Weight Loss Surgery in Tijuana

Tijuana Weight Loss Surgery

About Tijuana

Tijuana has proven to be the location of choice for Weight Loss Surgery. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, a Californian Newspaper and the Tijuana Chamber of Commerce, Tijuana Mexico receives an estimate of 1.1 million American Patients each year, and the number keeps rising.

Tijuana offers Americans with the latest in medical technology and due to its strategic geographical location, just 20 minutes from the San Diego, California Airport, it attracts patients from all over the west coast and many from the south and central US. Additionally, Tijuana has under gone a dramatic change in its infrastructure and security. Tijuana has become one of the most modern and safe cities in Mexico.

We offer an unbeatable surgery package with not only one but "TWO" 20+ year surgeons collaboratively perform your Gastric Procedure of choice at Obesity Good bye Surgical Center in Tijuana Mexico

Sergio verboonen

- Dr. Sergio Verboonen


- Dr. Jaime Ponce de Leon

Know Tijuana


What are the Next Steps if Ready:

  • Contact us today
  • Receive free quote within 24 hours
  • You decide
  • Surgeon will review your records
  • We help arranging logistics
  • Medical Treatment
  • Return home

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Or call us Toll Free and one of our Patient Coordinators will be standing by800.281.0677

Do I need a Passport to have surgery in Tijuana?: If you're a US citizens you only require a State Issued Picture ID like a driver's licence to be able to cross the International border. For non US citizens a valid passport is mandatory entering the country.

Is Tijuana Safe?: Tijuana is very safe city especially for the tourist. Tijuana being a the hub for medical tourism internationally, its main priority has been tourist safety. You may have heard of TIjuana being dangerous. That has become history. Tijuana did go through a bad couple of years back in 2008 but the city has made a turnaround and completely recovered now thriving in tourism and specialty medical.

What Hotel do I stay in Tijuana?: We set all our patients at The Grand Hotel Tijuana the night before the surgery date.

To have surgery in Tijuana, where do I have to fly to?: You need to purchase from your location to San Diego, California and back.

Will someone pick me up at the San Diego International Airport?: Yes, we have a dedicated transportation team that will pick you up at the airport and take you into Tijuana. Once you are discharged, we will take you back to the airport. Transportation is included in your surgery package.

Will I need to bring money for take home meds?: Yes, you will need to bring $85 dollars cash (No Credit) to purchase the meds before discharge. Our patient runner will go and get those for you so you don't have to leave the facility.

Where can my companion(s) eat in Tijuana?: Our patient runner will get them any type of food they desire. There is an array of different types of food in Tijuana. Food for companions is at their own expense.

What Hotel do I stay in Tijuana?: We set all our patients at The Grand Hotel Tijuana.

Who is the Patient Coordinator for Both Dr. Sergio Verboonen & Dr. Jaime Ponce de Leon in Tijuana: JC Urrea is the Lead Patient coordinator for both surgeons.


Arrival Day

Once you arrive at the San Diego California International Airport expect the following;

  • Transportation to Hotel or Hospital

    • A private driver will meet you at the San Diego International Airport and transport you to the Grand Hotel Tijuana. If you arrive the same day of surgery, the driver will transport you straight to Obesity Good Bye or INT Hospital and (START FROM DAY TWO)
      (IMPORTANT: Make sure to fast after 10pm that night to be ready for all lab work the next morning.


Surgery Day

Morning of surgery expect the following;

  • Hotel and Hospital

    • Our patient coordinator assistant Carlos will meet you in the lobby of the Grand Hotel at 8:30am and transport you straight to Obesity Good Bye to get prepaired for surgery. NOTE: For those patients that reserved INT Hospital, you'll first complete the pre operatives at Obesity Good Bye and be transported to INT after they are completed. You'll be assigned your recovery suite.

  • Once at Obesity Good Bye

    • You will be admitted and start to fill out all your consent forms, make final balace payment, pay the $85 for take home medications, and get prepped for surgery.
    • You will have your labwork, EKG and chest x. ray performed.
    • You will have a full consultation with your surgical team and all last minute questions will be answered.
    • NOTE: For those patients that reserved INT Hospital, you will be taken after these above steps are completed and assigned your recovery suite.

  • Surgery

    • Your procedure is performed using a laparoscopic approach and surgery time will vary for each individual patient.
    • Patients will spend one to two nights at Obesity Good Bye or INT Hospital after their surgery is performed.
    • After the surgery, patients will be up and walking only a few hours from waking up.
    • The recovery rooms at INT hospital are private and a family member or companion is welcome to spend the night during patient stay.
    • Patient have access to the hospitals and Hotel WIFI to be able to call and email family members back home.
    • The recovery rooms at Obesity Good Bye are both private and shared. A family member or companion is welcome to spend the night during patient stay but on a chair. If a bed comes up available, companions are more then welcome to have it but there is no guarantee.


