Weight Loss Surgery Mexico & Abroad - All You Need to Know

Weight loss surgery in Mexico:

  • Costs 3 to 4 times less than surgery in the United States, if you don’t have insurance that covers bariatric surgery
  • Ranges from $5,000 to 8,000, depending on the procedure
  • Is safe, as long as you take the proper precautions

Read and click the sections below for everything you need to know about having bariaric surgery in Mexico or any other country outside of the United States.

01 Is It Safe?

Is It Safe?

6 guidelines for traveling abroad for surgery

As long as you go to the right hospital or facility, plastic and bariatric surgery abroad may be as safe as hospitals in the United States.

Here are the 6 caveats for receiving top care abroad…

1.  The Joint Commission International

The Joint Commission, the most respected and demanding hospital accreditation agency in the U.S., has an international division called the Joint Commission International (JCI) that accredits hospitals internationally with equally rigorous standards.

Karen Timmons, President and CEO of the JCI, explained how hospital accreditation tests are applied in an article published by Medical Tourism magazine (1).

“We believe the best way to gauge the quality of care provided by an institution is to trace the journey of patients as they move through the institution and examine how various departments work together to provide the care they need. Typically we trace 8 or more patients during our site visits.”

To receive certification, hospitals abroad must pass detailed testing for 300 standards with 1,200 specific data points that JCI surveyors examine and score. Here is a general overview of what’s reviewed…

“To receive certification, hospitals abroad must pass detailed testing for 300 standards with 1,200 specific data points…”

  • Access to care and continuity of care
  • Patient and family rights
  • Assessment of patients
  • Care of patients
  • Anesthesia and surgical care
  • Medical management and use
  • Patient and family education
  • Quality improvement and patient safety
  • Prevention and control of infections
  • Governance, leadership and direction
  • Facility management and staff
  • Staff qualifications and education
  • Management of communication and information

If a hospital outside the U.S. is JCI accredited, you know that they have passed the on-site 3 to 5 day hospital review within the last 3 years.

Before going on, we recommend that you review the Joint Commission International accreditation standards to get a better idea of what each of the above steps entails (get ready to be impressed). Their Frequently Asked Questions document is also helpful towards a further understanding of how their program works.

If you are interested in getting weight loss surgery in Canada, the JCI has not gone there to accredit any hospitals so you’ll need to use Accreditation Canada which has similar standards. They also accredit hospitals outside of Canada and are a good cross-reference for JCI-accredited hospitals that you find.

2.  Partnership with hospitals in the United States

For an additional level of patient confidence and the all-important continuity and coordination of care, hospitals abroad often partner with reputable hospitals in the United States. These international partnerships include services such as…

  • Clinical guidelines
  • Care plans to help patients with self-care
  • Electronic medial records to share information with doctors back home
  • Outcome measurement and performance reporting to accurately determine which surgeons and hospitals have the best track record
  • Physician and nurse recruitment and training
  • Patient satisfaction surveys and reporting
  • Medical and professional education

3.  Many surgeons abroad were educated and have practiced in the United States

Many doctors abroad were educated and trained in the United States and subsequently returned to their home country. In contrast, about ¼ of all active U.S. physicians are international medical graduates (2).

The bottom line is that there are excellent medical education programs all over the world, and great hospitals will attract great surgeons.

4.  Hospital Information Systems are often much more advanced abroad than they are in the U.S.

Hospital Information Systems (HIS) abroad are often light years ahead of what is used domestically. Better systems means better care and more accurate information to help you determine which surgeon and hospital is right for you.

“Better systems means better care and more accurate information.”

For example, a hospital in Thailand’s state-of-the-art information system allows patients to see a doctor within about 17 minutes after arriving. Compare this to the recently measured 4 hour and 3 minute average Emergency Rooms wait time in the U.S. (3) (4)

A Microsoft executive summed up the benefits of state-of-the-art hospital information systems in a recent press release regarding Microsoft’s purchase of a company that offers the advanced technology (5)…

“We were impressed by Global Care Solutions’ state-of-the-art health information system, which has enabled a hugely complex facility like Bumrungrad International hospital to achieve amazing outcomes related to improved workflow and patient safety.”

U.S. hospitals who incorporate similar technology have limited success because most U.S. hospitals do not employ doctors across a broad range of expertise. The U.S. specialists use different systems that do not talk with each other, while hospitals abroad often have doctors from all specialties under one roof and system.

