Vive Bariatrics

Mini Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery has helped many people lose weight, but you may not need the extent of changes it involves.

Mini gastric bypass surgery is a simplified version of the procedure involving less operating time and fewer risks.

Vive Bariatrics in Tijuana, B.C., can help you lose most of your excess weight in a year at a fraction of the cost you would pay in the U.S.


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Mini gastric bypass is a bariatric procedure that divides the stomach into upper and lower pouches and reroutes the small intestine. Mini gastric bypass is different from gastric bypass in that it requires less rerouting of the small intestine, and can be completed in a shorter amount of time.

After your bariatric surgery, food will travel into your small stomach, bypass several feet of the small intestine, then enter the small intestine where it will resume the digestive process.

Mini gastric bypass is both a restrictive and malabsorptive surgery, meaning it restricts the amount of food you can consume and the number of calories your body can absorb. This leads to effective weight loss.

The Benefits of Mini Gastric Bypass

Mini gastric bypass is significantly less invasive than gastric bypass, reducing associated risks. Patients can also enjoy an easier and shorter recovery.

Mini gastric bypass often yields results similar to traditional gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, but the procedure is reversible if needed.

Weight loss can allow you to participate in activities you couldn’t before, exercise with ease, and address weight-related medical conditions like sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes.

When you have a slimmer figure, you may be able to wear clothing you couldn’t before and feel more confident in yourself.

Additionally, patients should avoid high-calorie foods and beverages, not snack between meals, and take vitamin supplements every day.

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Your BMI is......

less than 18.5: Underweight
18.5 - 24.9:Normal weight
25 - 29.9:Overweight
30 - 34.9:Class I Obese
35 - 39.9:Class II Obese
40 upwards:Class III Obese

Only patients with a BMI of 40 or higher will be considered for mini gastric bypass surgery. Patients with a BMI of 35 or higher with a weight-related medical condition may also qualify for treatment. We can further explore your candidacy for treatment during a consultation

How Is Mini Gastric Bypass Performed?

After you’ve been approved for this weight loss surgery in Tijuana, you can expect these general steps:

All of our surgeons are international doctors, and some are board-certified in both the U.S. and Mexico.


You will be given general anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout your mini gastric bypass surgery.

Incisions. INCISIONS

Your bariatric surgeon will make small incisions in your abdomen through which they will insert a laparoscope and surgical instruments.


Similar to a gastric sleeve, the stomach will be divided into two sections. The smaller section becomes the new stomach. The larger section remains separate, but will still produce digestive juices to aid in digestion.


Your bariatric surgeon will remove 80 percent of your stomach and reconnect it, forming a sleeve-like appearance.


The surgical instruments will be removed and your incisions will be sutured closed.


You will stay in the hospital for two to three days so we can ensure you're recovering properly. Afterward, patients can stay at our recovery house for further recuperation. It features round-the-clock nursing service and delicious, health-conscious cuisine

Risks Associated With Mini Gastric Bypass

Though this weight loss surgery presents fewer risks than other bariatric surgery options, patients may experience:

  • Acid reflux
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Nutrient deficiencies

Choosing a board-certified bariatric surgeon to perform your procedure and following their aftercare instructions will help minimize these risks. Dr. Carlos and the other board-certified surgeons from Vive Bariatrics in Tijuana can set you up for success.

The Perks of Medical Tourism

Choosing to undergo a mini gastric bypass with us in Tijuana comes with unique perks:


Your costs will be significantly less than you would pay in other countries, without sacrificing quality.

You can receive your procedure and have a vacation in Tijuana at the same time.

Our dedicated staff will handle your transportation to and from your appointment, so there’s no need for you to navigate an unfamiliar city on your own.

“Mini gastric bypass surgery is less invasive and involves fewer risks than other bariatric surgeries. It can help you lose 60 to 70 percent of your excess weight in one year.”

Vive Bariatrics

Dr. Alberto Carlos of Vive Bariatrics is board certified in weight-loss surgery in both Mexico and the United States. He is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the entire country, and helps patients from all over the world. Dr. Carlos is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

  • American College of Surgeons

  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity

    You can schedule a consultation with the Vive Bariatric team online or by calling (619) 413-0120.

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Tijuana, BC 2201

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