Rest & Recovery

Once you enter the next day after the surgery, you could expect the following;

  • Relaxation & Recovery

    • In the next day, patient dedicate it for rest, relaxation, and recovery. Patients are showered and are expected to get up and walk every hour or two for 15 minutes.
    • Patients that had the Lap Band and Gastric Plication are discharged this day after spending 24 hours with us. They will meet with the surgery team; have a discussion about nutrition, and how to best achieve the desired results with their new Weight Loss Surgery. These patients are driven back to the Hotel where they will spend an additional night before being driven back to the airport for the journey back home.


Recovery & Return to Home / Other Patients

  • Discharge

    • This day Lap Band and Gastric Plication patients will be chauffeured to the airport to return home.
    • This day Gastric Sleeve, Mini Gastric Bypass and Full Gastric Bypass patients are discharged after having their post-operative testing (fluoroscopy exam) performed and after meeting with the surgery team once again to discuss their weight loss goals. Patients will be chauffeured back to the San Diego International Airport to return home.
    • We require that all patients commit to a follow up with their general practitioner back home six to eight weeks post procedure.


One of the symptoms of Gastric Surgery is Gas. Even though you'll be purchasing prescribed gas meds to take back home from Mexico, lots of patients have found these strips to be helpful .

2) Extension cord

Most people bring their smart devices to keep in contact with friends and family back home but sometimes the charging cord for the device is not long enough. This extension will help keep charged all the time .

3) Mouthwash or Breath Spray (travel size)

Your breath will be stinky. You won’t want to get up and brush your teeth and you’ll probably have visitors. Bring a small breath spray so you aren’t worried about offending anyone with bad breath. Remember, you’ve just changed your digestive system and even if you’re not prone to get bad breath, you will probably have bad breath and want a quick fix.

4) Small Toothpaste & brush

It's always good to take care of your teeth but it's up to you .

5) Nail file

Ladies, completely optional but there will be lots of time to get occupied .

6) Imodium

Sometimes you can develop diarrhea on the flight back.

7) propel zero/flavored water packets

We have found that a lot of patients love this product during the pre operative diet to flavor your water.

8) Your Favorite Pillow

You will be uncomfortable and you’ll be in and out of sleep. Its great to have your preferred pillow with you. For those who are driving to mexico you can use it for the ride home in the car (especially if its a long ride). If you’re someone that can sleep on any pillow, then bring a pillow case. The pillow cases at hospitals tend to get washed in lots of bleach and they become scratchy and hard. But don’t forget to bring your pillowcase home with you.

9) Makeup removable toilets

Ladies, completely optional but its recommended but lots of past patients .

10) Baby wipes - did not use

Completely optional.

11) Hair ties

Ladies, completely optional but its recommended but lots of past patients .

12) makeup

Ladies, completely optional.

13) book to read

If you a reader please do bring your favorite book.

14) Journal

Lots a patient's bring a journal, totally optional.

15) Laptop or smartPhone

Even though you’ll most likely be groggy and in and out of sleep, you will want to stay connected. Bring your Smartphone so you can let your friends and family know that you are doing great. An iPad or a Kindle Fire is a great way to watch movies or surf the internet. Download a trashy novel or a good book from your favorite author.

16) heating pad

Most patients find these pads very very helpful.

17) light clothing

Very recommended!

18) gentle bra

Completely optional.

19) shampoo and conditioner (travel size)

Completely optional but most patients like to bring their own.

20) Airplane pillow

Completely optional.

21) Medical Liability Insurance - (Optional)

50% of patients that come down to Mexico purchase this insurance. $200 to $400 will cover you as a travel insurance and incase you're one of the 1% of patients that develop a complication, you’ll be completely covered and not have to pay expensive medical bills after.

22) Spray neosporin

Completely optional.

23) Comfy cloths

You doctor will most likely want you on your feet shortly after surgery and you may even be able to shower the following morning. But the bending required to get into normal clothes will be painful. Get yourself some comfortable clothes that are easy to slip on or off as needed. You won’t care about fashion, trust me!

24) robe for walking

Completely optional.

25) Something comfy to fly home in

Completely optional.

26) Chapstick and Lotion

After weight loss surgery you are typically not allowed to eat or drink anything for a period of time. On top of that, your body reacts to surgery like it's being attacked and when the body is attacked it shunts most of its fluids to vital organs. This leaves your skin and lips especially dry.

27) Room Fragrance

You might find that you are a little ‘gassy’ after surgery and the smell may surprise you! If you’re someone that doesn’t want everyone that walks in the room to share the aroma, bring a bottle of air freshener.