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How to Find a Bariatric Surgeon Abroad
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/24/2017 10:41 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
Each year, thousands of U.S. residents head abroad in order to have bariatric surgery (a.k.a. weight loss surgery).
And while each individual has unique needs and objectives, the primary motivation for heading to the closest International airport -- instead of the closest hospital -- is to save tens of thousands of dollars, and/or to avoid long waiting lists.
If you’re considering bariatric surgery abroad, then as part of your research process, you’ll need to find the right surgeon. To aid your search process, below we highlight 3 ways you can get the information you need to make the best choice:
3 Ways to Find the Best Bariatric Surgeon Abroad:
1. The SkyMedicus Database
Without question, the optimal place to start is by signing-up with SkyMedicus, so that you can enjoy unlimited access to our database of pre-screened, world-class surgeons.
You can search and browse prospective weight loss surgeons based on their area of specialization (e.g. gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery, etc.), as well as by country (e.g. Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, etc.).
Furthermore, you can confidentially contact prospective surgeons through our HIPAA-certified web portal, in order to have your questions answered, securely submit X-rays and other documents, and so on.
And just as importantly to your overall cost saving objective: access to our database is completely free, and there are no hidden costs or tiered-access levels. You’ll enjoy full, total access at sign-up.
The only time you’ll be asked to pay is if – and only if – you decide to book your weight loss surgery abroad through us, and have us manage the end-to-end logistics and provide 24/7 concierge support.
Please note that there are no fees associated with browsing our database, learning about prospective surgeons and confidentially communicating with each one.
2. Speak with Your Doctor
Your doctor may be able to provide some insights and advice. This support may not necessarily pertain to specific surgeons you can contact, but be more general advice on questions you can ask a prospective surgeon.
Furthermore, facilitating collaboration between your doctor and your weight loss surgeon abroad is important, especially in terms of your post-surgery recovery and care. As such, it’s a good idea to let your doctor know as soon as you decide to have weight loss surgery abroad. You should expect an enthusiastic and supportive response, since your doctor is well aware that the costs of weight loss surgery in the U.S. are prohibitively high for the vast majority of patients whose insurance won’t cover the essential procedure.
There are some generally well-regarded websites and forums that can give you some insights, as well as connect you with individuals who’ve had weight loss surgery abroad. Some places to start include:
Topics: Bariatric Surgery