Oops…forgot I meant to explain the reasons behind choosing weight-loss surgery in Mexico.
Here are the important ones, although certainly not the only ones:
1. Time to surgery: Here I would have to likely wait 12-18 months for surgery, in Mexico I could book my surgery just weeks out. That said, I’ll be waiting till early 2013 (Jan./Feb.).
2. Surgery timing: I own my own business, and I’m the only full-time employee, which means I am basically 100% responsible. My business is seasonal, which means that there are certain times of the year when being out of commission physically or mentally could be a disaster and mean a huge loss of business etc. If my surgery was covered, I’d be at the mercy of the surgeon as to when it was scheduled. Having surgery in Mexico means being able to choose the best time to have surgery and recover.
3. Surgery Type: I have done my research and I specifically want to have a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), because it is a procedure where weight loss is based on restriction (smaller stomach size) versus malabsorption (re-routing your digestive system) like the Roux-en-Y/Gastric Bypass (RNY) which is the favoured procedure at bariatric centres here. It is possible to have a VSG here, but not a guarantee, and you generally have to convince your surgeon of why it’s necessary. I do not want to take a plethora of vitamins and supplements daily for the rest of my life, and I like my digestive system the way it is, thank you.
4. Surgeon/Hospital: I have only ever read amazing things about Dr. Aceves and Almater Hospital in Mexicali, Mexico. Literally. Haven’t been able to find a single negative thing written about him – just stories from people who have had amazing experiences. Dr. Aceves has done over 1500 VSGs, while any one surgeon at our local bariatric clinic I’m guessing have done less than 100 (since it’s not a popular procedure here). I will always choose quality experience every time, and I have 100% confidence in that decision.
I have been emailing back and forth with Dr. Aceves’ patient coordinator Nina for a few weeks, and am thrilled that I am going to be able to send her an email in the next few days asking her to book me in for early next year and to arrange me deposit payment.
Moving forward in the right direction…I can feel it.