Gastric Sleeve in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy) is an effective bariatric option, but the cost of surgery can be prohibitive for some households.

Patients can save thousands of dollars by having their gastric sleeve procedure performed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Come to ALO Bariatrics for a life-changing surgical vacation. Free consultations are available.

The City of Puerto Vallarta


Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular tourism destinations in all of Western Mexico. Located in the state of Jalisco, the resort town boasts spectacular beaches and coastlines looking out into the Bahía de Banderas.

By coming to Puerto Vallarta for a gastric sleeve, you’ll infuse the start your weight loss journey with an air of adventure and escape.

The second-largest city in the state of Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta is home to gorgeous beaches and coastlines as well as a thriving nightlife. Make your surgery feel like a vacation getaway. Request a free, no-obligation consultation with ALO Bariatrics today to learn about gastric sleeve surgery.

Weight loss treatment at a well-equipped surgical facility.

Hospital San Javier Rivera

Hospital San Javier Rivera is a world-class medical facility that was designed for international bariatric surgery patients. The hospital is accredited and adheres to strict policies regarding cleanliness and safety.

Fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, Hospital San Javier Rivera is an excellent choice if you’re contemplating medical tourism in Mexico.

Hospital San Javier Rivera

Excellent accommodations for ALO Bariatrics patients.

Hospital San Javier Rivera

Paradise Village Hotel

Our Puerto Vallarta surgical facility is located within The Paradise Village Complex. In addition to accommodations at The Paradise Village Hotel, patients will have access to the mall, a casino, and a wide assortment of restaurants that serve local and international cuisine.

You may have booked a trip to Mexico for weight loss surgery, but the experience will feel more like a vacation.

Puerto Vallarta Attractions

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The Malecón
Puerto Vallarta’s sprawling boardwalk is a must-see. Enjoy the public sculptures along the water, and get out of the sun for a bit by checking out the various shops, restaurants, and galleries.
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Built in the 1930s, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe merges neoclassical style with the values of Puerto Vallarta’s rustic past. It’s a must for those who love history and architecture.
Zona Romantica
Zona Romantica
Zona Romantica is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta. It’s a great place to grab a bite, unwind with a drink, do a little shopping, and relax before your next adventure.
Vallarta Botanical Garden
Vallarta Botanical Garden
The Vallarta Botanical Garden was opened to the public in 2005. Situated 1,300 ft above sea level, the 64-acre expanse is packed with exotic flora and has hiking trails through native forest.
Puerto Vallarta Beaches
Puerto Vallarta Beaches
There are plenty of beautiful beaches near Puerto Vallarta just waiting for you. Connect with paradise at Yelpea, Conchas Chinas, Las Caletas, Playa Las Gemelas, and Los Muertos Beach.

A Life-Changing Experience Awaits


Obesity increases your risk for heart disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, and other health problems that affect your quality of life. Dr. Armando Joya Munguía and the team at ALO Bariatrics can help. Affordable bariatric surgery in Mexico may be just what you need to embark on the next phase of your life. Enjoy the sights as you recover, and rest easy knowing you’re well cared for.

For a free consultation, please use the form provided below. You can also call our Puerto Vallarta office at:

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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.***

Why Travel Abroad for a Gastric Sleeve?

Save Money on Bariatric Surgery

Gastric sleeve prices are much higher in the United States and Canada than they are in Mexico. This is simply the nature of the exchange rate. You can save thousands of dollars without sacrificing quality.

Pre-op and Post-op Care

The moment that you arrive at the airport, ALO Bariatrics will provide chauffeur and concierge service for your stay. Our bariatric surgeons and support team will help you feel welcome and relaxed.

Treat Your Surgery as a Vacation

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most idyllic places in all of Jalisco. Medical tourism allows you to enjoy your time in this bustling seaside city as you take an important step in your health journey.

How Much Can I Save on Surgery?

