Surgery in Mexico? Facts and Myths

Anybody can have a website these days claiming to be the best. In difficult times like these, dirt cheap pricing on life changing procedures like weight-loss and plastic surgery can be very enticing. Don’t jump on the opportunity just yet and read this article.

First things first. If it looks to good to be true, it probably is. If you are thinking of getting selective surgery in Mexico,  going for the cheapest price is asking for trouble. A little more thought should be invested in this process, after all this is your life and well being we are talking about. Just like in the United States, Mexico offers a wide range of quality and price points, from very reputable centers  all the way to shady take your money and run establishments and everything in between. So if price is the only selection criteria for you, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

When selecting a destination you need to look at the center or hospital, the practice and the surgeons. Centers can have the highest recognition by valid organizations established in the U.S. such as the prestigious Centers of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery. Only two centers in Mexico have that distinction, but at least you know you will be getting the same quality as you would in the top centers in the U.S. Check out the facility, go online, talk to others. The practice will have qualified surgeons, by this I mean not only will they have all their official credentials available to you, they usually have distinctions like being a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, member or fellow of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, recognition as professors in their field, frequent lecturers at international settings  etc. This information is usually available in their own website as well as the organizations they are affiliated to. Lastly a quick google search will typically give you a general idea of their reputation. Every practice, center and doctor is going to have patient complaints once in a while, but this is usually the exception not the norm. If complaints are heard left and right, don’t touch with a ten foot pole.

Be careful when you book through surgery brokers. They offer the cheapest prices. Then they take their cut. Then of course the hospital has to get paid, that is when they start cutting corners to make a profit. By the time you reach the surgeon, he is on a weekly salary and doesn’t really care about your final outcome. He just want to hurry up and get back home.

It is easy to find a reputable center. Look at their websites. Practices that reinvest in their online material are sure to also have good followup and customer service. If they are only eager to take your money but offer poor follow-up you might as well burn your money.

Use your common sense. Going out of the country for surgery is not easy especially when you here misleading comments from your ignorant friends about the quality of healthcare in Mexico. Don’t select only by price, if you do you may end up paying with dear life.


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As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

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