There are low-cost Options in Mexico
By Dan Sieben, CEO MexAmeriCare
Governor Chris Christie recently went public with his decision to undergo surgery to
treat his obesity challenge…and since then interest in surgical options for
obesity has sky-rocketed. But the fact
remains that such procedures are very expensive in the United States,
and for the most part, they are not covered by insurance. What to do???|||
According to Healthcare Blue Book, the approximate cost of bariatric
surgery in Connecticut
is $24,528 The
cost in the Lake Chapala/Guadalajara area is about $6,000 for the same surgery!
But does weight loss surgery fit your particular situation? If
it’s a cure-all and if obesity is really an epidemic in the U.S., why don’t
more people have the procedure done?
Any surgical procedure is a strain on the body, and weight loss surgery is
no exception. It is also no guarantee of weight loss, and the Obesity Help website
indicates that people who undergo weight loss surgery often "must adhere to life-long
strict diets, deal with chronic vomiting issues, face the potential for weight
gain in later years, nutritional deficiencies, and even face potentially
Because of the risks and the long-term consequences, research shows there are specific
reasons a doctor will recommend weight loss surgery for an individual, and "most
of them are related to obesity-related illnesses. For example, an obese
individual suffering from sleep apnea, diabetes, or heart disease, the benefits
of weight loss surgery would likely outweigh the risks."
Before you decide to speak with your doctor about weight loss surgery, both WebMD and Obesity
Help websites suggest asking yourself the following questions:
• Have you tried to lose weight through all other
conventional methods including counseling, journal upkeep, professional
dietician aid, and support groups?
• Do you want to lose weight to improve your health; do you suffer from a
life-threatening, obesity-related medical issue?
• Do you understand the diet and lifestyle changes necessary to make your
weight loss surgery a success?
• Are you willing to make a life-long commitment to managing your new
• Do you understand weight loss surgery may not result in desired weight loss?
• Are you more than 100 pounds overweight?
If you answered yes to the above questions, it might be time to speak with your doctor about
surgical options for your specific needs.
Accordingly, the three most common procedures are the gastric bypass, the gastric band
and the sleeve gastrectomy. These procedures are typically done laparoscopically,
"meaning the surgeon makes four or five small incisions in the abdomen. Patients
must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40, making them about 100 pounds or more
overweight, or a BMI of 35 with a significant obesity-related illness such as
If you do much research on the Internet, you know that each of these procedures has been proven safe and effective in helping
patients achieve their weight loss goals and improve their overall health
and well-being. Obviously you need to consult a bariatric physician to find if any of the following procedures would work for you.
Gastric Bypass Surgery: "During the gastric bypass, the
surgeon staples off a section of the stomach to create a smaller pouch that
holds about a quarter cup of food. The pouch is then connected to a lower
portion of the intestine, allowing food to bypass a portion of the digestive
tract. The resulting weight loss comes from the patient feeling a sense of
Gastric Sleeve Surgery: "During the gastric sleeve, the
surgeon removes a section of the stomach. The remaining stomach is the size and
shape of a banana and can hold about a cup of food. This procedure results in
the patient feeling full after consuming less and also in the secretion of
fewer hunger hormones."
Lap-Band Surgery: "The lap-band surgery is the least
invasive of the three procedures because there is no alteration made to the
digestive tract. The surgeon fits a band around the patient’s stomach, creating
an upper pouch and a lower portion of the stomach. The band can then be
tightened in a simple in-office procedure where saline is inserted into the
band through a port just under the patient’s skin. Filling the band narrows the
opening between the upper pouch and the stomach so food stays in the upper
pouch longer. Patients feel fuller on a smaller amount of food."
If you’ve studied all options, and you’re still thinking
about surgery, it is now
possible to dramatically reduce the cost of weight-loss (and a host of other)
medical procedures by traveling to the “Medical Mecca” of Lake
Chapala/Guadalajara, Mexico…a short flight from most major cities. Our company,
facilitates medical travel, including referral by our English-Speaking Referral
Doctor, reception at the Airport, making local arrangements for accommodations
and transportation, and general “hand holding” by our local Concierge Team.
Let’s make the journey together. Don’t hesitate to contact
us for more information: www.mexamericare.com
Please note that this is not intended to be a substitute
for medical advice. Please seek the help of your medical practitioner before
embarking on medical or surgical procedures. Obviously, this is not intended to
be a scientific document.
Dan Sieben is CEO of MexAmeriCare. His
background as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Latin America
and also as a successful entrepreneur led to his creation of this company —
MexAmeriCare. He and his wife have chosen Lake Chapala
as their retirement home. Dan says, "One of the reasons for choosing this
area is the superb quality of medical care. Lake Chapala's quality of life,
beauty and the low cost of living are hard to beat — anywhere in the
MexAmeriCare puts you in direct contact with a doctor in Mexico who will refer
you to the best specialist for you, provides you with a full, itemized, total
package price that will likely be half or less of the same procedure in the US,
provides concierge service in Mexico (airport pickup and delivery, problem
solving and question answering, introduction to your doctor and your B&B,
your local medical records…and more). MexAmeriCare offers you solid insurance
covering both travel and medical risk.