Calling All Bariatric Patients

Allow us to share some information with you.

The details you need to know


We have been performing weight loss surgery for over 17 years. Our surgeon is Dr. Sergio Verboonen in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. Dr. Verboonen is one of the most experienced and leading bariatric surgeons in the world. He has performed over 10.000 procedures. At the bottom of this message, you’ll find more information about our surgeon, our hospital, your itinerary, links to testimonials from previous patients, and more. Please be in touch with us and ask us any questions you may have as you prepare for your surgery. We will be more than welcome to provide you with all the information to help you make the best decision.

Below you will find details about our Gastric Surgery packages. You will see that there are no hidden fees and everything is clearly explained for your convenience.

What’s Included? Everything for your surgery is included in the price. You will need only to pay for your airfare.  You will need a valid passport.

All ground transportation. We will pick you up in San Diego, and we will drive you back to the San Diego airport to fly home after you recover.

Pre-Operatory Tests: EKG, X-Ray, Blood tests, etc., are all included in your price.

1 nights in our surgery center and the remaining night at the Grand Hotel

Surgery Center Fees.

Surgeons Fees.

Anesthesiologist Fees.

24 hour telephone care for question and concerns.

Dr. Sergio Verboonen has his own surgery centre and an infection rate of less than 0.01%.  Dr. Verboonen has performed approximately 10,000 bariatric procedures and is among the best and most experienced bariatric surgeons in the world.

Reserve your date with a $600.00

Remainder of balance ($3,900.00) due the same day as your surgery:Please let us know if you have any questions or would like more information, or if you are ready to book your surgery and make your initial deposit. We’re here to help you achieve your goal and become a new and healthier you.

You may email or call us to discuss more, we welcome the opportunity to speak with you. Congratulations on your decision to reach out to us, you made a good choice!

Much success in your journey.

International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
1 800 210 5124 

Medical Tourism Mexico

What to expect.

Medical Tourism with International Patient Facilitators can be best described as the combination of travel to a foreign country to receive affordable medical care with some of the top surgeons and doctors in the chosen country.

Is Medical Tourism Safe?
Let’s talk.

The concept of traveling to a foreign country to receive medical treatment may appear daunting, but when the journey is arranged through a respected, knowledgeable agency with established relationships in the host country, it is safe.

Experience is key
Knowledge or Medical and Travel Professions

The International Patient Facilitators staff has years of combined service experience, coupled with tremendous knowledge of both the medical and travel professions.  Our clients are comfortable, confident and educated about the process before, and during their travels to Cancun or Tijuana.

Why choose IPF ?

Respected, knowledgable organization

It is our goal to not only meet, but always exceed each client’s expectations.  Our testimonials and client satisfaction are a testament to our service and high quality of care.

Much success in your journey.

International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
1 800 210 5124 

Adding Real Food

Learning to add food back to your diet after surgery.

What is “normal food”?

Once released to go on your merry way and eat ‘real’ or ‘normal’ foods proceed with caution.  Many post ops live in the Soft Food Zone forever – not purees or baby food, but just softer moister foods. Foods will need to have a softer texture in the beginning in order to comfortably eat them. Dry or dense foods will not work for a Lap Band, RNY, or Gastric Sleeve after your surgery. We also need to move away from processed foods as well. If a food has been changed from it’s original state and boxed or packaged where it does not go bad, leave it on the supermarket shelf.

Welcome to the real world of bariatric surgery. Protein foods such as chicken or fish need to be cooked so they are not dried out and then often need to be further moistened with salsa’s sauces, low fat vegetable gravies, salad dressing, low or no sugar sauces, or yogurt based dips so that they chew up into a moist mouthful. We must always practice mindful eating in regards to choices and textures.

Tuna, chicken, shrimp, and egg salads are very good first foods and make nice lunches for work. Paired with a few bites of tender baby greens or chopped tossed salad, they are super easy to eat and healthy too.

Do you qualify for bariatric surgery ?

Positive Changes for the Entire Family

It is not a good idea to get into the habit of cooking separate meals as it can emotionally separate you from your family. We are often responsible for the care and feeding of the household and they probably benefit from the positive change as well.

Always eat your moist protein first, followed by a couple of bites of the accompanying vegetables. Three bites protein for every one bite of vegetables is a good start – later on it will be a more balanced one for one bite.

