of the planning and preparation by taking care of everything from the moment you arrive in San Diego to the moment you depart. Ground transportation, hotel stay, and everything in between is covered in our all-inclusive package.

  • Private Ground Transportation

  • Accredited Hospital with ICU

  • Board Certified Surgeons

  • State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment

  • 4.5 Star Hotel

  • Pre-Op + Post-Op Nutrition Program

  • Online Support Group

  • U.S. Surgeon Liaison

  • Prepare Time-Off Requests Forms (FMLA)

  • No Hidden Fees

  • Optional Medical Tourism Insurance Coverage

With Mexico Bariatric Center, your gastric sleeve surgery includes everything listed here for one of the lowest-priced, full-featured solutions with an emphasis on patient care and security. The only expenses you have are the flights to/from San Diego and any additional care that goes beyond the essentials. POST-COVID PANDEMIC PACKAGES ARE ALTERED FOR THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS.

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Is Gastric Sleeve Mexico Safe?

Gastric sleeve in Mexico is proven to be safe and reliable. Our world-class success rates are a testament to the safety protocols followed by the team of best bariatric surgeons in Mexico, as well as the hospital, nurses, and staff. Applying the following provisions and guidelines reduces complication rates and improve outcomes; 

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

Mexico Bariatric Center’s best-in-class full-scale hospital with in-house labs is strategically located in prominent areas of Tijuana (Zona Rio) – just a few blocks 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 RNY bypass. Consult with the safest gastric sleeve surgeons in Mexico today!

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Gastric Sleeve Cost in Mexico

The price of laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy in the United States can be expensive, ranging from $12,000 to $23,000. In Canada, you must wait 5 to 8 years to go through the free healthcare system or pay $22,000 out-of-pocket cash. This is why patients without insurance cross the border city of Tijuana for cheaper options.

Self-pay pricing for gastric sleeve in Mexico is financially feasible. Whether you use your savings or finance the surgery it is easy on your wallet.

Mexico Bariatric Center® has assembled a network of specialists, including world-renowned surgeons, nurses, surgeon liaisons, patient coordinators, divers, and administration, all included in the costs. We have also partnered with several financing firms for those individuals seeking payment plans and deferring payments.

Gastric Sleeve Mexico $4,995 $4,595*

Weight Loss Expectations After Gastric Sleeve

According to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the percent of excess weight loss (%EWL) was a staggering 82% in the first year alone!

MBC patients report losing 63% up to 100% of their excess weight within the first 1-2 years after sleeve gastrectomy.1 In the first six months, you can expect to shed 2-3 pounds each week or 10 lbs a month on average.

  • 3 months: 25% to 34.1% excess weight

  • 6 months: 33% to 60.2% excess weight

  • 12 months: 63.2% to 85.2% excess weight

  • 5 Years: average of 55% excess weight loss

You could lose 90% of your stubborn fat within two years if you follow the proper post-op diet and a good exercise routine.

Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Sleeve Gastrectomy PROS

Sleeve Gastrectomy CONS

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) benefits, used as a single-stage, go beyond quick, efficient weight loss and resolution of comorbidities. Most patients regain self-confidence, feel happier, and become more active.

Health Benefits

Research data shows that gastric sleeve improves and cures obesity and metabolic disorder.

  • Cardiovascular Disease [100%]
  • Asthma/Breathing Issues [90%]
  • Type II Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) [80% –ASMBS]
  • High Blood Pressure [68.1% – NCBI]
  • Infertility & 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

VSG improves the quality of life, romantic interests, and stamina – it also reduces depression and anxiety.

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]

Is Gastric Sleeve Dangerous?

Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most frequently performed bariatric procedures worldwide. Although there are risks and unwanted side effects accompanied by any surgery, gastric sleeve 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 make 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 surgical steps using minimally-invasive techniques that ensure the most effective, safe, and successful results.

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

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1. Anesthesia Administered

General anesthesia is administered 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

Three lines of Titanium (Tri-Staple) brand name staples, Johnson & Johnson or Covidien, close the new smaller stomach pouch. using a Double-Buttress technique to control bleeding, stomach 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:

Take Away

Metabolic syndrome and morbidities are underlying medical conditions for diabetes 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. Mexico Bariatric Center is individuals’ first and last resort to renew their lives for the better.

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* Prices are subject to change ranging from $4,595 to $5,295. 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.

** 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: Jan of 2023 by Ron Elli, Ph.D.

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