Surgeons abroad can also give you detailed medical information summarizing the clinically important information learned during your trip abroad. For example, they may provide you with a CD or digital file that includes your medical summary, vitals, doctor notes, x-rays, sonograms, etc.; everything your doctor back home will need to pick up where your surgeon abroad left off.

5.  Patients can access detailed history and experience of international surgeons.

Patients and medical travel agents can access the detailed history of international surgeons. This data helps patients select the bariatric surgeon with the most experience and highest success rates at hospitals with the most state-of-the-art technology (below we will discuss how you can find them on your own and which medical travel agents are the best to partner with).

6.  Doctors back home collaborate with international surgeons – Maybe.

Your local doctors and bariatric surgeon can be connected and kept in the loop about treatment abroad. All patients traveling for surgery should partner with a local surgeon or doctor for the necessary follow-up care.

Unfortunately, this may be easier said than done. Many local bariatric surgeons will not be excited to take on the liability of addressing any problems that arise unless they were the ones to perform the initial surgery. Before making the decision to travel abroad, be sure you confirm that a local surgeon will work with you for follow up care.

Surgeons’ Perspective

Finding a local doctor or surgeon to work with after you return home is critical for long-term success.

Click here to review the feedback on this very important topic from surgeons in the United States and Mexico.

Surgeons abroad should provide you with detailed medical information summarizing the clinically important information learned during your trip abroad. For example, they may provide you with a CD or digital file that includes your medical summary, vitals, doctor notes, x-rays, sonograms, etc., everything your doctor back home will need to pick up where your surgeon abroad left off.

Confirm this with your surgeon abroad before moving forward with them.

02 Cost Vs. Surgery At Home

Cost Vs. Surgery At Home

Best surgeons in Mexico are the same quality as home country

The average cost for bariatric surgery in popular destination countries compared to the U.S. is as follows:

United States
United States
Canada
Canada
Australia
Australia
Mexico
Mexico
India
India
Thailand
Thailand
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
United States
$24,598
Canada
$15,708
Australia
$15,900
Mexico
$7,422
India
$10,400
Thailand
$10,500
Costa Rica
$12,500
United States
$15,604
Canada
$21,250
Australia
$12,200
Mexico
$5,826
India
$8,750
Thailand
$11,820
Costa Rica
$9,250
United States
$28,931
Canada
n/a
Australia
n/a
Mexico
$8,060
India
$8,300
Thailand
$13,750
Costa Rica
$12,000
United States
$19,539
Canada
n/a
Australia
$15,900
Mexico
$5,125
India
$9,400
Thailand
$10,800
Costa Rica
$9,550
United States
$8,150
Canada
$8,250
Australia
$4,178
Mexico
$5,800
India
$3,000
Thailand
TBD
Costa Rica
TBD

After reviewing some of the above price comparisons, it makes more sense why, according to a recent Gallup poll, almost 30% of people in the U.S. would consider traveling abroad for medical treatment (6).

But if the quality of international hospitals and surgeons are as good or better than in the U.S., how is it possible for costs to be so much lower?

Why Does Weight Loss Surgery Mexico/Abroad Cost So Much Less?

There are 4 main reasons why it is possible to receive equal or better care abroad at a lower cost:

First, lower labor and administrative costs driven by an overall lower cost of living flow through to treatment costs (e.g. lower salaries mean the surgeon does not need to charge as much to cover their costs). For example, according to a recent Mercer study, New York has a cost of living adjustment of 100, San Francisco is at 85, Mexico City is at 77 and Bangkok, Thailand is at 64.9 (7).

Second, malpractice costs and resulting malpractice insurance is much lower in other countries than they are in the United States. Again, this does not mean that the quality of care is lower. It simply means that foreign cultures do not encourage malpractice lawsuits as often as the U.S.

Punitive damages are rarely awarded outside of the US, and at best any lawsuit would only result in the patient recovering actual damages (out of pocket cost of harm caused, including paying for treatments that address the problem, travel expenses, etc.).

Third, by working in large, multi-specialty clinics, physician overhead (e.g. building rent and maintenance, utilities, staff, computers, systems, etc.) abroad is much lower than the smaller specialty clinics in the U.S. In the U.S., physician overhead is somewhere between 50 and 60%. Abroad it can be as low as 5 or 6%.

Finally, there is much less administration and paperwork required for treatment abroad.

