In recent years, Tijuana in Mexico has emerged as the Mecca for weight loss surgery for Americans. The cost of weight loss surgery in Tijuana averages about 70 to 75% lower than the cost in the US.
As a result, thousands of American and Canadian patients suffering from obesity and weight issues are choosing Tijuana as an affordable destination for medical tourism in Mexico every year.
According to the Medical Tourism Association in the US, Americans can save up to 90% on surgeries if they choose to undergo the procedure in Tijuana. The organization recommends that patients should get help from a reputable medical tourism facilitator in order to ensure the best treatment experience.
Tijuana is a major urban metropolis in Northwestern Mexico, forming the biggest metropolitan area on the border with its US neighbor – the city of San Diego. The old impressions and media hype about Tijuana as an “unsafe place” for travel are a thing of the past.
In early 2000’s, the region suffered from a credibility crisis. But it is 2019 now, and things have dramatically changed.
Cutting-edge Medical Technology and Infrastructure in Tijuana for Weight Loss Surgery
Tijuana is home to some of the world-class bariatric surgery hospitals and clinics, equipped with advanced operating rooms, onsite labs, latest imaging technology, and state of the art intensive care units.
Treatment standards in Tijuana are the same as the US and Canada. Pre-op blood work, EKG, and other diagnostic tests are required at every weight loss surgery facility.
Tijuana has hospitals that are certified for medical tourists by CSG, the premier healthcare agency of the Mexican government that meets the highest international medical standards. CSG is the Mexican government equivalent of the JCI certification in the US.
Certified Tijuana bariatric surgery clinics and hospitals meet all the quality, safety, sterilization, and hygiene protocols to perform surgical procedures. These surgical facilities have some of the best qualified and experienced weight loss surgeons, and licensed and registered medical assistant staff and nurses.
Certified bariatric facilities in Tijuana are required to buy all medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical supplies and equipment from authorized distributors. The facilities have provisions for safe post-operative recovery, and provide personalized guidance and care to each patient before, during, and after the surgery.
Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Procedures in Tijuana
Weight loss surgery in Tijuana Mexico encompasses the full spectrum of bariatric procedures, including full and mini gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, and adjustable gastric band surgery, among others.
Gastric Sleeve (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) in Tijuana – $3,599 to $8,500
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or the Gastric Sleeve Surgery is currently the most sought-after weight loss procedure in Tijuana for American medical tourists.
In the US, the cost of this surgery is typically not covered under health insurance, and patients have to empty out their checking account to have this surgery. Spending $25,000 to $35,000 on this is not uncommon in America for some Americans. That is equivalent to a brand new pickup truck for instance!
Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y) Surgery in Tijuana – $5,499 to $10,500
The Gastric Bypass or Roux-en-Y surgery involves splitting the stomach in a way that the patient’s calorie absorption is reduced. The cost of this surgery averages $40,000 or more in the US, but in Tijuana some of the leading bariatric surgeons are performing the same surgery at a fraction of the cost.
Gastric Band (Lap Band) Surgery in Tijuana – $3,599 to $4,500
The gastric band surgery, popularly known as the lap band surgery, costs just a fraction of what it would cost in the US and Canada. The procedure involves placing a band around the stomach to make it smaller. Unlike other weight loss surgeries, the lap band in this procedure can be adjusted to increase or decrease food digestion, and even removed if you want.
Bariatric Revision Surgery in Tijuana – Prices may Vary Some patients who may have undergone a primary bariatric surgery in the US or Mexico, but did not lose the desired amount of weight, or those who regained weight after their surgery, may choose bariatric revision surgery in Tijuana.
Some of the leading bariatric surgeons in Tijuana who perform revision weight loss surgery are mentors to other surgeons in both the US and Mexico. They also have advanced research and academic background, making them the best choices for corrective secondary bariatric surgeries.
Traveling from U.S. to Tijuana, Mexico for Bariatric Surgery
Tijuana is located just a few minutes south of San Diego International airport, and is easily accessible by bus, car, or the popular San Diego Trolley (also called the Tijuana Trolley), which will take you to the border crossing.
San Diego visitors mostly go to Tijuana through the San Ysidro border crossing. From downtown San Diego, it will take about 40 minutes to arrive at the Mexican border via the Imperial Way blue line.
To get to Tijuana, you can hop on the blue line at any station going toward San Ysidro. The line will take you all the way to the border where you will get off at San Ysidro.
Bus tours from San Diego also leave for Tijuana daily.
Tijuana is the Cultural Melting Pot of Mexico
In many ways, Tijuana offers a complete border-town experience with its eclectic mix of cultures, a wide range of exotic restaurants and bars, and a boisterous nightlife. Tourists are respected in Tijuana because the locals recognize their economy depends on them.
Over the years, Tijuana has come to be known for its fine hospitality, its urban art scene, and its dynamic craft beer. A few streets off the main thoroughfare of La Revo is where you can experience arty cafés and contemporary galleries.
For exclusive dining, you can find new restaurants that are mushrooming in and around Zona Rio, the high-end commercial center which runs along the river. If you are seeking the distinct soul of Mexico on your visit to the country as a medical tourist, you won’t need to go farther than Tijuana.
US dollar currency is commonly accepted in Tijuana, even by the locals. Just as the US does, Tijuana follows daylight saving time. The region’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean allows it to have a mild climate with pleasant temperatures and low humidity throughout the year.
No wonder the positive word-of-mouth that American patients spread back home after their successful weight loss experience has made Tijuana the top medical tourism destination for bariatric surgery.
Book Your Gastric Sleeve at Jet Medical Tourism
If you would like to learn more about Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana, please contact our bariatric surgery center today. Our expert weight loss surgeons are more than happy to answer all questions that you may have about the gastric sleeve procedure.