Medical Tourism for Bariatric Surgery is Growing

Medical Tourism for Bariatric Surgery is quickly becoming popular. Bariatric surgery is growing in acceptance as the latest statistics show.
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July 26, 2011 - PRLog -- An important and emerging trend in bariatric surgery is Medical Tourism. Medical Tourism is when people travel outside of their own geographical location to undergo medical and health care. Increasing as the popularity of bariatric surgery grows in the United States and elsewhere, people are discovering that they can get lower cost surgery in Mexico, Panama, India and more.

Emergence of an Industry
Today, Medical Tourism ( has grown into a big business, some estimate that between 500,000 and 2,000,000 U.S. citizens travel abroad each year for a broad spectrum of medical care. Medical care that is often done is more than just bariatric surgery, popular types of care include dental, cosmetic, plastic, elective and heart surgeries.  Overall, people are getting comfortable traveling to a foreign country to undergo medical care.

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.

ObesitySolutionsInternational (, helps people by connecting them with appropriate bariatric surgery surgeons in Mexico. If you’re interested in undergoing weight-loss surgery contact our helpful staff to discuss the candidacy, price, travel and more.
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