Medical Tourism

Bariatric & Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico: Top 5 clinics

by Davina van Buren  |  Published January 5, 2021

Each year, Mexico attracts thousands of tourists in search of affordable medical care. Americans and Canadians can easily make the trip across the border and save up to 70 percent of the costs of treatment in their home countries. With so many Mexican cities offering top-notch medical options, it’s easy to schedule a relaxing vacation while you heal and come home looking and feeling like a new you.

Photo: Molding Clinic

For this article, we compared more than 150 bariatric and weight loss clinics throughout Mexico. We recommend booking through Medical Departures, a robust directory featuring only the best and most prestigious bariatric and weight loss physicians and practices in Mexico.

Dr. Sergio del Hoyo

Dr. del Hoyo is a gastrointestinal surgeon with more than 10 years of experience specializing in bariatric (weight loss) surgeries and procedures. He is also trained in laparoscopic and severe obesity surgery. Patients may need weight loss surgery for a variety of reasons: for example to treat acute abdominal pain, constipation, gallbladder issues, haemorrhoids, appendicitis, gastritis, colitis, colon problems and hernias. The clinic can also perform weight-reduction procedures such as duodenal switch surgery and gastric bypass. Dr. del Hoyo’s clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is located in the hotel zone of the Puerto Vallarta Marina with stunning views of the sea and the marina.

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Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Known as “Dr. V,” Sergio Verboonen is regarded as one of Mexico’s premier weight loss surgeons. Over the past 20 years, he has performed nearly 10,000 bariatric laparoscopic procedures. He also performs gastric bypass, gastric band surgeries, intragastric balloons and sleeve gastrectomies. Verboonen is a member of several prestigious medical organizations including the Mexican Society of General Surgery, the Latin American Federation of Surgery and the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity. Patients under his care are admitted to Cancun’s Victoria Medical Center, a state-of-the-art healthcare facility equipped with an intensive care unit and an emergency room.

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Molding Clinic Cosmetic Surgery Center

The Molding Clinic Cosmetic Surgery Center was founded by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. José Martínez, who is widely regarded as one of the best plastic surgeons in Tijuana. Martinez holds membership in several professional organizations including Academia Mexicana de Cirugía Cosmética, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. In addition to other cosmetic and plastic surgery services, the clinic offers weight management procedures including lap band surgery, gastric bypass and intragastric balloon procedures. In total, the clinic offers more than 20 surgical and non-surgical procedures.

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Gerardo Rayon

Dr. Rayon graduated from the renowned Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro and is board certified with the Mexican Board of Plastic Surgery and the Mexican Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Esthetic Surgery. He is also Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of the Americas Puebla. Rayon specializes in enhancing natural beauty; as such, he offers more refining procedures than extreme weight loss surgeries. For example, once a patient has lost weight, they may want to consider a tummy tuck or butt lift to remove sagging skin. He also offers liposuction and body contouring procedures.

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Arete Excelencia Medica Cirugia Plastica

Located in Mexico City, the Arete Excelencia Medica Cirugia Plastica medical team boasts a wealth of experience in plastic, general and reconstructive surgery. Its doctors admit patients to the Hospital Angeles Santa Monica, a state-of-the-art facility with the latest technologies on hand. Arete Excelencia Medica Cirugia Plastica performs a wide variety of both surgical and non-surgical treatments. For those concerned with losing weight or “tightening up,” they offer arm lifts, breast lifts and reduction, butt lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction and mommy makeovers.

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