gastric sleeve surgery

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 can improve your quality of life.

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

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Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Decreased Appetite

During gastric sleeve surgery, Dr. Francisco Gonzalez will reduce your stomach by about 90 percent to the size and shape of a banana. This encourages you to eat less after surgery.

Reduced Health Issues

Studies show that bariatric surgery can 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. 

Dr. Francisco Gonzalez

Dr. Francisco Gonzalez
Dr. Francisco Manuel Sanchez Gonzalez Rubio
Bariatric Surgeon | Surgeon License: 4795435

Dr. Gonzalez is a bariatric surgeon in Tijuana who has performed thousands of bariatric surgeries over the past two decades. His credentials include: 

  • Board-Certification from the Mexican Council of Surgery
  • M.D. Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG) in Guadalajara, Mexico

Gastric sleeve surgery is a great option for many patients because it offers a lower risk of complications and quick recovery compared to other bariatric procedures. Start your weight loss journey at Oasis of Hope Bariatrics today. Simply submit an online contact form or call us at (619) 690-8417.​

What happens during the surgery?

During gastric sleeve surgery, part of the stomach is removed to reduce your caloric intake.

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

Oasis of Hope Bariatrics Follows the Same Rules and Regulations as U.S. Hospitals

Medical tourism, or traveling to a foreign country in pursuit of 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.

Mexico United States
Sterile, Accredited Hospital
English-Speaking Staff
Highly Trained Surgeons
Weight Loss Support Group
Safe, Secure Campus
Affordable Procedures

Oasis of Hope 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.

"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 Oasis of Hope 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. 

What is my BMI?

BMI: 25.0—29.9

Weight Status: Overweight

Wondering What Your Treatment Might Cost?

We can provide you with a free quote in just 24 hours. We invite you to take a moment to complete our simple online questionnaire.

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery in Six Simple Steps

Although the exact plan of preparing for gastric sleeve surgery will vary from patient to patient, the process generally consists of six simple steps: 

Initial Contact

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

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.

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 and Deposit 

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

Travel Arrangements

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

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...

illustration of stomach before and after gastric sleeve

Improving Patients' Results 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 assess your candidacy for surgery, precisely plan your bariatric procedure, and monitor your recovery

Hand pointing to medical information on monitor

What to Expect  During the Procedure

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

On the day of 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 remove a portion of your stomach.
The remaining part of your stomach will be rejoined using surgical staples.
Dr. Gonzalez 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 your 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 afterSleeve Gastrectomy

Exercise and diet are both necessary to achieve weight loss.
Exercise and diet are both necessary to achieve weight loss.

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 increased activity.

Month Two and Three

Slowly, you can move from liquids to solid foods. You will probably start to notice changes in your body, feel 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.

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?

Establishing a Healthy Recovery for Lifelong Results

Dr. Gonzalez and his Tijuana team want 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 suppor
"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 Oasis of Hope Bariatrics Patient

Understanding your 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 Concerns

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

Nutritional Problems

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

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.

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


Special $4,199



Starting at $4,899

 Nights in hospital

3 4 4 4

Ground transportation

 Pre-op lab

 Chest x-ray & EKG

Physician and hospital fees

 Nutritional consultation

We understand that surgery requires a substantial emotional and financial investment.

To make surgery accessible to all our patients, we accept credit cards and work with Health Finance Center and United Medical Credit to offer financing.

Is a gastric sleeve really worth the cost?

"I would absolutely recommend Oasis of Hope to anyone. If you are thinking of doing this surgery and traveling abroad, don't hesitate, GO!!!! The staff spoke very good english and was the most polite and attentive people. I was well cared for and happy about everything. Very clean and beautiful facilities!!! And let's not forget about Gaston and Paula!! Absolutely love them!!!! Thank you guys for everything!!!!"
Bobbie Hamilton

There are 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 Oasis of Hope Bariatrics

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