Emergence of an Industry
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Why Mexico For Bariatric Surgery?
Today patients can undergo bariatric surgery in many different countries, but today tens of thousands of Americans travel to Mexico specifically to undergo weight-loss surgery. Mexico is extremely popular for weight-loss surgery for a number of reasons. One study found that bariatric surgery is 70% less than the cost in the United States. The drivers of this new trend are people’s inability to acquire insurance, or the lack of insurance coverage for bariatric surgery. With the costs ranging from $15,000 to $30,000, saving 70% is quickly admired if patients lack insurance.
Traveling to Mexico to undergo weight-loss surgery is a big decision, but saving thousands of dollars is a big motivator. There are other reasons why people would travel to Mexico to undergo bariatric surgery. One big driver is there is less wait to have surgery in Mexico. Most people will wait months to undergo bariatric surgery, while they can speed things up by going to Mexico and wait weeks.
With the same recovery times, shorter wait times and lower cost it’s easy to see why so many people are traveling to Mexico to undergo lap-band surgery. Lap-Band surgery, or gastric banding surgery, is a very popular weight-loss surgery that received FDA approval in 2001. But in Mexico, physicians have been practicing Lap-Band surgery years before. It stands to reason that some bariatric physicians have more bariatric surgery experience than their United States counterparts.