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Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana

Frequently Asked Questions

How much would my surgery cost?

Current Limited Time Special:

  • Gastric Sleeve – $3,995

Please fill in the online estimate request form for the latest prices and specials.

Hospital Facilities

We facilitate weight loss surgeries, such as lap band, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and gastric plication, at a leading bariatric surgery hospital in Tijuana.

  • The hospital is located just two-three blocks from the US-Mexico border.
  • Has its own state-of-the art ICU.
  • Attracts patients not only from the United States and Canada but also from England, Germany and other European countries.
  • Own pharmacy – 30% discount on medications
  • Air conditioned rooms with well-appointed bathrooms
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free phone calls to the USA
  • Television (Spanish and English)
  • Cafeteria
  • In-house clinical laboratory
  • Water purification system
  • Full electrical generator backup
  • Parking area

How do I get to the hospital?

By Air – The border town is served by the General Abelardo L. Rodtríguez International Airport (IATA: TIJ, ICAO: MMTJ). The nearest airport on the American side is the San Diego International airport (IATA: SAN) (located about 20 minutes away).

By Road – You can cross into Tijuana from the San Ysidro Port of Entry. From San Diego, take I-5 or I-805 to the south to get to the border crossing area.

If you choose to fly into the San Diego airport, then you can –

Option 1 – Cross the border on foot and walk about 3-4 blocks. Should take you about 8-10 minutes to reach the hospital.

Option 3 – Hire a cab after crossing the border. Should take you about 3-5 minutes to reach the hospital.

If you plan to cross the border in your own car then you would need the following documents –

  • A vehicle permit to temporarily import your car into Mexico. This can be obtained at the border.
  • A tourist card.
  • To obtain a vehicle permit and a tourist card you would need –
    • Valid proof establishing the car ownership
    • Proof of American registration
    • American driver’s license
    • Proof of  citizenship such as passport
  • To avoid any run-ins with law, especially in the case of a mishap, it is recommended that you obtain Mexican car insurance. These can be purchased in the American border towns.

You can also leave your car on the American side of the border; cross over into Mexico and walk or hire a cab.

How far is the hospital from the San Ysidro Port of Entry?

  • 3-5 minutes drive by car and 8-10 minutes’ walk

What are the border crossing timings?

  • The San Ysidro Port of Entry is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Pick-up Facility

We offer free pick-up service from the San Diego International Airport or any hotel in San Diego near the airport or at the border.

Documents/Visa Requirements

What documents would I need to cross the border into Mexico?

  • All US citizens, including minors, need to present a valid passport/passport card to enter into Mexico.
  • Canadian citizens, including minors, need a valid passport to enter Mexico.
  • Make sure your passports are in good condition. Those carrying washed, mutilated or damaged passports might be denied entry into Mexico.
  • US citizens aged 16 and over would also need passport to regain entry into the United States.
  • Non-Mexican citizens traveling 20-30 kilometers beyond the border zone must carry valid immigration documents, namely Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM), FM2, FM3 or FME. These can be obtained from the Mexican immigration authorities (Instituto Nacional de Migración, INM).

What about the visa requirements?

  • US citizens are allowed a visa-less stay of 72 hours within 20-30 kilometers of the border area.
  • Canadian citizens do not require a visa for a stay not excedding 180 days.

 

Modes of payment accepted by the hospital

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

 

Accommodation

Do I get free accommodation?

You get free stay for 2 nights at –

  • Pueblo Amigo/Grand Hotel , or
  • Marriott

What about the stay of my friend or family member?

We offer free stay for one accompanying guest.

Who will perform my bariatric surgery?

We have obesity surgeons with excellent credentials under our network.

