Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

Gastric Sleeve Surgery, also called Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), is one of the most innovative types of weight loss surgeries and the most popular option performed today. In the gastric sleeve procedure, the size of the stomach is significantly reduced – resulting in reduced hunger and feeling full faster.

By removing a large portion of the stomach, the gastric sleeve causes:

  • Restriction in the stomach – less food to feel full which decreases calorie intake.
  • Reduction of the hunger hormones (ghrelin) – the individual is less hungry throughout the day.

Mexico Bariatric Center® is the #1 provider of gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico with all-inclusive out-the-door packages that saves you over 60%*. We have a proven track record with some of the best board-certified surgeons for high success rates with significant and sustained weight-loss.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana Mexico - Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy VSG

All Inclusive Sleeve Package

  • Starting at $4,595*

  • Ground Transportation

  • Accredited Hospital (2-3 nights)

  • Board Certified Surgeons

  • State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment

  • Anesthesiologist and Nurses

  • 4.5 Star Hotel (2 nights)

  • Aftercare Nutritionist and Support

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Why Choose Gastric Sleeve in Mexico?

Is Tijuana Gastric Sleeve Right for Me?

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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

Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Timeline

Patients can lose an average of 70% of their excess weight in the first year. 

  • 3 months: 25-35% excess weight**
  • 6 months: 45-55% excess weight**
  • 12 months: 65-70% excess weight**
  • 18 months: 70-75% excess weight**

Expected weight loss depends on following the proper post-op diet and living a healthy lifestyle after surgery. Other variables that impact losing weight are age, physical activity, diabetes, medication (e.g. bipolar disorder), smoking, genetics, and surgeon’s skills.

Cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico

Tijuana offers one of the most affordable prices for Mexico gastric sleeve. Our all-inclusive packages start at $4,595* with no hidden costs!

Mexico Bariatric Center (MBC) offers one of the lowest prices in the medical tourism industry while maintaining high-quality standards. Our hospital is strategically located in prominent areas of Tijuana (Zona Rio) – which is very close to the border of U.S. and Mexico. We have also partnered with several financing firms for those individuals seeking payment plans and to defer payments.

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

Is Gastric Sleeve Tijuana Safe?

Safe gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico is something we pride ourselves in at Mexico Bariatric Center. We use a closed network of drivers to ensure patient safety at all times. We reduce the risks of gastric sleeve Mexico by following these safety standards and guidelines:

  1. We use top quality surgical equipment, and modern medical techniques.
  2. Limited surgeries (only 3) per day for each surgeon
  3. We use a high-volume hospital, Hospital Mi Doctor, which has been shown to reduce complication rates and increase patient outcomes.

Health Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

The benefits of sleeve gastrectomy go beyond simply having better looks and fast weight loss.

  • The distinct advantage of the gastric sleeve procedure is the preservation of the patient’s anatomy while reducing obesity-related diseases, improving health, and longevity.
  • It can be easily revised into another surgery, such as the re-sleeve, gastric bypass, and duodenal switch.
  • It is a purely restrictive procedure, therefore, there is no occurrence of malabsorption problems, like gastric bypass.
  • Asthma and Breathing Issues
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
  • Infertility and PCOS Syndrome
  • GERD and Acid Reflux
  • Sadness and Depression
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Back Pain and Joint Pain

Gastric Sleeve Tijuana, Mexico Duration

The sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically under general anesthesia, using 3-5 small incisions in the abdomen. This procedure usually takes about 1.5 hours (start to end) with 30 min to 60 min for the actual surgery, depending on the anatomic variation of the patient as well as the skills and experience of the surgeon.

The patient is required to stay in the hospital for one night – but to ensure fewer complications and fast recovery MBC patients stay in the hospital for two nights. Healing is relatively fast, in fact, patients who have had sleeve gastrectomy usually return to work after only two to three weeks following their surgery.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Risks

There are possible short-term, near-term and long-term complications associated with gastric sleeve surgery.

  • Short-Term Complications, like Bleeding and Leak
  • Near-Term Complications, like Stomach Obstruction
  • Long-Term Complications, like GERD

Steps During Gastric Sleeve Procedure

Here are the steps taken by surgeon during sleeve surgery:

Step 1: Patient is lying with the face up with the arms spread apart.
Step 2: General anesthesia is administered by the anesthesiologist and a breathing tube (endotracheal tube) inserted into the windpipe.
Step 3: Surgeon makes small incisions (normally 3-5) in the abdomen to access the abdominal cavity.
Step 4: Trocars or hollow steel tubes are then placed through the incisions as a passageway for surgical instruments.
Step 5: The abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide (CO2) gas to separate the stomach wall from the small intestine.
Step 6: Surgeon inserts a probe equipped with a built-in specialized camera (laparoscope) along with other small pencil-like surgical instruments.
Step 7: The liver is gently pushed aside with a retractor.
Step 8: The greater curvature is released starting from the antrum to approximately two inches of the pylorus.
Step 9: The surgeon then finds and closes any Hiatal Hernias if present to prevent Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
Step 10: An endoscopic cutter/stapler then cuts and staples the stomach shut along the bougie inserted through the mouth as a guide.
Step 11: Three lines of brand name, like Johnson & Johnson or Covidien, Titanium staples (Tri-Staple) to close the new smaller stomach pouch.
Step 12: A suture line after the staples is performed along the staple line (Inverted Gastric Sleeve or Double-Buttress Gastric Sleeve), to make sure no stomach leakage and stretching takes place.
Step 13: The surgeon leaves a drain in the abdominal cavity as a precaution for early detection of a leak. The drain is removed before released from hospital.

* 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 will vary; there is no guarantee stated nor implied.

Last Updated: April  23, 2019 by Ron Elli, Ph.D.

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