Gastric Bypass in Cancun

The Ultimate Guide to Gastric Bypass in Cancun

Last fact-checked: 23 February 2020

Book affordable gastric bypass surgery in Cancun with Medical Departures and get started on the path to a new, slimmer you. keep reading to find out more about this procedure and where to have it done in Mexico's most popular coastal resort city.

Is a Gastric Bypass for Me?

With obesity on the increase around the world, drastic measures are being sought more often by patients who want to end their weight problems - and all the associated health risks.

Weight loss (bariatric) surgery is not an option to be taken lightly. Notwithstanding the costs, traveling to another country as a morbidly obese patient also brings its own risks which have to be balanced against the long-term health implications of being significantly overweight. However, gastric bypass surgery does have an extremely high success rate in terms of both safety and the end results - restricting your calorie intake and helping you to shed the pounds fast. 

Why Have a Gastric Bypass in Cancun?

As a tourist destination, Cancun is up there with the best in the world. From a small fishing village it has grown into a sophisticated spot for vacationers to enjoy its many attributes. A stunning coastline and all the services and amenities you could wish for makes it the number one destination for visitors from across the world.

It stands to reason that medical tourists are attracted to the location for these reasons, but the quality of the healthcare facilities and medical expertise are also factors that should never be overlooked.

Gastric bypass surgery is a specialist branch of surgery. Typically, surgeons undertake further specialist training to become proficient in dealing with problems in the gastrointestinal tract and they may also have specialist knowledge of metabolic and endocrine problems, including diabetes. Most surgeons will be registered with an appropriate specialist Board, for example, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, or the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity.

Booking with Medical Departure

You should always do some research of your own to ensure your surgeon has the necessary expertise. Medical Departures does its own background checks and we publish qualifications and professional memberships on our site, alongside real patient testimonials and clinic photos.

One top facility we have partnered with in Cancun is Metabolic Health. This clinic specializes in weight loss surgeries, including bypasses, as well as gastric bands and sleeves. You can book directly through our site or via our Customer Care Team for free - and cancel or change your appointment date at any time. 

What Does a Gastric Bypass Involve and How Long Does it Take?

Surgery is usually done endoscopically these days (what is referred to as keyhole surgery) which means your surgeon can access your insides without having to make large incisions across your abdomen, which is much better for your recovery. The process usually takes around an hour, but in more complex cases it may take several hours.

The surgery involves dividing the stomach and making a small pouch at the top which is then connected to the small intestine at the bottom. When food enters the stomach it enters the pouch, and the digested food bypasses the larger part of the stomach and most of the small intestine. This means that you will feel fuller quickly, and so won’t be able to eat as much; there is also less chance of the food being properly absorbed as it only spends a little time in the shortened small intestine. Both of these factors lead to substantial weight loss.

What Is the Recovery Time?

You will be in hospital for between two and five days and will not be allowed to eat anything for the first few days to give your digestive system a little time to heal. After that, liquidized foods will be introduced, followed by pureed food before graduating to solids.

A huge commitment to lifestyle changes is required, not only with regard to the foods you eat but also by embarking on regular exercise to help build muscle and to ensure you have regular check-ups and blood tests to monitor your health.

How Much Can I Save on a Gastric Bypass in Cancun Compared to the United States or Canada?

Patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery in Cancun can easily make savings of between 50 and 70% compared to the costs at home. Certain weight loss surgeries at our partner clinics in Mexico start at just $4,500.

What Next?

Find out more about our quality surgeons and clinics.

Speak to our Customer Care Team who can provide free, 24-hour assistance and also help you book your appointment for gastric bypass surgery in Cancun.


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