When you have a feeling of satisfaction and do not care about eating another bite of food, stop. Do not eat past a point of satisfaction or fullness. As time progresses you will learn to recognize this point.

Much success in your journey.
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen 

1 800 210 5124 

Bariatric Just. Do. It.

Exercise that’s not hard on the knees.  Excuse Gone.  Poof.

our dirty little secret ?

I get that we all thought that if we had weight loss surgery it would fix things and we would never need to worry again. That’s just not true.

Surgery Gave us a pass to get out from under the weight but now it’s up to us to preserve that gift.

We cannot expect to maintain our new body weights for the rest of a long life without exercise. The dirty little bariatric secret. I know we aren’t supposed to admit it, but I get it and it’s just between us.

Do you qualify for bariatric surgery ?

Own It.

Too many post ops use the excuse that they have bad legs, knees, ankles… and because of this they CANNOT exercise. Fact is, it’s an excuse. It’s from the same group of excuses we all used for years as to why we were 255 pounds. I DONT UNDERSTAND IT, I DONT EAT THAT MUCH, I MUST JUST HAVE A BAD METABOLISM. Psssst… it is bs. I ate very high calorie food, took in way more calories than I burned, and didnt burn any sitting on the sofa. I own it.

Just a LITTLE exercise you can do – I promise that it will make a big difference!

Much success in your journey.

International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen 

1 800 210 5124

Bariatric Surgery First Post Op Stage

The First Food Stage Post Surgery

Bariatric Clear Liquids

You are home from the hospital and resting uncomfortably on the sofa. All the notes you took as a pre.op are written in Greek, and you

don’t remember what to do. What you may have heard from or about other patients may not be the same for you. To be successful in maintaining weight loss, you’ll have to commit to new eating habits. You’ll also want to follow any guidelines that your physician will provide Remember though that we have been there and have lived it.

In the first stage after surgery patients should drink clear liquids; defined as liquids that one can see through. Doctors require anywhere from a few days up to even one week of clear fluids after surgery to minimize need for digestion, and lessen production of solid waste; allowing your gastrointestinal system to heal. Liquids should be sipped slowly as gulping can cause pain.

Do I qualify for Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

Immediately after surgery you must drink enough fluids to keep hydrated. There are a small percentage of post ops who are re-hospitalized because of dehydration, so it is important to sip fluids constantly throughout the day.

Warm drinks such as herbal tea or broth are soothing and relax the stomach or pouch. Clear proteins can be blended with Crystal Light or broth and will help your body to heal.

Everything will taste too sweet – use more water or add crushed ice to dilute it to your taste.  Focus on your exciting new future, drink your liquids, and pull yourself through this initial period.

Your choices are purposely very limited – hang on and do not progress to the next stage until you are told to.

Learn More About our Bariatric Program in Mexico.

Much success in your journey.

International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen 

1 800 210 5124

Bariatric Surgery Post Op food Choices

lets discuss a few realities post op

Make Smart Choices Please

If you are overweight, obese or morbidly obese and you believe that you eat the same foods as your naturally slim friends, it is a relatively sure bet that you are mistaken. I know this is harsh but it’s the truth. Being ‘naturally’ slim is not just by design, it’s also by the preferences they have and choices they make that sometimes seem effortless to those of us who struggle with weight. Studies show that people who are slim don’t look for reasons to indulge and keep a similar schedule by consuming moderate or lower calorie foods day in and day out.

The glaring reality is that obese people DO make poor choices – some of these foods are calorie dense, while others are naturally large and hard to eat in smaller portions. Some are BOTH high in calories and difficult to consume in daintier amounts.

It’s no surprise that folks who eat these foods on a regular basis, pack on and maintain heavier body weights. The solution is awareness, portion control and simply choosing foods that taste as good that are not so high in calories. We have to first see it and then work to change it.

Do I qualify for Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

8 Foods that overweight people tend to choose every day:

1/ Fancy Coffee Drinks, 2/ Bagels, 3/ Cream Cheese, 4/ Salad Dressing, 5/ Processed Carbs, 6/ High Calorie Beverages, 7/ Chips and Crackers 8/ Chinese Foods

Old habits die hard but they are just habits. Tastes can be retrained but we first have to come to terms and accept that it IS within our control and we DID cause our own obesity. Bariatric surgery is just a tool to use to help us get out from under the burden of 100 pounds or more but after that it’s up to us. After the ‘Honeymoon Period’ where weight loss is automatic, we are driving the car and need to use the surgically created tool to stay on the highway. Know what you are eating and think as to whether or not that 500 calorie creamed spinach would make you that much happier than 70 calorie grilled asparagus. Which one would your naturally slim friend choose?

