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How to Get Long Term Results After Your Bariatric Surgery Overseas
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/21/2017 3:06 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
As with any major medical procedure, bariatric surgery requires follow-up care and monitoring to ensure that results are successfully maintained for the long-term.
The good news is that if you’re considering bariatric surgery overseas – so you can save thousands of dollars and/or avoid a long waiting period – then you can certainly look forward to receiving an appropriate amount of post-op care. Here are the 3 key support systems you can rely on:
3 Support Systems After Bariatric Surgery Overseas
1. Support from your local doctor
It is very likely that your current doctor will be open to providing you with post-op care – or if this is beyond the practice scope of your current doctor, then you should have little difficulty finding one who will take you on as a patient.
Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of doctors are not “in it for the money” and are not supportive of the prohibitive costs of bariatric surgery in the U.S. As such, they will support your decision to head overseas and will be happy play a key role in helping you live a healthier life.
2. Support from your surgeon overseas
The surgeon who performs your bariatric surgery overseas will provide you with a clear set of instructions regarding diet, lifestyle changes, required post-op tests, etc. You will also receive comprehensive documentation to bring home, such as an operative report, lab results, X-rays (typically transferred to a flash drive, DVD or CD) and so on.
Furthermore, a professional and credible surgeon will certainly be happy to speak with your local doctor, and vice versa. Again, this is because both doctors realize that they have a shared obligation to help you stay healthy and achieve long term results.
3. Online and local support groups
There are a variety of online groups that provide valuable information and compassionate support to individuals before and after bariatric surgery (regardless of where the surgery takes place). Some of the most popular websites include Bariatric Surgery Source, Bariatric Surgery Support Group, The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and BariatricPal.
In addition, depending on where you live, there may be a local support group (such as one organized by the YMCA or a community center) where you can connect with others who are either considering bariatric surgery, or are post-op. Rather than focusing on the medical issues involved, these groups center on the emotional and psychological aspects of dramatic weight loss.
Contact the SkyMedicus team today. We will be pleased to provide you with more information about bariatric surgery overseas, including proactive steps you can take to ensure that you enjoy long term results after your procedure.
Topics: Surgery Abroad