Hi, I'm new here and I'm looking for some info on the procedures for WLS in Mexico!
It's not difficult to find information regarding WLS in Mexico, but I'm really lost as to where to start. If anyone has any info to share or could answer some questions I would really appreciate it!
My biggest concerns:
A little background...
I'm a 26 y/o female from Canada, I'm a Junior High teacher and dog lover. I've been bigger my whole life - my entire family is severely overweight/obese and I've never known any different. My father is getting WLS here in Canada and it's been a huge process, years in the making. I've been dieting for as long as I remember. After high school I lost almost 50lbs and competed in powerlifting and road races (though I was still overweight), but when I graduated with my first degree I gained it all back, plus some more. I have struggled for years now and I'm ready to make a change for good.
I had VSG in Mexico and live in the USA, so I can answer from that perspective. Your don't need to talk with your doctor or get referred in order to have surgery in Mexico, you just contact the surgeons office directly. Typically, you can have surgery within a few weeks of first calling the surgeon's office. Since Canada has universal healthcare, I don't think you have to worry about getting care if you have a complication once you get home. I highly doubt your family doctor will refuse to take care of you if you see her for your typical medical needs just because you've had surgery. There is a Canada specific forum that is very active and I'm sure they would be able to give you lots of advice if you post there. Feel free to ask me any questions and good luck!
Height: 5'4.5" Pre-op 14 M1 23 M2 11 M3 13 M4 + M5 17 M6 9 M7 5 M8 3 M9 3
Below Goal and 101 pounds lost!
Thanks so much for the reply. I appreciate all the info! Getting started feels super overwhelming but I think I have some starting points now. :)
If you're using insurance, you probably have a clause that requires surgery in the US, not abroad. If you're not using insurance the only requirement is for you to be comfortable with the procedure, doctor and facility.
Don't worry about your family of primary care physician. They don't know very much about WLS. Your PCP may be brutally honest, but it will be about something they don't understand, and you'd be surprised how little they actually know about WLS.
Your friends and family will definitely have negative connotations about WLS. I had it myself until I got serious. Talk to a weight loss medical expert (this is not your PCP) and do research on your own. You'll have a good amount of time between the start of the process and the actual surgery to get comfortable that it is the right decision for you.
Good luck with whatever you decide. Ultimately your views are the ones that matter, no one else has to live with the consequences including your doctor or family.
FYI - When you get to the point of talking to a nutritionist, make another post so you can get feedback about how useless they are for WLS patients.
Thanks for all the insight! :)
Elective surgeries can take a couple of years to get in Canada. That lures many here to the US or abroad. This is the downside of socialized medicine.
11 years post op DS
There is room on this earth for all of God's creatures..next to the mashed potatoes