Complete our Health form to see if you qualify for surgery.

International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen 

1 800 210 5124

Bariatric Surgery, Taste Changes

Why do things taste different

Is it possible to not like bacon? If you’re a patient who’s had gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or Mini Bypass surgeries, bacon may be one of those foods you just don’t like anymore. Add dairy, sweets and fried foods to that list of dislikes and you may be wondering if the surgeons operated on your tongue as well as your stomach. 

Do you qualify for bariatric surgery ?

You are not alone

Rest assured you’re not alone in this phenomenon. Changes in the way food tastes, smells or is tolerated are incredibly common following weight loss surgery. Much to the delight of dietitians everywhere, these changes in taste tend to work to the patient’s advantage! Studies indicate patients who reported food aversions had greater weight loss and reduced BMI following surgery compared to those who experienced no food aversions

International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen  

1 800 210 5124 

The New Medical Traveller’s Quick Handbook



Defining the Role of the Facilitation Company ……………….

Factors that Contribute to Medical Travel ……………………

Choosing an IPF Medical Tourism Facilitator Professional  …………………….

Services Provided by IPF (International Patient Facilitators) …………………….


Sheri Burke will be your guide.  She has a background in administrating Surgery Centres in Mexico and was appointed CEO of the company International Patient Facilitators Inc. in 2008 which specialises in the coordination and facilitation ofBariatric Procedures  In Vitro Fertilization, and Cosmetic Procedures in Mexico.  She has worked for nearly a decade providing patients with the education they require to make a well informed decision to travel abroad for medical procedures and has presented at several bariatric informational seminars.  She enjoys assisting medical travels achieve their health goals as a registered Nutritionist and translates research into practical tips for her patients.  

Defining the Role of the Facilitation Company:

The main responsibility of your medical travel facilitator is to ensure that the process of travelling for medical purposes as stress-free and as positive an experience as possible.  The medical facilitator added the medical care travel planning component to their scope and responsibility and that value they add is in the relationship and peace of mind they develop with and for their patients and customers.

Your medical facilitator should provide personalised service to each and every one of their customers.  The facilitator should understand their customer and recognise their medical and travel needs and preferences.  Today with all the impersonal and poor customer service, medical travellers should appreciate the reliability and attention to detail a professional facilitator will bring to the entire medical travel experience.

Factors that Contribute to Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is defined as the process in which patients to seek health care abroad. Healthcare services may range from dental procedures to bariatric surgeries to IVF procedures, to cosmetic procedures. It is a rapidly growing phenomenon spurred on by patients searching for quality, affordability, availability, and accessibility in healthcare. Medical travellers are now able to find outside of traditional healthcare models an adequate, cost effective solution to their medical needs avoiding the rising costs of Healthcare and the recognition of cross-border medical tourism.

Choosing an IPF (International Patient Facilitators)  Medical Tourism Facilitator

A Medical Tourism Facilitator  serves as an intermediary or primary point of contact between patients and health care providers.  It is advisable you choose a facilitator who is Internationally Recognised and Incorporated such as International Patient Facilitators Inc.  

The role of a medical tourism facilitator is two-fold:

1/ Educate potential patients about the various medical facilities and physicians available taking into consideration their needs and expectations.

2/ Manage the flow of information and coordination of services between patients and health care providers due to their well-established business alliances.

Services Provided by IPF (International Patient Facilitators)

We have been assisting Medical Travellers for Over 10 years.

We are one of the most Experienced Medical Travel Facilitation Companies.

We specialise in Medical Travel to Mexico.

Our services are free for you to use. 

We coordinate travel arrangements for patients that may include flights, lodging and transportation

We use highly skilled and board certified surgeons and doctors with specialty accreditations.

We assist you with all the details from beginning to full recovery.

We always respond to all calls, emails, and texts in a very timely fashion.

We can offer you special pricing packages  that are exclusive to us and our patients.

Allow International Patient Facilitators to provide you with the information that you require to make an educated, well researched decision when deciding to travel abroad for Medical Purposes.

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