In the United States, the average surgical experience goes roughly as follows…

  1. Private employers (where almost 2/3 of those under 65 get insurance coverage) work with insurance brokers or consultants to design an industry-competitive health insurance plan for their employees. Employers and brokers work with insurance companies to ensure that their plans remain competitive with the rest of the insurance carrier market.
  2. Insurance companies and other third parties negotiate discounted rates with hospitals to ensure that their rates are competitive. More competitive rates mean more members in their plan which means more bargaining power with the hospitals. Every aspect of treatment is given a special code that the insurance company and hospital can track to facilitate the correct negotiated payment.
  3. To gain more bargaining clout and a referral base, hospitals and doctors work together to form groups that can negotiate with insurance companies as one entity. More members (patients) under one group means more negotiating power with the insurance companies.
  4. Patient’s physician refers patient to a particular in-network hospital to which they belong (not necessarily the best physician). Insurance companies must constantly track and report which physicians are in network, which are out-of-network and which are no longer accepting new patients.
  5. Patient schedules surgery.
  6. In-network hospital documents request and contacts the insurance company for pre-approval.
  7. Insurance company nurse or case manager reviews patients file to determine appropriateness of procedures. The hospital may be contacted directly several times to negotiate the “most appropriate” course and duration of treatment.
  8. Upon approval, hospital contacts patient to confirm surgery.
  9. Patient fills out all necessary paperwork by hand for the hospital, even though they have filled out this exact information for every new physician they have ever visited and even though their primary care or other referring physician already has the information and has presumably contacted the hospital and/or surgeon to review the patient’s condition.

    Incidentally, the patient does not know if their physician has spoken directly with their surgeon, nor do they usually know the credentials, history or success rates of the bariatric surgeon they are “getting.”
  10. Before, during and after surgery, the hospital tracks every charge, from the surgery itself to the napkins provided in the room to the doctor’s time each instance he/she visits the patient. This is often a manual process after which hospital staff input handwritten data into their system.
  11. During the patient’s hospital stay, the insurance company nurse conducts a “concurrent review” to make sure all treatment, medications and additional bed days are appropriate, required and follow the previously agreed upon course of treatment.
  12. Insurance company only approves a long enough length of stay to allow the patient to receive the surgery and be physically capable of returning home.
  13. The insurance company case manager may follow up with the patient after being discharged to ensure no further complications.
  14. Hospital submits final bill to insurance company.
  15. For charges over a certain level, the insurance company’s negotiated rates no longer apply. For those claims, representatives from the insurance company must negotiate on a case by case basis.
  16. Insurance company pays hospital directly for their portion of the costs based on the parameters of the insurance contract.
  17. Insurance company submits an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) to the patient with a high-level itemization of treatment costs, the amount that the insurance paid and the amount that the patient owes.
  18. Patient, who is typically a layperson and is unfamiliar with the details of their insurance contract, must understand the EOB and submit payment. They must contact the insurance company with any questions or to dispute charges (by the way, insurance companies have a 3.2% error rate that costs the U.S. $17 – $29 billion per year) (8).

    If insurance company service representative agrees with dispute, they must either approve the new charges themselves in the system or receive management approval. Assuming approval, representative then resubmits the claim whereby they pay the hospital the correct amount and reprocess and send a corrected EOB. Assuming denial, patient and claim get sent through an appeals process whereby an appeals committee gets involved (to keep this as brief as possible, we won’t go down that path).
  19. Patient pays their portion of the bill to the hospital.
  20. Upon receipt of payment from the patient, the hospital notifies the insurance company, many of which will track and post the summary of payments on a secure web site for the patient’s review.
  21. All medical information, from doctor notes, to prescriptions to patient medical history are tracked separately by each facility and physician (sometimes still in paper files).
  22. Any follow up visits or additional hospital visits due to complications go through the same process.

Important Note: The steps above reflect the typical experience of having any type of surgery in the U.S. that is paid for by insurance.

They do not apply if you are financing bariatric surgery without insurance, as working directly with the best bariatric surgeons in the U.S. is often similar to (albeit more expensive than) working with the best surgeons for weight loss surgery Mexico / abroad.

Now contrast this with the international experience in the Start to Finish section below, including both the amount of administration required and the level of attention placed on the patient.

The complex U.S. interactions between the patient, employer, broker or consultant, insurance company, physician and/or hospital are replaced by a straight-forward all-inclusive bill from the international hospital. The focus of the surgeon and hospital is shifted from tracking and collecting money to patient care.

What Is Included in the Cost for Surgery Abroad?

