Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

The worldwide obesity epidemic shortens lives and lowers the quality of life! It is associated with high blood pressure, diabetes type 2, cardiovascular disease, and is a high-risk factor for COVID-19.

Gastric sleeve surgery offers a quick, safe, and long-term solution to individuals who are overweight and obese. In this procedure, the size of the stomach is significantly reduced – resulting in reduced hunger and feeling full faster.

Gastric sleeve in Mexico offers a unique opportunity for patients without insurance to cure their obesity.

Mexico Bariatric Center® can save you up to 70%* on affordable, all-inclusive gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana and other Mexican cities.

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  • Less Invasive Surgery

  • Rapid Results

  • Decreased Appetite

  • Low Risks and Side Effects

  • Low Surgery Costs

Our All-Inclusive Sleeve Package Includes;

  • Private Ground Transportation

  • Accredited Hospital with ICU (2-3 nights)

  • Board Certified Surgeons

  • State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment

  • 24/7 Surgical Team and Nursing Staff

  • 4.5 Star Hotel (2 nights)

  • Pre-Op + Post-Op Nutrition Program

  • Online Support Group

  • U.S. Surgeon Liaison

  • No Hidden Fees

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How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Works

Gastric Sleeve Surgery, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), is one of the most innovative types of weight loss surgeries and the most popular option performed today. By removing about 80% of the stomach, patients experience rapid weight loss as a result of:

  • Restriction in stomach capacity: You won’t be able to eat as much and you will feel full a lot faster.
  • Reduction of hunger hormones (Ghrelin): You will feel significantly less hungry throughout the day.

Unlike lap band or gastric balloon, gastric sleeve surgery is a permanent, quick, and long-term solution to lose weight as it changes the body’s metabolic thermostat.  Also, it is safer compared to other commonly performed bariatric procedures, like the RNY gastric bypass or duodenal switch.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana Mexico - Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy VSG

Is Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana, Mexico Safe?

Even though gastric sleeve is a straight-forward procedure, the safety and success come from working with best Mexico weight loss surgeons as well as health protocols followed by nurses and surgical team. There is a risk to any operation, however, we reduce complication rates and increase patient outcomes of sleeve surgery in Mexico by following these safety standards and guidelines:

  1. FDA approved top-quality surgical equipment & modern medical techniques
  2. Limited surgeries (only 3) per day for each surgeon
  3. High-volume hospital dedicated to bariatrics

MBC’s Tijuana hospital facilities are strategically located in prominent areas of Tijuana (Zona Rio) – which is very close to the border of the U.S. and Mexico.

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Do I Qualify for Gastric Sleeve in Mexico?

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

  • BMI of 30+

  • Ages between 16 and 65 (case by case basis)

  • Realistic expectations regarding the weight loss results

Weight Loss 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! Gastric sleeve patients varied from 63% up to 100% of their excess weight loss in the first 12 months[1]. Patients can expect to lose an average of 2-3 pounds per week.

  • 3 months: 25-35% excess weight**
  • 6 months: average of 33% up to 60.2% excess weight loss
  • 12 months: 63.2% to 100.2% excess weight loss

How Much Should I Pay for the Mexico Gastric Sleeve Package?

In the United States, the price of VSG can be quite expensive due to the high cost of material and the high cost of healthcare. The self-pay sleeve cost averages around $20,000 with hospitals charging insurance companies over $40,000.

Mexico Bariatric Center offers one of the lowest prices for VSG surgery in Mexico medical tourism. MBC works with a network of physicians to offer all-inclusive packages with no hidden costs to Americans who are uninsured or underinsured and Canadians to avoid long wait times. We have also partnered with several financing firms for those individuals seeking payment plans and to defer payments.

Gastric Sleeve Mexico $4,995 $4,595*

Major Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

The benefits of undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) for morbidly obese individuals go beyond fast weight loss, having better looks and regain self-confidence. Gastric sleeve is proven to significantly reduce and even cure comorbidities associated with obesity, such as Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Living with severe obesity puts you at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from viruses, such as Coronaviurs (COVID-19).

