There seems to be a growing trend in U.S. citizens traveling abroad for health care, (Medical Tourism) especially those traveling to Mexico.
Before deciding to have weight loss surgery in Mexico because it’s less expensive, consider all of the ramifications that come with traveling to a foreign country to receive health care. Surgical complications, the quality of post-operative care, language barriers and quality medication are serious issues that can effect your health and your life.
Here are several things to know before deciding to leave the country for surgery.
- There is no medical malpractice in Mexico. Mexican law prohibits lawsuits.
Unlike the United States, the extent of damages you can receive from personal injury law are extremely limited, if not nonexistent.
- Language barriers can impede communication. Miscommunication about symptoms and post-operative care can get in the way of important health care decisions.
- Plane travel can create complications for those who have had surgical procedures. Deep vein thrombosis, the formation of a blood clot, usually in the legs, can have life-threatening complications such as pulmonary embolisms.
There may be a limited number of physicians in your area who will assume care for patients who have had weight loss surgery in Mexico. A patient’s personal insurance usually won’t cover any complications incurred outside of the U.S.
If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you in your weight loss journey, please visit www.whyweight.com/contactus or call 877-691-3001. We work with several companies who assist patients with financing surgery. Talk to one of our Patient Advocates for more information.