Thinking about going to Mexico for bariatric surgery?


Traveling Outside USA For Bariatric Surgery

There has been increasing numbers of patients traveling outside the United States to seek bariatric surgery. The CDC has addressed this growing problem in an article published on its website.

The CDC used the term "Medical Tourism" to define traveling outside the United States for medical care. It’s estimated that thousands of US residents travel abroad for care each year. Many factors influence the decision to seek medical care overseas. Some people travel for care because treatment is cheaper in another country. Other medical tourists may be immigrants to the United States who prefer to return to their home country for health care. Still others may travel to receive a procedure or therapy not available in the United States.

In the USA, surgical procedures, surgeons, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are highly regulated by physician agencies and oversight organizations to ensure high standards of quality.  Many other countries offer NO standard of care.

Mexico is a top choice of American patients looking for weight loss surgery outside of the USA, but patients considering crossing the border for bariatric surgery should be aware of the risks that could lead to financial disasters even death.

Bariatric surgery is very different than other surgical procedures done in Mexico. Plastic surgery, dental surgery and cosmotic procedures do not carry the high complication rate or even mortality rate. Bariatric Surgery is considered MAJOR SURGERY.  Also, bariatric patients are different than normal patients as they have much higher tendency to develop severe intraoperative/postoperative complications.

Risks for abdominal surgery

Weight loss surgery is a major surgery with high risks due to the nature of obesity. Obese patients are at higher risks than the normal population. Possible complications include:

  • Breathing problems
  • Pneumonia
  • Infection
  • Bleeding at the incision sites or inside the abdomen
  • Blockage in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract
  • Leaks at the site where the stomach was cut or where the gastric pouch and the intestines are sewn together. This leak can occur immediately or any time in the following 3 months following surgery
  • Blood clots in the legs causing leg pain
  • Blood clots in the lungs that can cause chest pain or trouble breathing and death


In the USA and developed countries, constructions and maintenance of  hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) follow extensive and very strict standards and guidelines. These standards are designed mainly and only to insure patients safety. Health industry is a very risky business as patients' lives are on the line every minute and second around the clock.

If you are interested to learn more about these standards, you are invited to visit this link to understand what is involved in the design of a healthcare facility in the USA and in the developed countries. Third world countries do not nearly have any standards that can match up.

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