Weight loss surgery in Tijuana ends in complications

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – Patients within the U.S. view the Tijuana surgical procedures as being a less expensive different, however some survivors say the inexpensive route normally means extra problems. It’s additionally troublesome for surgeons within the States to right these issues.

“I used to be 400 kilos, and to ensure that me to see my grand infants be born, I went to Tijuana and had the load loss surgical procedure – now I’m 170 and there’s no stopping it,” survivor Anita Gatlin stated.

Gatlin says she went to Mexico for gastric sleeve surgical procedure, however it resulted in her abdomen being eliminated. Three years later, Gatlin says she’s nonetheless going through excessive problems like weight reduction and is combating for her life.

“My insurance coverage wouldn’t pay for it as a result of it prices an excessive amount of,” Gatlin stated. “I’ve good insurance coverage. So I went over there and paid 3,000 {dollars} – effectively you get what you pay for.”

She together with Lake Area bariatric surgeons are issuing warnings to these contemplating this different.

“It actually blows my thoughts away that sufferers go have surgical procedure and are available again dwelling and are simply left within the wind to die,” Dr. Niazy Selim stated.

Dr. Selim says he’s the one fellowship educated GI surgeon between Houston and New Orleans, and calls this surgical procedure high-risk requiring life-long observe up care.

“They are dangerous sufferers,” Dr. Selim stated. “How can you’ve surgical procedure and you permit the nation? I imply it is a no-no. The greatest particular person to cope with a complication is normally the surgeon who did it.”

Dr. Selim has a web page devoted to describing the dangers related to touring outdoors the U.S. for this surgical procedure. Gatlin is making it her mission to be a strolling testimony to assist others.

“It’s not what they make it out to be,” Gatlin stated. “They make all this factor out to be a fairy story. It’s not. People are dying. People are being within the hospital.”

“They’ll by no means be the identical,” Gatlin stated. “Their households won’t ever be the identical. I’ll by no means be the identical. I can’t let you know what number of occasions I’ve cried and cried over this. I need to get it out to the folks within the U.S. to allow them to know – cease.”

Dr. Selim believes analysis is vital to discover a place the place medical doctors have a confirmed monitor report with such a surgical procedure and observe up care.

**Correction: Dr. Niazy Selim is the one fellowship educated GI surgeon between Houston and New Orleans, not the one bariatric surgeon.

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