Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico and Drug Resistance: What You Need to Know

Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico and Drug Resistance: What You Need to Know

Officials are warning patients to steer clear of Grand View Hospital in Tijuana, specifically.

People are traveling to Tijuana, Mexico to have weight loss surgery. Why? As you may have guessed, it’s cheaper and located near the U.S-Mexico border, so it’s not such a long haul.

For many, seeking out the surgery could be a good thing. For others, not so much.

American patients are returning home with some bad news. Enough people are having trouble the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning both patients and doctors about it.

Apparently, many patients who have had invasive surgery in Tijuana, mostly for weight loss, have contracted infections caused by antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. Bad news. Doctors in the United States are now finding it hard to treat and cure.

The infections are showing up in people who have had surgery done at Grand View Hospital in Tijuana, specifically.

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The CDC is recommending that you not have your surgery done at this institution until the Mexican government can confirm the drug-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria is no longer in the hospital. Infections with this bacteria are rare in the U.S and hard to resolve.

What precautions can you take, besides having your procedures done within U.S borders?

It’s a good idea to consult with your doctor to verify if you are healthy enough to travel abroad for a medical or surgical procedure, should you choose to go that route, before doing so.

The CDC also recommends that you do your research and be aware that medical standards in other countries can be different than in the U.S.

Apart from this, look for clinics and hospitals that are accredited by international organizations. Always leave your procedure with copies of all your medical records, in English if possible.

And last but not least, use common sense. Avoid traveling at least 10 days after having surgery on your chest or abdomen, the CDC states, and wait to fly at least 7-10 days after having cosmetic procedures done on the face or after laser treatments.

Skip the beach, alcohol and tours: don’t play tourist when you should be resting in bed, recovering.

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