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The Ultimate Guide to Bariatric Surgery in Costa Rica

Do you need bariatric surgery in Costa Rica? If you have been fighting a losing battle with obesity; if you have medical reasons for losing weight; if you are fed up by being overweight and wish there was something you could do…now there is. If you have weight loss surgery you will not feel as hungry as you do when you are on a diet. The capacity of your stomach will reduce. You will lose weight, initially rapidly, then at a slower, steadier pace.

Obesity is one of the biggest killers because it is a contributory cause of lifestyle diseases, heart problems, cancer, and deadly disorders like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. All these, and other problems, can be reversed or mitigated when you lose weight. You will also feel more active and energetic, as well as looking better since you can wear all kind of clothes. This has a positive effect on your mental and emotional health, as well as giving you a confidence boost.  

Why consider bariatric surgery in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica in Latin America is a prime medical tourism destination. It has excellent quality medical care with well-trained doctors and medical facilities that rival those in the U.S. and Canada. It offers all these facilities at affordable rates, with no waiting time. And since the country has a largely temperate climate, you can go almost all year round, though some places may be somewhat hotter in May and summer months.

As the country has a great deal to offer the tourist including volcanoes, mountains, rain forests, waterfalls, rivers, beaches and sun, you can choose what kind of holiday you would like to have and plan your surgery in Costa Rica accordingly. It borders both the Caribbean and the Pacific. It is an important nature and ecotourism destination because of its biodiversity, protected areas and unique species.

Among the popular tourist places to visit are the Paos Volcano National, the Arenal Volcano National Park, Celeste River, Corcovado National Park, Tortuguero National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest, La Fortuna Waterfall and many others. Most of these places are some distance away from San Jose. It also has UNESCO world heritage places like Cocos Island, Area de Conservación Guanacaste and La Amistad International Park that are worth a visit.

Many of the tourist destinations in Costa Rica also have recovery retreats and if you are going for bariatric surgery, then you can recuperate at one till you get the clearance to go back home.

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For increased safety, best price guarantee and minimal risk book through Medical Departures. We ensure safety by checking the personal and professional background, qualifications and credentials of the doctors attached to the hospitals and clinics we list on our website. We verify doctors accreditations to, for example, relevant reputable international organizations. We also see to it that the medical centers offer good quality facilities. Unfortunately, no surgery can ever be completely guaranteed as safe but mitigating risk factors reduce your risk to any problems.

How long does bariatric surgery take and what is the approximate recovery period?

There are many different procedures that fall under the umbrella of bariatric surgery. Most of them aim to reduce the size of your stomach one way or the other. You can opt for temporary methods or permanent, irreversible methods, depending on how much weight you need to lose. Of course, a qualified bariatric surgeon will guide you as to what procedure will be right for you.

Among the procedures available is the intragastric balloon which is minimally invasive and done as an outpatient procedure. When inflated, it occupies space in your stomach and reduces its size. However, this can only be left in for six months so may not be suitable for all. The gastric band is an adjustable device that can be made bigger or smaller and is placed across the stomach, again reducing its capacity.

Other methods include the gastric bypass (Roux en Y procedure) and biliopancreatic diversion and duodenal switch (BDDS). These reduce the size of the stomach and bypass part of the intestine. These are quite complex procedures. A popular weight loss surgery that is permanent is sleeve gastrectomy that cuts the stomach, leaving only a sleeve behind.

Different methods have their pros and cons and it is important that you take an informed decision before surgical intervention. The procedures can take between half an hour to three hours for complicated surgeries. After surgery, you can spend two to three nights in hospital and will require a long recuperation period as your stomach gets used to your new diet. You can expect a recovery period of three to six weeks.

What is the cost of bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery procedures vary a great deal in cost depending on the procedure. On an average the surgery will cost US$10,000 (CAD 17,295, £10,612, €11,920, AUD 17,000, NZD 18,138). In Costa Rica the prices will be significantly lower.

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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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