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Bariatric Surgery in Cancun

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How much would my surgery cost?

Procedure Price
Lap Band $5,500
Gastric Sleeve $5,500
Gastric Plication $5,000
RNY/Gastric Bypass $9,000
Mini Gastric Bypass $8,000

*These prices are subject to change. For the latest prices and specials, fill the online quote-request form.

 

Hospital Facilities

For facilitating quality yet affordable bariatric surgeries, we work with a leading hospital in Cancun which has been serving customers for more than 25 years. We’ve enlisted some of the hospital features here –

  • Conveniently located only 30 minutes from the Cancun International Airport.
  • Convenience stores, shopping area and restaurants are located only a short distance from the hospital.
  • Well-appointed patient rooms and master suites.
  • Intermediate and Intensive Care Unit.
  • Emergency room with 24-hour availability of nurses and specialists.
  • State-of-the-art technology.
  • 4-D ultrasound.
  • A relaxing beach is located only 20 minutes from the hospital.

 

How do I get to the hospital?

Cancun has its own international airport (IATA Code: CUN). The city is well connected with flights from major American and Canadian cities. The hospital is less than 30 minutes from the airport.

 

Free Pick-up Facility

We provide complimentary ground transportation from the Cancun airport.

 

Documents/Visa Requirements

  • US and Canadian citizens need a valid passport to enter Mexico.
  • American and Canadian citizens entering Mexico by air need to obtain a tourist card called FM-T. These cards can be bought for a fee from airlines serving Mexico or at any airport located in the border zone.
  • US citizens staying for more than 180 days in Mexico for purposes other than tourism or business need to obtain a visa.
  • Canadian citizens do not need to obtain a visa for a stay of less than 180 days, the purpose of which is tourism.

 

Payment Methods

Our network hospital accepts the following:

  • Cash
  • Cashier’s Checks
  • Traveler’s Checks
  • PayPal
  • Credit Card
  • Wire Transfer

 

Accommodation

  • Free one night stay (for gastric sleeve, gastric plication, gastric banding and bypass) at B2B Hotel and Plaza.
  • We also offer free stay for one accompanying guest.

 

Who will perform my bariatric surgery?

We work with a leading obesity surgeon in Cancun who has been performing lap band, gastric plication, sleeve gastrectomy, bypass and revision weight loss surgeries since 2006. We’ve compiled his credentials as follows –

  • Has good global exposure – been part of academic activities in North and South American and European countries.
  • Graduated as general surgeon with honors from the Mexican National University in 2006.
  • Member of the following boards and associations –
    • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders
    • Mexican Board of General Surgery
    • Mexican Association of General Surgery
    • Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery
    • Latin American Association of Endoscopic Surgery
    • Mexican Association of Obesity Surgery
  • Served as chief of surgery at a specialty clinic in Mexico City for 2 years.
  • Coordinates and teaches bariatric surgery courses in Mexico and other countries.
  • Attended international conferences and meets such as:
    • 2005 XIV International Congress of Endoscopic Surgery held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
    • 2011 IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) World Congress held in Hamburg, Germany
    • 2009 IFSO World Congress held in Paris, France
    • International Echoes in General Surgery – the Mexican Association of General Surgery and the American College of Surgeons held in Mexico City in 2005
    • Presented paper entitled “Bariatric Surgery as an alternative for the treatment of severe obesity in teenagers” at the XIV International Congress of Endoscopic Surgery held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2005

 

Cancun Tourism Information

Cancun is known by the sobriquet “the Glistening City” for a reason. Flanked by the Riviera Maya to the south, Cancun is a dazzling beach city replete with posh resorts, swanky hotels and pulsating nightclubs punctuated with archeological ruins dating back to the pre-Columbian era.

 

Of late, as state-of-the-art hospitals and surgery centers have begun to dominate the city’s skyline along with posh hotels, Cancun has also established itself as one of the prime medical tourism destinations in Mexico. The city hosts a number of medical facilities which make use of the latest technology in performing weight loss surgeries. We’ve compiled a brief guide to help you decipher Cancun.

 

What are my options for eating?

