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Gastric Bypass in Mexico

Posted by: Aaron Samuels on May 5th, 2009 no responses.

Gastric bypass in Mexico is one of the popular surgical weight loss solutions for Americans and Canadians, who cannot afford such weight-loss surgeries in their own countries. Also called Roux-en-Y, this surgery, if done in Mexico, is a fraction of the cost in the US or Canada, and involves no wait times. Gastric Bypass in Mexico

Steep rise in medical costs in the US, lack of insurance cover for gastric bypass, and long wait times especially for the Canadians, are the reasons that exhort them to look for low cost, hassle-free obesity surgery in Mexico.


Why Get Gastric Bypass in Mexico?

  • Low cost: In the US, gastric bypass surgery can cost up to $25,000 or more, depending on your health conditions and other factors. Often, there is no cover for bariatric surgeries, though this is changing slowly.  And even if your health plan does cover it, there could be high co-pay. But with the cost of Roux-en-Y surgery in Mexico, being less than half the US cost, it begins to make sense to even people with insurance.
  • Proximity: Mexico is the closest top-quality medical tourism destination to the US and Canada. You can fly, drive, or even walk across the border to Ciudad Juarez, Reynosa, or Tijuana – all important Mexican cities where gastric bypass is extremely affordable. US citizens do not need a visa for stay in Mexico for less than 180 days. The same goes for Canadian citizens, too.
  • Expertise: Bariatric surgeries like gastric bypass have been done in Mexico since many years now. As they have lesser bureaucratic hassle to deal with, newer improved techniques of surgery are sometimes implemented faster here than in the US. As a result, Mexico bariatric surgeons have as much expertise and experience as their US counterparts.


Things to Consider before Going to Mexico for Roux-en-Y

  • Choosing the right hospital and Gastric Bypass Surgeon: It’s best to choose a hospital in Mexico that has all related services available under one roof, like blood bank, diagnostic services, pharmacy, etc.  Beautiful Beach in Mexico In the same way, when you are deciding on the weight loss surgeon, do not hesitate to ask for his/her resume or access to patient testimonials. Make sure he/she can speak English; this is vital so that you feel comfortable.
  • Arrangements for Follow-Up Care:  Look for a Mexican obesity surgeon who is willing to provide easy email or phone access for you to contact him/her post-surgery. Also, find a weight loss surgery support group near your home and enroll.

Often, when you search the Internet for ‘gastric bypass in Mexico’, many options are thrown up and it’s hard to know whether your choice is safe. A competent medical tourism company can help you out here, as they can provide a number of reliable gastric bypass surgery options in Mexico and you can also ask them to get in touch with those who have been through the same before you. While your own research is irreplaceable and recommended, help from professionals can help speed up your search for the right gastric bypass surgery destination for you.



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Bariatric Surgery Mexico

Posted by: Aaron Samuels on April 22nd, 2009 no responses.

A large number of people from the USA, Canada and other parts of the world visit Mexico for bariatric surgery every year. Obesity is a serious health issue that may lead to other life-threatening conditions like diabetes, heart diseases, sleep apnea, and hypertension.

If a person’s BMI is 35 or more and exercise and diet have proved ineffective in losing weight, he may consider weight loss surgery. Sometimes, a bariatric surgeon may agree to perform the surgery on a person with lower BMI, too, if he/she has co-morbidities.


 Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico

  • Obesity surgeries are often too costly in the USA for an average health budget. This is the chief reason why people seek bariatric surgeries like gastric bypass and lap band in Mexico. If you choose bariatric procedure such as lap band or gastric bypass in Mexico, you can expect to save at least 30%-50% of what it takes in the USA, even after you factor in the travel and accommodation expenses.
  • The proximity of Mexico is another advantage, especially for the Americans. One can drive or even walk across the border to towns like Tijuana and Mexicali.
  • We work with experienced weight loss surgeons in Mexico, many of whom have received advanced training in the US, and keep themselves updated with the latest in their field.
  • Our network hospitals for bariatric surgery in Mexico are state-of-the-art facilities that employ the most advanced technologies for obesity surgery.


Other Factors to Consider

  • Although most people involved in medical tourism can converse in English, Spanish is the most commonly used language in Mexico.
  • It may be very near but you will still be technically going abroad, and this entails more preparation and planning ahead as compared to undergoing a surgery in your home country.
  • While driving your own car to Mexico is an option, it is not advisable. The road sense and traffic rules may be significantly different and the sign boards, being a different language, impossible to read.
  • Keep your wits about you and indulge in moderation to ensure safety at all times.
  • Check with your bariatric surgery center in Mexico about all the costs involved: major and minor.
  • Check on the credentials of the bariatric surgeon and hospital to ensure that lower costs do not in any way mean compromising on proper medical expertise. The weight loss surgeon should have a certification in bariatric surgery from an accredited medical school.
  • Verify arrangements for pre- and post-op tests and care. Choose a hospital/clinic that has all required infrastructure like ICU, MRI, blood bank, X-Ray and pharmacy, apart from round-the-clock availability of doctors. You don’t want to be running around for blood tests and other reports when you go for surgery.
  • You must be mentally prepared for extensive changes involving diet, exercise and lifestyle changes after weight loss surgery, to be followed throughout your life. This can be psychologically stressful to many in the beginning.
  • Bariatric procedures often require follow-up measures. So, make sure that you have made arrangements closer home for post-surgery check-ups.
  • Understand how much time will be required for the entire process of traveling to Mexico, getting the surgery done, returning home, and recuperating. You can plan your time off from work accordingly.


