Last fact-checked: 17 May 2020
A gastric bypass in Mexico City may be a solution if you are obese and have been trying (and subsequently failing) to slim down for some time. Effectively restricting the total amount of food that the stomach can contain, this surgical procedure promotes rapid weight loss.
The process falls under the broad category of bariatric surgery, and is considered to be the most popular among people willing to lose weight surgically.
In general, doctors will consider a patient eligible for a gastric bypass if they meet any one of these three categories:
Undergoing a gastric bypass is no small procedure, and is one that definitely requires follow-up care. Some patients are required to regularly consult a specialist or a physiologist/mental healthcare professional after their surgery.
If you are considering having this procedure overseas, you might be deterred after calculating the potential travelling expenses. However, for people residing within the United States and Canada, traveling to Mexico City can be even cheaper than traveling within their respective regions. Thus, Mexico’s proximity to the two countries means that people can easily fly between them for the procedure and subsequent follow-up meetings with the doctors, although there may be other things you have to consider, such as whether you are fit for air travel.
Generally, Mexico City offers excellent quality facilities and surgeons who are well-qualified to offer this procedure. As obesity is becoming a common problem there are a number of specialist weight loss surgery clinics throughout Mexico, with surgeons that are discrete, know their stuff and are committed to staying on top of their game with affiliations to professional international groups such as the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity.
It is very natural for patients to be concerned about the standards when going abroad which is why Medical Departures do our own screening checks to verify credentials, including professional memberships and qualifications, as well as legal/criminal record searches. We also publish real patient reviews and do our own onsite visits. If we aren’t happy about anything, we simply don’t list.
During the surgery, the top part of the stomach is separated from the rest, thereby creating a tiny pouch. The small intestine is also divided, with its lower end being joined to the small pouch that has just been created. This results in less absorption of food materials due to a decreased surface area.
The upper part of the small intestine is then connected downwards to itself, allowing for the digestive juices to mix into the food and aid digestion.
Read more in detail about what a gastric bypass involves here.
After the surgery, patients may experience stomach ache, which can be controlled with painkillers, and soreness at the point(s) of incision. Since food passes quickly through the digestive system without much absorption, patients may also go through problems such as shakiness, nausea, and diarrhoea.
After surgery patients will not be allowed to eat for a few days, to give the digestive system time to heal, and then foods will be introduced slowly, starting on liquids, then liquidized food before progressing to solids. Gentle physical exercise is encouraged.
If all these precautions and any other additional advice from the doctors is followed properly, the patient may expect to resume his or her normal life after around a month or slightly longer.
In terms of how long you'll need to stay in Mexico City after your surgery, we suggest talking to your chosen surgeon before booking your flights. You will be advised to rest in a comfortable environment (such as a well-equipped, air-conditioned hotel room or under the shade by the pool) near to your clinic or hospital for a number of days following surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery in Mexico City costs around $6,000 (CAN $7,800, UK £4,100, EUR €5,300, AUS $8,300). This is compared to $24,000 in the United States (CAN $31,000, UK 16,500, EUR €21,300, AUS $33,000).
Please note: These are estimated prices at the time of writing. Check out updated prices, as well as photos, surgeon profiles, patient testimonials and more at these leading clinics in Mexico City that provide gastric bypass surgery to international patients:
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Gastric bypass surgery. Medline Plus. 21 June 2018.
Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y). Mayo Clinic. 28 December 2017.
International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO). Website accessed: 17 March 2019.
Murray, Don. Mexican Healthcare Is Excellent and Affordable. International Living. 2018.