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Gastric Sleeve

According to the World Health Organization, billions of adults are overweight and millions are dangerously obese. 

If you are overweight and searching for an effective method of weight loss, a gastric sleeve might be the right choice.

ALO Bariatrics makes advanced gastric sleeve surgery affordable at our three locations in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Why Choose Gastric Sleeve Surgery?


Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the safest types of weight loss surgeries, and our surgeons use advanced screening and surgical tools to ensure a low risk of gastric sleeve complications. Our bariatric surgeons perform the procedure laparoscopically, so there is no need for large open incisions. This can reduce the risk of bleeding, infection, and other complications.


According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, sleeve gastrectomy "induces rapid and significant weight loss that comparative studies find similar to that of the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass," and patients can lose more than 50 percent of their excess weight. In addition to helping you achieve dramatic long-term weight loss, gastric sleeve surgery can help you control dangerous comorbidities including sleep apnea, diabetes, and hypertension. 

Improved Quality of Life

By helping you lose weight, gastric sleeve surgery can also help you enjoy renewed energy and enthusiasm for life. Without excess weight holding you back, you can enjoy physical activities, live a more active life, and feel more confident in everything you do.

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If you are considering weight loss surgery and are looking for an affordable, safe, and proven option, contact ALO Bariatrics. As one of the highest-rated bariatric surgery centers south of the border, we are the premier destination for patients considering medical tourism in Mexico. Our surgeons, Dr. Alejandro Lopez and Dr. Salvador Ramirez, are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
  • The Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS)

With three locations in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, our 5-star service is accessible to patients from all areas. To find out if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you, request an appointment online or call us:

(844) 461-2831

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Guadalajara, mexico was the surgical place for my sleeve to bypass. But let me tell you the staff were so professional, and kind I am truly amazed. Even te hospital here in mexico is cleaner than ones I've been to in the US! Their meals were also great, pineapple jello yum! If you're considering surgery but are worried to have it done out of country, if tiger it done with ALO there is...

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My experience was amazing! Loved the whole staff! Superb care. Dr. Lopez still offers advice to his patients post-op. Clean facility, the nurses take really of their patients. I had better care south of the border than I've had in the states! Down 140 ugly pounds! **I had gastric sleeve, but the treatment doesn't let me type it in.***

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How Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Performed?

Your surgeon will make one or more small incisions to access the treatment area and reduce the size of the stomach.

After Surgery, the Stomach Resembles a Sleeve Shape

Illustration of before and after gastric sleeve

What to Expect during the Gastric Sleeve Procedure

Gastric sleeve surgery (also known as sleeve gastrectomy) is a restrictive bariatric surgery that reduces the size of your stomach and restricts your food intake. This helps you feel fuller faster and results in rapid weight loss

A sleeve gastrectomy can typically be completed in one hour or less. Here are the general steps involved in the procedure:

A sleeve gastrectomy can typically be completed in one hour or less.
A sleeve gastrectomy can typically be completed in one hour or less.


Gastric sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically, meaning that it is performed through several small incisions rather than one large opening. During the surgery, our doctors will create five small incisions to access the abdominal area. 

Creating the Vertical Sleeve

Our bariatric surgeons will then insert laparoscopic tools through these incisions, projecting images of the inside of your abdomen onto a screen while they perform the procedure. During the surgery, we will staple the stomach into two parts and reduce its size by 70 to 80 percent. The remaining stomach pouch resembles the shape of a banana and can hold approximately 150 mL of food.

Ensuring the Success of Your Surgery

Before our bariatric surgeons close your incisions, we will seal the stomach with a technique called "staple line reinforcement." We will use highly resistant, non-absorbable sutures to reinforce the staple line. This step reduces the risk of leaks by up to 99 percent. Finally, we will perform three separate tests to ensure that there are no leaks.

Who Qualifies for a Gastric Sleeve?

Sleeve gastrectomy can greatly improve the lives of qualifying patients. Before clearing you for gastric sleeve surgery at our Tijuana, Guadalajara, or Puerto Vallarta locations, we will ensure you meet the following requirements.

