Bariatric Surgery in Mexico -Dr. Christian Rodriguez Lopez

Bariatric Surgery Procedures in Mexico

To start your weight loss journey we must first make an evaluation based on the information provided in our health questionnaire. The Health Questionnaire (HQ) is where we will learn about your current health and the most critical areas to address in preparation for surgery.

Once the health questionnaire is reviewed, we will discuss which surgical options are recommended for your specific needs.

Our specialized staff, both in the United States and Tijuana, Mexico, work together throughout the entire surgery process. Hotel and hospital stays are included in our surgery packages. Our drivers in Tijuana will provide transportation to and from the San Diego airport and between the hospital and the hotel. From assessment to recovery, you are in good hands with our medical team.

Gastric Sleeve (VSG)

Starting at $4,795 

Gastric Sleeve, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), is the most prominent bariatric surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery is quickly becoming the top-performing procedure in Mexico and is quickly coming up in the United States and Canada.

Gastric sleeve surgery works by removing 85% of the stomach and then stapling it in the “sleeve” shape. This smaller stomach size forces the patient to consume less food while feeling satisfied and content. Hunger hormones (Ghrelin) residing on the top of the stomach are gone, making the patient less hungry.

Typically, patients will only be able to consume roughly 400 calories in a sitting and roughly 800 to 1000 calories per day. This significant reduction is the modus operandi of the gastric sleeve.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery (RNY)

Starting at $5,895

In this procedure, surgery is performed on the stomach (as in the gastric sleeve), but we also do surgery on the small intestine (the part of the digestive system where nutrients are absorbed).

It consists of making a smaller stomach and connecting it with the intestine. By doing this surgery, we help our patients to eat less (feel satisfied with less food) and decrease the absorption of food.

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Duodenal Switch Surgery

Starting at $6,695 

SADI-S Procedure -Dr. Christian Rodriguez Mexico

Duodenal Switch surgery, also known as Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS), is a weight loss surgery that is typically a revision of a vertical gastric sleeve or band procedure. It is an effective option for those who have a significant amount of weight to lose and is best for achieving long-term weight loss.

How Duodenal Switch Surgery Works

This procedure is both malabsorptive and restrictive. It stimulates weight loss by rerouting the small intestine and permanently removing the stomach while keeping the malabsorption technique. Dr. Rodriguez is one of the best surgeons providing duodenal switches in Tijuana, Mexico. He has performed more successful DS surgeries than most surgeons around the world.

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Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

Starting at $5,595

Single Incision Gastric Sleeve DiagramSingle-incision Laparoscopic Surgery allows patients the aesthetic quality of one minimized scar, as well as faster recovery times and less pain. Dr. Rodriguez Lopez can perform single-incision gastric sleeve, single-incision gastric banding, and single-incision revision surgery.

  • Quicker Healing Time
  • Fewer Scars, Incisions
  • More aesthetic

History of Single-Incision Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery was performed as an open procedure for many decades before the advent of laparoscopic surgery. In open bariatric surgery, surgeons open up the patient by creating a long incision line in the abdomen and operate with “traditional” medical instruments.

As medical technology evolved, laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery became a possibility. With laparoscopic surgery, surgeons create small incisions and utilize a thin, flexible tube containing a video camera (laparoscope) to reach the organs of the abdominal cavity.

Surgical Equipment for Single Incision

Da Vinci – The da Vinci is a sophisticated laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Da Vinci uses robotic-assisted 3D video technology. The da Vinci System has been in operation for over ten years and has been used in thousands of procedures. The da Vinci system is an autonomous or semi-autonomous device that can do single-incision surgery.

Gel Point – Gel Point is a medical technology that facilitates gastric sleeve, gastric banding, and gastric bypass. Learn how the GelPOINT advanced access platform enables single-site surgery. Explore single-site tools and techniques, including:

  • Instrumentation
  • Camera operation
  • Trocar placement
  • Indications and limitations
  • Visualization and instrument manipulation
  • Patient selection, benefits, risks, and challenges
  • Patient education, documentation, and reimbursement
  • Anesthetic considerations

Covidien SILS System — The Covidien SILS System’s multiple access ports are an advanced medical device that Medtronic can accommodate up to three laparoscopic instruments through a single incision. When used in the umbilicus, the SILS Port leaves a hidden scar, which may reduce postoperative pain.

Gastric Balloon (Intragastric Balloon System)

Starting at $3,295

Gastric Balloon


This option is not surgery; it is a procedure performed by endoscopy, in which a balloon is placed under direct vision inside the stomach and left for a period of 6 months ( Orbera) to 1 year(Spatz3). The balloon fills with liquid and stays inside the stomach, allowing you to consume less food and thus start to lose weight.

Medical Tourism

Getting weight loss surgery done in Mexico is like taking a little vacation away from home. You get to travel to Mexico and be around people with a warm and friendly culture. Medical Tourism ensures having safe, affordable bariatric surgery with a trusted surgeon in beautiful Mexico.

Choose Mexico Bariatric Center® (MBC), the #1 longest-standing medical tourism operator in Tijuana, Mexico

Affordable Bariatric Procedures in Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico, offers one of the most affordable bariatric surgery packages in the world. The cost is one-third to one-eighth of the cost in the U.S. and Canada. It is often even less than the co-pay patients pay in the United States.

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Fast Approval Process

As an elective procedure in Mexico, once evaluated, you can conveniently schedule your weight loss surgery. There is no long-term wait to see the surgeon or book your surgery, as is the case for Canadians. Also, they do not put you through the wringer, as is the case for Americans using their insurance.

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Quality Medical Care

Mexican health organizations have high healthcare standards similar to the ones in the United States. Most hospital facilities fully comply with accreditation organizations, such as JCI and CSG, and are equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

Board certifications across all disciplines are almost identical in the U.S. and Mexico. In general, Mexican doctors are younger than U.S. doctors since they start training them right after school instead of after their baccalaureate degree. Surgeons in Mexico have much more human touch than their American counterparts. There is much more attention and care you receive from the surgeon and medical staff in Mexico.

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