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Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Being overweight can make daily tasks difficult, put you at risk of serious health conditions, and make you feel self-conscious.

If you've tried to lose weight with diet and exercise for years with no success, gastric sleeve surgery could improve your quality of life.

How can gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, better my life? 

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Decreased Appetite

During gastric sleeve surgery, one of our board-certified bariatric surgeons will reduce your stomach by about 90 percent to the size and shape of a banana. This allows you to feel full by eating less than you normally would after surgery.

Reduced Health Issues

Studies show that bariatric surgery can alleviate and even reverse diabetes and other conditions associated with excessive weight. 

Improved Quality of Life

Following bariatric surgery, many patients experience newfound confidence and find themselves participating in everyday life to their full capacity. 

"I Feel Completely Different"

"Weight loss surgery has done so many things to help me. Before the surgery, I weighed over 400 pounds. I had no confidence, I didn’t like going out in public and felt constantly depressed. Two years after my gastric bypass surgery I feel completely different..." Mike A.

Experts in Bariatric Surgery Meet Our Board-Certified Surgeons

Vision Bariatrics in Tijuana, Mexico, is honored to work with Drs. Francisco Gonzalez, Mario Camelo Ramos, and Francisco Guarista. Patients from all over the world seek out our doctors for weight loss surgery because:

  • Each surgeon is board-certified
  • They have decades of combined experience
  • They are all experts in laparoscopic surgery
  • They train the surgeons of the future

To learn more about undergoing life-changing bariatric surgery with our doctors, contact us online or call (619) 313-3171.

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What happens during the surgery?

A Closer Look at Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve is a restrictive surgery that limits how much you can eat. During the procedure at our Tijuana practice, your surgeon will access your stomach using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. Using a surgical stapler, he will then create a stomach "sleeve" similar to the size and shape of a banana. Once the stomach is stapled into two sections, the larger section will be removed. The remaining sleeve will only be about 10 percent of the size of your natural stomach. 

Unlike a gastric bypass, this technique decreases your appetite while keeping your intestines fully intact. 

Is it safe to get surgery in Tijuana or other locations in Mexico? 

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English-Speaking Staff
Highly Trained Surgeons
Weight Loss Support Group
Safe, Secure Campus
Affordable Procedures

Medical tourism, or traveling to a foreign country for medical treatment, is an increasingly popular industry. In 2016, The Huffington Post listed Mexico as one of the top five foreign countries to travel to for medical treatment.

Worried about traveling to Mexico? Rest assured. If you choose Vision Bariatrics in Tijuana as your weight loss center, you do not have to fly to Mexico. 

Vision Bariatrics is just 30 minutes south of San Diego International Airport. We will coordinate your transportation and accommodations from arrival to departure at our gated, secure campus. A friendly, English-speaking driver will pick you and your guest up at San Diego Airport and drive you directly to our hospital. All of our medical staff speaks English and patients can bring a companion for free, so you will never feel uninformed, unsafe, or alone

Book Your Free Consultation Today

With our state-of-the-art care, affordable rates, and highly accessible location in Tijuana, there's no reason to delay your weight loss journey. English-speaking treatment coordinators are standing by to discuss gastric sleeve and our other bariatric surgery options with you. Contact Vision Bariatrics today by sending us an online message or calling us: 

(619) 313-3171

Reasons to Choose Us over Other Facilities in Mexico

Thanks to more affordable prices and equally high-quality weight loss solutions, Mexico has become a popular destination for patients seeking bariatric surgery. This means that there is also an increase in facilities advertising low-cost weight loss surgery.

We know that there are many bariatric surgery centers to choose from in Tijuana and throughout Mexico. But Vision Bariatrics offers several unique advantages over our competitors, including: 

  • Partnerships: We only work with certified bariatric surgeons who are trained in the latest gastric sleeve techniques. 
  • FacilitiesOur hospital is fully certified and accredited by the Better Business Bureau. We also have an on-site hotel, so our patients stay with us throughout their entire time in Tijuana. This eliminates the need for uncomfortable, inconvenient commuting between facilities and gives you around-the-clock access to our team after your surgery. 

"I Had a Great Team"

"From the first time I contacted the hospital the staff was very kind. Answered all my questions. Made me feel safe and comfortable before I even arrived. They had all transportation arranged both ways. The hospital was quiet and clean almost like a resort. My surgery went perfect. I had a great team and would recommend them to any one." Hidi, an Vision Bariatrics Patient

Am I a good candidate for treatment? 