  • The distinct advantage of gastric sleeve (compared to other weight loss procedures) is the preservation of the patient’s anatomy while reducing obesity-related diseases, improving well-being, and longevity.
  • It can be easily revised into other bariatric procedures, such as the re-sleeve, sleeve to bypass, sleeve to duodenal switch, and even adding a gastric band to a gastric sleeve.
  • It is a purely restrictive procedure, therefore, there is no occurrence of malabsorption problems, found in gastric bypass.

Health Benefits

  • Asthma/Breathing Issues
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
  • Infertility and PCOS Syndrome
  • GERD and Acid Reflux
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Back Pain and Joint Pain

Details and Duration of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve procedure is performed laparoscopically.  The entire surgery duration takes about 1.5 hours from start to finish (with 30 min to 60 min for the actual surgery). Patients are required to stay in the hospital for one night, although to ensure fewer complications and faster recovery we give patients two nights without charging additional fees.

How long does it take to recover and return to work after gastric sleeve?

Healing is relatively fast. As a recovery guideline, we recommend that gastric sleeve patients return to work in 2 to 3 weeks following surgery. (Recovery time is different for everyone. Some patients are able to return to work within a week after surgery and others need more time depending on their job duties.)[2]

Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Dangerous?

Gastric sleeve surgery is a rather safe bariatric procedure. Although there are risks and unwanted side effects associated with any operation, deaths from gastric sleeve surgery are extremely rare and can be reduced if patients follow our required pre-op, post-op, and recovery guidelines. Our patient guidelines combined with highly experienced surgeons make gastric sleeve complications minimal.[3]

Gastric Sleeve Side Effects

  • Minor Side Effects: Gas Pain, Bruising, Nausea, and Inflammation, short-term hair loss
  • Severe Side Effects: GERD/Gastritis, Pneumonia, Blood Clots, and Gallstones

Gastric Sleeve Complications

  • Short-Term: Bleeding and Leak (rate of 1.06%[4])
  • Near-Term: Stomach Obstruction, Stricture, or Abdominal Abscess
  • Long-Term: Delayed Leak

What Happens During Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

The following are the steps taken by the top bariatric surgeon in Mexico during each Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve surgery to ensure the most effective, safe, and successful results.

I) Preparation Steps

As the patient is lying face up,

  • General anesthesia is administered by the anesthesiologist and a breathing tube (endotracheal tube) is inserted into the esophagus.
  • The bariatric surgeon makes 3 to 5 very small incisions (only 1 in Single-Incision Gastric Sleeve) on the abdomen.
  • Trocars (hollow steel tubes) are placed through the incisions as a passageway for surgical instruments to perform the operation.
  • The abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide (CO2) gas to separate the stomach wall from the small intestine.
  • The surgeon inserts a probe equipped with a built-in specialized camera (laparoscope) along with other small pencil-like surgical instruments.
  • The liver is gently pushed aside with a retractor by the assistant surgeon.

II) Making of Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • The greater curvature is released starting from the antrum to approximately two inches of the pylorus.
  • The bariatric surgeon then finds and closes any Hiatal Hernias if present to prevent Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
  • An endoscopic cutter/stapler then cuts and staples the stomach shut along the bougie inserted through the mouth as a guide.
  • Three lines of brand name, like Johnson & Johnson or Covidien, Titanium staples (Tri-Staple) to close the new smaller stomach pouch.
  • The bariatric surgeon reinforces the staple line with sutures to make sure no stomach leakage and stretching take place – Inverted Gastric Sleeve and Double-Buttress Gastric Sleeve are popular ways to enforce the suture/staple line.
Cutting Sleeve Gastrectomy / Bougie

III) Final Steps

  • The surgeon takes out the stomach remanent and leaves a drain in the abdominal cavity as a precaution for the early detection of a leak. The drain is removed before released from the hospital.
  • The incisions are stitched with dissolvable suturing material.

* Prices are subject to change. Not valid on blackout dates. Prices depend on the surgeon, surgery, additional fees, and schedule. Prices may rise because of BMI level and previous abdominal surgeries.

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

Last Updated: May 2020 by Ron Elli, Ph.D.

Reviewed by Dr. Kimberly Langdon, M.D. August 2018