Cancun abounds with American fast food restaurants such as Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Hooters, McDonalds, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., California Pizza Kitchen, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

 

If you want to experiment with local cuisine, you might want to try the following –

  • Bite into succulent kibis (baked wheat balls stuffed with cheese or meat).
  • Nosh on Cochinita Pibil (pork marinated with orange juice, an American shrub, peppercorns and garlic).
  • Savor panuchos (fried tortillas stuffed with black bean paste and then topped with lettuce and shredded chicken).
  • Slurp on Sopa de Lima (a scrumptious chicken soup served with lime and slivers of fried tortillas).

 

Things to Do in Cancun

If a holiday has been eluding you then make the most out of your weight loss surgery trip to Cancun. Of course, you won’t be able to indulge in sightseeing immediately after your surgery. To make the most of it, consider including the following in your itinerary before you go under the surgeon’s scalpel.

  • A two and a half hour bus ride will take you to the splendid Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. The edifices of yore here offer great lessons on the Yucatán culture.
  • Head to the Isla Mujeres, a tiny island just eight miles from the Yucatán peninsula to get away from the hustle and bustle of Cancun.
  • Just four miles from the Hotel Zone lies Playa Tortugas, a sandy beach dotted with open-air restaurants. You can have a good dining experience here.
  • Delphinus Dreams Cancun in Dreams Cancun Hotel offers interesting interactive sessions with dolphins. Check for the interaction program schedule and their prices.
  • Just an hour and a half from the Hotel Zone lies the site of spectacular Mayan ruins – Tulum. The pre-Columbian walled city is famous for the Temple of the Frescoes, the Great Palace, the Temple of the Descending God and El Castillo.

 

Do I need to know Spanish?

The staff at the surgery center we work with is fluent in English. Since Cancun receives a sizable number spring break partying Americans, most of the people engaged in the tourism industry are conversant in English. It is, nonetheless, recommended that medical tourists acquaint themselves with the following Spanish words and phrases.

  • Hello – Hola (ohla)
  • Goodbye – Adiós (ah-dee-OHS)
  • Thank you – Gracías (gra-SEE-ahs)
  • How much does this cost? – ¿Cuánto cuesta? (kooAN-to KWEHS-ta)
  • Do you speak English? – ¿Habla inglés? (AH-blahs een-GLEHS)
  • I don’t speak Spanish – No hablo español (no AH-blo ehs-pahn-YOL)
  • Yes – Si (see)
  • No – No (no)
  • Food – Comida (co-mead-a)
  • I am sorry – Lo siento (low see-EHn-to)
  • Excuse me – Perdóname (pehr-DOH-nah-meh)

 

Useful Info and General Tips

  • The city experiences hot, humid, tropical weather all year round.
  • The hurricane season, running from June to November, can be marked with non-stop tropical rains and storms.
  • The period from November to March marks the high season. Be ready to shell out high amounts of money on almost everything during this period.
  • Buses are a cheap way of getting around the city.
  • Taxi charges are higher than bus fares.
  • American dollars are widely accepted. However, most of the establishments will quote prices in terms of Mexican pesos.
  • Cancun is one hour ahead of Eastern Time and lags behind Pacific Time by two hours. It is on the US Central Time Zone. It is six hours ahead of the Greenwich Meantime.
  • Call 066 in case of emergency.
  • Important addresses and contact numbers
    • US Consular Agency, Cancun

Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13 ZH

Torre La Europea, Despacho 301, Cancun

Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 1:00pm

Tel: (998) 883-0272

    • Canadian Consular Agency in Cancun

Centro Empresarial Oficina E7

Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 12

Zona Hotelera

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tel: (998) 883-3360 / 883-3361

Safety Tips

  • You will be served purified water in most of the hotels and restaurants. However, when in doubt, do not hesitate to tell “agua purificada, por favor” (purified water, please).
  • Make sure you use a sunscreen to protect yourself from the harmful UV rays.
  • Make sure not to pull cash from ATMs located in places other than your bank or hotel.
  • Most of the beaches will carry warning flags based on the wave and tide condition –
    • Black flags – signify extreme danger
    • Red flags – imply you need to exercise caution; stay close to the shore
    • Any other colored flag- signifies the beach is safe
  • Time-sharing presentations are best avoided.
  • Follow the buddy system – do not venture out alone at night.
  • Your valuables are best left back home or in your hotel safe.