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Single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is a technique that uses just one small incision to perform gastric sleeve surgery and more.

Dr. Alejandro López can minimize your risks, downtime, and scarring by using this technique when performing your bariatric surgery.

Our Tijuana, Mexico-based practice invites you to learn more about how SILS can benefit you.

How SILS Works


You will receive general anesthesia prior to surgery in order to maintain your comfort.

The Incision

SILS only requires your surgeon to create one very small incision in your navel. Following recovery, the resulting scar is virtually unnoticeable.

Laparoscopic Camera Insertion

A laparoscope is a tiny camera on the end of a flexible tube. This will be inserted through the small incision so it can provide a high-definition view of the treatment area via a video monitor in the operatory.

Surgical Alterations

Next, your surgeon uses small and exceptionally articulate surgical tools to make the necessary alterations to your digestive tract and prepare your body for rapid weight loss. In the case of gastric sleeve, your surgeon will remove tissue to reduce the capacity of your stomach by about 80 percent.


Once the necessary alterations are complete, the laparoscope and tools are withdrawn and the small incision is sutured closed.

Can I Have SILS? Candidacy for Single-Incision Weight Loss Surgery

Although the benefits of using this laparoscopic surgery technique to perform gastric sleeve surgery and other bariatric surgery procedures are attractive to most patients, it's not right for everyone. 

For example, SILS may not be recommended if you:

  • Have dense scar tissue resulting from previous abdominal surgeries. (Note that our technology can allow us to provide SILS in some of these cases).
  • Have a BMI higher than 40.

Your safety is our first concern, so you can expect to undergo a detailed evaluation to determine if SILS or another technique is best in your case. We provide services in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta.

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Why Choose ALO Bariatrics?

This is why so many Americans choose our bariatric surgeons for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and other weight loss surgery procedures:


Dr. Alejandro López has performed more than 7,000 bariatric surgeries. He is experienced in open, single-incision, and multiple-incision laparoscopic surgeries. You should trust your care to a surgeon versed in each approach.

Training & Education

Our bariatric surgeons have studied and trained in some of North America's most prestigious institutions. Dr. López completed fellowship training in bariatric surgery at Chicago's Cook County Hospital.


We use the best technology for SILS in order to accommodate special cases involving umbilical hernias or previous tummy tuck surgeries. Our aim is to help as many patients as possible safely experience the benefits of SILS.

How Much Does Bariatric Surgery Using SILS Cost? 

The cost of a gastric sleeve incorporating SILS will add $1,500 to the cost. However, if the SILS is booked at the same time as the surgery (as opposed to deciding to incorporate SILS after booking your surgery), you can save $500.

We pride ourselves on being very transparent when it comes to the cost of gastric bypass and other types of weight loss surgery at ALO Bariatrics, headquartered in Tijuana. Below, you will find pricing for each of our weight loss surgery procedures:

Location Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass Duodenal Switch LAP-BAND
Tijuana $4,700 $6,300 $6,800 $5,700
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

"I'm Forever Grateful."

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 6/18/18
Heaviest Weight 275 (4/18 when I paid deposit)
Surgery Weight 248.6
Jennifer Tawdi, 5-Star Google Review
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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 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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