Of all the things I’ve done in my 39 years of life, deciding to have gastric bypass surgery two years ago was one of the very best. At the ‘ripe old age’ of 16, I began a mysterious weight gain. For the next twenty years, I would steadily put on weight until my 5 foot 4 frame would eventually support a whopping 252 pounds! Diets didn’t work. Exercise made little difference. Nothing seemed to help. I was developing many secondary conditions, as well – sleep apnea, joint pain and borderline diabetes. It seemed my already short life was going to be even shorter – and not nearly as enjoyable – due to all these health issues.
Then, I heard about weigh loss surgery. I was very skeptical in the beginning. It took me several months to make the decision to have all out gastric bypass rather than lap band. My problems were “clearly metabolic”, according to the doctor. Therefore, a lap band would probably not be nearly as helpful. It also required many follow up visits to the doctor for the rest of my life. Since quantity of eating was never my issue, it seemed obvious that this was not the choice for me.
So, off I went for my laparoscopic ‘Roux-en-Y’ gastric bypass procedure. Granted, the first few weeks were not much fun. It was painful and it took quite a while for me to learn how to eat again. All the hardships taken into consideration, though, I’d do it again in a hot minute! At 125 pounds lighter for the last two years, I have discovered a whole new life! I have done things I never thought I would do – including climbing small hills and mountains in the Himalayas! Two years ago, I couldn’t climb a flight of stairs without becoming winded!
So, why am I writing about this for a medical tourism site? The reason is simple…although I would do the entire thing again even if no changes were proposed – I have to admit that the nearly $25,000 bill that came along with the surgery was very difficult for me to handle. We know these days and times are tough, yet nothing is more important than our health. So, when faced with the decision to stay obese or obtain the help needed, anyone would want to choose the path that leads to the greatest health benefits. However, when the price tag is out of your reach, what can you do?
The possibility of medical tourism is an option that can help those who need medical care that is quickly becoming out-of-reach to most Americans. To have such wonderful health benefits along with money saving options is a much more feasible alternative to shelling out thousands and thousands of dollars for the same result.
Some might say, “Well, you seemed to have done well. Two years without weight returning. Your doctor must have been good. Isn’t a great doctor worth the extra money?” If you are skeptical, then let me assure you that the doctors and dentists who provide their services to overseas patients are chosen because they have the reputations required to give peace of mind to those who opt for them.
Many doctors in other countries have studied in the US or Europe. Those who haven’t, but are chosen by such companies as MedPath Group, have studied and practiced at prestigious universities and medical centers. They know that providing care to foreign clients requires the utmost attention to detail and ethical practice is a must! Therefore, I would have no trouble whatsoever having my surgery in an overseas hospital.
In a nutshell, though I am very pleased with the results of the surgery I had, the option of medical tourism would have made a great decision even better. I urge anyone considering gastric bypass to check out this option. You owe it to yourself to have the best of both worlds – great health at a great price!
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Being treated and listened to as a real person by real doctors on a direct one-to-one basis with my best interest, health and needs being placed first was more than refreshing. I am looking forward to a full recovery from surgery for a serious clavicle injury, and the normal use of my arm. My life has been renewed. I got the serious and immediate attention no U.S. doctor I found would give me. I did my research and emailed my x-rays to Dr. Oscar Oeding, with your Hospital in Costa Rica, who promptly telephoned me directly. I found his assessment and recommended procedure in agreement with mine – going beyond what any U.S. doctor was willing to discuss. Imagine making a serious decision for surgery with one phone call! No surgery is easy, but having full confidence in Dr. Oeding is making every step of my recovery endurable. Unlike my experience in the USA, I not just felt, but knew that the patient came before the money. There was not a moment that my every need was not attended to, my every question or concern not addressed – and always with a smile. My business puts me in contact with many people who think the USA has the best doctors.The expertise and professionalism I experienced from everyone from the coffee stand to the operating room at Hospital there dispelled any anxiety I may have had about obtaining help outside the USA, especially when the advice I received from US doctors was “live with it” and I knew I could not.
The staff with MedPath Group as well as the Hospital Staff were there for me every step of the way, including not just recommending but making arrangements for affordable, restful housing and prompt transportation, and willingly attending to my personal needs.
As for the price? Well, for a person who is “self-insured” – I found I could afford it.In the long run I have paid less and had less hassle and paperwork than with any insurance company. Perhaps I am out of the ordinary. But after being offered “free” surgery by a U.S. Orthopedic surgeon on the assumption that I agreed with his assessment (which I did not) and that without insurance I could not pay, I turned it down without even asking the price. Confidence and trust is something money cannot buy. I found it with you guys. Please feel free to forward my email address to anyone seeking a referral.
Timothy L, 2008