Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico – What to Expect
You’ve finally taken that most important step and scheduled your weight loss surgery, and now the day is getting closer. It’s likely that not only are you nervous about having the procedure, but you might be slightly anxious about traveling outside of the country to have it done.
Rest assured, you are not alone. Thousands of people just like you cross the border into Mexico for weight loss surgery each year. For most travelers the reason for choosing to have surgery in Mexico is simple- having your surgery performed by expert surgeons at a fraction of the price in the United States. Due to this massive influx of US and international patients fostering medical tourism in Mexico, destinations like Tijuana, Guadalajara, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta are now vast pools of the world’s top medical talent including highly experienced bariatric surgeons.
Prior to your arrival, it is of the utmost importance that you follow closely your physician’s recommendations for the pre-op diet and bowel prep to prepare for your surgery. You’re traveling all this way to change your life, don’t be tempted to have “one last hotdog” in the airport, as it could sabotage your ability to undergo the procedure.
We highly recommend planning to arrive the day before your surgery so you are able to settle into your hotel and relax for the evening, but as a suggestion – always ensure you coordinate your flights with your hotel’s check-in policy. Arriving too early may leave you sitting in a hotel lobby for hours while your room is prepared.
On the day of your surgery, arrangements will have already been made for a shuttle to take you to the hospital where you will be checked in. You will be given a pre-op physical, EKG, and have any necessary blood work drawn.
“Everything at the hospital was great. Great care.”- KG, June 2016
Once that process is complete, a physician will review with you your procedure to ensure that you fully understand the process and answer any questions that you may have. Prior to your arrival, it’s a great idea to write down any last minute questions you have for the doctor. This is a great time to get those answered. Unlike in the US where surgeons are hurried to get you in the operating room, it’s customary in Mexico for the staff to spend a much greater amount of time with the patient to ensure all your questions are answered.
“I had a wonderful experience from start to finish I had a lot of questions throughout the process and they answered all of them promptly. My surgery went well all the Drs and nurses took amazing career of me. My coordinator was extreamly nice and they were amazing to not just me, but my husband as well. I would recommend you guys in a minute to anyone. Thank you for the wonderful experience.” – WB, May 2016
At some point prior to your procedure, you will also be administered an I.V. and allowed to rest comfortably in the patient waiting room.
“All the Dr and nurses were so lovely to my husband and I.” – MH, April 2016
After your procedure, you will be taken to the patient recovery area where you will relax typically for a couple of hours and then be transferred to your hospital room. Once you’ve fully awakened, you will be encouraged by the staff to begin walking. Walking immediately after surgery is highly beneficial for your recovery as it reduces the risk of blood clots and helps move the gas that was used during your procedure out of your body. If you are experiencing any discomfort at this time, you will be treated with medication through your I.V.
As time progresses, you will be encouraged to start taking small sips of fluids. Once it is clear that you are consuming enough liquid to maintain your hydration, your I.V. will be removed.
The amount of time that you spend recovering in the hospital is fully dependent upon the type of surgery that you have and your own personal healing. Once it is determined you are well enough to be discharged, your pre-arranged transportation will take you back to your hotel for the remainder of your stay.
Prior to your departure, your physician and hospital staff will go through all your post-operative instructions including follow up care and your post-op diet. If at any time you have questions about your care, it’s important that you contact your physician’s office or care coordinator.
We understand the struggles that took to get you this far. You can rest assured, we are here for you. If you have any questions prior to departing for your procedure, please contact us today!