Medical Tourism for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric procedures are a highly effective method of fighting obesity, but many patients cannot afford to undergo bariatric surgery in their home country.

An increasing number of patients are choosing Tijuana Bariatrics in Tijuana, MX, to get the affordable surgical care they deserve.

Find out why so many patients around the world are choosing medical tourism for bariatric surgery.

Tijuana, Mexico: A World-Class Destination for Weight Loss Surgery

Tijuana Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico, is an exotic, bustling city located just 25 minutes from San Diego, California. Its convenient location just south of the border has made Tijuana one of the most popular places to undergo bariatric surgery. Tijuana is highly affordable, conveniently located, and renowned for its touristic attractions, including:

  • Luxurious hotels
  • Picturesque restaurants
  • Extravagant nightlife
  • Immaculate beaches
  • Majestic mountain ranges 

More importantly, Tijuana is home to some of the most highly trained and respected bariatric surgeons in the world, making it a place where patients of all backgrounds can experience a level of luxury care that they would never be able to experience in their home countries. 

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We streamline the process and your accommodations will be ready before you arrive in Tijuana.

What Patients Are Saying


Hayley Shaw

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Couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Can’t wait to have a whole new life. All of the doctors and staff are phenomenal and the procedure + hospital was flawless.

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Shonda Hortness

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I felt safe. I traveled alone... The entire experience was great. The Hospital was clean and the staff were excellent. The hotel was awesome. The surgery went well.

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Better Care at Better Rates

By undergoing a gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or other gastric surgery in Tijuana, you will be receiving affordable care, but you are not compromising your safety or quality of care.

When working with Tijuana Bariatrics' network of doctors, your safety and security are the highest priority. Each doctor within the network holds themselves to the highest standard of excellence, and each surgeon is united in the common goal to deliver outstanding care and transform the health and well-being of each bariatric patient. All doctors have received training to perform the latest techniques, including single incision laparoscopic sleeve (SILS). Additionally, all of the hospitals and facilities used by the Tijuana Bariatrics network of doctors are safe and accredited. 

Helping Patients Protect Themselves & Their Finances With Medical Tourism Insurance

To help patients feel at ease, we offer medical tourism insurance policies (MTIP) to all patients at no extra cost (some restrictions apply). MTIPs insure you in the unlikely event of a postoperative complication such as: 

  • Cardiopulmonary disease 
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising 
  • Infection
  • Anesthesia complication
  • Gastric leak
  • Sepsis 
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infection

Medical tourism insurance covers up to $5,000 and is included in all bariatric surgery packages.

Medical tourism insurance policy paperwork

Medical Tourism Insurance Coverage

Medical tourism insurance can cover you in case of complications. Restrictions apply.

What You Need to Travel to Tijuana

Passport or Passport Card

Because you will be commuting to and from Tijuana, Mexico, you will need to be a passport holder. To use the medical pass line and ensure an expeditious journey across the border, you will need your passport or passport card. Drivers' licenses and birth certificates will not grant you access to the medical pass line and can increase your wait time at the border.

Comfortable Clothes & Shoes

Walking is a large part of the recovery process, so you will need comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring plenty of loose clothing such as sweatpants and shoes that are easy to slip on.

Light Luggage

If you are traveling alone, we recommend packing light. During your recovery, you should not be lifting heavy items. A large suitcase can be burdensome and may require heavy lifting, so we do not recommend that you bring one.


In addition to valid identification, you will need a signed consent form and clearance from your licensed doctor if your surgeon decides that you have a medical condition that would increase your risk during surgery.

What to Expect When Traveling to Mexico for Weight Loss Surgery

To make your stay more comfortable, the doctors and staff are fluent in English.
To make your stay more comfortable, the doctors and staff are fluent in English.

Arrival in San Diego

From the moment you land in sunny San Diego, all of your needs will be met with eagerness and respect. A courteous driver will meet you at the city's international airport to accompany you on your journey. Because San Diego's airport is international, you can conveniently travel to the facility from anywhere in the world.


On the day of your treatment, you will be advised to arrive at the hospital with an empty stomach. The staff will perform several routine tests and lab work, checking for irregularities prior to clearing you for treatment.

Meeting Your Bariatric Surgeon

Following your evaluation, you will meet with your bariatric surgeon to discuss your concerns, raise any questions that you might have, and undertake a final examination before your procedure.


You will undergo a carefully selected bariatric procedure at the state-of-the-art Blue Medical Tower. Popular options include gastric bypass, duodenal switch, and gastric sleeve surgery.

Hospital Stay

The length of your hospital stay will depend on which bariatric technique you undergo. The hospital has working Internet, and all calls to the United States and Canada can be made free of charge.


You will transition from the hospital to begin your recovery in the comfort of the upscale Marriott Hotel. There, you will be cared for by experienced medical staff. In the rare event of a complication, our staff will be easily accessible.

Follow-Up Care

Long after leaving Tijuana, Mexico, patients can get the support they need to achieve successful long-term weight loss. Whether it be days, months, or years post-op, you can continue to contact your nutritionist and follow-up care doctor via phone or e-mail. 
"My experience was amazing! It starts from the very beginning. Before you even get to Tijuana! The staff walks you through everything you need to know and do. They stay in constant contact via email or phone calls. Once you are in beautiful Tijuana, you are so very well taken care of by the hosting hotel and your driver. The hospital is so clean and serene. The drs and nursing are amazing! I really didn't want to leave! It was so beautiful! The surgery went very well and of course I've lost 70 lbs now, but the experience as a whole was amazing, and I'm so glad I did it!" Amy Harris
Florence Hospital

Tijuana Bariatrics

The network of physicians coordinating with Tijuana Bariatrics performs a wide range of services, including bariatric surgery. By choosing Tijuana Bariatrics, you can experience safe care from a board-certified surgeon in luxury accommodations.

For more information, fill out this online form or call (800) 308-3607 today.

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