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 AppetiteDuring 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.
Improved Quality of LifeFollowing 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
Oasis 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
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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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 Oasis Bariatrics in Tijuana as your weight loss center, you do not have to fly to Mexico.
Oasis 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 Oasis Bariatrics today by sending us an online message or calling us:
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 Oasis of Hope 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.
- Facilities: Our 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.
Advanced Surgical Techniques
"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 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.
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:
- 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?
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.
Gastric Sleeve Pre-Op Diet
Show me how the procedure works...
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.
What to Expect During Your Procedure & Stay
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.
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.
The results? Life-changing.
"I’ve lost around 40 pounds in 6 months..."
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 Oasis 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.
Immediately after surgery, you may experience nausea, vomiting, or constipation. Dumping syndrome is another potential side effect of gastric sleeve surgery.
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.
Hear Sharon's Life-Changing Story
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.
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Starting at $5,700
Nights in hospital
Chest x-ray & EKG
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Why is this price different than other weight loss centers in Mexico?
We Make Bariatric Surgery Affordable on Every Budget
“I was not able to receive bariatric surgery at home in America. My insurance did not cover it, and I couldn’t afford $25,000 out of pocket. So I feel really fortunate to have found Oasis of Hope. It is a full-service hospital, fully accredited, ICU unit, lab, x-ray...Everything, soup to nuts, is here.” - Sharon M.
"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
We understand that surgery requires a substantial emotional and financial investment.
Our compassionate, caring team wants to make weight loss a reality, regardless of your budget, income, profession, or background. To make surgery accessible to all our patients, we accept:
- Credit Cards: We gladly accept American Express, MasterCard, and VISA. Patients are allowed to pay 100 percent of their sleeve gastrectomy with their credit card of choice.
- Third-Party Financing: If you prefer to finance your surgery, we work with two third-party lenders including Health Finance Center and United Medical Credit. Both offer simple application processes, competitive rates, and user-friendly online payment options.
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 Oasis Bariatrics.