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Gastric Sleeve

If your obesity hasn't responded to diet and exercise, gastric sleeve surgery can reduce your stomach size and lead to amazing weight loss.

VBariatric offers state-of-the-art gastric sleeve surgery as part of an all-inclusive package for only $4,500.

Find out why thousands of patients have chosen our doctors in Tijuana, Mexico, for this life-changing bariatric procedure...

What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is a minimal-risk option that will result in significant weight loss. Also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), this procedure has been performed in Mexico for about 15 years and has become the top choice for men and women suffering from obesity. 

Sleeve gastrectomy is one of the most straight-forward bariatric procedures. During the surgery, the bariatric surgeon removes a significant portion of the stomach, leaving behind a much smaller "gastric sleeve" that is roughly the size and shape of a banana. Reducing the size of the stomach helps you lose weight in two ways:

  • Obviously, with a smaller stomach, you will eat less and feel fuller faster.
  • Additionally, the procedure reduces the body's production of ghrelin, a hormone that causes feelings of hunger.

The effects of this weight loss surgery are extraordinary. On average, patients lose around 90 percent of their excess body weight in only 18 months.

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Gastric sleeve surgery reduces the size of the stomach.

Traditional Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Traditional gastric sleeve operations require several incisions in the abdomen. While this may still be best for some patients, we generally prefer single-incision gastric sleeve surgery whenever possible. 

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Patients travel from all over the world to undergo gastric sleeve surgery with the renowned bariatric surgeons at VBariatric in Tijuana, Mexico.

If you are interested in sleeve gastrectomy, or any other form of weight loss surgery, we invite you to fill out our no-obligation questionnaire. When you submit this form, one of our friendly, in-house patient coordinators will review your answers and get in touch with you to schedule a free virtual consultation.

If you have any questions, you can contact us online or give us a call.

(619) 629-0222

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Weight loss surgery can truly change your life.
"We care about our patients and want to equip them for long-term weight loss success." VBariatric

We Have Your Best Interests at Heart

At VBariatric in Tijuana, Mexico, we truly believe we are the best option for affordable and effective bariatric surgery. Our team of doctors, medical staff, and support personnel come together to make each patient's bariatric experience world-class and the safest available.

Unlike other bariatric practices in Tijuana, our hospital is owned and operated by some of its own doctors and management group. Other medical tourism services work with brokers that take your information and then send your case out for bids, trying to find the lowest possible price from unknown surgeons so that the brokers can keep a higher percentage of your payment. We don't work like that. Instead, our marketing and support team is completely in-house with set, all-inclusive pricing and no farming out of your requested surgery.

We truly are the best choice for top-tier medical care in Tijuana. We are changing weight loss surgery in Tijuana Mexico, one patient at a time. You deserve the best, and with VBariatric, you have found it.

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Lower Risk

Because we perform sleeve gastrectomy laparoscopically with minimally invasive techniques, the risks of the surgery are very low. It is considered one of the safest bariatric surgeries because the digestive tract is not altered (like it is with the gastric bypass) and there are no foreign objects placed in the body (like there are with LAP-BAND® procedures.)

Impressive Weight Loss

Sleeve gastrectomy can result in incredible weight loss. Just three months after the bariatric surgery, patients lose an average of 33 percent of their excess body weight. After a year, that average is 70 percent, and after 18 months, patients lose an average of 90 percent of their excess body weight. This level of weight loss doesn't only upgrade your appearance and confidence, but can also improve your overall health and extend your life.

Improved Health

Like gastric bypass and other weight loss surgeries, sleeve gastrectomy can improve or even cure a variety of obesity-related conditions, including diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and depression.

"It's amazing how much Americans can save on bariatric surgery by traveling a few miles south of the border into Tijuana, Mexico."

How Traditional Gastric Sleeve Surgery Is Performed A Treatment Timeline

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed in two ways at VBariatric: the traditional way and a newer method which is the single-incision gastric sleeve.

If you and our surgeons decide that traditional sleeve gastrectomy is the right weight loss surgery for you, you can expect your procedure to proceed according to the following timeline:

Anesthesia and Incisions

First, you will be put under general anesthesia, so you will be unconscious during your surgery. Then, four to six small incisions will be made in your abdomen.

Inserting Instruments

Four to six laparoscopic instruments are inserted into the abdomen to allow the surgeon to maneuver. Then the trocar is placed in the abdomen in order to reduce the stomach and staple the stomach closed. The bougie is then inserted endoscopically to allow an outline for the surgeon to reduce the stomach. The bougie size shows how big the stomach will be after surgery.

Altering the Stomach

The surgeon will remove about 80 percent of the stomach tissue and staple the resulting sleeve closed.

Begin Recovery

The surgeon will ensure there are no leaks in your newly reduced stomach. He will stitch up the four to six small incisions in your abdomen, and you are then sent to recover and start the healing process. 

Gastric Sleeve Cost

In the United States or Canada, this procedure can cost upwards of $20,000. However, at VBariatric in Tijuana, Mexico, our gastric sleeve package is only $4,500. This is an all-inclusive package including everything except airfare and take-home meds, with no surprise fees. Airfare varies and take-home meds are $85.

It's amazing how much Americans can save on bariatric surgery by traveling a few miles south of the border into Tijuana, Mexico. Here is a full list of all of the medical tourism packages offered at VBariatric:


LAP BAND $4,500



The surgery cost includes:
Ground Transportation to and from the San Diego Airport (2 PAX)
Hotel Fees (private double room)
Hospital Fees (double or single room)
Medical Fees 
Pre and post operative tests
Nutritional consultation pre and post surgery


Hiatal Hernia $500
Previous Bariatric Surgery (no cost when performed by Vbariatric in Tijuana) $800

These are potential fees in addition to the surgery base price. CASH PRICE ONLY.

Dr. Verboonen

Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Dr. Verboonen has been providing life-changing bariatric surgery for a diverse range of patients since 1995. He and his team have performed thousands of bariatric procedures at our Tijuana, Mexico, practice. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
  • Colegio Mexicano de Cirugía para la Obesidad y Enfermedades Metabólicas, A.C.
  • American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

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