Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico, also called Roux-en-Y (RNY), is recognized as the “Gold Standard” of bariatric surgery. It promotes weight loss by creating a new tiny stomach pouch and then bypassing a portion of the small intestines. Unlike diet and exercise, the gastric bypass is a fast, powerful, and long-term solution to fighting obesity by changing the body’s metabolic thermostat. Patients can lose about 78% of their excess body weight in 1.5 years after surgery.

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How Does RNY Gastric Bypass Work?

The RNY gastric bypass operation utilizes two methods to accomplish weight loss; Restriction and Malabsorption. Both components work cohesively together so you achieve maximum weight reduction results while maintaining an obesity-free life.

Our All-Inclusive Bypass Package Includes;

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.

  • Private Ground Transportation

  • Accredited Hospital with ICU (3 nights)

  • Network of Bariatric Certified Surgeons

  • State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment

  • 24/7 Surgical 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

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Is Gastric Bypass the Best Option 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 is that there is no conventional routine to detect ulcers in the “stoma” or so-called “blind” stomach. Our surgeons review every patient’s health history thoroughly to determine if they could benefit from this weight loss procedure.

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

According to the Obesity Action, on average, one year after gastric bypass surgery, patients lost approximately 34 percent of their total body weight [1]. A majority lose almost all of their excess weight (averaging 70-80% excess weight loss %EWL) within the first two years.

The gastric bypass weight loss chart is estimated to be;

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

How Much Weight Will I Lose With Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Costs and Pricing for Gastric Bypass Surgery

It is a permanent weight loss procedure and is known to be more effective than gastric sleeve but much safer than duodenal switch surgery. Patients crossing the border to seek out affordable weight loss surgery can save 70% with Mexico Bariatric Center!

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.

Learn more about costs of affordable self-pay gastric bypass.

Gastric Bypass in Mexico starting at $5,995 $5,795*

Is Gastric Bypass in Tijuana Safe?

You may be scared of getting weight loss surgery in Mexico. Although the only fear you should have is dealing with any outdated hospitals and inexperienced bariatric surgeons. Our gastric bypass package feels like you never even left the United States. We are always pushing industry standards at every step of the patient process to ensure you are safe at every step of the way.

Learn more about patient safety in Tijuana, Mexico.

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We reduce risks by following strict guidelines and safety standards;

  1. Offer only the best, board-certified bariatric surgeons who are specialized in the gastric bypass procedure.
  2. Each surgical team at Mexico Bariatric Center operate using high-quality and brand name surgical equipment within the hospital throughout pre-op, post-op, and during the RNY operation.
  3. We limit our exclusive surgeons to only 3 to 4 surgeries per day to ensure maximum results and near zero complication rates.
  4. We operate at a strategically located full-service hospital that is specialized in bariatric surgery safety and outcome for our private patients.

Mexico Bariatric Center is one of the pioneering providers of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in Tijuana. We work with our exclusive network of highly-rated professionals.

Features include;

  • Dedicated hospital facility just 20 minutes from San Diego international airport.
  • Top bariatric surgical teams within a private hospital that enforces strict COVID-19 protocols to maintain cleanliness and sterilization.
  • Knowledgeable staff and coordination by your side throughout the entire process and make sure you feel relaxed and safe during your travel to Mexico for gastric bypass surgery.

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, which is minimally invasive using 3 to 5 tiny incisions. The total length of time performing the operation is between 60 to 90 minutes from start to finish. You are required to stay in the hospital for one to two nights, however, to ensure fewer complications, the total hospital at Mexico Bariatric Center is 3 nights.

Healing is rather quick and recovery time may vary from patient to patient. In general, most patients return to work after two to four weeks following the surgery depending on your work environment and job duties. Upon request, we can fill out FMLA Paperwork (Family and Medical Leave Act) for your employer during your time off work.

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

Learn more about risks and complications.

Gastric Bypass Surgical Procedure Steps

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.

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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.

Gastric Bypass Revision Surgery in MexicoPatients 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