A gastric bypass in Mexico City may be a solution if you are grossly overweight and have tried many times to slim down. Since it effectively restricts the total amount of food that the stomach can contain, this surgical procedure promotes rapid weight loss.
The process falls under the broad category of bariatric surgery, and is considered to be the most popular among people willing to lose weight surgically.
In general, doctors will consider those people to be eligible for a gastric bypass if their body mass index is greater than or equal to forty, and they are over a hundred-pound overweight.
Secondly, people who have a body mass index equal to or greater than thirty-five, and have at least two co-morbidities related to obesity including sleep apnea, respiratory disorders, type II diabetes and hypertension, or any one from the following: lipid abnormalities, heart diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, gastrointestinal disorders, or osteoarthritis are also eligible for undergoing a gastric bypass.
Thirdly, if a person has been unable to achieve and sustain a healthy level of weight loss over a significant time period despite attempting to do so multiple times, then a gastric bypass may be the only possible logical solution.
Undergoing a gastric bypass is no small procedure, and is one that definitely requires follow-up care. Most patients are required to regularly consult a specialist or a physiologist, and a mental health care professional after their surgery.
If you choose to get this procedure done overseas, you might be deterred from booking your way through the golden gate to weight loss just by mentally calculating all the travelling expenses. However, for people residing within the United States and Canada, traveling to Mexico City can be even cheaper than traveling within their respective regions. Thus, Mexico’s proximity to the two countries means that people can easily fly between them for the procedure and subsequent follow-up meetings with the doctors, although there may be other things you have to consider, such as whether you are fit for air travel.
Generally, Mexico City offers excellent quality facilities and surgeons who are well-qualified to offer this procedure. As obesity is becoming a common problem there are a number of specialist weight loss surgery clinics throughout Mexico, with surgeons that are discrete, know their stuff and are committed to staying on top of their game with affiliations to professional international groups such as the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity.
It is very natural for patients to be concerned about the standards when going abroad which is why Medical Departures do our own screening checks to verify credentials, including professional memberships and qualifications, as well as legal/criminal record searches. We also publish real patient reviews and do our own onsite visits. If we aren’t happy about anything, we simply don’t list.
During the surgery, the top part of the stomach is separated from the rest, thereby creating a tiny pouch. The small intestine is also divided, with its lower end being joined to the small pouch that has just been created. This results in less absorption of food materials due to a decreased surface area. The upper part of the small intestine is then connected downwards to itself, allowing for the digestive juices to mix into the food and aid in digestion.
After the surgery, patients may experience stomach ache, which can be controlled with painkillers, and soreness at the point(s) of incision. Since food passes quickly through the digestive system without much absorption, patients may also go through problems such as shakiness, nausea, and diarrhea.
After surgery patients will not be allowed to eat for a few days, to give the digestive system time to heal, and then foods will be introduced slowly, starting on liquids, then liquidized food before progressing to solids. Gentle physical exercise is encouraged. If all these precautions and any other additional advice from the doctors is followed properly, the patient may expect to resume his or her normal life after a period of thirty to forty-five days.
Gastric Bypass in Mexico City costs around $6,000 (CAN $7,800, UK £4,100, EUR €5,300, AUS $8,300), in comparison to $24,000 in the United States (CAN $31,000, UK 16,500, EUR €21,300, AUS $33,000).
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