If you are considering surgery in Mexico, here's what some Lap-Banders have to say about the process:
"The flight to Mexico was great!
I found it easier than flying to New York. The people at the airport were very nice to me and the doctor had someone waiting for me at the airport."
"The care I received was excellent, and the hospital was nicer than some of the hospitals in the USA."
"It only took about a week to fully recover after surgery, and I could still do many things right after I first got home."
We work with hospitals in the United States and Mexico. Our teams of surgeons are excellent and very skilled, and each of them have more than 10 years of experience. Whether you choose Mexico or the United States, you know that you will be well taken care of. In fact, you will find that some of the hospitals in Mexico are actually American-owned and very similar to the hospitals here in the United States.
Assistance in Mexico
You may feel a little nervous about traveling outside the United States, but it is only a couple of hours away. It takes longer to fly coast-to-coast than it does to fly to Mexico. When you arrive, we have a chauffeur meet you at baggage claim and bring you to the hospital or Hotel, and all of your arrangements are already set up for your convenience. We arrange all of your accommodations at the hotel and hospital, and the doctor's staff and our team will treat you very well. You have to understand that thousands of Americans cross the borders into Mexico everyday. It isn't as dangerous as the media makes it out to be. It isn't any different then being in a large city right here in the United States.
The hospitals in Mexico that we are associated with have all the conveniences that we have in the United States, and the sanitation and regulations of the hospitals in which our doctors practice are the same as the United States.
The Hospitals in the USA
If you are uncomfortable with going out of the country, we work with excellent surgeons right here in the United States. They are an excellent choice when deciding on where you want to have your surgery. The facilities are state-of-the-art, and all the surgeons we work with are very compassionate toward their patients.
Whether you want to have your procedure done in Mexico, or you want to stay here in the United States, our team is ready to assist you.
The most important thing to remember about the hospital and surgery isthat the doctors, nurses, and staff know exactly what they are doing, and they will take excellent care of you. There will always be someone at the hospital from administration that will be able to explain everything, and continue to answer all of your questions about that facility. You will be directed through admissions, and then taken to your hospital room to be prepped for surgery. You will see your doctor and meet the rest of the surgical team before the operation begins. The procedure usually takes about 30 to 90 minutes depending on which surgery you are having. Once you awake in the recovery room, the nurses will monitor you and let you wake up a little. You will then be brought back to your hospital room to rest for a while. Nurses and doctor's staff will be checking on you regularly to make sure that you have everything you need.
Once you are fully awake you will already be in your room. After resting for a little while the nurses will encourage you to get up and start walking. After 6 to 12 hours you will start with ice chips and graduate to liquids. The doctor will come by and check on you to make sure you are doing well and have everything you need. The day you are released from the hospital, you will be taken to your hotel. Once you have checked into the hotel, it is a good thing to rest for a while. After you have rested, it is a good idea to either walk around the hotel or maybe at a mall (It is important to move around). The more you walk, the better you will feel. After a good night's rest on the last night at the hotel, the next morning you will be ready to fly home and start your new life!
Once you are back home you will have already changed your eating habits. You will be able to return to work in few days. Soon after that you are able to increase your exercise. The weight comes off fairly quickly in the beginning. You will notice the changes not only in your appearance but also in the level of energy you will have. It is an awesome tool that truly works. It worked for me, and I know that it will work for you as well!
The only way to find out if Lap-Band is right for you is to talk to someone that's been through it. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.