The costs quoted by surgeons abroad includes an impressive amount of services, but there are still a few things you may be on the hook for…

What’s Typically Included

  • Pre-operative tests and evaluations which may include the following:
    • Chest x-ray
    • EKG (electrocardiogram)
    • Doctor evaluation
    • Anesthesiologist evaluation
    • Complete blood work
    • Urine test
    • Nutritionist Fees
  • Travel & logistical costs, which may include:
    • Transportation to/from hospital
    • Use of a telephone to call the U.S. at no charge
    • High speed Internet
  • Surgery Costs, including:
    • Hospital Fees (private rooms)
    • Surgeons Fees
    • Anesthesiologist Fees
    • Antibiotics and Pain Medicine
  • Post-Operative Costs
    • Post-op tests
    • Post-op consultations before hospital discharge(surgeon, nutritionist, etc)

What May NOT Be Included

The following may or may not be included in the quoted fees…

  • Cost of complications
  • Extra bed for your travel companion (in the same hospital room)
  • Cafeteria/food for your guest
  • Follow up visits/consultations
  • Airfare
  • Hotel costs before and after hospital stay

Ask your prospective surgeon about each of the cost components above to ensure that there are no surprises.

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03 How to Find the Right Surgeon

How to Find the Right Surgeon

Do the necessary homework Create a list of at least 2 or 3 surgeons Narrow down the list Conduct video or phone interviews

The best surgeon and hospital abroad is specific to each patient.

In addition to ensuring that your chosen surgeon has the appropriate expertise and access to technology, you must also feel personally comfortable with them. To get started…

  1. Search for qualified surgeons that perform your procedure.
  2. Click here to search the JCI’s directory of accredited organizations by country (or see our Bariatric Surgery Canada page for Accreditation Canada).

  3. Make sure the hospitals on your list are accredited by the Joint Commission International (or at least undergoing the accreditation process) or, if considering Canada, Accreditation Canada. There are many other good accreditation organizations throughout the world, although the JCI’s and Accreditation Canada’s standards are the most well-known and respected.
  4. Choose 2 or 3 surgeons abroad and talk with them directly. Ideally, set up a video conference so you can see each other while talking (video calls are free via companies like Skype or Ekiga). You should walk away feeling confident in your surgeon’s experience and qualifications.

    See our 4 Steps to Find the Right Weight Loss Surgeon page to learn the necessary homework and how to interview your potential surgeons.

    There are also several good weight loss surgery Mexico and medical travel books available with a complete list of questions to ask doctors abroad along with the answers you should look for.  We like the information provided in Patients Beyond Borders by Josef Woodman.

Partnering with a Local Surgeon

Partnering with a local surgeon for aftercare following bariatric surgery or plastic surgery abroad may be easier said than done.

Surgeons are running a business and make most of their money from the procedure itself. They may not be too excited about taking on the low-margin follow-up care and opening themselves up to liability when they did not receive the income from the initial procedure.

However, some procedures (like lap band surgery) require more follow up than others (like gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery).

Work with your medical travel agent or your international surgeon’s team to find a good local doctor that is willing to partner with you and your surgeon abroad.

Click here to review the feedback on this very important topic from surgeons in both the United States and Mexico.

04 Tips Before & During Travel

Tips Before & During Travel

7 tips to minimize the risk of complications and travel problems

There are 7 things that you should keep in mind when considering a trip abroad for bariatric surgery…

  1. Partner with a local plastic or bariatric surgeon and your primary care physician for long-term follow-up care (see sidebar to the right).
  2. Determine whether the country in which you are having surgery requires vaccinations. The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) site has up-to-date recommendations for most locations.
  3. Preparations for surgery are the same whether or not you travel. You will work with your chosen surgeon abroad via phone or video call to agree upon an appropriate bariatric diet and weight loss surgery exercise program prior to traveling.
  4. You should plan a day or two of rest and relaxation once you get to your destination. Don’t jump right into surgery. This will make the experience much less stressful and will give you time to get over the jet lag and culture shock before beginning your stay in the hospital.
  5. You should also plan to stay in the country for at least 2 weeks following surgery. This is needed for proper recovery and evaluation by your surgeon before traveling home. In addition, surgeons abroad will often include the costs of follow up treatment or treatment resulting from complications in the initial price quoted.
  6. The biggest risk of traveling for surgery is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is the formation of a blood clot in one of the deep veins, usually in the lower leg.

