Mexico Bariatric Surgeon
Leona Vicario #1510, Second Floor
Zona RÌ_o, 22320 MX
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5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric Sleeve in Mexico - Dr. Ariel Ortiz - I'm on my Way! - Mexico

My experience was very positive and I felt safe and comfortable having surgery at this clinic. Although Dr. Ortiz is the 'main guy', my interactions before/after surgery were almost all with Dr. Martinez. I really liked him. He sat down and had a long conversation with me and never made me feel rushed. All of the staff were very nice, and also very responsive when I was having a lot of nausea the day after surgery. If you're looking to have a sleeve done at an affordable price, this is definitely the place to consider.

36 Years Old, Low BMI, 3 Kids Later and I'm Taking the Plunge with Ariel Ortiz, OCC - Mexico

I'm just shy of 5' 8" and weigh 206 lbs. I don't recognize myself - the last couple of years after having children back to back I've gained about 30 lbs and seem to keep gaining. I loathe photos! I've always struggled with my weight but was never in the obese category until the last couple years. I have dieted and I am able to get to the high side of the overweight category but keep gaining it...

4 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Getting the Weight off Once and for All... - Tijuana, MX

Dr. Ariel Ortiz, Lucia the nutritionist, and the majority of the nursing, doctors and support staff live up to their reputation as a center for excellence. I didn't rate after care yet because I'm only a couple days out but I will update as time moves on.

5 out of 5 stars Gastric Bypass

World's Best Doctors!!! - Mexico

Absolutely love Dr. Ortiz and the procedure, the staff, the facility, and the follow-up! Highly recommend him to anyone.

Operation: Get Hot - Tijuana, Mexico

I have extensively researched doctors, looked at numerous reviews, talked to different offices, and through all of that, I've decided to choose Dr. Ortiz for my surgery. I'm nervous about it, to be sure, but this is the right thing to do. I'm currently at 205 lbs, 5'5", and though I'm not as obese as I need to be to have the surgery statewide, I'm under the wire for Mexico. I have tried...

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

51 Yr. Old; Tired of Being Obese!! - Mexico, MX

Loved all who took care of me.

Gastric Sleeve - Tijuana, Mexico

Hi everyone! I just want to thank everyone that had the courage to post their experiences on this site!!! I've learned so much & your stories have been extremely inspirational as I begin to start my WL journey. My gastric sleeve is set for next month & I'm so excited. I start my pre-op diet this week. SW 186.4, CW 182.4. GW 120. I started my pre-op diet a little earlier. Not the full diet. I...

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Amazing Experience at the Obesity Control Center - Tijuana, Mexico

Dr Ortiz and Dr Martinez are both not only very professional but also personable, which was very important to me being in the medical profession myself. They are there to help people and that comes through in their conversation and their care.

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Dr Ortiz Best Choice. Mexico, MX

My Experience was amazing, state of art and immaculately clean facility. This is not a one surgeon facility, Cardiiolegest , Bariatric surgeons, nutritionalist etc. All staff , professional well trained and educated. The clinic is even cleaner and nicer than depicted in photographs. All staff speak fluent English, only exception some of RNs. Dr Ortiz was in person and attentive through the...

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Personal Statement

Experience goes back 20 years when I travelled all around the USA and Europe teaching bariatric surgery. I established the first international bariatric surgery hospital dedicated to meet the needs of a growing epidemic and specialized in compassionate, safe and effective weight loss surgery.


American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

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Awards & Recognition

Joint Commission International Certified Hospital
Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Review Corporation USA, Accredited
Consejo de Salubridad General Certified

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Ortiz has hospital affiliations at Obesity Control Center an International Center of Excellence and The Ariel Center for Cosmetic Surgery.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA, Preparatoria Federal Lazaro Cardenas, BC, México, 1985
    Medical: MD, Autonomous University of Baja California, México, 1992
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: General Surgery, CMNNo, IMSS, Sonora, México

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Seven months out from VSG and gaining? What's going on?

I´m glad you ask for help. Weight gain can be very frustating, especially after surgery. It is best to reach your surgeon and nutritionist ASAP to ... READ MORE

I'm trying to find out if it's okay/safe to take probiotics after being sleeved. I'm sure it is, just checking.

Yes, it´s more than ok! Probiotics will restore your flora from antibiotics, help you get more nutrients from food and produce vitamins, including ... READ MORE

How Much Does Stomach Stapling Cost?

As discussed by the surgeons above, price can vary across the board, especially if you are going outside the country for surgery like Dr Pleatman... READ MORE

Will weight loss surgery help reduce PCOS?

Yes, it does. Weight loss is the most effective treatment for PCOS, and bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for weight loss! Fertility... READ MORE

I'm 47 yrs old, 5'7, and BMI of 37. Am I a candidate for a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Our biggest fear is knowing that there is a procedure out there that might help a condition and not being a candidate for it or even worse, believing... READ MORE

I had gastric sleeve on 1/10/14, and now I have abdominal collection of pus and severe vomiting. What should I do?

Go immediately to your local emergency room and be evaluated. You are good on the IV treatment, but you need extra help on this! READ MORE

What's the best way to prevent loose skin during weight loss?

To prevent loose skin, you must follow a low carb diet and increase muscle mass. It's that easy! Exercise is also very helpful.Sincerely,Dr. Ariel Ortiz READ MORE

Should I have "Gastric Sleeve" done? I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome) and Insulin resistance.

Excess weight is rampant in America, almost 7 out of 10 are overweight or obese. Still the only known permanent effective weight-loss solution is... READ MORE

Will a second vertical sleeve 10 years after the first sleeve surgery be successful?

For starters, the cause of failure has to be assessed. In our experience many sleeves that are associated to weight gain are usually dilated or... READ MORE

Protein and hair loss?

Andrea,To prevent hair loss (and muscle loss) you need to include enough vitamins, minerals and protein. The protein intake is recommended at 60g/day... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Ortiz

Ariel Ortiz, MD, FACS has shared 3 before and after pictures with 154 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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