Medical tourism, often known as medical travel, is booming for weight loss surgery. Every year, hundreds of people travel to seek accessible or affordable healthcare. Medical tourism has seen a sharp increase including dental, plastic surgery, alternative medicine, and bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Thousands of individuals head to Mexico for Bariatric Surgery to realize excellent quality care, fast wait times, and attractive prices.
This demand is fueling a rapidly growing industry, giving rise to lots of bariatric surgeons and surgical options in Mexico. This new industry isn’t going to slow down, and this guide is to help you navigate through the noise, to ensure safety and weight loss success – and ultimately, whether weight loss surgery in Mexico is right for you.
Demand for Bariatric Surgeries in Mexico
Medical tourism for bariatric surgery has seen a boom in the past few years, with many patients traveling to Mexico for high-quality, self-pay care. The primary reason for so many traveling to Mexico for weight loss surgery is the cost savings. Patients can save up to 80% from the typical weight loss surgery price in the United States. Patients saving up to $20,000 for the gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico, means a big deal.
Another reason for a surge in demand in Mexico for bariatric surgery is the accessibility. Many patients who qualify for weight loss surgery in Canada, can wait up to two years to undergo the procedure. Not only do Canadians, but also Americans, experience long wait times to undergo the procedure, meanwhile, they continue to attend the required meetings, see physicians, etc. The long waits, give rise to the massive demand of Mexican bariatric surgeons.
Another emergence in the medical tourism industry is the rise of revisional bariatric surgery. Patients who successfully underwent bariatric operations outside of the US may face stringent requirements to revise to another bariatric surgery from the standpoint of your bariatric surgeon and health insurance company.
In Mexico, weight loss surgeons can quickly qualify patients who’ve previously undergone the gastric banding or the gastric sleeve procedure, and who want to revise to another surgery type. This process can typically take just a few days. Revisional bariatric surgery is standard for Lap-Band patients as they usually have lower expected weight loss, higher rates of complications, and higher failure rates. Other common revisional surgeries are the gastric sleeve to gastric bypass surgery, re-sleeves, and others.
Is Bariatric Surgery in Mexico Right For You?
Medical tourism isn’t right for everybody. An excellent candidate is somebody who truly understands the entire medical tourism process, from start to finish. Talk to your patient coordinators and realize what you can expect from your medical travel.
To be an excellent candidate for medical tourism, prospective patients should know about their desired bariatric procedure. So if you’re considering the gastric sleeve procedure, it’s imperative to learn what the first three months after surgery will be like. What your new lifestyles will be and how you can minimize side effects and complications.
Guide to Picking the Right Medical Tourism for Bariatric Surgery
The role of medical tourism companies is to ensure the safety and to guide patients through the entire medical tourism process. Many patients feel going direct with a bariatric surgeon in Mexico is a better, less expensive option, but it isn’t always the case.
Some of the expenses of bariatric surgery are typically variable, which surprises many people getting another bill for extra medicine, medical supplies, longer operating time, or dozens of other costs that can arise. The surgeons, typically the ones promoting the low prices, will pass on any and all extra costs to the patients after their surgery. This can range as little as $100 to $200, but we’ve seen cases approaching $6,000. The first advice is always to look for a reputable medical tourism company that offers ‘all-inclusive’ pricing, so there are no surprises later.
Some surgeons go even further and hire independent salespeople who have little to no experience in medical tourism, to help sell their surgeries on forums and Facebook groups. It’s never advised to schedule surgery with anybody who works directly with surgeons in Mexico.
Medical tourism companies, like Renew Bariatrics, provides significant value by purchasing individual medical travel coverage which acts to protect you from possible complications after surgery. Their coverage even lasts when you get back to your home in the US or Canada. Buying medical tourism coverage is similar to purchasing travel insurance coverage, which can range from $400 to $500 extra. If a possible complication arises, how will you handle that?
Medical Tourism in Mexico for Bariatric Surgery
Seeking weight loss surgery in Mexico can be physically and financially rewarding if do your research. Learn more about traveling to Mexico for Bariatric Surgery, please call 844-736-3963 or visit RenewBariatrics.com.
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