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Medical Travel, Helping You Lose Weight Permanently, Safely, Quickly, and in Line with Your Budget

Monterrey, May 18th, 2010

As globalization takes hold of every aspect in our lives, very few realize the impact that it has on healthcare and on thousands of lives. Weight Loss Surgery is a very effective way to combat a person’s obesity. It is quick, safe, effective, but it has a major drawback for the millions of Americans that could benefit from it, its cost. Nevertheless, Medical Travel has risen as the answer to the huge costs of healthcare in the US, and as the great opportunity that this population was waiting for.

Even if Weight Loss Surgery numbers are small in comparison to other healthcare areas such as Plastic Surgery or Orthopedics, more than 220 thousand Americans undergo these surgeries every year, or what is the equivalent of almost one family member in every household of a mid-sized American city every year. Also interesting is the close to 10% growth that this category has sustained for the last few years. Although these figures seem enormous, the overall market is believed to be severely limited by the huge prices charged by US providers. With Gastric Bands and Sleeves above $15 thousand and Gastric Bypasses above $25 thousand, only those lucky enough to get their insurance to pay for this are in the game. This is where Medical Travel has come in to create another completely different ballpark.

As Heather Wicklow, Manager at Travel For Care states: “We just had a patient from Indiana, who came to Monterrey to have a Gastric Bypass with Dr. Horacio Guajardo, MD at Hospital San Jose TEC de Monterrey, and she has been constantly in touch with us to show off her progress. She even stated that she had lost over 25 pounds in the first 25 days. I am very confident that she’ll lose all her excess weight in the next 12 to 18 months, getting her a wonderful life back.” This patient paid $11 thousand to get it done with one of Mexico’s most reputed doctors and in what is probably the country’s best hospital. Factoring in travel expenditures and lodging, she still saved over $15 thousand, or the equivalent of a mid-size sedan

With prices that range between $4,500 and $6,500 for the Gastric band, between $5,500 and $11,000 for the Gastric Sleeve, and between $7,500 and $12,000 for the Gastric Bypass, Mexico’s healthcare industry is competing for the US Weight Loss Surgery patient market with all its might. After all, the more than 10 thousand people that come south every year for this can’t be wrong.

Travel For Care is an innovative Medical Travel start-up firm headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico, marketing Medical Solutions to American patients looking for elective and non-elective procedures. For more information, please visit

Dr. Horacio Guajardo is one of Monterrey’s top weight loss surgeons. He works in private practice and operates in fine hospitals like Hospital San José TEC de Monterrey, and CIMA Santa Engracia, both JCI accredited.


Heather Wicklow


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