    The risk for DVT increases after all surgeries, especially when the patient is immobile for long periods of time. To reduce the risk, you should take preventive measures from the time you leave to the time you get home…

    • Before traveling:
      • Stop smoking as soon as possible. The increased risk of blood clots that tobacco causes can last 6 weeks or more after your last puff, so quitting the day before you travel won’t cut it.
      • Lose as much weight as possible before you travel – the lower your body mass index (BMI), the less risk you have for both DVT and bariatric surgery complications in general
      • Get enough exercise to be at least minimally fit
      • Discuss stopping birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy with your doctor, as they can thicken your blood and increase the risk of DVT
      • Ask your weight loss surgery Mexico or other international surgeon about using a pneumatic compression device during and after surgery
      • Ask your weight loss surgery Mexico or other international surgeon if taking an anticoagulant (blood thinner) is necessary while traveling
    • While traveling:
      • Travel on an airline with sufficient leg room
      • Wear loose clothing
      • Walk briskly for at least half an hour before takeoff
      • On the plane:
        • Ask your doctor whether wearing elastic flight socks or graduated compression stockings is appropriate
        • Don’t stow carry-on baggage under seat (you’ll need the leg room)
        • Take deep breaths frequently throughout the flight
        • Flex your calves and rotate your ankles every 20 to 30 minutes
        • Walk up and own the aisle at least once every 2 hours
        • Sleep only for short periods (do not take sleeping pills)
        • Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration
        • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and diet soda
        • Don’t let stockings or clothing roll up or constrict your legs
  1. Insurance in Case of Complications (also called Medical Tourism Insurance or Medical Travel Insurance) – Whether you have surgery close to home or outside the country, any surgery carries a risk of complications. If you’re paying for your procedure abroad out of pocket, it’s a good idea to buy insurance that will pay for any complications that arise after you return home. This will also make any local doctor or surgeon more likely to commit to working with you.

Medical Travel Insurance Companies

Following is a list of Medical Travel Insurance companies. We have not worked directly with any of these companies and this list does not imply any recommendations or endorsements. Talk with your surgeon abroad for their recommendations and experiences before making a selection.

Have you worked with another insurance company? Please contact us.

Policies differ greatly between company and plan, so be sure to get all of the details before making a selection such as:

  • Cost of plan (obviously)
  • Deductibles and other potential out of pocket expenses
  • Which countries the coverage applies in (e.g. confirm that the policy will pay for coverage received after returning home)
  • Whether the policy requires you to receive care within a certain network of providers (or whether you can go to any doctor/facility that you choose)
  • How long the policy remains in effect (when coverage terminates)
  • Whether the insurance company will pay providers directly or whether they require you to pay first (then reimburse you)
  • Any applicable coverage limits (such as maximum amount they will pay)
  • Other coverages that are included under the policy (such as regular travel insurance, etc.)

05 Medical Travel Agents

Medical Travel Agents

Handle logistics and paperwork Help prepare you for what to expect Your main point of contact before and during your trip

Despite the common “Medical Tourism” title, the primary goal of medical travel is to have a successful procedure for a lower cost – not tourism. If you have the vacation time, you and your companion can explore your destination country before surgery, but you should plan to take it easy afterwards.

In addition to learning about and feeling completely comfortable with the concept of surgery abroad, patients investigating weight loss surgery Mexico or medical travel in general will need assistance in…

  • Coordinating care between physician(s) at home and the surgeon abroad
  • Completing the necessary paperwork
  • Obtaining the proper travel documents
  • Arranging travel and tourism logistics (i.e. flights, hotels, after-surgery resorts, in-country assistance, travel documents, etc.)
  • Preparing for a new culture

This is where medical travel agents and the more advanced international hospitals and weight loss surgery centers will step in to help. The best agencies and hospitals/centers will…

  • Provide you with user-friendly educational information about weight loss surgery Mexico (or other countries) and medical travel in general
  • Facilitate interaction with and coordinate care between your surgeon abroad and hometown physician
  • Streamline the paperwork
  • Coordinate the highest quality travel partners, including transportation, lodging and vacation packages if applicable

Medical travel agents’ services differ from those of the best international hospitals in one key way: they find and interact with multiple qualified surgeons and hospitals on your behalf and help you choose which is best for you… for a price.

If you find a few surgeons and hospitals on your own that fit your requirements, we recommend first working with them directly. If the surgeon’s hospital is JCI-accredited and the surgeon and their team meet your criteria, find out if they can help with the bulleted items listed above.

If they can do everything on the list, there’s no need to pay for a medical travel agent.

