Last fact-checked: 15 October 2020
If you’re looking at more affordable weight loss surgery abroad, bariatric surgery in Tijuana could be a viable option, particularly for US citizens based near the Southern Border with Mexico.
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Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery as it is also known, is a drastic and expensive option, but it may be something you have to do for your health. There are various procedures and techniques that limit the amount of food you can eat, and in some cases also restricts what your body absorbs, resulting in massive weight loss.
The most common bariatric surgeries are:
In order to be suitable for bariatric surgery, you must be morbidly obese, and usually with a BMI of over 30 – although this may vary depending on the type of bariatric procedure being undertaken. There is always a risk with surgery, and especially if you are very overweight, so you will need to be in reasonable health.
For North Americans, it is reasonably convenient to get to Tijuana (depending on where you are based). For those who are able to drive (or be driven), this is an even bigger plus point as it will mean that you will be able to return home from Mexico sooner than if you were flying.
There are a number of excellent bariatric surgeons and clinics in Tijuana who have been providing successful treatments to local and international patients for some years. Just like at home, you can expect that your surgeon is highly skilled and qualified – many have US qualifications too, and may be members of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and/or international professional organizations, such as the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity.
You will also find hospitals and clinic facilities for international patients are on par with those at home. Medical tourism is a growing industry and providers are in tune with the needs and expectations of their clientele, often offering services, facilities and customer care that is better.
We always recommend you do your own due diligence. Make sure you’ve done your homework and are happy with the decision you’ve made when choosing to have treatment abroad. Medical Departures can help as all of our clinics and doctors have been background-checked by us. Qualifications, professional memberships and patient reviews are all verified, we visit clinics personally and we check for any legal and/or criminal proceedings. You can find most of this information on our websites, along with high definition clinic photos and much more.
Most are performed laparoscopically (keyhole surgery) which means your body doesn’t have to recover from large incisions and so you will be on your feet much quicker. The surgery may still take several hours.
This varies depending on your procedure; for some, you may be in hospital for up to four or five days while for others you will typically only need an overnight stay.
Read more about what to expect after weight loss surgery here.
In Tijuana, patients can expect to pay around $5,000 (CAD $6,500; GBP £3,300; €4,400; AUD $6,700) for bariatric surgery – a massive saving on the $20,000 (CAD $26,000; GBP £13,000; €17,500; AUD $27,000) it will cost in the United States.
Please note: these are approximate figures calculated at the time of writing. Check our clinic listing pages to compare updated prices for bariatric surgery in Tijuana:
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Bariatric Surgery Procedures. International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO). Website accessed: 15 October 2020. https://asmbs.org/patients/bariatric-surgery-procedures
International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO). Website accessed: 15 October 2020. https://www.ifso.com/about-ifso/
What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery. WebMD. Website accessed: 23 September 2020. https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/what-to-expect-after-weight-loss-surgery#1
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Website accessed: 15 October 2020. https://asmbs.org/