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Finding the right Bariatric Surgeon in Tijuana

Finding the right Bariatric Surgeon in Tijuana

Tijuana is known as the capital of bariatric surgery in the world. It is estimated that everyday hundreds of patients from all over the world visit Tijuana to undergo weight loss surgery. And also, the number of bariatric surgeons and bariatric surgery centers offering their services in Tijuana has been rapidly growing, in quantity and quality. Bariatric surgeons from all over Latin America have been establishing their medical practice here in Tijuana, making the offer very diverse and the competition in price and quality very beneficial for patients from all over the world. There is now an overwhelming array of information and price comparisons available that can make the process of finding and choosing the right bariatric surgeon very difficult.

If you’re considering visiting Tijuana for weight loss surgery, you might be feeling a little anxious or even confused with all the information. That’s perfectly normal. Choosing a bariatric surgeon is not a decision you should take lightly. You might be confused about what to look for. How do you know if a bariatric surgeon is qualified? How do you know the surgery will be safe? The first advice is to always look for a medical facilitator that acts as your partner. There are some companies that work exclusively with certain surgeons, and the information provided by these companies can be biased and compromised by the commitment they have with their doctors. Medical Tourism Tijuana approach is to help you find and choose the right surgeon and hospital. We work as your partner and help you make your research. Our vetting process is very strict and we only work with certified bariatric surgeons and state-of-the-art facilities that comply with international quality standards.

Why the price of Weight Loss Surgery is so much lower in Tijuana?

Safe, effective and affordable Weight Loss Surgery price depends on a number of factors; the surgeon’s fee and the facilities are among the main ones. If an advertised price for a bariatric surgery in Tijuana or quote seems too good to be true, it probably is. The surgeon and medical team fee’s, hospitalization and medications costs are much lower in Mexico than in the United States or Canada. It’s possible to find safe and high quality Weight Loss Surgery in Tijuana at affordable costs. But not every bariatric surgeon in Tijuana, is safe.

Price, is obviously the main reason why someone from United States chooses to visit Tijuana for a weight loss surgery, but shouldn’t be the only one. Are all bariatric surgeons in Tijuana Safe? The answer is obviously, no. This doesn’t mean that all bariatric surgeons in Tijuana are unsafe, as we mentioned in the anterior paragraph. It doesn’t mean that you can’t find good quality bariatric surgery at affordable prices. It simply means that you need to do your research before deciding on a bariatric surgeon or Hospital. So what do you need to know exactly?

Bariatric Surgeon Certifications.

Above all, the most important certification you should look for is from CMCOEM– the Mexican College of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases Surgeries. Think of it as the Mexican equivalent of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

A surgeon who is CMCOEM certified is required to undergo many years of education, training and practice in order to be a member. Not every general surgeon is a bariatric surgeon. Here's what the education and training of a typical CMCOEM certified surgeon might look like:

General Medicine – 6 years
General Surgery – 4 years
Clinic Residency – 1 year
Bariatric Surgery Fellowship - 1 year process
General Surgery Certification - 1 year process
Bariatric Surgery Certification - 1 year process


Then they need to complete a written and oral examination to get the certification. It doesn’t stop there, though. The surgeon needs to maintain high standards by attending training courses at home and abroad. Any member who falls below the expected standards could lose their certification.

As in any surgical procedure there are risks associated, but finding a board certified bariatric surgeon would ensure you’re in the safest possible hands.

How to know if a Bariatric Surgeon is certified? Actually, is very simple. The CMCOEM has a directory of all the board certified bariatric surgeons. At the moment, there are 139 certified bariatric surgeons in Mexico. It is also important to understand that a certification in bariatric surgery, it’s not the same as certification in General Surgery. Some surgeons are certified but only in general surgery. Actually, obtaining certification as a bariatric surgeon requires having a certification in general surgery first, s process of the same complexity.

Remember, some surgeons may falsely claim to have the CMCOEM accreditation. If they’re not listed in the directory, they’re not certified.

Hospital or Clinics

A hospital is where patients are admitted for treatment. On the other hand, a clinic is a health care hub or it is a place where a doctor analyzes the patients, prescribes medicines and gives the instructions as to how to use the medication. Some clinics have Operating Rooms and some bariatric surgeons perform their surgeries in clinics. A bariatric procedure is a major surgery and should be performed in a Hospital. Obviously in a clinic the price is lower, but in the remote case of a complication is better and safer to be in a hospital. When choosing a bariatric surgeon, make sure that the surgery will be performed in a Hospital.

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Luis Mendoza is the editor of the MTTJ blog. He is born and raised in Tijuana. He is the father of two (both born and raised in Tijuana as well) and he enjoys football (the real football) and Science Fiction. Did we mention that he is born and raised in Tijuana, and a Certified Medical Tourism Professional.

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