Appropriate Age

Most candidates for weight loss surgery are between the ages of 18 and 65.


To qualify for a gastric sleeve, you should have a BMI (body mass index) of 35 or greater or a BMI of 30 or greater plus obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or hypertension.

Previous Attempts to Lose Weight

Weight loss surgery is not an easy fix and should only be considered after other less invasive methods of weight loss such as diet and exercise have been unsuccessful. Before considering bariatric surgery, you should try improving your diet through healthier habits. If lifestyle changes do not help you lose weight, you may be a good candidate for weight loss surgery.

Commitment to Long-Term Lifestyle Changes

Weight loss surgery is a serious commitment and requires hard work on behalf of the patient. In order to lose weight and keep it off, you should be willing to make necessary lifestyle changes including a healthy diet and regular exercise.

No Acid Reflux

Gastric sleeve surgery is not recommended for patients with severe acid reflux because the new shape and size of the stomach can exacerbate the symptoms of this condition. If you suffer from severe acid reflux, you may be a better candidate for a different type of weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass. 

No Esophageal Diseases

If the patient has an esophageal motility disorder or another esophageal disease such as Barrett's esophagus, gastric sleeve is not recommended as the symptoms can worsen following treatmen. For these patients, the best option would be a gastric bypass.

The Benefits of Single-Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve Surgery

Single-incision laparoscopic sleeve (SILS) surgery is an advanced surgical technique offered at our Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, locations. When performing SILS surgery, our doctors will perform the entire procedure through one incision in the belly button rather than five small incisions. Some of the benefits of the SILS technique include: 

Virtually No Scarring

The incision is placed in the belly button, where it will be virtually invisible no matter what clothing you wear, allowing you to enjoy the results of your procedure without worrying about visible scars. 

Faster Recovery

Patients who undergo SILS surgery will only have to care for one small incision instead of five, which can reduce post-operative discomfort and expedite your recovery time.

To find out if you qualify for single-incision gastric sleeve surgery, contact ALO Bariatrics and schedule a consultation. In general, single-incision surgery is limited to first-time weight loss surgery patients who are undergoing gastric sleeve surgery and have a BMI under 40.

How Much Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Cost in Mexico?

One of the benefits of medical tourism is that even complex surgical procedures can be affordable on any budget. Additionally, gastric sleeve surgery is more affordable than some of the other procedures offered at our Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta locations, including gastric banding and gastric bypass. 

Location Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass Duodenal Switch LAP-BAND
Tijuana $4,700 $6,300 $6,800 $5,500
Puerto Vallarta $4,900 $6,500 $7,200 $6,500
Guadalajara - Real San Jose $5,100 $6,700 $7,400 $6,700
Guadalajara - Puerta de Hierro $4,500 $6,100 $6,600 $5,300

Hear from a Gastric Sleeve Patient

“I had my gastric sleeve May 5, 2014. I’ve lost 95 pounds and couldn’t be happier! Thank you so much, Dr. López! You’re an amazing doctor! I had a great experience and am so glad I chose you!” Jessica Jalovec
Before and after bariatric surgery
Real patients, real results

Life after Your Gastric Sleeve

After a sleeve gastrectomy, most patients spend one to two nights in the hospital. Before discharging you from the hospital, we will conduct a follow-up exam to ensure that you are able to tolerate fluids. Another benefit of medical tourism is that you can vacation in Mexico and enjoy your recovery in a touristic town like Tijuana, Guadalajara, or Puerto Vallarta before returning home to resume your new healthy life. 


ALO Bariatrics

ALO Bariatrics provides expert, safe, and effective weight loss surgery in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Patients from around the world travel to Mexico to receive affordable care from our highly trained bariatric surgeons. We are affiliated with several notable organizations, including:

  • The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
  • The Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS)

For more information on ALO Bariatrics, or to begin your weight loss journey, we encourage you to contact us online or call (844) 461-2831.

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