Double-check Work from Weight Loss Surgery Mexico or Other Medical Travel Agent

Regardless of how confident you feel about your medical travel agent’s abilities, it’s always a good idea to double check their work by interviewing the surgeon directly.

After all, you’re the one having surgery, and it’s important that you feel comfortable with your surgeon and hospital beforehand.

If your prospective surgeon’s team or hospital cannot do everything on the list (and you’d like the help) or if you’re struggling with which hospital or surgeon to go with, a good medical travel agent’s fees may be worth it.

Ask your chosen medical travel service directly about their services and charges as each is different. They are usually paid through a fee that is often bundled into the packaged price negotiated for your treatment.

If the surgeon or hospital you found on your own does not help with tedious activities such as travel arrangements and coordination of care with your doctors at home, a good medical travel agent…

  1. Will take an enormous amount of work off of your plate by coordinating everything for you which leaves you to focus on preparing for surgery.
  2. Knows the process, so you can feel confident that no step will be missed.
  3. Is experienced in working directly with hospitals abroad. As a result, their negotiated savings can be more than you could arrange by yourself. The savings may even offset their fees.

It is common practice for agencies to provide you with a packaged price for their service then ask for a deposit. Your designated agent will provide you with enough information to get started, including…

  • Data on specific treatment centers and physicians for weight loss surgery Mexico (or other countries)
  • Advice on medical records and in-country procedures
  • Telephone consultation with physician or surgeon

Next you’ll decide whether or not you want to engage their services. If you don’t, you lose your deposit (which pays them for the work they’ve already done). If you do move forward, you’ll pay another installment – usually between 25 and 50% of the entire packaged price.

Another payment will be due prior to surgery, and then the final payment is paid when leaving the hospital.

There are also medical travel agents that you “pay as you go” (PYG). They are a referral service rather than the full-blown broker described above. The PYG medical travel agents provide information about hospitals and physicians, airfares and vacation opportunities, but they rarely stay involved afterwards.

Additional Plastic / Weight Loss Surgery Mexico & Abroad Online Resources

FDA’s Center for Drugs for regulations about bringing prescriptions back into the US

Immunization recommendations – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations

Passport info

Tax information at the IRS site.  Type “medical deductions” in the search box provided and scroll down to find the most recent information.

If you decide to work with an agent, we recommend working with brokers to make sure you don’t miss anything. The last thing you need is to arrive in a different country and realize that there are still loose ends to figure out.

Honing in on the best weight loss surgeon and team of bariatric doctors requires specific knowledge and proper guidance.

This page explains the 4 steps required to find the bariatric surgeon that’s right for you…

06 Start to Finish

Start to Finish

Successful medical travel in 8 steps

Following is the typical medical travel experience assuming you use a reputable and qualified medical travel agent or a work with a top weight loss clinic:

  1. Patient contacts health travel agent or qualified surgeon in Mexico and reviews their medical history.
  2. Medical travel agent or surgeon reviews physician-recommended bariatric surgery.
  3. Medical travel agent or surgeon’s office coordinates a call between the patient’s local physician and the weight loss surgery Mexico surgeon to discuss the patient and their chosen surgery.
  4. Surgeon abroad communicates all-inclusive charge:
    • Hospital stay
    • All surgeon discussions, including 24/7 access to actual surgeon’s home and/or cell phone
    • All nurse visits, sometimes including daily massage and food delivery
    • All prescriptions and hospital room amenities
    • All follow up calls and treatment, including any additional visits if necessary (most complications arise within 2 weeks after treatment, so it is recommended that patient stays near the hospital for at least 2 weeks following surgery).
  5. Medical travel agent or surgeon’s office helps to coordinate patient’s trip for weight loss surgery Mexico / abroad, from travel to lodging to post-surgery recuperation lodging to vacations (if appropriate).
  6. Hospital loads all patient information into state-of-the art medical software, including medical history, hospital treatment, doctor notes, prescriptions and follow up visits. The software allows collaboration with the patient’s U.S. physician before, during and after treatment. It identifies problems such as negative effects of conflicting medications or previous medical issues such as surgeries that may have resulted in abdominal scarring.
  7. Patient travels to destination and receives surgery. Patient is not rushed out of the hospital, but are encouraged to stay as long as is necessary for a safe recovery.
  8. Depending on level of surgery, patient may move to a post-treatment facility or resort where they will have access to a dedicated nurse and facilities that are specifically designed for post-treatment guests.

07 Help & Support

Help & Support

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