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Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Excess weight can interfere with every aspect of your daily life and increase your risk of serious health conditions.

Tijuana Bariatrics works with a network of physicians who can perform gastric sleeve surgery, a safe and affordable weight loss treatment.*

So why should you choose gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico?

What Is a Gastric Sleeve?

Gastric sleeve surgery (also called a sleeve gastrectomy) involves reducing the size of the stomach to about 15 percent of its original size. When your stomach is smaller, you will feel full after eating less food, and your body will absorb fewer calories. This leads to a healthy rate of dramatic weight loss.

Illustration of stomach before and after gastric sleeve

The gastric sleeve procedure is a safe and effective weight loss surgery. In fact, a five-year study conducted by the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery found that 98 percent of gastric sleeve recipients showed effective results and zero complications.

Sleeve gastrectomies are performed laparoscopically, so there is minimal scarring. During the surgery, the bariatric surgeon will remove stomach tissue and staple the remaining tissue shut so that it forms the shape of a tube, or "sleeve."

Why to Choose Tijuana Bariatrics for Gastric Sleeve Surgery


Patients traveling from abroad can rest assured that Tijuana Bariatrics has coordinated countless bariatric procedures that meet rigorous safety expectations. The hospital where your procedure will be performed meets U.S. standards and is equipped with advanced medical technology. Dr. Fernando Garcia will perform your surgery and he has successfully performed thousands of bariatric procedures. 


Bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, is a fraction of the cost of surgery in the United States. Traveling just a few miles south of the border allows you to save thousands of dollars while still receiving the same level of care from highly trained bariatric surgeons.


Tijuana Bariatrics is happy to provide patients with a comprehensive medical tourism package. The organization will arrange for your transportation from San Diego International Airport to the medical facility and back again, as well as your stay in the Marriott Hotel during your recovery. Medical tourism insurance is now included with every package at no extra charge.

Post-Surgery Care

After your weight loss surgery, the healthcare professionals in the preferred provider network are available to help you create a personalized nutrition and lifestyle plan so you can experience successful weight loss and keep the weight off. You will also have access to a post-bariatric surgery online support group.


Robert Buderus

July 2018

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A follow-up from my original posting - post surgery has been great and I've been diligent about lifestyle changes. Almost 6 months later and I am down 92 pounds. Everyone says I look completely different and my activity level has greatly increased. I would say my only downfall has been the need to get new clothes!! I've gone from a 40/42 to 36 and some 34's! I would highly recommend Tijuana Bariatrics as an option for weight loss.

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Lisa Shriver

May 2019

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My surgery was May 14, 2019. I had absolutely no complications. All accommodations including transportation, hotel , hospital stay was excellent!! All hospital staff was very caring and responded to any requests/ concerns immediately! I would 100% recommend Dr. Garcia to anyone considering weight loss surgery!

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Real Results Melina's Story

Melina has lost nearly 100 pounds so far thanks to her sleeve gastrectomy. Melina truly appreciated the care she received in Mexico from Tijuana Bariatrics and Dr. Garcia. Melina says her gastric sleeve was life-changing and she has been able to​ take back control of her life. ​*Note: There is no guarantee of specific results. Results can vary for each individual.

Curious about Gastric Sleeve? Reach Out Today

If you've tried to lose weight through diet and exercise but you're not seeing the results you need, it may be time to consider bariatric surgery. The network of doctors coordinating with Tijuana Bariatrics produces life-changing results for patients every day in Tijuana, Mexico. The doctors within the preferred provider network perform a variety of weight loss procedures, including gastric bypass and LAP-BAND® surgery, but our most popular offering is the gastric sleeve.

The gastric sleeve is so popular because it's a relatively straightforward procedure that enables patients to experience dramatic, long-term weight loss in less than a year.* If you think gastric sleeve surgery could be right for you, contact us today to discuss the details of your case. You can contact us online or call:

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Minimally Invasive Techniques Offer Several Benefits

The doctors in the preferred provider network perform sleeve gastrectomies as a single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS). Laparoscopic surgery involves the use of a laparoscope, a small, advanced medical camera, and precise surgical tools to perform bariatric surgery inside the body without making large incisions or exposing internal organs. When this weight loss surgery is performed with this minimally invasive technique, many patients enjoy reduced hospital stays with minimal pain and discomfort.*

How Does Sleeve Gastrectomy Work? A Treatment Timeline

Administering Anesthesia

At the beginning of your surgery, you will be placed under general anesthesia so you will be totally unconscious throughout the procedure.

