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Mexicali: The Evolving Medical Tourism Destination in Mexico
Aside from being a mecca for dental tourism, Mexico is also positioning itself as complete medical tourism destination, offering treatment packages from general medicine, fertility treatments, ophthalmology, general surgery to cosmetic surgery. Tourist destination cities such as Tijuana, Los Algodones and Mexicali are booming with a lot of patients everyday! If Tijuana and Los Algodones are both known for dental care, Mexicali is known as a bariatric and cosmetic surgery destination. Recently, it has embraced medical care as its main tourist attraction, according to the New York Times.
Mexicali is the second largest city in Baja California, next to Tijuana. It is not a busy tourist city, and has a relaxed and slower paced atmosphere with little traffic and people. Unlike Tijuana which is a border city, you might travel a little if want to seek healthcare in Mexicali.
Like its adjacent border cities, Mexicali provides affordable and high quality healthcare in northern Mexico. Their two major hospitals, Almater Hospital and Hospital de la Familia, are currently working together to provide healthcare to US-based clientele and other international medical tourists. They offer comprehensive treatment packages priced affordably compared to US rates, with a focus on bariatric, general surgery and cosmetic surgery procedures.
The "Weight Loss Surgery Solution"
Bariatric Surgery is also called "Weight Loss Surgery." According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bariatric surgery may help patients with obesity to lose excess weight and fats. It can be an option if diet and exercise did not work or if one has more serious health problems caused by extreme obesity.
Different types of weight loss surgical procedures are used. But the main purpose of these procedures is to limit the amount of food one can consume. The type of surgery also affects how one digests food and absorbs nutrients. Like any other surgical procedures, all bariatric surgery types have complications and of course, risks. Some complications include blood clots, hernias and infection.
Many patients who had undergone this surgery lost weight quickly, but regained the amount they lost later on. That?s why most of the clinics include a nutritionist to make sure patients follow diet and exercise recommendations. Also, so that they could keep most of the weight off. This type of procedure may warrant continuous medical follow-ups for life.
Surgical centers and clinics, such as the Mexico Bariatric Team, Dr. Jorge Maytorena Diabesity Clinic, and Family Hospital are catching up in providing high quality surgical obesity solutions that patients can afford.
Enhancing Appearances and Self-esteems
Cosmetic surgery aims to improve one's appearance and imperfections. Its principles, procedures, and techniques focuses on improving the way a person looks, thus enhancing his or her self-confidence at the same time. Enhancing a person's facial and bodily aesthetic appeal, proportion and symmetry are also the key objectives.
This type of surgery may be performed on all areas of the body including the head and neck. Cosmetic surgery is an elective type of surgery because the treated areas are functioning properly. It is practiced by surgeons and doctors who have different medical fields, including plastic surgery.
The most common cosmetic surgery procedures include:
Facial Contouring: Cheek or Chin Enhancement and Rhinoplasty (Nose Alteration)
Skin Rejuvenation: Botox, Laser Resurfacing and Filler Treatments
Hernia, Kidney Stones and Tubal Ligation
General surgery is a type of surgical specialty that focuses on the treatment and procedures on the abdomen and its contents. This includes the bile ducts, colon, esophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, small bowel, stomach, and the thyroid gland. Diseases involving the breast, soft tissues, hernias and skin are also within the scope of practice.
Recently, minimally invasive surgery became a prevalent trend. It focused on robotic surgery (or robotic-assisted surgery) to conduct tedious surgical procedures.
Surgical Procedures Performed in Mexicali:
Cardiac Procedures: Coronary and Peripheral Artery Surgery, Cardiac Catheterization
Neurosurgery: Spinal Care and Surgery, Tumors
Orthopedic Surgeries: Hip Replacement and Knee Arthroscopy
Obstetrics and Gynecological Surgeries: Tubal Ligation Reversal and Hysterectomy
Digestive Disorders: Umbilical/Inguinal Hernia and Cholecystectomy (Gall Stone Removal)
Urologic Surgery: Kidney Stone Removal using Shockwave Lithotripsy, Ureteroscopy (URS) or Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PNL)
PlacidWay has been involved in referring patients for their international healthcare needs in Mexicali (and other medical destinations) for the last seven years. Along with a network of 250 renowned hospitals in 300 different countries, PlacidWay offers healthcare information based on the patient?s personal healthcare and budgetary needs. PlacidWay also ensures that patients get access to safe, affordable and high quality healthcare in a destination they choose.
2014-12-16 / Updated on: 2021-01-08