One of our network surgeons for gastric banding, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery in Tijuana is –

  • A Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, Maryland) certified surgeon
  • An active participant in the various education activities organized at the Gastroenterology Division of the Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  • Certified member of the American Gastroenterological Association
  • Member of the Mexican Association of Endoscopia Gastrointestinal

Another of our network bariatric surgeon is –

  • A member of the Mexican Association of Obesity Surgery and Metabolic Disorders
  • Assistant at the XIII World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery (2012) held in Puerto Vallarta
  • Participant at the –
    • Xlll Congreso Nacional De Cirugia De Obesidad y Enfermedades Metabólicas A.C.held in Ensenada , Baja California in 2011
    • IFSO 2010 World Congress International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders held at Long Beach – Los Angeles, California
    • The International Congress of General Surgery held in León, México.
  • Presented papers and studies at numerous symposiums and seminars

 

Tijuana Tourism Information

TJ, as Tijuana is fondly called, is a bustling financial and industrial center of Mexico located right across San Ysidro on the American side of the border. The city is a colorful concoction of myriad cultures of Mexico and now occupies a firm position on the global medical tourism map. Here is a quick guide to make your stay in TJ for obesity surgery less stressful and more hassle-free.

Did you know? – The Tijuana-San Ysidro port of entry is actually the busiest land border crossing in the world.

What are my options for eating?

Think Mexico, think food! And the Mexican border town will not disappoint you. The border city abounds in trucks and food stands dishing out the most scrumptious of Mexican fare, right from the prosaic tacos to the most exotic of Baja-Mediterranean dishes.

For the not-so-adventurous ones, Avenida Revolucion, the main street of Tijuana offers plenty of options.  The shopping hub of the city is lined with Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken and other popular American fast-food chains. You will also find Mc Donald’s and Domino’s Pizza in other parts of the city.

Things to do in Tijuana

  • Take a walking tour of the Avenida Revolucion, the busy downtown shopping district of TJ.
  • Hit the Zona Rio, a less touristy yet more modern area of the city. The area abounds with swanky restaurants, nightclubs and monuments and statues of famous Mexicans.
  • Watch pros and amateurs practice the game of Jai Alai at the eponymous Jai Alai Palace in Avenida Revolucion.
  • Visit Centro Cultural de Tijuana for a whirlwind tour of different regions of Mexico. This word-class museum located in Zona Rio also houses an OMNIMAX theater.
  • Go wine tasting at L.A. Cetto.
  • See a bullfight at Plaza de Toros Monumental.
  • Savor caeser salad at the place it was invented – Hotel Caeser.

Do I need to know Spanish?

No. All our network surgeons are fluent English speakers. We facilitate treatments at hospitals which have English-speaking staff and are sensitive to the needs of foreign patients.

However, just so that you do not encounter any language barriers when out on the street, it is recommended that you learn some of the key Spanish words and phrases such as the following –

English                                                                                  Spanish

Good morning                                                                        Buenos días

Good afternoon                                                                       Buenas tardes

Good evening                                                                          Buenas noches

Hello Hola

Goodbye                                                                                    Adios

See you later                                                                            Hasta luego

Excuse me                                                                                 Perdoname

Please                                                                                          Por favor

Thank you                                                                                 Gracias

I am sorry                                                                                  Lo siento

How much does it cost?                                                          ¿Cuánto cuesta?

Yes                                                                                                Si

No                                                                                                 No

I don’t understand                                                                   No comprendo

Help!                                                                                            Socorro

Do you speak English?                                                            ¿Habla Usted inglés?

Useful Information and General Tips

  • Because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Tijuana experiences mild climate throughout the year. Average temperature here is about 70o F.
  • Standard time zone in Mexico – Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/Greenwich Meantime (GMT) –6 hours
  • One of the best ways to tour the city is by walking. Do not forget to carry comfortable walking shoes with you.
  • Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted in Tijuana.
  • Mexican currency is the peso (sign: $; code: MXN). The US dollars are, however, widely accepted.

Safety tips

  • You are advised not to venture out alone at night.
  • Always stay in the well-lit areas; avoid venturing into deserted areas.
  • It is recommended that visitors avoid visiting Calle Coahuila, the red-light area of the border town.
  • Avoid flagging taxis from the street. Ask your hotel to arrange for one. For zipping through TJ, it is recommended that you choose metered taxis. These are white in color with a red stripe and “Taxi Libre” written over them.
  • Avoid pulling out cash from ATMs on the street. Only use ATMs inside malls and shops; withdraw cash only during daylight hours.
  • Visitors are dissuaded from indulging in illegal partying and substance abuse.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid giving alms to beggars. Donate to a charity instead.
  • Call 066 in case of any emergency.
  • American citizens are advised to sign up for the US State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for assistance in case of emergency.
  • To avoid running the risk of falling sick, stick to bottled water and eat only cooked food.