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Gastric Bypass in Cancun

The Ultimate Guide to Gastric Bypass in Cancun

Affordable weight loss treatments has seen an increase in patients seeking gastric bypass surgery in Cancun.

Unfortunately, with obesity on the increase throughout the world, extreme measures are now being sought by patients who want to end their weight problems, and all the health risks associated with them.

Weight loss (bariatric) surgery is not an option to be taken lightly. Notwithstanding the costs, traveling to another country as a morbidly obese patient also brings its own risks which have to be balanced against the long-term health implications of being grossly overweight.

Why have a gastric bypass in Cancun?

As a tourist destination Cancun is up there with the best in the world. From a small fishing village it has grown into a sophisticated spot for vacationers to enjoy its many attributes. A stunning coastline and all the services and amenities you could wish for makes it the number one destination for visitors from across the world.

It stands to reason that medical tourists are attracted to the location for these reasons, but obviously because the healthcare facilities are reliable and the medical expertise unsurpassed.

Gastric bypass surgery is a specialist branch of surgery. Typically, surgeons undertake further specialist training to become proficient in dealing with problems in the gastro-intestinal tract and they may also have specialist knowledge of metabolic and endocrine problems, including diabetes. Most surgeons will be registered with an appropriate specialist Board, for example the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, or the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity.

You should always do some research of your own to ensure your surgeon has the necessary expertise. Medical Departures does its own background checks and we publish qualifications and professional memberships on our site, alongside real patient testimonials and clinic photos. If you’ve any questions are Customer Care Team are always on hand to help, advise and just to chat to about any aspect of your trip.

What does the gastric bypass involve and how long does it take?

Surgery is usually done endoscopically these days (what is referred to as keyhole surgery) which means your surgeon can access your insides without having to make large incisions across your abdomen, which is much better for your recovery. The process usually takes around an hour, but in rare, difficult cases it make take several hours.

The surgery involves dividing the stomach and making a small pouch at the top which is then connected to the small intestine at the bottom. When food enters the stomach it enters the pouch, and the digested food bypasses the larger part of the stomach and most of the small intestine. This means that you will feel fuller quickly, so won’t eat as much and there is less chance of the food to be absorbed as it only spends a little time in the shortened small intestine. Both of these factors will lead to substantial weight loss.

What is the recovery time?

You will be in hospital from between 2 and 5 days and will not be allowed to eat anything for the first few days to give your digestive system a little time to heal. After that, liquids will be introduced, followed by pureed food before graduating to solids.

A huge commitment to lifestyle changes is required, not only with regard to the foods you eat but also by embarking on regular exercise to help build muscle and to ensure you have regular check-ups and blood tests to monitor your health.

What is the cost of gastric bypass surgery in Mexico compared to the United States and Canada.

Patients undergoing Gastric bypass surgery in Cancun can easily make savings of between 50 and 70% compared to the costs at home.

What next?

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.

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