With health care costs skyrocketing in the United States, more and more medical procedures are being performed abroad. Mexico is quickly becoming a very popular country for medical procedures especially for those people who do not have insurance.
Lap Band Surgery is a surgical procedure which helps extremely overweight people return to a more healthy weight. The Lap Band is a silicone ring which is placed between the new upper pouch and the lower part of the stomach. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately 25 minutes. The Band is adjustable, reversible and requires no stapling, cutting or rerouting of the intestinal tract. The recovery time is usually 3-7 days and patients are given an extensive post op instruction manual which includes pain management, surgical site care and customized diet instructions. The Lap Band Surgery is also the only adjustable, reversible, surgical weight loss procedure that is approved by the FDA.
Lap Band Surgery is one of the many procedures being done more and more in Mexico. For people with no insurance, Mexico offers this medical procedure at a fraction of the cost of the United States. Lap Band Surgeons in Mexico have also been in the field of laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery far longer than American surgeons.
Weight loss can be a very sensitive subject so privacy is another reason many choose to have the Lap Band surgery done abroad. Once you’ve had the procedure you can rest and recuperate in an exotic atmosphere without friends or family members knowing about your procedure.
There have been over 400,000 Lap Band Surgeries performed worldwide. Mexico is one of the few countries that work with the patient to assure easy transportation in and out of the country and at many of the facilities there are packages which include transportation to and from the hospital and a two or three night stay at a nearby hotel for two. The follow up fill procedures can either be done in Mexico at the medical facility where the initial surgical procedure was performed or your surgeon will work with you to find a surgeon in your area that will work with you at a reasonable cost.
Another great benefit to having surgery abroad is the tax benefit. Medical expenses, including travel, are tax deductible so many people get a large portion of their out of pocket expense refunded to them at tax time.