According to the health financing company CareCredit®, the average cost for a sleeve gastrectomy in the United States is $9,350. At ALO Bariatrics’ Puerto Vallarta location, the cost is only $4,900. In fact, all of the bariatric surgery procedures we offer as less expensive across the board.
LocationGastric SleeveGastric BypassDuodenal SwitchLap-Band
Puerto Vallarta$4,900$6,500$7,200$5,900
Guadalajara – Real San Jose$5,300$7,000$7,700$6,300
Guadalajara – Puerta de Hierro$4,500$6,100$6,600$5,500

Is Medical Tourism Safe?


Yes, medical tourism is safe. Hospital San Javier Rivera is a fully accredited medical facility, and patients will have accommodations in the Paradise Village Hotel. Puerto Vallarta is a hotspot for international tourists and ex-pats, so you’ll be able to find a taste of home even as you’re abroad.

Patients Discuss Traveling for Weight Loss Surgery

Countless patients have come to ALO Bariatrics for weight loss surgery. You can save thousands of dollars on a sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, duodenal switch, or gastric banding. The results are life-changing. We encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation for more information.

Putting Your Mind at Ease


While some still remain skeptical about medical tourism in Mexico, the team at ALO Bariatrics provides high-quality care and numerous services that go above and beyond many North American facilities.


Dr. Armando Joya Munguía is a board-certified General Surgeon with a Recertification of General Surgery by the Mexican National Committee of Digestive Endoscopies. He is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Mexican National Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons, the Mexican National Association of Weight Loss Surgery, and President of the Specialization College of General Surgery, Puerto Vallarta Jalisco Mexico.


Keep in mind that the thousands of dollars you save on gastric sleeve surgery also includes your hospital stay, lodging, chauffeur service, and meal planning from a certified nutrition specialist. Various aspects of pre-op and post-op care are accounted for when you come to ALO Bariatrics, giving you less to worry about and more time to focus on recovery and the weight loss journey ahead. These surgical packages will help make your time in Puerto Vallarta feel like a luxury trip.

Medical Tourism May Be Just What You Need


Starting your weight loss journey with ALO Bariatrics means saving thousands of dollars and recuperating from surgery in a rich, vibrant part of Mexico. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide comparable care to American facilities at a fraction of the cost. Dr. Armando Joya Munguía’s experience, training, and focus on patient health is on par with many stateside bariatric surgeons. For more information, use the contact form higher up on the page or give us a call in Puerto Vallarta at:

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Great experience, Dr. Lopez and his staff were so good to me. I had gastric sleeve surgery June 3, 2019. Every detail from my first encounter with them was top notch...I can email, call, or message them day or night and they are there to answer all of my questions. I am 3 weeks out started at 233 down 201 32 pounds already so awesome I couldn't have done this without them. Forever grateful. Thank you.
Jennifer Tawdi
Jennifer Tawdi
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I received the best care at ALO Bariatrics TJ location, the whole medical staff amazing! I promise you will not regret allowing them to give you the tool to kick obesity out of your life. I'm forever grateful. The doctors at ALO are very humble and driver is super nice. Vertical sleeve gastrectomy...Heaviest Weight 275...Surgery Weight 248.6 Current weight 130

What Is a Gastric Sleeve?

Also known as sleeve gastrectomy and vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), gastric sleeve surgery involves the removal of part of a patient’s stomach. The resized stomach pouch is now only the size of a banana. That means patients will eat fewer calories with each meal.

SILS: Results With One Hidden Incision

SILS stands for “single-incision laparoscopic surgery.” Most laparoscopic weight loss surgeries require multiple incisions on the abdomen. With SILS, a gastric sleeve surgery can be performed through just one incision that’s tucked away in the belly button.
Gastric Sleeve_IMG

How Much Weight Will I Lose?


Within a year of getting a sleeve gastrectomy, many patients lose more than 50 percent of their excess body weight. In addition to the significant weight loss, sleeve gastrectomy also helps treat obesity comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.

