Obesity and Weight Loss Procedures Gain Approval at Home and Abroad

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Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a type of gastric banding weight loss surgery that may potentially help thousands of individuals the struggling with obesity and weight loss.  Known as Lap Band Adjustable Gastric Banding, or LBAGB, the procedure offers more individuals the opportunity to benefit, especially those who have been diagnosed with weight or weight-related conditions such as diabetes.

PlacidWay, a leading medical provider and resource for patients looking for options in medical travel abroad, has long been aware of the need for greater availability of such procedures for international patients. In the United States, it is often difficult for patients to access bariatric and weight loss surgical procedures, as many aren't covered under their health insurance plans.

Greater Access to Obesity and Weight Loss Surgeries

Because of PlacidWay's commitment to offering patients options, no matter where they're from, or their health insurance status, CEO and founder Pramod Goel offers profiles of excellent and certified physicians specializing in laparoscopic lap banding and bariatric and weight loss surgical procedures, including those related to weight gain and obesity.

For example, just a few of the most popular bariatric and surgical facilities south of the border includes the services of Dr. Jorge Maytorena of DiabesitySurgery in Baja California. Dr. Maytorena specializes in bariatric surgical procedures caused by obesity, and offers international travelers affordable payment plans and travel packages in addition to a wide variety of treatments, including gastric banding, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgical procedures.

Other accessible facilities and weight loss and weight loss surgery experts such as Dr. Marco More, a leading and well-known bariatric surgeon in Argentina, or Dr. Elias Flores, obesity surgeon in Mexico, offer certified and experienced care in this field. From South Korea to Switzerland and from South Africa to Central Europe to South America, dozens of world-class and accredited weight loss facilities offer obese patients hope for a future of excellent health and wellness.

Formerly, patients were only approved for Lap-band surgery if they had:

  • BMI of over 40
  • Twice the ideal weight based on the height
  • Been overweight for 5 years or longer
  • Been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise

Because of the new changes offered by the food and drug administration, individuals with a BMI of 30 or higher, and who have an obese and a related condition such as diabetes, are now considered ideal candidates for lap-band procedures. Additional factors that may offer greater acceptance of the lap-band procedure include those diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure, and a history of stroke.

Tens of millions of Americans are diagnosed as being grossly overweight or obese, and the Food and Drug Administration is seeking safe and effective methods to help such individuals get their weight under control, reduce co-morbidity factors, and encourage individuals to live more active and healthy lifestyles.

Benefits of Lap-band Surgical Procedures
The lap band procedure is much more advantageous than other methods since it includes benefits such as no stapling or cutting of the stomach muscles, the size of the pouch can be adjusted according to patient needs, and the procedure can be removed or reversed. Short hospital stays rarely exceed 48 hours, reducing hospital stays and associated costs.

In the United States, lap band surgical procedures may range anywhere from between $15,000 to $20,000 dollars. However, travelers visiting destinations such as India, Costa Rica or Mexico may spend an average of $9,000 on the same procedure.

Finding the Right Surgeon for You
When looking for a bariatric surgeon, look for experience. Don't be afraid to ask a number of questions of your potential surgeon or care provider, including their qualifications, how many surgeries they have performed, whether they're certified in bariatric surgery, and the results or outcomes of other patients who have undergone the lap band procedure. Ask doctors if they're willing to provide support before, during and after the procedure, and whether they belong to international surgical associations or organizations.

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by: PlacidWay | Dr. Jorge Maytorena

2011-03-24 / Updated on: 2021-01-08

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