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Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico

Gastric Bypass Surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y (RNY), is a bariatric procedure extremely effective in countering obesity by helping patients lose weight through:

  1. Restriction – Creating a new “egg-sized” stomach pouch that holds about two ounces of food (instead of the average stomach capacity of 40 ounces).
  2. Malabsorption – Rerouting a section of the small intestine which reduces the amount of food that is absorbed into the body, promoting rapid weight loss.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

We offer the gastric bypass surgery in Tijuana, Mexico with some of the most trusted, board-certified surgeons at Mexico Bariatric Center. Our top-quality surgeons perform RNY bypass procedure laparoscopically (minimally invasive).

What Does Gastric Bypass Do?

Besides rapid weight loss, another major benefit of gastric bypass surgery is that it is fully capable of reversing or improving the most severe co-morbidities, which include type II diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, back pain, sleep apnea, depression, and many other obesity-related health problems.

Undergoing gastric bypass surgery in Mexico with our qualified surgeons is a safe and smart move if you’re looking to have surgery done in a full-service, certified hospital that specializes in bariatric surgery. Our team has performed thousands of bypass surgeries and we have the experience to handle even the most atypical cases.

Bypass surgery is a more effective bariatric surgery than gastric balloon, lap band, and even gastric sleeve surgery. After surgery, a majority of our patients lose most of their excess weight (averaging 70-80% excess weight loss %EWL) within the first two years.

Patients who are not ready to begin this life-altering procedure or is not ready for anatomy changing aspect, Mexico Bariatric Center recommends looking into gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico.

See if you pre-qualify for bariatric surgery in Mexico

Our Current Gastric Bypass Prices in Tijuana, Mexico
Our cost of gastric bypass in Mexico starts at $5,995*. Prices may rise because of BMI level and previous abdominal surgeries.

You can call to learn more about pricing at 855-768-7247

Doctor Louisiana Valenzuela
Doctor Ismael Cabrera - Mexico Bariatric Center
Doctor Alejandro Gutierrez - Mexico Baraitric Center
Dr. Christian Rodriguez Lopez - Mexico Bariatric Center

How Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery Works?

Gastric bypass surgery is known as the “Gold Standard” in bariatric industry. The bypass surgery works using two methods (or components) that achieve rapid and long-term weight loss.

These two component are called Restriction and Malabsorption, which work together creating one of the most powerful combinations of weight loss treatment.


Key Takeaways:

  • Non-Reversible
  • All-Inclusive Package
  • Two Methods/Components of Weight Loss: Restrictive & Malabsorptive

The Restrictive Component reduces the capacity of the stomach by forming a new smaller stomach pouch, called the stoma. Restriction within gastric bypass surgery enables weight loss by reducing the levels of hunger hormones (Ghrelin) which causes patients to feel fuller in a shorter amount of time while also being constrained to eat less. This restrictive method is similar to gastric sleeve and lap band surgery.


The Malabsorptive Component occurs when the small intestines are “bypassed“, causing a significant portion of nutrients and food that is consumed not to be absorbed. Through malabsorption, gastric bypass surgery allows food to pass through the digestive system quickly (via the shorter small intestinal route) which reduces caloric intake.

Gastric Bypass Surgical Procedure

During the gastric bypass surgical procedure, the surgeon makes about 5 or 6 small incisions on the belly and inserts trocars through the incisions as a conduit for surgical instruments. The abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide (CO2) gas for the surgeon to have room to maneuver.

laparoscope (probe equipped with a built-in camera) and other surgical instruments, including a retractor to lift the liver, can now be inserted into the abdominal cavity. The cutter/stapler (normally a product of Ethicon) is used to cut the stomach and staple the stomach at the same time.

AttentionDumping Syndrome is common after gastric bypass surgery from highly refined and high-calorie food. Sugary or sweetened foods and alcohol can cause abdominal cramps, nausea, and diarrhea.

 Part One: Making a Small Pouch in the Stomach

The stomach is divided up into two by the stapler: a much smaller upper part (called pouch) with a size of a golf ball and a larger lower part (called remnant pouch). The small pouch receives food and the bottom part of stomach no longer receive food – the gastric juices from this part pass into the intestine and mix with food. An outlet called a stoma is created in the small stomach pouch (the size of a dime).

Part Two: Making the Bypass

The surgeon divides the small intestine and re-arranges it into a Y-configuration. Then the upper small intestine (the duodenum) is connected to the new stomach pouch which is called the stoma. The rerouting component is complete when the bottom portion of the small intestine is then connected (after bypassing) to the jejunum which is further down the intestinal tract.

The digestive portion of the small intestine meets with the new stoma portion of the small intestine at the common channel, where the food resumes it’s digestion process. This is why this surgical procedure is called a “Roux-en-Y.”

