How to Choose the Right Obesity/Bariatric Surgery
Obesity has lately become one of the leading problems in the world. It is estimated that 1 person in 10 worldwide has obesity problems. The causes of obesity are not just over-eating and laziness; there are other factors which can make someone over-weight. However, whatever the causes, obesity can lead to serious problems: diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and cancer. This is why, if you are having problems with obesity, you should look for a solution in the form of an obesity or bariatric surgery.
When looking for a bariatric surgery, you have two options:
-Find local surgeons– Finding a surgeon locally is a good thing if a bariatric surgery is covered by your medical insurance. This means that you will not have to pay anything (or almost nothing), while also not having to travel for the operation.
-Find surgeons abroad– On the other hand, if the surgery is not covered by insurance (as they mostly aren’t, except in extreme cases), its cost can be quite high, depending on the country you live in. Bariatric and obesity surgeries costs differ in different countries, so it is quite possible to find a deal abroad which is cheaper than your local deal.
Whatever the case, whether you choose to go locally or abroad, you have to be able to choose the best surgery option available by making an informed decision. This is important, because the outcome of the surgery will affect your health in many ways, so you have to make sure that your health has actually improved, instead of being harmed.
How to make an informed decision?
With the amount of misinformation everywhere today, making informed decisions has become more important than ever. This is especially true when you have to put your trust in someone who will perform a surgical procedure on you. The best route to an informed decision is through thorough research and comparison. In this case, that means going through various medical centers across the world which offer the procedures you need, finding as much information about them as possible, and then comparing them against one another.
What to look for when researching medical centers?
Questions to ask before booking
Is the surgeon certified by the relevant board to perform obesity/bariatric surgery? – Not all bariatric surgeons have certificates, which is why it is very important to ask this. Certificate means that the surgeon has undergone training and has experience in this medical field.
How much will the treatment package cost me? – The cost of the package will depend on many things, notably on the experience of the surgeon, fees for the surgical room, stay at the hospital, and the surgery method. Don’t always go for the cheapest, as, in some cases, this can mean that something is omitted from the package.
How much will other expenses, like travel and stay, cost me? – If you are travelling, this is especially important. Getting stranded abroad with no money can be quite a problem, especially if you are recovering from a surgery.
Where will the surgery be performed? – There are many boards which check the facilities for patient safety, like the International Joint Commission. If they are certified by such a board, you can be sure that you will be completely safe there, as these certifications are not easy to obtain. Steer clear of those hospitals that do not have these certificates.
Are there any before and after photos of this procedure at the desired hospital, or any patient testimonials? – It is always wise to see how people who have had the procedure before fared and what results they achieved. The doctors will always be happy to provide these for you.
We cannot talk enough about the importance of making the right decision when it comes to choosing an obesity or a bariatric surgery package. Losing weight is crucial in some situations, but it should never be done if it will create further problems. By staying informed and making proper decisions, you significantly lower the risks of something going wrong with the whole procedure. We are always there to help you get the right information and make the right choice, so contact us if you need an obesity/bariatric surgery.
If you wish to know more about obesity/bariatric surgeries and what packages we offer, contact us and you can find out more! We are always there to help!
PlacidWay 2017-09-07 Articles/Press Releases