Traveling to Mexico for Weight Loss Surgery – Is It Safe?

The cheap price tag on weight loss surgeries abroad — particularly in Mexico — are drawing a growing number of Americans and Canadians who can’t afford to have the operations done in the U.S. But choosing a clinic abroad can lead to long-term medical complications. It’s important to understand and consider all of the risks associated with traveling to Mexico for weight loss surgery.

Why is Traveling to Mexico for WeightLoss Surgery So Common

Why is Traveling to Mexico for WeightLoss Surgery So Common?Some people who choose to travel to Mexico for weight loss surgery do so because bariatric surgery is not covered by their insurance company. We work with multiple insurance companies and are able to give our clients individualized pricing options to obtain the procedure they need to live a healthier lifestyle. Let US deal with your insurance instead of attempting to navigate it on your own!

Other patients considering traveling to Mexico for weight loss surgery opt to circumvent insurance altogether and pay out of pocket fully so they do not have the adhere to insurance requirements and wait times – and the “cheap price” catches their eye. We are proud of offer one of the lowest cash prices in all of the U.S. for weight loss surgery.

US Standards vs. Standards Abroad – Medically & Legally

Mexico clinics do not have to adhere to the same guidelines as clinics and surgeons in the U.S. In the U.S., patients are protected by healthcare laws and practice standards.

Mexican law prohibits lawsuits. Yes, you read that correctly. Suing a physician for malpractice is never an option just south of the border because Mexican law does not allow for the same sorts of tort (personal injury) lawsuits that are common in the U.S.

Additionally, surgeons in Mexico do not follow the same criteria for certification as surgeons stateside. It’s important to research your surgeon’s credentials! We are one of very few bariatric clinics in the United States with all board certified, fellowship trained surgeons.

Complications from Traveling to Mexico for Weight Loss Surgery

Many U.S. clinics or surgeons will not treat complications from patients who opt to travel outside of the country for care; however, our surgeons do treat these patients and have extensive experience in treating complications from weight loss surgery performed outside of the U.S. In fact, during Dr. Apel’s residency, he saw an average of one leak a month from individuals who traveled to Mexico for weight loss surgery.

We believe it’s important to educate clients on the possibility of complications when traveling outside of the U.S. for healthcare and surgery. If you and yourself suffering from complications post-operatively – we urge you to schedule an appointment to visit our office.

Are you or someone you know considering traveling to Mexico for Weight Loss Surgery? You are not alone! We can help you. Call us to speak with one of our Wellness Coordinators today!



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Tom Umbach

Tom Umbach

Bariatrics is Dr. Umbach’s Passion! His practice is 100% devoted to helping Las Vegas gastric sleeve and gastric bypass clients achieve healthier lifestyles. It brings him great pleasure to see clients shed their excess weight and enjoy the simple pleasures of life – playing with their children or grandchildren, riding a roller coaster for the first time, or starting to date and travel.

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