Important Considerations for Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Body Mass Index

In order to undergo gastric sleeve surgery, you should have a body mass index (or BMI) of over 30 and under 50.

No Previous Bypass

Patients who have already undergone gastric bypass surgery are not good candidates for this procedure.

Heart Health

Patients who have had a heart attack or suffer from a heart condition may be disqualified from this surgery. 

Previous Gastric Band

The LAP-Band is a type of adjustable gastric band that is intended to restrict how much you can eat. If your LAP-Band has become loose or slipped, you may need revision surgery to achieve your desired results. Gastric sleeve is a popular method of revision surgery that can help you achieve the long-term weight loss you always wanted. 

We Never Recommend Gastric Sleeve Unless We Think It's Completely Safe

Before approving you for weight loss surgery, our team will conduct extensive pre-operative examinations to ensure you are healthy enough for treatment. This pre-operative screening includes: 

  • EKG 
  • Labwork
  • Chest x-ray 
  • Evaluation by a cardiologist

Your safety is our first priority. We will not allow you to enter the operating room if we do not feel that you can safely undergo surgery.

What is my BMI?

Wondering What Your Treatment Might Cost?

We can provide you with a free quote in just 24 hours. Simply take a moment to complete our easy online questionnaire. Want to speak to an Vision Bariatrics team member? Send us a message or call us: 

(619) 313-3171

Prepare for Bariatric Surgery in Six Simple Steps


Begin with Initial Contact

When you contact us via phone or e-mail, we will put you in touch with our patient coordinator. 


Complete Medical History Forms

You will be asked to fill out a medical history form to help our team evaluate whether you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery.


Receive Approval for Surgery

Within 24 hours of submitting your forms, we will inform you whether you have been approved as well as answer any outstanding questions.


Schedule Surgery and Make Deposit

Once you are approved, we will schedule your surgery and you will submit a deposit of $500.


Book Travel Arrangements

Our admissions coordinator will work with you to choose flights and coordinate your arrival to San Diego International Airport.


Start Your Pre-Op Diet

We will put you in touch with our diet consultant, who will provide a detailed dietary plan

Show me how the procedure works...

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Improving Patients' Outcomes with Advanced Technology

Our gated campus in Tijuana has a full on-site laboratory, as well as extensive imaging technology. In addition to the pre-operative laboratory tests, we also can perform a chest x-ray and EKG to assess the health of your heart. These services allow us to more accurately evaluate your candidacy for surgery, precisely plan your bariatric procedure, and monitor your recovery

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What to Expect  During Your Procedure & Stay

The day before your surgery, you and any loved ones traveling with you will check in at our private campus

Once you are prepped for surgery, our anesthesiologist, Dr. Oscar Contreras, will place you under anesthesia to ensure that you are fully asleep during your surgery.

The doctor will create up to five small incisions on the abdomen. He will insert instruments and carefully remove a portion of your stomach.
The remaining part of your stomach will be rejoined using surgical staples.
Your surgeon will remove the tools and close your incisions with stitches.

Although the length of your procedure will vary, most gastric sleeve surgeries are completed within one and a half hours

Following surgery, you will spend four nights at our hospital in Tijuana. Every room is equipped with Netflix, a companion bed, and private bathroom for your comfort. 

Weight loss is a journey...

Recovering after Sleeve Gastrectomy

To set you up for success and consistent, long-term weight loss after your departure from Mexico, we have nutritional consultations with every patient before they leave our hospital. 

We also require that all weight loss surgery patients perform a barium swallow at the hospital. During this exam, you will be given a solution that contains barium sulfate. We will then conduct an x-ray exam to track the solution as it moves through your gastrointestinal organs. This is an important precautionary step to ensure that there are no leaks after your gastric sleeve. 

Exercise and diet are both necessary to lose weight.
Exercise and diet are both necessary to lose weight.

First Few Days

Our team will monitor your immediate recovery in the hospital. For the first few days, you can only consume clear liquids in small amounts. If you recover well within this time frame, we will discharge you.

First Month

For the first month, you should follow a diet of pureed foods and protein shakes. Make sure to stay hydrated and take it easy. Your body will need time to adjust to the limited number of calories. After about 30 days, your doctor may approve increasing your activity level.

