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Obesity surgery in Mexico through placidway. any experience?

Hi,

This may be a bit off topic, but I' from Denver and I plan to have obesity surgery in Mexico through Placidway.
Why? The prices are much more cheaper and it's not so far.
Did you have any experience with medical tourism?

You need to research about the hospital where you will have your surgery and the authenticity and skills of your surgeon. I used to work in a hospital which is a border of Mexico and we do have some patients who comes to our hospital for repairs for a botch job done in Mexico.

davemorris :

Hi,
Why? The prices are much more cheaper and it's not so far.

Is your life worth that little to you? The prices are lower, but so is the quality of care.  As the saying goes, you get what you pay for  :whistle:

That kind of surgery is serious stuff.  You shouldn't even consider it unless you know the surgeon's reputation and that the hospital id modern and expert.

I wouldn't have any kind of surgery unless friends could tell me about reputations.  None have had morbid obesity surhery.

Having lived and worked my entire life around the world (I am 70) i know that anywhere we can consult the best or the worst. i always said, to never have me on medical evacuation emergency because we never know in The USA who is going to care for us. In Mexico, I have met surgeons and doctors absolutely fabulous and the hospitals are as good as in America or elsewhere. For sure for such a surgery as you mention, I have no clue but heard some horrible stories in the states as well. My husband with cancer, here in Mexico where are retired since 2006, he receives from very educated doctors care and treatments in a gentle manner not like in a triage in USA Hospitals. I trust the doctors here because they usually have two jobs, one at the gov hospital and one in practice.  They are not wealthy but very well trained.  They work until late at night.
So important to do a home work where to get a medical intervention. The person who complained, where did he or her go?  A little clinic at the corner of a street?

http://www.medicasur.com.mx/
Medica Sur has a good reputation such as in Merida, Yucatan and maybe elsewhere.
If they do not have the specialist you request, they might advise you another place.
At least by reading their website, you can see their criterias and you can compare.
I just give advises in general not for that specific surgery you wish to have.
But this website might help you sorts things out.
I havr been retired 10 years in Mexico in Quintana Roo.
Look at Cancun as well.. Mexico is huge.  I have always been suspicious medical tourism at the border.
Just a gut opinion.  I am sure there are some good ones but how to choose unless if you choose the best, that might cost more than you think.
Cheers

A friend had a cancer scare and went to Star Medica in Morelia because two friends had been treated there and recommended it.  Here gynecologist also thought highly of it.

First day they determined it was a 99% sure a benign ovarian cyst and scheduled surgery for the next day.  I stayed with her the night after surgery as required by the hospital.  She was kept comfortable with very professional and caring attention.  They removed a cyst the size of an orange.  The biopsy came back negative.

She lives in a medium sized city 4 hours away with good docs and hospitals.  But even the docs and hospitals recommended Star Medica in Morelia or other of their branches.

I recommend you the ABC hospitals (The American British Cowdray Hospital), I think this is the best hospital in México, even my father -who's is medical doctor- think the same.

I don't like to be negative and I realize that there are good and bad doctors everywhere.  However, I was just visiting an old friend who supervises student nurses at a hospital in Canada.  She was just telling me that they have two critical patients who just had this every operation in Mexico.  Do your due diligence.  Good luck.

I was going to stay out of this one, but my conscious won't let me, so just let me warn that Bariatric surgical procedures have a high potential for negative outcomes, up to and including death no matter where they are done. If the surgery does not result in serious complications, the patient will still have problems with vitamins and minerals that are broken down in the stomach,. There are some very good medical facilities in Mexico, but I am not familiar with this brand name. I do know that some people continue to eat the same way and eventually look the same as they did before. Chris Christe appears to be one of those.
It would be good if you perhaps read a book like Dr. Rosedales  book on diet . You might be glad you did. He talks about how the body functions and suggests a life style change that would not make you miserable. Bariatric surgery should not be one of your first choices or even you 30th choice.

travellight :

I was going to stay out of this one, but my conscious won't let me, so just let me warn that Bariatric surgical procedures have a high potential for negative outcomes, up to and including death no matter where they are done. If the surgery does not result in serious complications, the patient will still have problems with vitamins and minerals that are broken down in the stomach,. There are some very good medical facilities in Mexico, but I am not familiar with this brand name. I do know that some people continue to eat the same way and eventually look the same as they did before. Chris Christe appears to be one of those.
It would be good if you perhaps read a book like Dr. Rosedales  book on diet . You might be glad you did. He talks about how the body functions and suggests a life style change that would not make you miserable. Bariatric surgery should not be one of your first choices or even you 30th choice.

There's this program on cable that follows morbidly obese people through trying to lose weight before surgery and after surgery.  There is a disclaimer that up to 95% of surgery patients gain the weight back.  It doesn't matter how small they make your stomach, you can still pump 10,000 calories a day through it if you're determined.

Too true,a change of lifestyle and diet is the way forward.There is a running track here in Morelia,I'm there daily,I see many obese people there starting on the road to fitness,and it's free.Fruit is so cheap here in Mexico and the quality is fantastic.For the price you would pay for that surgery if you have the time you could live down here for a considerable time eating healthy,walking and availing of the free sports facilities.

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