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Gastric Bypass

Being overweight can increase your risk of health issues such as sleep apnea and diabetes. Obesity can also make daily tasks more difficult.

A gastric bypass in Tijuana, Mexico, can help you lose weight by restricting how much you eat and how you process food.

What makes a gastric bypass an effective method of weight loss? 

Gastric Bypass Surgery Can Change Your Life

Substantial Weight Loss

Many patients report losing as much as 10 to 20 pounds a month for the first year after surgery. You can lose about 60 to 70 percent of your excess weight.

A Trusted Surgical Solution

As one of the most common and successful types of bariatric procedures in the world, gastric bypass is a tried-and-true tool in weight loss treatment. Gastric bypass has a considerably lower risk of complications than other weight loss procedures.

Reduced Risk of Serious Conditions

Gastric bypass procedures have been shown to alleviate many health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea. It can also help lessen the severity of long-term effect of these health issues and obesity.

How does gastric bypass surgery change your stomach?

But will the results last?

Many Patients Achieve Their Goals with Gastric Bypass Surgery

90% of bariatric patients are able to maintain long-term weight loss

*According to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

When is gastric bypass surgery recommended?

Factors That Will Be Considered Before Gastric Bypass Surgery:

Body Mass Index over 36

Gastric bypass surgery is generally recommended for patients with a BMI over 36 who have not been able to lose weight or improve their health with diet and exercise alone.

Serious Weight-Related Health Conditions

If you suffer from a life-threatening weight-related health concern, such as high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, or type 2 diabetes, this procedure could help improve your health.*

Do Not Plan to Become Pregnant

Since considerable weight gain is a common side effect of pregnancy, it is highly recommended that patients wait until they are done having children to undergo gastric bypass surgery.

Is bariatric surgery in Mexico safe?

The Tijuana Bariatric Center Difference

Tijuana Bariatrics' discounted treatments do not compromise the level of care in any way and doctors are held to the same standards as those in the United States. The carefully chosen surgeons have successfully completed thousands of bariatric procedures and are committed to patients' health and satisfaction throughout treatment.

The minimally invasive techniques performed at Tijuana Bariatrics require only a short hospital stay, and the recovery is much quicker than the time required for traditional surgery. The hospital features advanced technology for your safety. In fact, the facility's infection rate is currently 0%.

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What happens during the procedure? 

Gastric Bypass Surgery Step by Step:

Administer Anesthesia

Before surgery, you will be placed under general anesthesia, so you will remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

Create Incisions

The doctor will carefully create four to six small incisions on the abdomen.

Divide the Stomach

The stomach will then be divided into two sections, one of which will be about five percent of its original size.

Bypass Portion of Intestines

Several feet of the intestines will be bypassed and the remainder will be connected to the end of the stomach pouch.

Close Incisions

The incisions will be closed and surgical dressings will be placed. Typically, this entire process takes about an hour and a half to complete.

After surgery, it is imperative that you follow recovery guidelines...

Planning for Your Recovery

Typically, patients who undergo laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery can return to normal activities after about three to five weeks. However, certain factors can affect the length of your recovery, such as your  age and the state of your overall health. The most important factor in your progress is your compliance with the recommended guidelines which include:

  • Sleeping a full eight hours, or more, each night 
  • Staying hydrated
  • Following your post-operative diet 
  • Taking vitamins and supplements 

If you experience any serious side effects or complications such as bleeding or infection, you should notify your doctor immediately.

What can the results look like?

Dramatic Results Are Possible*

Dr. Velazco before and after gastric bypass

Dr. Paola Velazco underwent gastric bypass surgery to achieve her weight loss goals. 


*Disclaimer: results are not guaranteed, may not be permanent, and can vary per individual.

Is it easy to maintain the results after gastric bypass surgery?

Important Considerations for Maintaining Your Results

After gastric bypass surgery, many patients achieve significant weight loss.* To maintain your results, you will need to remain committed to several important lifestyle changes, including:

  • Become more active
  • Implement a workout regimen 
  • Eat smaller portioned meals frequently instead of large meals

If you find that you are struggling to stay committed to these changes, it is recommended that you seek help from a support group or your doctor

Consider medical tourism for your gastric bypass surgery...

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"This place was amazing. The care was first rate. The coordinators were so kind. I changed my mind a ton of times and they were so patient with me. I'm so happy I had my procedure and I'm so happy I used Tijuana Bariatric Center. THANK YOU."

- Lori Ann B.

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Wondering how much this bariatric surgery will cost you?

Tijuana Bariatric Center Is Affordable & All-Inclusive

Gastric bypass surgery often costs more than $30,000 in the United States. This price tag is simply too high for many patients who could benefit from the procedure. Medical tourism offers patients an opportunity to receive bariatric surgery at a fraction of the cost. 

Tijuana Bariatric Center coordinates care with highly experienced doctors, and treatment starts at just $6,500.

Gastric Bypass Surgery: An Overview

Traditional gastric bypass is so effective because it combines restrictive and malabsorptive techniques. To restrict the amount of food patients can consume during a single sitting, the stomach is divided into two parts: a small upper pouch and a large lower portion. Stomach capacity is reduced from three pints to around one cup, which allows patients to satisfy their hunger with much less food.

