Choosing very inexpensive doctors in foreign settings over experienced, reputable, board-certified local physicians for procedures like sleeve gastrectomies is really no bargain at all.
LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) February 22, 2019
A January 25 article on 6 Action News reports on the disturbing case of a Utah woman who traveled to Mexico in an effort to save money on weight-loss surgery. The woman barely survived her return trip home after contracting a severe antibiotic-resistant infection that was later found to be the result of the Mexican hospital’s failure to properly disinfect surgical tools. Though the woman survived, her experience ended up totaling far more in medical bills than the average cost of weight-loss surgery in the United States. Dr. Feiz & Associates, a leading bariatric group operating in the Los Angeles area, says that these kind of medical horror stories are all too commonplace for patients who gamble on inexpensive procedures performed in places where practitioners may lack proper training and were medical best practices may be rare. The weight loss specialists say that choosing very inexpensive doctors in foreign settings over experienced, reputable, board-certified local physicians for procedures like sleeve gastrectomies is really no bargain at all.
In the case of the Utah woman, Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that, in countries with lax regulation, there is absolutely no guarantee that discount doctors have any legitimate oversight—let alone real medical backgrounds—and that any initial savings may well be dwarfed by the physical and financial tolls that can result from complications caused by various types of medical malpractice. Moreover, the practice notes that there are always options available for severely obese patients who may have financial concerns. Specifically, insurance often does cover weight loss procedures, though the red tape can be considerable. The clinic adds that it often works with patients to help them get through the hurdles involved with obtaining coverage. Moreover, even in cases where insurance companies refuse to cover a procedure, payment plans are available that can make the investment in a lifetime of improved health and wellbeing more affordable.
The clinic notes that Dr. Michael Feiz is a widely known board-certified bariatric surgeon who has met the rigorous standards of the American College of Surgeons and has performed countless procedures with consistently positive outcomes. Dr. Feiz & Associates says that, while all surgeries involve some level of risk, bariatric surgeries have never been safer and are often compared to routine operations like gallbladder removal. Even so, it makes sense to look for a surgeon whose expertise has been clearly established.
Interested readers who wish to know more can contact Dr. Feiz & Associates at (800) 868-5946 or by visiting its website at http://www.drfeiz.com/.