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Understanding the Logistics of Bariatric Surgery Abroad

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/21/2017 3:22 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

Each year, thousands of people head abroad to countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, India and many others, so they can safely and successfully get the life-changing -- and potentially life-saving -- bariatric surgery they need, but that their insurance plan won’t cover.

A big part of ensuring that medical tourism is safe and successful is understanding the logistics of bariatric surgery abroad. Below, we highlight some key aspects that are part of the process:

The Logistics of Bariatric Surgery Abroad in 5 Steps:

1. Flight & Hotel Booking

While affordability and value are obviously important considerations, it’s best to add convenience and comfort to your priorities when booking your flight and hotel. You want to make sure that you’re staying in a hotel that has the amenities you need, and that your flight leaves at a convenient time both for take-off and landing. Also, give special attention to your flight home after bariatric surgery.

2. Airport Transfers

You want to ensure that someone is waiting to greet you at the airport, and will transfer you to your hotel. You also want to make sure that, post bariatric surgery, you’ll be dropped-off at the airport for your return flight home. 

3. Ground Transportation

Once you’ve settled into your hotel, you’ll prepare to head to the hospital and meet with your surgeon (who you’ll have spoken to several times before your surgery). As such, you’ll need safe and reliable ground transportation to help you get around. Keep in mind that, just as in the U.S., some cities abroad can have very busy traffic. You’ll want to factor this into your schedule, or may even opt to book a hotel that is closer to your hospital to cut down on transportation time.

4. Family & Caregiver Visits

It’s ideal to bring along a family member or other caregiver for your medical tourism trip or have someone fly over after your surgery and accompany you home (It's important to note, however, that if this is not feasible or affordable, rest assured that thousands of people head overseas for bariatric surgery and return unaccompanied).

If you do happen to schedule visitors for your surgery abroad, then you’ll want to research visiting hours and other hospital rules ahead of time. 

5. 24/7 Nursing Care 

While you may not require 24/7 nursing care, it’s important that you have access to it in case you have a question or need any other support along the way. Making sure that you have this option should be a key part of your logistics planning. 

SkyMedicus: The Bariatric Surgery Logistics Experts 

At SkyMedicus, we pride ourselves on being the bariatric surgery logistics experts! We take care of EVERY DETAIL of your journey, which includes managing payments on your behalf so you don’t have to deal with currency exchanges. We also support you with our 24/7 concierge service, and our team is just a phone call away if you need advice or advocacy. 

To learn more, contact us today and discover how we’ll help you focus on safe and successful bariatric surgery – while we take care of the logistics!

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Topics: Weight Loss Surgery

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