After the Roux-en-Y procedure, food passes directly from the stomach into the jejunum, bypassing the proximal part of the duodenum. This curbs your absorption of calories and nutrients, creating the “malabsorptive” component of weight loss

Gastric Bypass Procedure Change in Anatomy

The RNY gastric bypass procedure takes about 2.0 to 2.5 hours from start to end. The actual operation takes about 60 min to 90 min, depending on the surgeon’s skills and experience. Mexico Bariatric Center keeps our bypass patients 2 to 3 nights in the hospital depending on their condition and overall health. Healing is fast and patients can return to work after two to four weeks following the surgery.

Mexico Bariatric Center (MBC) is one of the pioneering companies to offer gastric bypass surgery in Tijuana, Mexico. In addition to standard laparoscopic RNY, MBC provides the revisional bypass surgery. To discover our current pricing for RNY bypass in Mexico, please contact our patient care coordinators today. Mexico Bariatric Center has helped thousands conquer their obesity by performing gastric bypass surgery in Mexico, changing patients lives forever.

Gastric Bypass Procedure: Experience in Mexico

This procedure usually takes about 2-3 hours (start to end) with 30 min to 60 min for the actual surgery, depending on the skills and experience of the surgeon. The patient is required to stay in the hospital for one to two nights (depending on his or her condition and overall health). 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.

Types of Gastric Bypass Surgery

In distal gastric bypass more small intestines are bypassed and will be less intestinal surface for absorption of calories, especially fat. The patient will experience more frequent bowel movements per day. The consumed fat will be digested less and will be eliminated undigested. This may cause smelly and loose stools.

Gastric Bypass, Roux en-Y (Proximal)

Proximal or short-limb RNY is the standard procedure that typically is being performed. The Y-connection is connected near the upper part of 10-cm (proximal) of the gastrointestinal tract.

In Distal Gastric Bypass, a larger portion of the small intestines are bypassed and will create less intestinal surface for digestion, causing even less absorption of calories-especially fat.

The patient will experience more frequent bowel movements per day. The consumed fat will be digested less and will be eliminated undigested. This may cause smelly and loose stools.

Gastric Bypass, Roux en-Y (Distal)

In Distal stomach bypass, or long-limb RNY, the Y-connection is connected further down the track about 100-cm (distal), allowing fewer nutrients to be absorbed. This furthers the weight loss of the patient.

Mini-Gastric Bypass Surgery

The mini-gastric bypass surgery is a simpler alternative to traditional gastric bypass procedure. It involves a long, tight stomach that connects to the digestive tract.

The mini RNY procedure only uses one connection (single-anastomosis) through the small intestine, instead of two connections (double anastomosis) like regular RNY bypass. This is a minimally invasive and less complex process. Learn more about mini gastric bypass surgery or compare the differences between bariatric surgery types.

Gastric Bypass Revision Surgery in Mexico

Patients who have already undergone gastric bypass surgery can choose to ‘revise’ to another bariatric surgery. This can arise because of many different issues, including lack of sufficient weight loss. MBC surgeons are also experienced in revision of gastric bypass done previously by open incision surgery. Learn more about gastric sleeve revision surgery in Mexico.

 Gastric Bypass Surgery vs. Other Bariatric Surgeries

Gastric Bypass in Mexico, is just one of several surgical options we offer in Mexico. We also offer these popular bariatric surgeries in Mexico:

Surgery DurationNights in HospitalNights in HotelBack to Work
Gastric Sleeve Mexico2 Nights2 (1 Pre-Op, 1 Post-Op)2 to 3 Weeks
Gastric Bypass Mexico3 Nights2 (1 Pre-Op, 1 Post-Op)2 to 4 Weeks
Gastric Band Mexico1 Nights2 (1 Pre-Op, 1 Post-Op)1 to 2 Weeks
Duodenal Switch Mexico3 Nights2 (1 Pre-Op, 1 Post-Op)2 to 4 Weeks

Compare Other Procedures Here:

For the difference between expected weight loss, possible risks, and more detailed data, please visit these following guides to learn more:

The risk of complications is lower at centers that do more than 100 bariatric surgeries per year.
(SOURCE: WebMD and MBC Research Study).

Am I Eligible for Gastric Bypass Surgery?

To be considered a good candidate for any gastric bypass surgery most patients will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Be between the age of 18 to 62.
  2. Need to have tried losing weight with typical tactics without much success.
  3. Need to have realistic expectations regarding the result of the surgery.
  4. Need a BMI of more than 30 or with comorbidities.

Other Considerations

Gastric bypass is better suited for patients with severe acid reflux and GERD. However, if you have ulcer problem or taking Aspirin / Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) on a regular basis, gastric sleeve or duodenal switch are better options for you. There is no conventional routine to detect ulcer in the “stoma” or so-called “blind” stomach.

