Choosing a Certified Bariatric Surgeon in Mexico


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Choosing a Certified Bariatric Surgeon in Mexico

We share with you why you should consider Tijuana as an option for bariatric surgery. According to the BBC, the Baja California border has more than 2.8 million visitors annually to perform aesthetic and health procedures. Massive weight loss surgery is one of the medical services with the most demand, with Tijuana being the # 1 city to perform this procedure. It is still necessary to clarify why Tijuana is at the top; it is not only because the cost of a bariatric procedure is 50% more accessible than estimated in the US, but also the warmth and the international and national certifications of doctors and clinics. It is also essential to research the doctors, their patient reviews, their before and after photos, the clinic’s accreditations. However, when making this life-changing decision, you must be sure you do it with a certified bariatric surgeon.

Why is it important for surgeons to be certified in Bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery, like any medical field, requires focalized knowledge and effort to help obese patients transform their lives. Choosing the right doctor, and hospital, is one of the most important steps in your journey; it can be the difference between a good surgery and a great one. We are confident that choosing a doctor with the right credentials will give you the comfort and assurance you need.

What certifications do bariatric surgeons have in Mexico?

An element that really sets Mexican certified bariatric surgeons is their extensive knowledge and experience. For example, to be able to practice, all surgeons have to have a Mexican Medical License, which can only be obtained after 12 years of study. After general surgery, bariatric surgeons should get a specialization in bariatric medicine. For example, they can be members of the Mexican College of Bariatric Surgery and Metabolic Medicine. This certification ensures their commitment to bariatric patients. Furthermore, doctors can choose to specialize in new methods. For example, in laparoscopic bariatric surgery. Lastly, many Mexican doctors have international experience. This can help you identify their skills in a larger environment.

However, things can get a bit foggy here. While it is a requisite to have a medical license to perform any type of surgery, there are some hospitals that do not consider a bariatric specialization necessary. This is why it is extremely important to make a background check of your doctor and hospital. Always look for licenses and certifications, check if your doctor is a member of collegiate bodies and how many surgeries they have performed. Another good idea might be to check if they have participated in publications specialized in bariatric medicine. This is a good way to know if they keep up to date with the latest advances.

Unfortunately, in an effort to sell more surgeries, many hospitals hire doctors that don’t have the correct background or credentials. This unprofessional attitude can affect a patient’s health and wellbeing. At VIDA Bariatrics, our number one priority is and always has been the safety and satisfaction of our patients. That’s why we work exclusively with internationally certified bariatric surgeons such as our in-house bariatric expert, Dr. Gabriela Rodríguez.

Dr. Rodríguez graduated from the School of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Baja California, where she specialized in Bariatric Laparoscopic Surgery. She undertook her medical internship in the University of Texas and completed her Ph.D. at the Health Science Center of Houston.

Dr. Rodríguez is a certified member of the Mexican Council of General Surgery. Additionally, she was named Master Surgeon of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation and she is an International Fellow at the American College of Surgeons. Additionally, she has collaborated in more than 15 international publications that focus on new surgical bariatric techniques.

Dr. Rodríguez has helped more than 5,000 VIDA patients transform their lives in the last 10 years. She is firmly committed to her mission of making bariatric surgery accessible for all.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rodriguez and learn more about the advantages of bariatric surgery in México, contact VIDA Bariatrics by calling 1-619-313-6435 (toll-free).

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