Weight loss surgery, whether in Mexico, USA or elsewhere, is a major, life-changing decision. Make sure you have conducted thorough research and acquainted yourself with all aspects and requirements of the surgery, before deciding to go under the knife.


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How to Find the Best Lap Band Surgeons in Mexico?

Posted by: Aaron Samuels on February 15th, 2008 no responses.

Looking for an experienced lap band surgeon in Mexico? Then allow this post to enlighten you on how to go about finding a renowned surgeon for getting a lap band in Mexico. Many people from the United States choose to have weight loss surgery in Mexico. Their primary motivation is the lower costs for the surgery in Mexico. Lap band surgery costs around $4,000 in Mexico whereas it can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $14,000 in the USA.

Bariatric Surgeon in Mexico

Choosing the Right Lap Band Surgeon in Mexico

Like in any profession not all lap band surgeons in Mexico have equal success rates. Before confirming the lap band surgery in Mexico, make sure you are dealing with only the well trained and competent surgeons. The price difference between the medical care from an average and a good bariatric surgeon is not much. When looking for the best bariatric lap band surgeons in Mexico, consider the following factors:
• Education & Training
• Surgical Experience
• Proctoring Experience
• Knowledge of English
• Quality of practicing facility

Selecting a Gastric Band Surgeon in Mexico – Factors to Consider

  • The surgeon should have qualified in the field of bariatric surgery from an accredited medical school. Verify that your surgeon is certified by a medical board. If possible, go for an INAMED certified surgeon. INAMED (now Allergan) is a global leader in manufacturing obesity intervention products. Its bands are the only FDA approved lap bands.
  • The best lap band surgeons in Mexico are the ones who have performed more than 500 surgeries. The more experienced a surgeon, the less are the chances of any complications occurring during or after the surgery. When verifying the experience of a lap band surgeon in Mexico, see if you can get testimonials of current patients who have undergone weight loss surgery in Tijuana, Cancun and other parts of Mexico.
  • While comparing leading gastric band surgeons in Mexico, you should prefer surgeons who are experienced lap band proctors. A lap band proctor is qualified to teach other surgeons about performing the lap band procedure. Obviously, it is better to be treated by the instructor rather than by the student.
  • You should look for a bariatric surgeon who knows English. Although this might sound like a weird requirement for a surgeon, it is really quite important. You want to be sure that you understand everything the surgeon tells you about postoperative care and diet. The surgeon should also be able to understand and allay any concerns you raise about the surgery. So, unless you are proficient in Spanish, it is important that your surgeon has a working knowledge of English.
  • The hospital or medical facility that the surgeon performs the procedure at also tells a lot about him. A surgeon practicing in a quality hospital will usually be a better choice. Good hospitals have an added quality requirement of their own for who can practice at their facility.

Popular Bariatric Surgeons in Mexico

Some of the popular bariatric surgeons in Mexico are: Dr. Alberto Aceves, Dr. Alejandro Aguirre, Dr. Guillermo Alvarez, Dr. Javier De La Garza, Dr. Armando Joya, Dr. Pedro Kuri, Dr. Roberto A. Rumbaut, Dr. Gilberto Ungson, Dr. Sergio Verboonen, Dr. Miguel Angel Rojas, Dr. Miguel Zapata, Dr. Ariel Ortiz Lagardere, Dr. Jaime Ricardo Ramos-Kelly, Dr. Jose Rodriguez, Dr. Felipe J Cantu, Dr. Andres Betancourt, Dr. Francisco Contreras, Dr. Mariano Covarrubias, Dr. Jorge Cueto, Dr. Sergio De Leon, Dr. Martin Lopez Dominguez, Dr. Miguel Herrera, Dr. Jose Ibarrola, Dr. Buenaventura Leal, Dr. Narcizo Leon, Dr. Eduardo Lozano Gonzalez, Dr. Sergio Mascareno, Dr. Nelson Rodríguez, Dr. Rodolfo Sanchez, Dr. Fernando Serrano Berry, Dr. Salvador Valencia, Dr. Alejandro Weber, Dr. Sergio Verboonen, Dr. Roberto Rimbaut, Dr. Aniceto Baltasar, Dr. Olga Gomez, Dr. Juan Antonio Lopez Corvala. Many of them are INAMED certified surgeons.

Some of the different cities across Mexico that these bariatric surgeons practice are: Mexicali, Ensenada, Piedras Negras, Puerto Vallarta, Monterrey,Tijuana, Hermosillo, Ciudad Juarez, Acuna, Reynosa, Guadalajara, Zona Rio,Huixquilucan, Canun, Garza Garcia, and Hato Rey

If you are planning to visit Mexico for lap band surgery, make sure that you take the above factors into account. One of the best lab band surgeons in Mexico who scores high on all of the above factors is Dr. Juan Antonio Lopez Corvala. Dr. Corvala has performed more than 5,000 lap band surgeries.


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