Not all of the requirements listed are set in stone. Our surgeons review each patient on their own to see if they could practical benefit from weight loss surgery. Learn more by contacting our staff now.

Non-Scale Victories from Gastric Bypass Surgery

Non-Scale Victories, or NSV’s, are a great way bypass recipients mark and remember their weight loss success. Gastric bypass patients who achieve their dreams, goals, and wishes are all under the category of non-scale victories that deserve to be celebrated and shared.

  • I joined a gym 2 weeks ago and only missed 1 day!!! Today I went to a fitness class and was able to do the entire one hour class.
  • I am able to travel now since gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico. I can now “walk, walk, walk” in another country. I am so excited!
  • I bought a pair of 2″ heels and wore them for the first time in over 5 years. My legs don’t hurt and my knees feel great. I was worried it would cause pain, but it didn’t all day. Huge victory!
  • I am not the largest person in the photo anymore! Now I don’t have to always hide or be scared of how I look in pictures. I look great and feel great!
  • My wife and I went from always needing to sleep in a king size bed. Now we can share a queen size bed comfortably! This is huge for us!
  • I went on a 3-mile hike in the snow today. It is so nice to be able to enjoy life again and be active. I don’t have to worry anymore. I am loving life again and feel so blessed!

MBC Gastric Bypass Results: Weight Loss Timeline

Mexico Bariatric Center has done a survey of a limited number of patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery in Mexico. Our findings at Mexico Bariatric Center is shown in the retrospective chart review below:

Average Expected Excess Weight Loss (%EWL)Gastric Bypass Expected Weight Loss

Mexico Gastric Bypass Surgery: Best Reviews

Most reviews for gastric bypass in Mexico point to us. Our dedication to after-care and patient success has made us the top medical tourism company operating in Tijuana.

Benefits of Mexico Bariatric Center

  • We offer complete aftercare support, including bariatric support groups and gastric bypass forums.
  • We continually focus on patient safety and care, operating one of the safest bariatric surgery centers in Mexico
  • Provider of one of the lowest costs for gastric bypass in Mexico

Mexico Bariatric Center currently offers gastric bypass performed by the best gastric bypass surgeons in Mexico, at our high-volume hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. Even though there are medical tourism companies offering gastric bypass in Mexico, undergoing surgery in Tijuana (compared with Cancun, Monterrey, Mexicali, Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara) has significant benefits.

Gastric Bypass Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

  • Typically, the most affordable pricing for Gastric Bypass Surgery is in Tijuana, Mexico.
  • Best bariatric surgeons in Mexico – because of Medical Tourism Demand.
  • Typically cheapest option to Travel by airfare from the US and Canada.
  • Close to the United States border, in the case of complication or problem.

Is Tijuana, Mexico Safe for Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Fear of getting weight loss surgery in Mexico can be real if you are dealing with out-dated hospitals and inexperienced surgeons. Safe gastric bypass surgery in Mexico is something we keep an eye on at MBC. We use a closed network of drivers to ensure patient safety at all times. We pride ourselves on providing a qualified and certified company where patients can feel relaxed and safe when they travel abroad for gastric bypass surgery.

Gastric Bypass Complications that Arise in Mexico

Our focus and mission are on providing the highest patient care and outcomes – we do this by adhering to evidence-based surgical techniques and operations. Our internal data has seen very positive, showing that their expected weight loss meets or exceeds US national averages.

Costs of Gastric Bypass in Mexico

Mexico Bariatric Center offers an all-inclusive, affordable package – which includes everything a patient needs pre and post surgery. Gastric Bypass in Mexico costs is typically higher than other surgeries, such as gastric sleeve or gastric banding [See Our Current Prices Now].

Even in the most discount avenues, gastric bypass surgery in the United States and Canada can cost between $18,000 and up. In Mexico, our top-rated bariatric surgeons charge up to 1/3 less. Contact our helpful staff to see if you’re a qualified candidate and see a personalized quote.

Gastric Bypass Costs

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Gastric Bypass Complications, Risks

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Gastric Bypass Side Effects

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Gastric Bypass Pre Operative Diet

Learn about the diet involved before you undergo the surgery read more…

Gastric Bypass Post Operative Diet

Your diet will impact your weight loss after gastric bypass surgery and is paramount to reducing side effects, and risks read more…

Gastric Bypass Post Operative Guidelines

Learn more about exercises and basic guidelines after you’ve undergone gastric bypass read more…

Gastric Bypass Recovery Guide

Learn more about the recovery process of gastric bypass surgery and how to safely lose weight and become healthy read more…


* 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: Feb 4, 2018, by Ron Elli, Ph.D.

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