Months Two and Three

Slowly, you can move from liquids to solid foods. You will probably start to notice changes in your body, such as feeling lighter and more energetic. You should follow up with your dietician or nutritionist regularly and begin a more rigorous exercise routine.

The results? Life-changing.

"I’ve lost around 40 pounds in 6 months..."

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A permanent weight loss solution is just a phone call away. Take advantage of the special offers, competitive rates, and high-end services that Vision Bariatrics has to offer by requesting your free consultation online or calling us: 

(619) 313-3171

Most Patients Experience Significant Weight Loss

In general, patients who undergo gastric sleeve surgery lose about 60 percent of their excess body weight over a period of 12 to 18 months.

The results of your weight loss surgery depend on how well you follow your post-operative diet and exercise plan. It is crucial to limit your portions to avoid stretching out the sleeve created by your bariatric surgeon. 

How can your team help me maintain my results?

Establish a Healthy Recovery & Routine for Lifelong Results

Our team in Tijuana wants to help you maintain the results of your procedure for years to come. We offer several resources to assist you throughout your weight loss journey, including: 

  • Follow-up medical evaluations 
  • Biweekly check-ins with a nutritionist 
  • Phone, video conferencing, and e-mail support 

Top-Rated Center in Tijuana

"Having the certainty of being in the best hands, at all times, with highly prepared doctors and the best facilities with a 24/7 staff support and a 24-hour recovery... enjoying great food and comfort for myself and my loved ones." Jane, an Vision Bariatrics Patient

Understanding potential risks can help you prepare for surgery...

Follow Your Doctor's Instructions to Minimize Risks & Side Effects

Although gastric sleeve surgery boasts a low rate of complications compared to other bariatric procedures, patients should be aware of the potential risks and complications. 

Digestive Issues

Immediately after surgery, you may experience nausea, vomiting, or constipation. Dumping syndrome is another potential side effect of gastric sleeve surgery.

Nutritional Concerns

Certain foods may not agree with your stomach after a sleeve gastrectomy. You may also have to take vitamins and supplements to counteract potential nutritional deficiencies.

Infection or Leaks

In very rare cases, infection, bleeding, or a leak along the staple line can occur after a gastric sleeve procedure. Our skilled surgeons take care to reduce the risk of these issues.

Our team will guide you through your recovery to help decrease the risk of complication. Carefully following your doctor's instructions can also decrease the chances of health concerns after your treatment in Tijuana.

Our 5-Year Follow-Up Program

Many patients are worried about not having the support they need when they return home from their bariatric surgery. But we offer a five-year patient follow-up program at no additional cost. This program gives gastric sleeve patients access to our nutritionists, doctors, and treatment coordinators. No matter what country you call home, you can speak to our team in Mexico via e-mail, phone, or video conferencing if any questions arise during your recovery.

This all sounds impressive. But can I afford the procedure?

Transparent Costs and Fair Prices

One of the benefits of visiting our hospital is that we offer transparent, affordable, and largely all-inclusive rates for surgery. 

Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass Mini Gastric Bypass Revision Surgery





Starting at $4,999

 Nights in hospital

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Ground transportation

 Pre-op lab

 Chest x-ray & EKG

Physician and hospital fees

 Nutritional consultation

Why is this price different than other weight loss centers in Mexico? 

Is gastric sleeve surgery really worth the cost?

Remember that there are also other options for weight loss surgery...

The Right Procedure for You Depends on Many Factors

When choosing between gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery, there are a variety of factors you need to consider. One major difference between the two bariatric procedures is the candidacy requirements. For example, some patients have a BMI which is too high to qualify for gastric bypass surgery. In this case, sleeve gastrectomy may be a better choice.

Generally, gastric sleeve surgery is considered safer and less complex than a bypass. However, gastric bypass has a longer track record of success and may offer better long-term results. Be sure to discuss all of your options with our team at Vision Bariatrics

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Choose a Trusted Team

The medical team at Vision Bariatrics in Tijuana, Mexico, is committed to providing the highest quality of care to deliver life-changing results. Drs. Francisco Gonzalez, Mario Camelo Ramos, and Francisco Guarista are all board-certified bariatric surgeons trained in the latest weight loss surgery methods. Additionally, we offer: 

  • State-of-the-art surgical care
  • Affordable, transparent pricing
  • A safe, secure campus 

To learn more about our Tijuana practice, call us at (619) 313-3171, or request a quote online.

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