Why Puerto Vallarta is better than Tijuana for Gastric Sleeve Surgery By Gerald Witt on January 28, 2020

If you have already made the decision to have a Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico, the next decision is where to go for your surgery?  Many people choose Tijuana for their weight loss surgery not realizing that there is a better option, a safer option, and that is Puerto Vallarta Mexico.  People always first think about Tijuana because it is on the border, but in reality, Puerto Vallarta is not only safer from a crime point of view, but you can also make a real vacation out of your surgery vacation.  By choosing Puerto Vallarta for your weight loss surgery destination, not only do you save money over having surgery in the USA but you get the best care, world-class hospitals and one of Mexico’s leading bariatric surgeons all in one location, the CMQ Riviera Nayarit hospital and with Dr. Jorge Arturo Parra.

Most people don’t know that Puerto Vallarta is a tropical paradise and one of the leading destinations for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta has an International airport which makes your arrival and departure very easy.  Not only do you fly directly into the airport and get to your hotel within 15 minutes of leaving the airport, but on the way home, you just go to your flight and check-in avoiding the hassles of hour-long border waits while you sit in a vehicle in the Tijuana border, not to mention that Puerto Vallarta is located far away from the dangerous border violence that often affects the city of Tijuana where the drug cartels are continually fighting amongst themselves and this leads to a more dangerous environment for patients who choose to go to Tijuana rather than Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta also has accessible flights from many main cities in the USA and Canada. Moreover, the Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) is located only 10 minutes away from beach view hotels and world-class hospitals.

Tijuana is a large congested and dangerous city because it happens to be one of the major border town crossings used by the drug cartels in Mexico.  Criminals flock to the city to take advantage of the Mexicans or Central American people who daily are trying to cross the border into the USA and also due to its strategic location with entry into California.  It is true that Tijuana has a large number of bariatric surgeons, clinics and low-cost hospitals that are more clinics than real hospitals.  Also, many weight loss surgeries are performed in Tijuana but the conditions that exist are not really what Americans or Canadians expect nor really deserve.  Some doctors to cut the cost of surgery perform surgeries in clinics called hospitals, place patients in reclining chairs post-surgery instead of in hospital beds and also purchase medical supplies that do not come directly from the manufacturer.  Tijuana is dangerous also because if there are complications doctors have been known to ship the patient to the US border and leave them at the border making the border guards then transfer them to a local US hospital at the expense of these poor patients.  There are also doctors who have become infamous for complications and lawsuits and in Tijuana, you really do get what you pay for. It is very important for patients to carefully evaluate the pros and cons of going to Tijuana which in the short term may seem to be a lower cost option but in reality, if there are complications or you choose the wrong facility you may be risking your life to save a few hundred dollars.

Weight Loss Team and Dr. Parra offers some of the best medical care in all of Mexico, featuring world-class quality in one of the best hospitals in Mexico, The CMQ Riviera Nayarit is one of the few World Class Hospitals in all of Mexico. This full-service hospital features state of the art operating rooms, modern and clean facilities; it has a fully equipped intensive care and critical care unit and staffed by true medical specialists that are able to resolve any medical emergency.  Puerto Vallarta is a safe option for visiting as it is not located in any major drug cartel war zone, and it is a major vacation destination for visitors from the USA, Canada, and Europe.  The beach location is so safe that Disney brings its cruise ships to town weekly and the benefit of being able to recover after your surgery on the beautiful beaches of Puerto Vallarta watching the sunset at night, or the whales and dolphins during the day makes Puerto Vallarta the ideal location when considering weight loss surgery in Mexico.  Even if the flight costs you a little more to get to Puerto Vallarta, the final result is a safe environment, a fantastic hospital and some of the best care in all of Mexico, so a patient really needs to ask if they want to risk their life by going to Tijuana and saving a few hundred dollars or would they prefer to invest this money into their health and well-being and choose to have surgery with Dr. Parra in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.

When talking about follow up care, in Tijuana it is common, once a patient has had surgery and the doctor sends the patient home, they will never hear from them again. In Puerto Vallarta with Dr. Parra, He and his team, Weight Loss Team, provide the patient free follow up for life, reaching out to their patients post-surgery and ensuring that the patient has the success they need and deserve.  Dr. Parra feels that communication is the key to success and helping the patients achieve their goals.

Puerto Vallarta is a beach resort destination; you can not only have your weight loss surgery but enjoy before and after the surgery, the beautiful paradise, wonderful sunsets, great sights and amenities, awesome hotels, and all of this in one of the safest friendliest cities in Mexico. In conclusion, this destination is a solid and viable option for your Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico. This is not only because Puerto Vallarta has the easiest entry and departure and no waiting at the border, but Dr. Hidalgo is one of the most experienced and professional surgeons who provide the best care in Mexico out of one of Mexico’s best hospitals in a safe and friendly environment.


Of course, Weight Loss Team, and its staff of experts will be more than ready to guide you through your journey to have your Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico as well any other revision surgery options you may need if you are not satisfied with your current weight loss results. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

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The Weight Loss Team in Puerto Vallarta is dedicated to the continued weight loss success of every patient. Through our state-of-the-art technology, advanced techniques, and easy access to online support, patients can expect successful weight loss surgery that creates lasting results. Patients travel from around the world to our practice to experience:

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If you're ready to lose weight and sustain a healthy, happy lifestyle, contact our Puerto Vallarta practice by filling out our online form or calling 800-404-9064.

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