Vive Bariatrics

Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

Do you want weight loss surgery but are worried about the recovery time and scars it leaves behind?

Our board-certified bariatric surgeon can use single-incision laparoscopic surgery for better results.


See how Vive Bariatrics in Tijuana, B.C., performs minimally invasive surgery with advanced techniques.


You Can Benefit From Medical Tourism

Bariatric surgery in the United States and Canada can be expensive, but you can save thousands of dollars by traveling to Tijuana for treatment. Our practice focuses on international patients. With us, you can expect transportation services, doctors with international educations, and a luxurious recovery house.

What Is Single-Incisión Laparoscopic Surgery?

Single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is a method of performing bariatric surgery. While traditional laparoscopy requires several incisions in different areas of the abdomen, our board-certified bariatric surgeon can complete your surgery through just one small incision in or around your belly button.


Popular bariatric procedures like sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass can be performed with the SILS technique.

Benefit From the Advanced SILS Technique

Minimally Invasive

With our advanced SILS technique your entire bariatric procedure can be completed through just one incision, making this laparoscopic surgery minimally invasive.

Shorter Recovery

When compared to open surgery or traditional laparoscopy, patients can expect a shorter recovery time, less pain and discomfort, and a lower risk of surgical infection with the SILS technique.

Less Scarring

Bariatric procedures in the past required several incisions in the abdomen, meaning several scars. The SILS technique’s single incision can often be hidden in the belly button. Many patients are able to show off their results without worrying about hiding scars.

What Is Single-Incisión Laparoscopic Surgery?


This patient received bariatric surgery with us in Tijuana and is now happier, healthier, and more confident. She chose to undergo sleeve gastrectomy one of the procedures that can be performed with the SILS technique.

Ready to Make a Change?


If you’re tired of diets and exercise regimens that don’t get you results, and you’re ready to make a healthy change, bariatric surgery may be what you need. We have helped many of our patients achieve their weight loss goals and lead healthier lives with SILS. We want to help you, too.


Ready to learn about the weight you could lose with a single incision laparoscopic procedure? We invite you to reach out to our Tijuana, B.C., office today:

(619) 514 2622

Patients from all across the U.S., Mexico, and beyond trust Vive Bariatrics for their weight loss surgery. Our board-certified surgeon and highly trained staff help to make your experience safe, comfortable, and effective.

Why Do Patients Commit to Vive Bariatrics


Patients continue to choose Vive Bariatrics in Tijuana due to:

Our Board-Certified Doctor

Dr. Alberto Carlos is board certified in weight loss surgery in both the United States and Mexico. He is affiliated with organizations like the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity.

The Latest Technology

We use the most advanced equipment in laparoscopic surgery during our minimally invasive procedures. With this technology, we are able to cut down on surgery times and provide our patients with the best possible results.

A Comprehensive Approach

Our bariatric surgeon isn’t just there for you during your laparoscopic procedure — he’s a resource for you throughout your weight loss journey. From selecting the most appropriate laparoscopic procedure and providing pre-surgery instructions to patient follow-up, he’s here to help you achieve all your goals.


Our Unique Considerations

We want your time with us to be stress-free, so we have special considerations for our international patients. Our transportation service can shuttle you across the border, so you don’t have to worry about getting around Tijuana. We also have a recovery house with 24-hour nurses and meals designed by personal chefs so you can rest in a luxurious setting after your laparoscopic procedure.

Am I a Candidate for Surgery?

Candidates for bariatric surgery using the SILS technique include those who:

Before considering a single incision laparoscopic procedure, patients should first try more conservative methods of weight loss, like diet and exercise. If you’re not achieving healthy weight loss with non-surgical methods, then you may be a good candidate for a laparoscopic procedure.

Aside from their weight, patients must be healthy enough to safely undergo and recover from surgery. Though you can minimize your risk of complications by choosing a board-certified bariatric surgeon like Dr. Carlos, being healthy enough for surgery is important, too.

Patients who have a BMI of 35 or higher with a weight-related medical condition like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea are often good candidates for bariatric surgery using the SILS technique. Patients with a BMI of 40 or higher also make good candidates.

BMI calculator


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

How SILS Works


Your entire bariatric procedure can be completed through just a single incision, making this laparoscopic surgery minimally invasive.


General anesthesia will be administered to keep you comfortable and unconscious throughout your laparoscopic procedure.


Dr. Carlos will make a single incision in your belly button.


Your bariatric surgeon will insert the laparoscope. With this laparoscope, he will be able to see the treatment area. He will also insert surgical tools through the same incision to perform your surgery.


Alterations will be made to your digestive tract, so your body can achieve healthy weight loss.


The laparoscope and surgical tools will be removed, and your incision will be sutured closed.

Recovering From Your Surgical Procedure


Get Plenty of Rest

Though laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive, you should still prioritize rest in the days after your procedure. Most patients can return to their regular activities within two days, but we recommend taking one week off of work to fully recover.

Abide by a Special Diet

Patients will have to abide by a special liquid and soft food diet in the weeks following their surgery, but can gradually add solid foods back into their diets. Most patients are back to eating regular food within six weeks after their surgery.

Make Lifestyle Changes

Once you’ve completely healed from your laparoscopic surgery, you’ll have to commit to making some lifestyle changes. A healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen will help you lose healthy weight and keep it off.

Our experienced surgeon uses our facility’s state-of-the-art technology to perform minimally invasive techniques that maximize results and reduce recovery time

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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Av. Salvador Novo 1070, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana
Tijuana, BC 2201

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