Bariatric Surgery in Cancun

The Ultimate Guide to Bariatric Surgery in Cancun

Can’t afford bariatric surgery at home? Consider going to Mexico. Bariatric Surgery in Cancun is a lot less expensive, plus you get to enjoy a holiday in one of the country’s most stunning locations.

Bariatric surgery is an increasingly popular option for those who are overweight. As waist lines are increasing across the globe more people are turning to weight loss surgery to help them shift the pounds and get their lives back on track.

Bariatric surgery is an umbrella term used to describe a number of surgical procedures known as weight loss surgery. These procedures limit the amount of food that can be put in the body, thereby reducing calorie content and leading to weight loss. If you have a BMI above then it’s likely that you may be a good candidate for the surgery.

There are some caveats, however. You must be in generally good health to undergo the surgery and you will also need to adjust your lifestyle significantly afterwards.

What are the different Bariatric Surgery Procedures and how do they work?

Your surgeon will discuss with you the options and the long-term goals you have, as well as the pros and cons of each type of weight loss procedure.

Gastric Bypass

The gastric bypass and the small intestine are divided. The bottom end of the small intestine is joined to the smaller stomach pouch, which effectively means that any food passing into the stomach bypasses the larger part of the stomach and small intestine. This works to achieve weight loss in two ways: the stomach is smaller so less food is consumed before feeling full and the shortened small intestine means that less calories are absorbed.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy also restricts calorie intake, but around 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving a small tubular pouch.

Gastric Band

This is the only reversible bariatric procedure. An adjustable band is inflated to section of part of the stomach to create a smaller opening, which means less food can be eaten, and less calories consumed. The band can be adjusted to make the opening smaller.

Why have Bariatric Surgery in Cancun?

As obesity rises, so too does the need for bariatric surgery procedures. Unfortunately, for many North Americans their insurance does not cover this kind of insurance - and it is prohibitively expensive for too many. Cancun offers a lifeline for these people and Cancun at least, is only a few hours flight away.

Already a popular holiday destination, the location has all the amenities and services visitors need, and its medical tourist facilities are among the best anywhere. Contemporary, modern hospitals and clinics offer excellent services, while surgeons and doctors are well-trained, many having done at least part of their training in the US, are US board members and also have verifiable international professional memberships with, for example, organizations like IFSO.

Booking with Medical Departures gives you an additional layer of protection. We have already performed our own background checks on doctor qualifications, visited clinics and got hold of former patient reviews. Alongside price information, maps and color photos which you can find under each clinic listing on our website you get a reasonably accurate overall picture of the credentials of each clinic - enabling you to make an informed choice.

How long does bariatric surgery take to perform?

Most bariatric surgery is performed laparascopically (keyhole surgery) nowadays. Recovery time is quicker as there are not long incision wounds to recovery from. The surgery generally takes a few hours.

What is the recovery time from bariatric surgery?

Depending on what procedure you have, you may be discharged from hospital within 24 hours, but its usually several days.

After surgery your digestive system will be given time to settle down and so you will not be able to eat anything for a day or two. Food will be reintroduced slowly, starting with liquids, then pureed and soft food before you can resume normal foods.

You will be given dietary advice and an exercise program to follow. This is when you will need to radically alter your mindset in order to achieve your weight loss goals. It won’t be easy for the first month or so after surgery. Your body will have massive adjustments to make and you will feel tired, and possibly a little depressed.

However, as you begin to feel healthier and the weight starts to drop off you will feel a lot better.

What is the cost of bariatric surgery in Mexico compared to the United States and Canada?

The cost of bariatric surgery in Mexico varies depending on the exact procedure, but on average it costs US $5,400 (CAN $7,000; UK £3,700; EURO €4,800; AUS $7,200) compared to, on average, $22,000 (CAN $28,000; UK £15,000; EURO €19,000; AUS $29,00) in the United States.

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