Gastric Bypass in Mexico

RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, is recognized as a “Gold Standard” in the bariatric industry. Gastric bypass works in two ways: restriction to limit the amount of food you eat, and malabsorption to absorb fewer calories in food. This procedure is more aggressive than gastric sleeve but safer than duodenal switch.

Unlike diet and exercise, RNY Bypass operation is a fast, effective, and long-term solution to lose weight as it changes the body’s metabolic thermostat.  The patients can lose about %78 of their excess body weight in 1.5 years. Gastric bypass is a permanent option compared to gastric band or gastric balloon.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Schematic
  • Gold Standard

  • Rapid Results

  • Lasting Effects

  • Diabetes 2 Remission

  • 78% Excess Weight Loss

Mexico Bariatric Center® offers gastric bypass surgery in Mexico with some of the most trusted, board-certified surgeons in Tijuana and other Mexican cities. Medical tourists can save up to 70%* on our all-inclusive, out-the-door packages. Patients crossing the border to treat their obesity can have peace of mind that they are in good hands!

How Does Gastric Bypass Work?

The RNY bypass surgery works using two methods (or components), called Restriction and Malabsorption. These two components work together creating one of the most powerful combinations in curing obesity.

  1. Restriction – The Restrictive Component is achieved by surgically forming an “egg-sized” stomach pouch, called the stoma. This restrictive component is similar to the one in gastric sleeve and lap band surgery. Cutting the big portion of the stomach also reduces the level of hunger hormones (Ghrelin) which causes patients to feel fuller with smaller amounts of food.
  1. Malabsorption – The Malabsorptive component is achieved by rerouting a section of the small intestine. When the small intestines are “bypassed” a significant portion of consumed nutrients and food do not get absorbed. Through malabsorption, gastric bypass allows food to pass through the digestive system quickly which reduces the number of calories absorbed into the bloodstream.
Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico - Schematic of Roux-en-Y (RNY)

Our All-Inclusive Bypass Package Includes;

  • Private Ground Transportation

  • Accredited Hospital with ICU (3 nights)

  • Network of Bariatric 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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Do I Qualify for RNY Bypass in Mexico?

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

  • BMI of 35+ or with comorbidities

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

  • Realistic expectations regarding the weight loss results

Which Surgery is Best for Me?

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

MBC surgeons review each patient’s health history to see if they could benefit from this weight loss procedure.

How Much Weight Loss Can You Expect with Gastric Bypass Surgery?

According to the Obesity Action, on average, by year one, bypass patients lost approximately 34 percent of their total body weight.[1]. After operation, a majority of our patients lose most of their excess weight (averaging 70-80% excess weight loss %EWL) within the first two years!

  • 3 months post-op: 35% excess weight loss**
  • 6 months post-op: 55% excess weight loss**
  • 12 months post-op: 72% excess weight loss**
  • 18 months post-op: 78% excess weight loss**

How Much Weight Will I Lose With Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Cost of Gastric Bypass in Mexico

The price of undergoing gastric bypass surgery in the United States can be quite expensive, with an average cost of $23,000 due to the high cost of healthcare. Compared to other countries, Mexico offers one of the lowest average cost for the RNY gastric bypass, with an average cost of $6,395. Our all-inclusive packages start at only $5,795.

Mexico Bariatric Center® (MBC) offers all-inclusive, affordable packages with no hidden costs – which includes everything a patient needs pre-op and post-op. Our top-rated bariatric surgeons charge 1/3 less than their American and Canadian counterparts with financing options for those individuals seeking payment plans and to defer payments.

Starts at $5,995 $5,795*

Is Gastric Bypass in Tijuana Safe?

Fear of getting weight loss surgery in Mexico can be real if you are dealing with outdated hospitals and inexperienced surgeons. Safe gastric bypass surgery in Mexico is something we keep an eye on at MBC.

To reduce risks of gastric bypass in Mexico, MBC follows these guidelines:

  1. Best, board-certified surgeons experienced in gastric bypass in Tijuana.
  2. The surgical teams use high quality and brand name surgical equipment
  3. Limited surgeries (only 3) per day per surgeon
  4. We operate in a full-service hospital for safety and outcome for patients

Mexico Bariatric Center is one of the pioneering companies to offer RNY gastric bypass surgery in Tijuana. We work with a closed network of professionals, including dedicated hospital facilities, top bariatric surgical teams, and knowledgable staff to make sure patients feel relaxed and safe when they travel to Mexico for gastric bypass surgery.

  • Heather Gastric Bypass Surgery Tijuana Mexico Before and After Testimonial
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Benefits of RNY Bypass Surgery

Besides rapid weight loss, another major benefit of gastric bypass surgery is that it is fully capable of reversing or improving the most severe comorbidities, which include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, gastroesophageal reflux disease, sleep apnea, depression, and many other obesity-related health problems.[2]

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

Duration and Recovery of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The RNY gastric bypass procedure is performed laparoscopically (minimally invasive) and it 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.

The patient is required to stay in the hospital for one to two nights, however, to ensure fewer complications, MBC keeps the bypass patients 3 nights in the hospital. Healing is rather quick and recovery time is different for everyone. In general, patients can return to work after two to four weeks following the surgery.

Is Bypass Surgery Dangerous?

Gastric bypass surgery (RYGB) is a safe procedure but like any other surgery, it has short-term and long-term risks and side effects. Vitamin or iron deficiency along with protein or calorie malnutrition is common with RYGB because food intake bypasses a section of the intestines. Dumping Syndrome, for example, is also common after because food gets dumped directly from stomach to small intestine without being digested.[3]

Gastric Bypass Side Effects

  • Minor Side Effects: Body aches, feeling tired, feeling cold, dry skin, hair thinning and hair loss, mood changes[4]
  • Severe Side Effects: Pneumonia, Blood Clots, and Gallstones

Gastric Bypass Complications

  • Short-Term: Bleeding, Leakage (rate of .8%[5])
  • Near-Term: Stomach Obstruction, Stricture, or Abdominal Abscess
  • Long-Term: Delayed Leak, Malnutrition

Gastric Bypass Surgical Procedure Explained

During the laparoscopic gastric bypass operation, the surgeon makes about 5 or 6 small incisions on the belly and inserts trocars (hollow tubes) 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 with organs pushed aside gently.

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.

Part One: Making a Small Pouch in the Stomach

The stomach is divided up into two parts by the stapler/cutter: a much smaller upper part (pouch) about the size of a golf ball and a larger lower part (remnant pouch). The new smaller stomach holds about two ounces of food and receives food. The bottom part of the stomach (about forty ounces) no longer receive food – the gastric juices from this part pass into the intestine and mix with food.

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.

Gastric Bypass Surgery RNY Schematic

Types of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Proximal Bypass: Proximal or short-limb RNY is the standard procedure performed. The Y-connection is connected near the upper part (proximal) or first 10 centimeters of the gastrointestinal tract (small intestine).

Distal Bypass: In Distal Gastric 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 increases the weight loss for the patient.

See also Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Revision Surgery in Mexico: Patients who have already undergone gastric bypass surgery can choose a revision or 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 previous gastric bypass by open incision surgery. Learn more about gastric bypass revision in Mexico.

* 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: Dec of 2019 by Ron Elli, Ph.D.

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