If you have a physician you’ve been visiting for years, you’d likely want to go to them for the surgery. However, in many cases, it won’t be possible.
First, your family physician is likely not a surgeon. Second, surgery in the U.S and Canada is very costly. Most insurance companies offer some type of bariatric coverage, but they have exclusions too.
If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably looking to pay with cash. While travelling to Mexico for medical procedures has increased over the years, there’s still some trepidation.
You’re seeking a surgery with real risks, in a foreign country, with surgeons and other staff you don’t know well. We understand why you’d be worried.
Qualified and experienced surgeons
Signing up for an experienced surgeon is perhaps the biggest concern for most patients. Most likely, you won’t be able to meet your surgeon before flying to Mexico.
But even if you can’t meet them in person, you can always request a Skype call before you commit to the surgery. If you have questions in your mind, list them down and don’t forget to ask.
Moreover, it’s easier to find skilled surgeons than you think. For instance, International Patient Facilitators (IPF) works with patients to offer bariatric surgeries. Their Tijuana and Cancun locations see hundreds of travelers every year, seeking affordable weight loss procedures.
What’s the average cost?
Bariatric surgery costs a lot less than what you’d typically pay in the U.S. It’s because the sector is less regulated, wages are lower and equipment costs less too. This results in an overall lower expense for the surgery and travel combined!
On average, gastric bypass costs $6,500 to $11,000; lap band surgery costs $3,000 to $6,500; and gastric sleeve procedure costs $4,000 to $9,000.
Overall costs you’d have to bear
Your flight is a separate expense, of course. Most facilities, however, offer transport to and from the airport. Finding your surgeon in a new city is the last thing you’d want to worry about.
Usually, you will receive a quote that will include stay in 4 or 5 star hotel, transportation, all pre- and post-operative costs, and follow-up care.
How do you pay for it?
You can offer cash if you have enough money saved. If you don’t, you might be eligible for financing. Several bariatric surgeons in Mexico provide financing options through major banks. If you have a decent credit, you’ll likely get a good rate.
If not, you can still start saving for the surgery. Start putting a small amount aside every month. You’ll be able to save enough within a year or 2.
Before you worry about the costs, talk to patient facilitators at IPF. They will guide you through the process and offer a quote. Proceed if you’re satisfied with the costs and procedure.