Creating Incisions

The surgeon will make a single small incision in the abdomen to access the stomach.

Inserting the Laparoscope

The surgeon will insert the laparoscope and other surgical devices through the incision.

Removing Tissue

The surgeon will cut and remove up to 85 percent of your stomach tissue.

Shaping the Stomach

The surgeon will shape the remaining stomach tissue into an oblong tube or sleeve shape. The new, smaller stomach is securely sealed with staples.

Closing the Incisions

The surgeon will remove the surgical tools and stitch the incision shut.

Let's Take a Closer Look at the Procedure


Carrie Sigler


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Amazing. Friendly, personal, family oriented, and smrt as a whip. Great team. You will feel comfortable and be treated like the most important person in the world. Absolutely incredible experience.

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Deb Masters


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Vertical sleeve surgery December 20 2016. I've lost 85lbs. Feel great no complications. I flew in from Seattle to San Diego. Great accommodations no language barrier issues. Wish I had done this year's ago. In US 20k, in Mexico less than 5k.

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Gastric Sleeve Recovery

After gastric sleeve surgery, you will need to remain in the hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, for two nights so that you have medical staff on hand to monitor and assist you as needed. Additionally, you will need to undergo some post-operative testing before you are discharged. Your diet will be limited to liquids for the first two weeks but will gradually integrate soft foods, then solids. However, it is important to remember to only eat the small quantities of foods recommended by your doctor.

The first few weeks should be focused on resting, but you will need to walk around to discourage blood clots. After about a month, increasing your activity level will likely be approved. Over the next few months, you will gradually increase your exercise routine. Depending on the type of work you do, you may be able to return to work after a week or two. However, some patients require up to four to six weeks off. 

Look & Feel Healthier A Real Patient Transformation

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Gastric sleeve surgery helped this patient substantially reduce her weight and improve her quality of life.
*Note: There is no guarantee of specific results. Results can vary for each individual.

​A New Lease on Life Is Available Schedule Your Sleeve Gastrectomy Consultation Today

Obesity has terrible effects on your overall health, quality of life, and life expectancy. For qualifying patients, weight loss surgeries like gastric bypass or gastric sleeve can lead to significant weight loss and improved quality of life.*

While bariatric surgery can be prohibitively expensive in the United States, traveling just a few minutes south of the border into Mexico can allow patients to receive the same quality of care at a fraction of the cost. The surgeons in the preferred provider network of Tijuana Bariatrics are board-certified, and the surgical facility meets all U.S. standards

A minimally invasive gastric sleeve procedure could be the solution you are seeking. For more information, or to schedule your procedure and arrange for your travel to Mexico, fill out the online contact form or call:

(800) 308-3607

Before and after gastric sleeve surgery

The nutritionist and the post-operative care physician in the Tijuana Bariatrics preferred provider network are essential to your post-op success. They will provide you with a nutritional plan that is tailored to you and your weight loss goals, as well as specific lifestyle instructions.

Once you have returned home from Mexico, it is important that you follow up with your physician around three months after the surgery. At this time, Dr. Garcia als requires his patients to have a comprehensive blood work analysis performed and submitted for review.


Elizabeth Hampton


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This place is beyond awesome. My husband got the sleeve surgery and the hospital was soooo clean and the staff was so nice, courteous and helpful!!! Also when they send you back to the hotel after they discharge you from their hospital I had so many questions and concerns about my hubby and they we're all so concerned too and helpful and answered EVERYTHING for us... 

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Heather Gibbens

May 2019

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This was the best experience I could have hoped for. The hospital was clean and safe. The staff was amazing, kind, attentive, and knowledgeable. Highly recommend them to anyone considering bariatric surgery.

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Gastric Sleeve Revision

It is fairly common for any bariatric surgery to eventually require revision. After a gastric sleeve procedure, the stomach may become stretched over time and require re-tightening. A surgical revision is a simple procedure and can easily be performed by a certified bariatric surgeon.

In rare cases, gastric sleeve recipients may develop serious acid reflux. In that case, the sleeve can be converted to a gastric bypass. Gastric bypass surgery redirects the flow of acid and bile, which can relieve acid reflux. The doctors in the preferred provider network can perform gastric bypass surgery at the surgical center in Mexico.

The bariatric surgeons coordinating with Tijuana Bariatrics in Mexico are able to revise their own weight loss surgeries or surgeries performed by other doctors.

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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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