Normal stomach and stomach after gastric bypass surgery

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The surgery further encourages weight loss by rerouting the digestive tract so that the smaller, upper pouch connects directly to a lower portion of the small intestine. This malabsorptive technique allows food to bypass most of the small intestine, which speeds up digestion and limits the amount of calories absorbed during a meal. As a result, patients typically experience substantial weight loss after gastric bypass surgery.

Gastric Bypass

Tijuana Bariatric Center works with a network of doctors who provide safe, effective gastric bypass surgery to treat obesity. Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure that can reduce food intake while also controlling the absorption of calories. It is important that patients understand the expectations, potential complications, and recovery process.

Consider Non-Invasive Options

It is important to keep in mind that being severely overweight is not enough to require a gastric bypass. Patients interested in the surgery should discuss all possible options with their doctor to ensure that it is the right course of action.

A successful gastric bypass surgery can have an enormous impact on a patient’s life. Many patients lose as much as 60 to 70 percent of excess weight, with a considerably lower risk of complication than other weight loss surgeries offer.

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Obtaining a healthy weight can significantly improve your quality of life. 

What Your Cost Covers

The price of gastric bypass surgery at Tijuana Bariatrics includes more than just your medical procedure. It also covers:

  • Ground transportation to and from the San Diego International Airport
  • Hotel costs
  • Pre-operative testing and appointments
  • Hospital and medical fees
  • Post-operative testing, appointments, and medication
  • Nourishment

It is important to note that an additional pre-operative fee may be required for revision surgery. Patients with a body mass index (BMI) over 49 might also be subject to additional charges. 

Paying for Your Treatment

Mini gastric bypass surgery is still considered to be experimental to an extent due to the lack of studies and widespread training in the technique. As such, many insurance companies will not cover the procedure. However, since mini gastric bypass surgery is a shorter and less invasive procedure, it is typically less costly than the traditional surgery. As medical tourism provides overall cost savings, patients who choose to undergo treatment coordinated by Tijuana Bariatric Center can expect to spend significantly less on either procedure. 

Tijuana Bariatric Center offers several types of financing to make treatment more affordable on any budget. Your options include Medical Financing Solutions, Medicard, and Citerra Finance. In addition to covering the cost of your surgery, Citerra Finance also finances travel expenses and additional spending money for your stay in Tijuana. The only cost that is not included in your package is airfare. Tijuana Bariatrics is part of a select group of companies that provide medical tourism insurance. This type of policy offers coverage for up to $5,000 for additional expenses in the case of an unforeseen event. 

Mini vs. Traditional Gastric Bypass: Understanding the Key Differences

In recent years, mini gastric bypass surgery has grown in popularity. This trend can largely be attributed to the procedure's reputation for offering a shorter operation time, reduced cost, and lower risk of complications while still providing outstanding weight loss results.* This has led many patients to consider the differences between mini vs. traditional gastric bypass surgery when choosing which procedure will best help them achieve their goals. However, not every patient is suited for this alternative to traditional gastric bypassMedical tourism patients who travel to Tijuana, Mexico, and plan their bariatric surgery through the Tijuana Bariatric Center network can benefit from the extensive knowledge, years of surgical practice, and guidance provided by qualified professionals. 

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Gastric bypass and mini gastric bypass can each help different types of candidates achieve long-lasting weight loss.

Procedure Similarities

Mini gastric bypass has been found to offer a shorter operation time, reduced cost, and lower risk of complications while still providing outstanding weight loss results.

Mini gastric bypass and traditional gastric bypass are very similar in that they are designed to create two pouches within the stomach. Both surgeries are also restrictive and malabsorptive, meaning that they reduce the amount of food you can consume as well as the number of calories absorbed by the body. Additionally, it has been found that both versions of the bypass procedure have yielded significant weight loss results and similar health benefits.* 

Risk of Complications

There are several factors that directly lower the risk of complications for mini gastric bypass patients including: 

  • Shorter time in surgery
  • Minimized intestinal rerouting 
  • Technically easier for the surgeon

Despite these reduced risks during surgery, the procedure may be more likely to cause a number of post-surgical complications for those with certain conditions. However, the experienced doctors working with the Tijuana Bariatric Center network are diligent about reviewing medical history to ensure that you are recommended for the most appropriate procedure.

Candidacy Requirements

Patients with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a hiatus hernia may not be well suited for mini gastric bypass surgery due to a potentially greater risk of bile reflux. However, gastric bypass surgery is often highly recommended for these patients. 

Revision & Reversal

While both types of bypass surgery may be revised or reversed, treatment for a patient who has undergone mini gastric bypass can be performed more easily. This can be especially beneficial for patients who are experiencing complications or are unhappy with their results. 

Tijuana Bariatric Center Surgical Excellence

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By undergoing your weight loss surgery through Tijuana Bariatric Center, you will receive unparalleled care:

  • Current infection rate is 0 percent 
  • Facilities are held to the same standards as those in the U.S.
  • Stunning results at affordable prices
  • Ethical and compassionate care 

To schedule your consultation, complete a request online or call (877) 638-9284.

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