Tijuana is the Perfect Vacation Destination for Weight Loss Surgery

As one of Mexico’s nicest, culturally rich vacation destinations, Tijuana is only minutes from the United States’ southern border. The city has become increasingly safe for tourists in recent years, with crime rates dipping below many popular European vacation destinations. Our private transportation from San Diego Airport helps ensure your safety.

You won’t find a better destination to begin your new life as Tijuana offers you the opportunity to relax and escape from the busy world. You and your support partner can enjoy stunning beaches like Playas de Tijuana or Rosarito Beach, view local arts at the world-famous Tijuana Cultural Center, visit historical points of interest, or simply enjoy the mountainous vistas and breathtaking geographical features.

A Lighter Me in Tijuana, Mexico

How many times have you looked in the mirror and thought, “I wish there were a way to get a lighter me?” You’ve tried every diet that has come along, and you may have had success at first, yet something always seems to happen where you fall off, and before you know it, you are even heavier than before.

It’s time to stop the weight roller-coaster. Your BMI keeps creeping upward, and your primary care physician may have told you that if you don’t start to take off the weight, your health will suffer from metabolic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.  You’ve looked into bariatric surgery but hit another roadblock, or your insurance won’t pay for it. You’re stuck.

No, you’re not. At Tijuana Bariatric Center, you can realize your goal of a lighter me in a safe, caring environment with doctors and an experienced medical staff attuned to your needs.

Medical Tourism is a Safe, Viable Alternative

Thousands of patients travel to Tijuana to get the affordable medical care that they need. Tijuana Bariatric Center is a premier practice with world-class, board-certified doctors experienced in all types of weight reduction surgery.  Our surgeries are performed at a local hospital with state-of-the-art equipment, strict safety standards, and bilingual staff who are members of medical organizations such as the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery or the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders. Our compassionate support staff will pick you up at San Diego International Airport, take you safely across the border to your four-star accommodation, and get you to your surgery and follow-up care.

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Understanding How Weight Loss Surgery Works

Understanding the Mechanism of Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric surgeries operate through two primary mechanisms:

  • Restriction: By reducing the size of your stomach, these surgeries limit the amount of food it can hold.
  • Malabsorption: Some procedures shorten or bypass a section of the small intestine, leading to reduced nutrient absorption.

The journey to successful bariatric surgery requires close collaboration between you, as the patient, and our dedicated team at Tijuana Bariatric Center. We are committed to your success and will provide expert guidance and a tailored program to help you achieve your weight loss goals, finally realizing the lighter, healthier version of yourself that you've always desired.

What an amazing experience. I am 5 months post op and down 100 lbs. The care I received while in Mexico was more than anything I could have asked for. The entire staff and process was amazing. I’ll be going back with family members!

— Justin Pitts

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The Top Benefits of Medical Tourism

The American Journal of Medicine notes that in 2017, over 1.7 million Americans sought medical treatments abroad. Among the leading reasons for this trend is weight loss surgery, which has become a top choice for medical tourists. Choosing healthcare in Mexico presents numerous advantages:

  • We Take Care of Planning and Costs – We've got you covered from start to finish. Our all-inclusive weight loss surgery packages not only simplify the planning process but also offer clear and competitive pricing. Say goodbye to the hassle of arranging transfers with our complimentary private transportation to and from San Diego Airport, setting us apart from the competition.
  • Reduced Waiting Time – For Canadians, opting for bariatric surgery in Mexico offers the benefit of avoiding long and frustrating waiting periods. While insurance may cover the treatment, Canadian patients often face waiting times ranging from six months to several years for weight loss procedures. In Mexico, waiting times are typically minimal, with most patients able to schedule their surgery within a few weeks after their virtual consultation.
  • All-Inclusive Pricing – Our packages encompass pre- and post-operative basic testing, medication, medical fees, hospital stays, and comprehensive medical coverage. Additionally, we offer substantial coverage for peace of mind, ensuring you have adequate support in case of unexpected events. While meals are included, we also cover the expenses of any accompanying support companion who may accompany you during your journey. You'll find our commitment to offering high-quality bariatric surgery in Tijuana sets us apart, with the added benefit of inclusive insurance coverage.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Our team of highly skilled surgeons offers a range of diverse bariatric surgery procedures. The ideal procedure for you will be determined by various factors, such as your current health condition, BMI (Body Mass Index), and your desired weight loss objectives.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

This procedure involves removing around 80% of your stomach, leaving behind a narrow, tube-shaped stomach. With a reduced stomach size, you'll feel full faster, and experience decreased hunger, as it also lowers the production of Ghrelin, the hormone responsible for making you feel hungry. Notably, this surgery doesn't affect your body's ability to absorb calories and nutrients.

Gastric Sleeve Plication

This procedure, which may be performed laparoscopically, involves sewing one or more large folds into the stomach to reduce volume by about 70%. No cutting, stapling, or removal of the stomach or intestines occurs. Minimally invasive gastric plication may be easily reversed or converted to another bariatric procedure if necessary. It works by restricting the amount of food you eat, as you will feel full after consuming just a small amount.


Adjustable gastric banding, commonly known as LAP-Band surgery, is the least invasive weight loss procedure. It is performed laparoscopically, where a soft silicone ring with an expandable balloon is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, essentially dividing it into two parts. Patients consume enough food to fill the upper section of the stomach, and over time, the food passes through to the lower part, where digestion proceeds normally.

Duodenal Switch

Also referred to as bilio-pancreatic diversion, this intricate procedure promotes weight loss by combining a sleeve gastrectomy with an intestinal bypass. Approximately 70% of the stomach is removed, and a diversion is created to bypass around two-thirds of the small intestine. As a result, food and digestive enzymes come into contact with a limited section of the digestive tract.

Gastric Bypass and Mini Gastric Bypass

During gastric bypass surgery, your surgeon divides the stomach into upper and lower pouches and partially reroutes the small intestine so that your body doesn’t absorb as many nutrients. Mini gastric bypass is similar, yet it involves less intestinal rerouting and a shorter overall surgery time. Gastric bypass works through both restriction of food and malabsorption.


The Single Anastomosis Duodenal-Ileal Switch, or SADI-S, is a surgical weight loss procedure that combines aspects of both sleeve gastrectomy and intestinal bypass. In this procedure, the surgeon removes a significant portion of the stomach to reduce its size, similar to sleeve gastrectomy. Additionally, a rearrangement of the small intestine occurs, bypassing a portion of it, which reduces nutrient absorption. Food and digestive enzymes primarily meet in a smaller section of the digestive tract, contributing to weight loss.

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Learn More about Medical Tourism to Mexico

You deserve a chance to begin life anew in a beautiful setting with exceptional patient care. To learn more about the benefits of weight loss surgery in Mexico, please get in touch with Tijuana Bariatric Surgery today by calling 800-970-0577 to set up a virtual consultation. Our staff will gladly give you detailed pricing and information on weight loss surgery costs, your expected weight loss from your chosen procedure, and much more.

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All-Inclusive Gastric Bypass Surgery Starting at:

$5,780 USD

Regular Price:  $6,580 USD

*surgeries must be booked from June-August 2024