Candidates for Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Body Mass Index (BMI)
Gastric sleeve surgery is recommended for people with a BMI of 35 or higher. It can also be performed on people with a BMI of 30 or greater who experience obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and cardiovascular disease.
Previous Weight Loss Attempts
Bariatric surgery is helpful for people who have achieved limited success with non-surgical weight loss methods for at least a year. In such cases, a sleeve gastrectomy would help the person achieve lasting weight loss and long-term benefits to general health and wellness.
Free From Acid Reflux
Changing the size of the stomach can exacerbate acid reflux symptoms. To ensure a patient’s long-term post-operative well-being, we make sure candidates for surgery do not have a history of this condition. We can always recommend a different procedure if needed.
Free From Esophageal Diseases
Gastric sleeve can also exacerbate the symptoms of various esophageal conditions, including Barrett’s esophagus. We will note potential risks of post-op complications due to existing health issues during the consultation process. We will then recommend sensible alternatives.

See If You Qualify


Learn More About Gastric Sleeve
Our bariatric surgeons are happy to answer your questions about gastric sleeve surgery as well as the advantages of getting the procedure in Mexico. Request a consultation using the contact form higher up the page or give us a call.

A Simple and Effective Weight Loss Surgery

Before Weight Loss Surgery
After Weight Loss Surgery
Instead of cutting carbs and crash dieting, consider a sustainable solution to obesity. A gastric sleeve can help you eat less with every meal and control your cravings. Our bariatric surgeons can discuss sleeve gastrectomy and other weight loss options during a free consultation.

Reviews From More Bariatric Surgery Patients


William Providence
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I'm from Denver, Colorado I had gastric sleeve surgery with ALO Bariatrics in Guadalajara, Mexico and it went so smoothly. The facilities they use are state of the art, they have the proper equipment, team and care just like here in the United States. Everything is top notch. The surgeons are top notch. The facility is top notch. The equipment is top notch. The service is top notch. They eliminate all the risks of doing surgery in Mexico and treat you so well.
Jim Kirkbride
Jim Kirkbride
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I highly recommend the team at ALO Bariatrics. Sandra is amazing at providing details and ensuring you are their #1 priority. Dr Lopez is a gifted surgeon with vast experience in bariatric procedures. The Tijuana facilities are clean, safe, well staffed and dedicated to protecting the patients’ dignity and care. If you are thinking about weight loss surgery as a health or cosmetic option, ALO should be your choice.

Here’s what patients can expect during the surgical process.

We can review the procedure in greater detail during your consultation with ALO Bariatrics.


Your Recovery Timeline


Following your surgeon’s post-operation instructions will be crucial in promoting and maintaining weight loss and reducing your chance of complications. Your recovery timeline will largely depend on which revision procedure you choose to undergo, but the following is a general breakdown of what you can expect:
Abdominal Incisions
Five small incisions are made in different parts of the abdomen. Laparoscopic instruments and cameras are inserted through these incisions to perform the operation. If the SILS method is used, a single incision will be made in the belly button.
The stomach is divided into two sections. Approximately 70 to 80% of the stomach will be removed during this part of the procedure, greatly altering the patient’s total stomach capacity.
With the remaining portion of the stomach reduced to the size of a banana, the bariatric surgeon will then seal the smaller stomach pouch. All care is taken to prevent gastric leaks and reduce the risk of complications after surgery.

Healing and Surgical Recovery

Gastric sleeve patients should follow all post-op instructions closely in order to heal quickly, manage side effects, and prevent complications. We can provide more detailed information on the healing process during your consultation.
Initial Monitoring
Patients will be monitored at Hospital San Javier Rivera to ensure the procedure was successful and that there are no signs of gastric leaks or other potentially life-threatening complications.
Recuperation in Hotel
After leaving the hospital, patients will get to recover from the comfort of the Paradise Village Hotel. During this time, patients should focus on rest and avoid strenuous physical activities.
Returning to Work
Most gastric sleeve patients are able to go back to work a week to two weeks after surgery. Situations vary, and more time off may be needed for people in physically demanding professions.
Resuming Normal Activities
Patients should walk a little each day in order to promote circulation. Low-impact aerobics can be resumed one month after surgery. Other exercises can be resumed in the following weeks.
The Months Ahead
Patients will experience significant weight loss in the coming weeks and months. Be sure to follow all diet and nutrition recommendations, and to continue noting post-op instructions.

