Gastric Bypass in India, through WorldMed Assist, Helps Canadian Avoid Three-Year Wait

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WorldMed Assist welcomes its first Canadian patient home. Patient has gastric bypass surgery in India, enabling him to avoid a three year wait for surgery at home.

WorldMed Assist, a California-based company in the rapidly expanding medical tourism industry, welcomed home its first Canadian patient to have gastric bypass surgery in India. WorldMed Assist rose to British Columbia resident Bill Moore's challenge to fast-track arrangements for his surgery so he could be home and recover in time to move into his new residence this week.

Moore pursued the option of traveling across the globe for surgery that he could have had for free in Canada, but he found the $11,000 price tag for all medical care and travel was well worth it to him to avoid Canada's three year waiting list. Moore sought the services of WorldMed Assist in October after researching several medical tourism companies on the internet.

In less than two weeks from Moore's first e-mail contact with WorldMed Assist, the company researched his options, helped him select the country, doctor and hospital that would best meet his needs and made all the arrangements for his surgery.

Moore decided to pursue gastric bypass surgery abroad after a golf game in August laid him up for a week. His 299 pounds were stressing every joint in his body. In October, he and his wife had some deposits coming due, so the time was financially ripe for him to look into traveling abroad for the surgery. When he hit the internet to research companies that could help him decide where to go, he found two links to gastric bypass surgery abroad ( and weight loss abroad ( that helped him start narrowing his search.

"Only one company -- WorldMed Assist in California -- responded immediately and stayed in close touch with me from that very first contact," Moore said. "I tried exploring options with other companies, but they just weren't dependable. I was nervous enough about what I was about to do; having confidence in the company that would facilitate arrangements for quality care topped my list of priorities. Their personal interest in me was very clear."

"WorldMed Assist took the challenge of my expedited timeframe in stride," he said. "I contacted them the end of October, and by mid-November, I was on my way to India. I had the surgery November 20th and was home 10 days later. I was very impressed they could pull it all together so quickly."

Speed wasn't the only aspect of the journey that impressed Moore. WorldMed Assist presented multiple hospitals. In checking out each option, he was most impressed with Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai, India. "It's affiliated with Harvard Medical, has international accreditation, and the surgeon, Dr. Goel, had trained in the U.S. and has extensive experience. Even with all that, I was still nervous about having the surgery -- who wouldn't be? I was going by myself, to a country I knew very little about, to a hospital I'd never before heard of. But after all my research, and the detailed information WorldMed Assist provided about gastric bypass abroad (, I was confident I was making a good choice."

Moore's experience in India began with a two-day battery of pre-op tests. "I don't have much experience to compare with, but I was amazed at how thoroughly they tested me: My results were in a folder an inch thick."

After the surgery, Moore was held in ICU on a ventilator for an extra day. "During that time, my wife was pretty nervous, but WorldMed Assist helped her stay calm by passing along reports from my medical team that I was stable and continuously improving."

Moore arrived home 30 pounds lighter, and will stay on a diet of pureed food for three to five weeks, with a liter of water between each meal. His goal is to get to 170 pounds -- "if I don't just float away first, with all this water," he said with a grin.

About WorldMed Assist:
Experts in medical tourism, WorldMed Assist's mission is to help patients receive high quality medical treatment abroad at affordable prices. WorldMed Assist simplifies every aspect of patient care and travel. Doctors and hospitals in India, Turkey, Belgium and Mexico are carefully selected to match each client's specific needs. Procedures are significantly less expensive than in the U.S., yet delivered with the same or higher quality care and results as set by U.S. standards. Waiting times are virtually eliminated, track records are proven, and facilities are state-of-the-art. For more information on medical procedures available through a carefully selected network of international hospitals, visit WorldMed Assist also provides medical tourism as an option for self-insured businesses seeking expanded and affordable healthcare options for employees.

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