Even with medical insurance, the cost of undergoing lap band, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass or one of the other bariatric surgeries in the United States is too expensive. Thus, many patients who want to improve their lives, lose weight and become healthier resort to medical tourism.
Yet because weight loss surgery cost is less in Mexico, some people conjure images of dirty hospitals, inept surgeons and inexperienced medical staff. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here at Tijuana Bariatrics, we only work with experienced surgeons who have performed thousands of successful weight loss surgeries of all types. Our surgeons are fluent in English and received their training at top medical facilities. Not only that, but the medical support staff at the hospitals where surgery is conducted are all highly trained and fluent in English, so you will never have to worry about communicating your needs and concerns during your stay here.
Factors Influencing Cost
If all personnel are highly trained, why will you only spend less than $10,000 USD on your surgery? Several factors help keep the cost of bariatric surgeries to a minimum in Mexico. These include:
Lower cost of living that results in lower salaries for all medical personnel, including surgeons
Specialized surgical centers that offer a certain type of surgery or group of surgeries such as bariatrics that results in volume pricing
Lower malpractice insurance costs
Lower administrative costs and less paperwork
Over the last decade, medical tourism in Mexico has skyrocketed with Tijuana becoming one of the primary locations because of its proximity to the United States. Multiple facilities compete for your medical dollar, thereby keeping prices low. All of these factors add to substantial savings over weight loss surgery in the United States or Canada, which sometimes run as much as $20,000. Saving are often far beyond 50%, even when you factor in the cost of travel, lodging and meals for a spouse or a companion.
Despite these costs savings, you may not be able to pay for the cost of your bariatric surgery upfront. Several financing options are available to help you pay.
You also have the option of buying medical tourism insurance to guard against unforeseen circumstances such as complications that could extend your time in Mexico following surgery.
The Safety of Surgery In Mexico
One of the ways that patients can ascertain whether the medical facility where they will have their surgery is to look for accreditation from authorized agencies. When weighing where you will have weight loss surgery, make sure that the facility is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). This organization tests hospitals abroad on nearly 300 standards and data points to determine whether or not these medical institutions are safe and meet the needs of their patients.
When you see that a medical facility in Mexico is JCI accredited, you know that the quality of care provided there is safe and efficient. Likewise, check what medical organizations your surgeon belongs to in addition to the doctor’s educational background.