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Travel Arrangements for Weight Loss Surgery

Travel Arrangements for Weight Loss Surgery in Tijuana Mexico.

Travel arrangements for your weight loss surgery, is very important to prepare yourself for your overall experience with Long Term WLS and Dr. Jorge Maytorena. You will be traveling to another country and it is best you plan your trip ahead of time.

Duration of the trip 

Depending on the type of surgery that Dr. Maytorena will perform, there is a different recovery time that you will need.


If you will have a Gastric Sleeve or a Revision Surgery from Lap Band to Gastric Sleeve, or a Re-Sleeve, your planning should be for 3 nights and 4 days, meaning that if you arrive on a Monday, your departure will be on Thursday.


If you are having a Mini Bypass, Gastric Bypass or any other Revision surgery than the one stated above, you should plan to stay a total of 4 nights and 5 days, meaning that if you arrive on a Monday, your departure will be on Friday.




The San Diego Ca. International Airport is a very functional facility that is easy to get around within it. Whether you travel to the airport by plane or by car. Upon arrival, you must exit to the arrival section and go to the pickup spot instructed by our driver once he contacts you a day prior to your trip. If you have any questions you can always call him to the number provided in the logistics email.


The distance between the San Diego Airport and our facilities is between 15 and 20 minutes driving distance. Once you are in our vehicle, you are driven to our Guest Condo so you may spend the night there and rest.


Purchasing Airline Tickets to San Diego Ca.


When purchasing tickets, there are a few things to consider. First, you will travel to San Diego CA. International Airport. 


Airfare varies depending on many factors and determined by advanced computer and pricing algorithms to set pricing and run sales based on the time of the year, passenger demand, weather, major events/festivals competitor prices, fuel prices, and much more. Considering all of this, you should make your arrangements with anticipation to get a good deal on your trip.


Here are some useful links to look for flights, keep in mind that these are all just suggestions and you should buy your tickets where you feel more comfortable. We are in no way or form related to the airline companies nor websites provided, we are just giving you some booking options to help with your flying arrangements.



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 Arrival and Departure times

Being experts at providing premium bariatric services, We have a well-proven and functional logistic system to make sure that your trip and stay go according to plan and you have the best surgery experience.


Arrival to the San Diego Airport must be A day prior to your surgery date, before 7 Pm. Your departure (regardless of the procedure) has to be booked to depart after 3 pm.


Sending your itinerary

After booking your flights considering the provided information, please send your full itinerary to us via email to longtermvsg@gmail.com including arrival and departure times, as well as if you have any connecting flights. This will allow us to have everything ready for you.

Travel Documents

Although what is mostly recommended as an official travel ID is the Passport, in case you do not have one or if it is expired, you can bring an original birth certificate and a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or State ID.  


Surgery day

The next day you will be picked up early in the morning (between 7 am and 8 am) and brought to the Oasis of Hope Hospital so you may check-in and start your surgery preparations.  



Once you are discharged from the Oasis of Hope hospital, our driver will drive you back to the airport so you may board your flight and head home to continue your recovery. 

Helpful travel tips

When traveling before and after weight loss surgery, here are some travel tips that we recommend.


Arrive early at the airport.

You never know how many people will be at the security check or how long it will take to board your flight when coming to San Diego.


Online check-in

Many airlines offer this option to make sure your travel can go as swift as possible


Choosing a seat

It is always best to choose the seats that are at the beginning of the airplane, you board first, there is more legroom, you are closer to the restroom, and the trip may be overall more comfortable.


Travel light

Since you will be most of the time in your hospital gown it will not be necessary to bring more than 2 change of clothing. We strongly recommend just bringing a carry-on bag. A travel pillow is optional.   


If there is anything that we haven’t addressed, please let us know if you have any questions and we are happy to help you! 


Give us a call, or apply for surgery here!

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