Puerto Vallarta

Weight Loss Surgery in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is normally known for its combined beach / jungle beauty attracting international visitors to tourist-heavy resorts

About Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is normally known for its combined beach / jungle beauty attracting international visitors to tourist-heavy resorts similar to Cancun and Acapulco but now over the past 10 to 15 years Puerto Vallarta has become one of Mexico’s hubs for Medical Tourism with a large percent of that in Weight Loss Surgery. Dr. Armando Joya a Certified Bariatric Surgeon has made Puerto Vallarta his home for 10+ years offering patients the paradise Puerto Vallarta offers and a new beginning in their lives with their weight loss surgery journey.

We’ve placed our self in the map to be the “one” provider in Puerto Vallarta and deliver an unbeatable surgery package with a modern hospital and staff of excellence, two renowned certified Bariatric Surgeons performing your surgery and one of the top destinations of relaxation in the planet.

You’re already spending on a flight and a surgery package, why not pay a little more and turn your weight loss journey into a little more than just have surgery and go home.

Hospiten Hospital Puerto Vallarta is home to 20+ year experienced Cheif Certified Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Armando Joya offering an unbeatable surgery package.

- Dr. Armando Joya

Know Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a seaside resort on the Pacific coast of Mexico, in the state of Jalisco. It is famous for its beaches, water sports and nightlife. In the cobblestone downtown, you will find the ornate church of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, as well as fashionable stores and a variety of restaurants and bars. The Malecon is a waterfront promenade with contemporary sculptures, bars, lounges and nightclubs.


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Do I need a Passport to travel into Puerto Vallarta?: To flying into Puerto Vallarta International Airport you do need a valid Passport.

Is Puerto Vallarta Safe?: Puerto Vallarta is 100% safe receiving 2.6 million international travelors annually.

What Hotel do I stay in Puerto Vallarta?: We set all our patients at the Holiday Inn Express the night before the surgery date and a night before the departure date. We offer an upgrade to the beach front Marriott Hotel Puerto Vallarta for $300 more on the surgery package.

Will someone pick me up at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport?: Yes, we have a dedicated transportation team that will pick you up at the airport and take you to the Hotel. NOTE: Transportation to the hotel from the airpot is only included. You must take and pay for cab fare to move around in Puerto Vallarta and to return to the airport.

Will I need to bring money for take home meds?: Yes, you will need to bring $140 cash or credit to purchase the meds before discharge. There is a pharmacy near the hospital where you will purchase them.

Where can my companion(s) eat in Puerto Vallarta?: There is an array of different types of restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. Food for companions is at their own expense.

How far is the beach from the Holiday Inn Express?: Its a 5 to 10 minute cab ride.

Besides JC Urrea, who will be my patient coordinator on location?: We have an onsite patient coordinator Nathalie Batilliot that will assist you on facility arrival.


Day 1
Arrival Day 

Once you arrive at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport expect the following;

Arrival & Transportation to Hotel

*UPON AIRPORT ARRIVAL – you will first pass through immigration, then customs and finally through glass doors. Continue pass the timeshare representatives until you pass to a third set of doors where several chauffers await their passengers. Please approach a TRAFFIC representative holding a sign with your name. They will transport you to your hotel.
(IMPORTANT: Remember to be fasting for 12 hours. Stop drinking at 8.30 p.m. the night before. (complete fasting) to be ready for all lab work the next morning.
Day 2
Surgery Day

Morning of surgery expect the following;

Hotel and Hospital

If you stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, walk toward Hospiten Hospital which is right next to the Hotel. If you stayed at another hotel, take a taxi at the lobby ( will cost around 8 dlls ) and ask to take you to Hospital Hospiten.
Checkin at Hospiten Hospital at 8.30 am
Once at Hospiten Hospital

Once you arrive and checkin at Hospiten Hospital at 8.30 am, stay on the main floor at the lobby and please go directly to admission and let them know that you are there to meet Nathalie for a surgery with Dr.Armando Joya, they will give you some papers you need to fill for the hospital, don’t forget to bring your passport as an ID.
You will be admitted and start to fill out all your consent forms, make final payment and get prepped for surgery.
You will have your labwork, EKG and chest x. ray performed.
You will have a full consultation with your surgical team and all last minute questions will be answered.
Your procedure is performed using a laparoscopic approach and surgery time will vary for each individual patient.
Patients will spend one to two nights at the Hospital after their surgery is performed.
After the surgery, patients will be up and walking only a few hours from waking up.
The recovery rooms in the hospital are private and a family member or companion is welcome to spend the night during patient stay.
Patient have access to the hospitals and Hotel WIFI to be able to call and email family members back home.
Day 3
Rest & Recovery

Once you enter the second day, you could expect the following;

