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4 Reasons to Travel Abroad for Gastric Bypass Surgery

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 12:26 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

As reported by The Atlantic Monthly, gastric bypass surgery has undergone revolutionary change in the several decades.

Indeed, unlike when it emerged in the 1960s, gastric bypass surgery today doesn’t involve large incisions. Rather, it’s performed using cameras and instruments inserted through minute “ports” in the stomach (a.k.a. laparoscopically). The end result is that gastric bypass surgery is safer, faster, more effective, and far less invasive than years past. That’s the good news. 

The bad news is that gastric bypass surgery in the U.S. is very expensive, and can cost over $35,000 in some parts of the country (source: What’s more, many insurance plans either don’t cover it at all, or have such stringent criteria that people essentially must be declared “morbidly obese” by their doctor – i.e. their lives must be at risk before they can take control of their health.

Fortunately, traveling abroad for gastric bypass surgery is a proven and popular option; one that hundreds of thousands of Americans are taking advantage of each year (and the number is even higher when including people from Canada, the UK, Australia, Holland, and many other countries). 

Below, we highlight the 4 reasons why your neighbors, colleagues and probably members of your extended family are heading abroad for gastric bypass surgery – and why you might, too:

1. Massive Cost Savings

Without question, the primary motivation to head abroad for gastric bypass surgery is to save money. While the total cost savings varies based on a number of factors – including location, each person’s specific needs, time of year, and so on – generally speaking, the savings can be anywhere from 30-70 percent. 

2. No Waiting Period

In some cases, waiting lists for gastric bypass surgery can range from a few weeks to a few months. However, there’s virtually no waiting list for surgeries abroad. 

3. Excellent Quality of Care

The belief that medical care in general – and surgeries specifically – outside the U.S. are inferior or unsafe is a myth. There are thousands of accredited, reputable hospitals and surgeons around the world that cater to medical tourists (in fact, for gastric bypass surgery, some of them see more U.S. patients than local patients!). What’s more, the dramatic cost savings of heading abroad means that you can easily afford to spend extra time in rehab if you wish.  

4. It’s Easier than You Think

While the idea of having gastric surgery abroad may sound appealing and compelling, you may be reluctant to move ahead because of the numerous details involved. Knowing where to start and ensuring that you make the right decisions may be confusing – and overwhelming.

However, at SkyMedicus, we specialize in helping people across the U.S. take advantage of gastric bypass surgery abroad (along with other medical and dental treatments). We handle EVERY DETAIL, right down to paying your bill so that you don’t have to worry about invoices or currency exchanges. Plus, our 24/7 concierge care means that we’re just a phone call or email away just in case you need some support, want to extend your trip, or have any other questions. 

Learn More

To learn more, contact the SkyMedicus team today. Your consultation with us is 100% free and there’s no risk or obligation. We’ll answer your questions honestly and clearly, so that you can make an informed decision that’s best for YOU!

For more information about weight loss surgeries and comparing the cost in different locations, download our FREE infographic:

Comparing the cost of weight loss surgery overseas

Topics: Weight Loss Surgery

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