The Post-Op Recovery Diet

Bariatric surgery patients will slowly introduce solid foods back into their diet in the weeks after their procedure. Here’s a sample of what foods a patient can eat after a sleeve gastrectomy.
  • Clear liquids
  • Broths
  • Sugar-free juice
  • Sugar-free gelatin
  • Thin creamed soups without chunks
  • Fat-free milk
  • Protein shakes
  • Non-fat pudding
  • Cottage cheese
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Hummus
  • Greek yogurt
  • Well-cooked vegetables
  • Soft fresh fruit
  • Well-cooked fish and chicken
  • Low-fat cheese
Get a Free Consultation
If you’re obese or morbidly obese and would like to make a change, our bariatric surgeons can help. A gastric sleeve can help you lose excess weight and manage health issues like high blood pressure, increased cancer risk, and sleep apnea. Contact our Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, office using the contact form higher up the page or give us a call.

Patients Love What We Can Achieve

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

Will I Have Visible Scars?


No. Gastric sleeve is performed using small incisions that are very difficult to notice, even when people are up close. In fact, thanks to the SILS (single-incision laparoscopic surgery) method, trained bariatric surgeons can now complete a sleeve gastrectomy with one small incision hidden in the belly button.

Making Your Gastric Sleeve Results Last


Stay Well Hydrated

While you should avoid drinking water during meals, it’s important to hydrate between meals through the day. Drinking water is good for your system and can help control cravings and feelings of hunger.

Stay Vigilant About Your Nutrition

You should continue to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet moving forward. Savor your food, note portion sizes, and take vitamins and nutritional supplements as needed to stay sated and healthy.

Stay Physically Active

Strength training, cardio, and other physical activities will help you burn calories and improve your overall sense of well-being. Everyone is different, so find a fitness routine that is sustainable for you.

Stay Connected With Your Support Network

Weight loss and maintenance is an ongoing journey, and it can take a toll on you emotionally. Reach out to your loved ones or even mental health professionals if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Alternatives to Gastric Sleeve


If you are not a good candidate for gastric sleeve surgery, all of our locations in Mexico offer other options for surgical weight loss.
Gastric Bypass Revision
Gastric Sleeve
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is one of the most effective and popular bariatric procedures available today. It restricts the amount of calories a person can consume and limits calorie absorption during digestion.
Duodenal Switch
A duodenal switch can help limit calorie consumption and absorption. The weight loss procedure involves reducing the patient’s stomach size as well as bypassing and rerouting part of the small intestine.
LAP-BAND Revision
Also known as gastric banding, Lap-Band® surgery reduces the size of the stomach using an adjustable silicone band. This band can be removed, meaning that the weight loss procedure is completely reversible.

Your Success Is Our Goal


LaToya Stamper
LaToya Stamper
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I would recommend this practice go anyone seeking bariatric surgery. Dr. Lopez and the hospital staff at Hospital Guadalajara were great, and my coordinator Sandra was awesome. I felt safe the entire time and the hotel staff at the Marriott provided the best service Ive ever had at a hotel. No regrets here.
Karley Harris
Karley Harris
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The experience was absolutely amazing. I was never left with unanswered questions, everything was very thorough, CLEAN and just the best experience ever! I’ve lost 125 pounds. I do not regret my choice. Dr. Lopez is absolutely amazing. He will always answer your questions. His staff becomes family. Would not have went with ANYONE else!!

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)
  • The Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • For more information on ALO Bariatrics, or to begin your weight loss journey, we encourage you to call (844) 461-2831.


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    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 Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • The Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS)
  • The Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • For more information on ALO Bariatrics, or to begin your weight loss journey, we encourage you to call (844) 461-2831.


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