Relaxation & Recovery

In the next day after surgery, patient dedicate it for rest, relaxation, and recovery. Patients are showered and are expected to get up and walk every hour or two for 15 minutes.
Patients that had the Lap Band and Gastric Plication are released this day after spending 24 hours with us. They will meet with the surgery team; have a discussion about nutrition, and how to best achieve the desired results with their new Weight Loss Surgery. These patients are able to go back to the Hotel where they will spend an additional night before able to go back to the airport the next folowing day for the journey back home.
Day 4
Recovery & Return to Home / Other Patients


This day Lap Band and Gastric Plication patients will be able to take a taxi from the hotel to the airport to return home.
This day Gastric Sleeve, Mini Gastric Bypass and Full Gastric Bypass patients are discharged after having their post-operative testing performed and after meeting with the surgery team once again to discuss their weight loss goals. Patients will be able to take a taxi or walk to the hotel where they will spend an additional night before returning home.
We require that all patients commit to a follow up with their general practitioner back home six to eight weeks post procedure.
NOTE: Taxi fairs are at the patients own expense.
Day 5
Return Home / Other Patients

Back to Airport

This day all remaning patients will need to catch a taxi from the hotel lobby to the airport to return home.
We require that all patients commit to a follow up with their general practitioner back home six to eight weeks post procedure.



One of the symptoms of Gastric Surgery is Gas. Even though you’ll be purchasing prescribed gas meds to take back home from Mexico, lots of patients have found these strips to be helpful .

2) Extension cord

Most people bring their smart devices to keep in contact with friends and family back home but sometimes the charging cord for the device is not long enough. This extension will help keep charged all the time .

3) Mouthwash or Breath Spray (travel size)

Your breath will be stinky. You won’t want to get up and brush your teeth and you’ll probably have visitors. Bring a small breath spray so you aren’t worried about offending anyone with bad breath. Remember, you’ve just changed your digestive system and even if you’re not prone to get bad breath, you will probably have bad breath and want a quick fix.

4) Small Toothpaste & brush

It’s always good to take care of your teeth but it’s up to you .

5) Nail file

Ladies, completely optional but there will be lots of time to get occupied .

6) Imodium

Sometimes you can develop diarrhea on the flight back.

7) propel zero/flavored water packets

We have found that a lot of patients love this product during the pre operative diet to flavor your water.

8) Your Favorite Pillow

You will be uncomfortable and you’ll be in and out of sleep. Its great to have your preferred pillow with you. For those who are driving to mexico you can use it for the ride home in the car (especially if its a long ride). If you’re someone that can sleep on any pillow, then bring a pillow case. The pillow cases at hospitals tend to get washed in lots of bleach and they become scratchy and hard. But don’t forget to bring your pillowcase home with you.

9) Makeup removable toilets

Ladies, completely optional but its recommended but lots of past patients .

10) Baby wipes – did not use

Completely optional.

11) Hair ties

Ladies, completely optional but its recommended but lots of past patients .

12) makeup

Ladies, completely optional.

13) book to read

If you a reader please do bring your favorite book.

14) Journal

Lots a patient’s bring a journal, totally optional.

15) Laptop or smartPhone

Even though you’ll most likely be groggy and in and out of sleep, you will want to stay connected. Bring your Smartphone so you can let your friends and family know that you are doing great. An iPad or a Kindle Fire is a great way to watch movies or surf the internet. Download a trashy novel or a good book from your favorite author.

16) heating pad

Most patients find these pads very very helpful.

17) light clothing

Very recommended!

18) gentle bra

Completely optional.

19) shampoo and conditioner (travel size)

Completely optional but most patients like to bring their own.

20) Airplane pillow

Completely optional.

21) Medical Liability Insurance – (Optional)

50% of patients that come down to Mexico purchase this insurance. $200 to $400 will cover you as a travel insurance and incase you’re one of the 1% of patients that develop a complication, you’ll be completely covered and not have to pay expensive medical bills after.

22) Spray neosporin

Completely optional.

23) Comfy cloths

You doctor will most likely want you on your feet shortly after surgery and you may even be able to shower the following morning. But the bending required to get into normal clothes will be painful. Get yourself some comfortable clothes that are easy to slip on or off as needed. You won’t care about fashion, trust me!

24) robe for walking

Completely optional.

25) Something comfy to fly home in

Completely optional.

26) Chapstick and Lotion

After weight loss surgery you are typically not allowed to eat or drink anything for a period of time. On top of that, your body reacts to surgery like it’s being attacked and when the body is attacked it shunts most of its fluids to vital organs. This leaves your skin and lips especially dry.

27) Room Fragrance

You might find that you are a little ‘gassy’ after surgery and the smell may surprise you! If you’re someone that doesn’t want everyone that walks in the room to share the aroma, bring a bottle of air freshener.