Hospital Angeles Tijuana Announces $4,000 LAP-BAND Medical Travel Package for Special Bariatric Training Session Nov. 25, 26, 27

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Hospital Angeles Tijuana, a popular “medical tourism” destination for Americans and Canadians, offers patients interested in LAP-BAND surgery a special opportunity to save more than $1,00 on the procedure.

During the Thanksgiving weekend of November 25, 26 and 27, globally recognized Allergan-certified gastroenterologist surgeon Dr. Juan Lopez Corvala will host the fourth of twelve bariatric training sessions held through first quarter 2011 at Hospital Angeles Tijuana, waiving his surgeon fee to reduce patient out-of-pocket cost to just $4,000.

Surgeons from the United States, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East will observe the laparoscopic LAP-BANDING technique of the bariatric surgical team at Hospital Angeles, which recently presented findings from its open study of gastric plication patients at the 15th Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders.

“For these sessions we like to ensure a full roster of patients, so the surgical team will waive its fees for patients,” says a Hospital Angeles spokesperson. “This gives patients a savings of more than $1,000, at a time of year when we typically see a strong uptick in inquires of gastric banding surgery.”

Patients who are not able to schedule their LAP-BAND procedure for the November surgical session dates will be eligible to receive a special holiday savings rate of $5,000 through February 2011, when the package price will return to the regular schedule of $5,200.

Obesity is recognized by the World Health Organization as a disease that is a major risk for dangerous disorders and diseases such as sleep apnea, Type II diabetes, coronary disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, and several types of cancer including kidney cancer, prostate cancer, colon and breast cancer.

Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is calculated from a person's weight and height and provides a reasonable indicator of body composition and weight categories that may lead to health problems. In the past 20 years, obesity rates around the world have increased dramatically. In the United Sates, more than 45 states have an obesity rate greater than one in four adults.

The $4,000 LAP-BAND medical travel package with Angeles Heath includes all surgeon and doctor fees, a 2 night hospital stay, one night hotel stay if needed, standard pre-op lab tests, complimentary Travel Concierge Services for patient and travel companions including all travel booking and a complete medical travel trip Itinerary, round trip medical shuttle transportation from San Diego International Airport to Hospital Angeles, automatic membership in the Twelve Month LAP- BAND Follow-Up Program, and free band refills for one year.

Those interested in learning more about participating as a patient in the LAP-BAND the surgical training session held at Hospital Angeles November 25,26, 27 should contact an Angeles Health International weight loss surgery case manager toll free at 866.668.9263, or submit a secure online personal medical profile to begin the required pre-surgical evaluation process.

About Dr. Lopez Corvala: Gastroenterologist Dr. Juan Lopez Corvala is on staff at Hospital Angeles, leading a multi-disciplinary obesity surgical team of obesity experts including psychiatrists, physician nutritionists, cardiologists, and anesthesiologists. He is the President of the Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery, a member of the Latin American Association of Endoscopic Surgery and a member of the Council of Advanced Bariatrics.

“The Angeles bariatric surgical team is among the most expert and experienced in the world," says Hospital Angeles Director Paulo Yberri. “We are proud to feature Dr. Lopez Corvala and the obesity experts that comprise his multidisciplinary medical team,” says Yberri.

About Hospital Angeles: Hospital Angeles Tijuana is a state-of-the-art medical complex that is part of the largest private hospital network in Mexico. Located just minutes from downtown San Diego, Hospital Angeles Tijuana is a technologically innovative hospital with a patient-centric approach to care that has made it a premier destination for medical travelers, serving more than 9,000 patients traveling for medical care since its construction in June 2006. Hospital Angeles Tijuana is one of 22 state-of-the-art hospitals in the Angeles Network; the hospital is currently undergoing its JCI Accreditation program.

Contact: Angeles Health International
Medical Information Office
(619) 618-0222 ext 129

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