Weight Loss Surgery

Tijuana, Mexico


Escorted tours from Auckland Airport (4 - 6 patients per trip) or travel independently with flights and accommodation booked by fully qualified TAANZ bonded travel agent and accredited tour guide with step by step guidance by Jackie Brown

About Dr. Giovanni

Dr Giovanni

Dr. Arias Giovanni is a bariatric surgeon in Tijuana, Mexico. Dr. Arias Giovanni offers a full range of bariatric weight loss surgery options including: gastric sleeve, gastric bypass surgery, revisions surgeries and Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS).

Dr. Arias Giovanni focuses on developing a full weight loss program while utilizing a comprehensive bariatric team approach to treat his patients for the best results and to minimize their postoperative pain through small incision surgery.

All of Dr. Arias Giovanni's patients are carefully assessed to see if weight loss surgery is the right decision for them. Dr. Arias Giovanni helps patients review their weight loss surgery options and patients are asked to complete some pre-operative assessments.

When making a life decision it is important to research, know the facts around your decision and gain inspiration from people who have already walked the path.

Why Choose JBTG (Bums Tums and Gums)


I have been escorting kiwi's on cosmetic tours to Thailand for over 12 years and more recently bariatric surgery tours to Tijuana.


To perform and deliver excellent quality service to my clients. Providing them unforgettable travel, enjoyable, with quality services that exceed their expectations .


Empower medical travellers to make choices for affordable and quality medical care in Thailand and in Mexico.



For a step by step guide to Bariatric surgery contact me for my 50 page e-book on weight loss surgery in Mexico with chapters on dietary needs, vitamins, travel documentation required and lots lots more!

I am a fully qualified travel agent with credentials from both UK and NZ, an accredited tour guide (Europe). I have a bachelors in adult education, and my post grad in coaching and mentoring (life coach). I have been working in the travel industry for 50 years and have managed agencies in both the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

For 22 years I have been training travel agents, tourism staff and hotel managers, and entrepreneurship as well as operating 5 tours a year to Thailand for plastic surgery.


Jackie Brown

Tour Inclusions

  • Fully escorted tour from/to Auckland with an accredited tour guide
  • Return Flights to USA booked by TAANZ bonded travel agent 
  • Luxury transfer to your hotel
  • 2 -3 nights San Diego (depending on flight schedule)
  • One day shopping excursion to outlet mall
  • Excursion to Walmart super centre
  • Private transfer to Tijuana
  • 1 Night in Condo Tijuana
  • 2 Nights hospital in Tijuana
  • 2 more nights in San Diego (free time)
  • Luxury transfer back to San Diego Airport

Please note this itinerary may change due to airline scheduling which sometimes requires us to stay overnight in Hawaii but that is all costed in the tour price.

Welcome to your new adventure

All my life I have yo-yoed dieted. I also do not buy into the fat-acceptance movement, but I don’t intend for that to sound disrespectfulto those who do. I just know that for me, being overweight was ruining mylife. I lost too many years to long term coercive control, and I don’t wantto waste any more. Already I was getting sore knees and pains in my hips,and I was only 28 kgs overweight, my blood test showed prediabetes andmy life would have been shortened and what I could do with the time Ihave left I felt would continue to be severely limited and at 68 years old Iwant to extend my time on this planet not shorten it!

But isn’t weight loss surgery a bit extreme?

Not for me it isn’t. I have lost weight several times in my adult life andalways put it back on, plus some. I’m not alone. The statistics show thatalmost all of those who do lose weight will regain it, and more. So beganmy journey seriously investigating the pros and cons of sleevegastrectomy surgery, when a friend told me about her experience ofbariatric surgery in Mexico, before you could say "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" Iwas booked and ready to go on this new adventure which I will share withyou as I accompany you on your new adventure. Welcome to your new adventure

Body Mass Index

What is a healthy BMI?

A healthy BMI measures between 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI of over 24.9 suggests you are overweight.

On average, a BMI of 30 or more reduces lifeexpectancy by about 6 years and a BMI of over 40reduces life expectancy by about 10 years.

I want to help men and women who were livingwith obesity. I do not profess to be a doctor, anurse or a surgeon, however, as a medical tourguide and author, my research is based ondiscussions, readings, multiple tours, hours ofresearch and now of course my own gastric sleeveexperience. In my e-book I will bring you the good,the bad and the ugly so that no one is under theillusion that this is "quick fix"

Important to note additonal costs:
if your BMI id between 49%-59% $600USD
60%-69% $900USD
70% and above $2000USD
Hernia Repair $650USD


Feedback submitted by Patients

Jackie, you are one in a million, thank you so much for all you have done. I wouldn’t want to do this trip with anyone else, we had so much fun and lots of giggles.
Thank you so much “camp mother” I would never have been able to do this without your support and encouragement. Thank you for your patience with me and I have made some wonderful new friends.
Thanks, Jackie, for your commitment and looking after us so beautifully, I honestly would not know where to start without you there navigating the way.

Contact Details JBTG

Jackie Brown Travel Group
Bums Tums and Gums Medical Tours


from overseas +64275481004




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