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Gastric Bypass in Mexicali

The Ultimate Guide to Gastric Bypass in Mexicali

Are you considering a gastric bypass in Mexicali? If you have struggled with weight loss and other methods, such as dieting and exercise, have not worked for you, gastric bypass surgery may be the right choice.

Also known as bariatric surgery, this procedure changes your digestive system to assist you in your weight loss goals by limiting the amount you are able to eat, or reduces your body's absorption of nutrients. Gastric bypass surgery is usually used as an option when other weight loss methods have proven unsuccessful or when your weight poses serious health problems.

Given the significant amount of aftercare required for gastric bypass surgery, it is important that you carefully consider your options in terms of facilities, particularly if you are considering having the procedure performed abroad.

Am I a Candidate for Gastric Bypass?

One of the most important factors to consider when thinking about having gastric bypass surgery done is whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. This surgery may be the right choice if you have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight by dieting and exercising, your Body Mass Index is 40 or greater, or you have other serious health issues that could be improved by losing weight. It should be kept in mind that even though this procedure can help you to lose weight, you must be willing to completely altering your lifestyle following surgery in order to achieve optimal results.

Why Get a Gastric Bypass in Mexicali

In choosing your options for gastric bypass surgery, it is important to consider a number of factors, including where you will have your procedure performed. As a result of rising healthcare costs in the United States, an increasing number of people are now opting to have their procedures performed abroad. Mexico has been a preferred destination for healthcare procedures for many years. Along with a welcoming atmosphere, Mexico is also a convenient option for individuals traveling from the United States as well as Canada, as it can be easily reached by either driving or flying. Mexicali is on the Border and so very accessible by car - and there is even a special Medical Tourist Lane so you can beat the long lines waiting to cross.

Experience and expertise are also important factors to consider. For this reason, it is crucial that you conduct due diligence in researching your options and ensure you select both a clinic and a physician with ample experience in performing gastric bypass.

At Medical Departures, our highest priority is your safety and satisfaction. That is why we conduct exhaustive background checks, confirming qualifications and listing professional memberships, such as the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity. We also check criminal and legal records. Since aftercare is such an important aspect of a gastric bypass procedure, we also visit the clinics in person. We only list facilities and physicians once we are completely happy with our research.

How Long Does Gastric Bypass Take and What Should I Expect from Recovery?

Gastric bypass surgery is performed under a general anesthetic, usually through a laparoscopic procedure. Rather than making incisions across the abdomen, the surgeon will instead make several small incisions. A long tube known as a laparoscope will be inserted into the tube. The surgeon will then divide the stomach into sections using surgical staples, creating a small pouch. The pouch will be connected to the small intestine, allowing food to bypass the main part of the stomach. After the surgeon has completed the procedure, the incisions will be closed using sutures or clips. In most cases, gastric bypass surgery takes about an hour.

Patients will need to give their digestive system ample time to heal following the procedure and will not be able to eat for several days. Most patients are able to leave the hospital within two to five days. At first, you will need to have a liquid diet before moving onto soft foods, and eventually a normal diet. It should be kept in mind that following your procedure, you will need to make significant changes to your lifestyle, both in terms of what you eat and being more active. You should plan to spend approximately two weeks in Mexicali following your gastric bypass.

What Is the Cost of Gastric Bypass in Mexicali Compared to the U.S. and Canada?

The average price for gastric bypass surgery in Mexicali is $11,000 (GBP £7,586, EUR €9,787, AUD $15,494) compared to about $25,000 in the United States (GBP £17, 2411, EUR €22,244, AUD $35,222.)

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