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Bariatric Surgery in Mexicali

The Ultimate Guide to Bariatric Surgery in Mexicali

Looking for affordable weight loss clinics in Mexico? You can get bariatric surgery in Mexicali, just over the Californian US border, for considerably less than at home, and if you are from the southern US states then you won’t have too far to travel.

Obesity is a worldwide problem and can be life threatening. Bariatric surgery is extremely helpful in losing weight, and if you have tried, unsuccessfully, in the past to lose weight then you may have to consider this option.
Being fat is not just unhealthy, but can lead to serious health issues. Obesity is a factor in:

Diabetes
High cholesterol levels
High blood pressure
Arthritis and related disorders
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Sleep apnea
Breathing difficulties

After losing weight, you not only eliminate many health problems, reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease, but also look and feel much better.

Why consider bariatric surgery in Mexicali?

Recognizing the importance of bariatric surgery in reducing or eliminating many diseases, insurance companies often cover the costs of this surgery. However, you do have to fulfill their strict criteria in order to get the money. If you find that your co-pay is too high, if you do not have medical insurance or you are on a waiting list in some countries, then medical tourism can come to your rescue. Mexicali is a prime medical tourism destination and is easily accessible from most states in the U.S. (from some states it is driving distance) and it is not too far from Canada either.

Mexicali is just across from Calexico in the U.S. and it is a sister city. It also offers a great deal to the tourist. You not only get cheap but good quality medical care, but also save a great deal of diagnostic tests and medicines. Mexicali has many top end hospitals and even smaller clinics are very good. The doctors who deal with medical tourists invariably speak English, since their work depends on it. Many may even be expats or doctors who have done some or part of their training in the U.S.

Why should you not book on your own?

There are different forms of bariatric surgery and the doctor should be skilled enough to guide you as to which one will be best suited to you. Most bariatric surgery procedures are serious procedures and, if not done properly, can result in major problems. As such you should not book on your own when you have no means of verifying the antecedents of the doctors or have any idea of their experience and skill. Even in the best of circumstances there is a possibility of leaks from the staples or sutures and these can cause many problems and lead to revision surgeries.

Medical Departures has got your back. That is because we carry out detailed investigations on the qualifications, training and experience of the doctors and check that they are duly certified and accredited. We also check that the clinics and hospitals follow international protocols regarding hygiene and safety, such as the ISO’s, so you can be sure the clinics meet the required standards.

How long do the various surgeries take and what is the estimated downtime?

All bariatric surgery procedures aim to reduce the size of the stomach one way or the other. This can be done via gastric band surgery that uses an adjustable band to divide the stomach into two.

In the gastric bypass the stomach is divided into the two parts, with the part that gets to food directly linked to the intestine (Roux en Y procedure). Then there is sleeve gastrectomy that actually removes a part of the stomach leaving a narrow, banana-shaped sleeve. A minimally invasive procedure is the intragastric balloon that is inserted into the stomach via the oesophagus and, since it occupies space in the stomach, you eat less. The balloon can be removed after six months the same way it was put in, so no stitches and surgery is required. Other bariatric surgery procedures are more complex and include the bilopacreatic diversion and the duodenal switch.

The more complicated the surgery, the greater time it takes and the longer the recovery period. Most procedures will take between one and three hours. After surgery you will need to stay in hospital for a few days to allow the stomach to heal and be in intravenous fluids. You will also have to follow a strict diet plan for many weeks and even after healing as you will not be able to eat much, but will need to fulfill your nutritional needs. You can estimate a downtime of around two weeks.

What is the cost of bariatric surgery?

In the U.S. you can pay between USD 15,000 to USD 35, 000 depending on which procedure is used and where you stay. In Mexicali you can expect to pay between USD 5,000 to USD 12,500 for similar procedures.

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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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