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Jet Medical Tourism - Research Study on ScienceDirect Confirms Efficacy and Safety of Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico


SAN DIEGO, Jan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- ScienceDirect, one of the world's largest and most respected peer-reviewed research paper online directories, has recently published the results of a detailed research study on the success and safety of weight loss surgery in Mexico.

The retrospective research study involved all the patients who had undergone bariatric surgery at a Mexico hospital (specifically, gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy in Mexico) over a period of 4.5 years.

Key Data Analyzed in the Study

The research study included a scientific analysis of the patient data at the Mexican weight loss surgery center, including:

  • Patient demographics (average profile of the patients)
  • The rate of early and late post-surgical complications
  • Variable peri-operative factors
  • The rate of remission and improvement of type 2 diabetes
  • The rate of weight loss failure

The study involved analysis of the case records of bariatric surgery patients who had undergone either gastric sleeve surgery or gastric bypass surgery in Mexico at a single center from 1st Jan, 2013 to 31st May, 2017.

Highlights from the research study have been published at the Jet Medical Tourism website: Is it safe to have weight loss surgery in Mexico?

Patient Selection

Patient selection for the purpose of this study was performed according to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) standards for surgical treatment of obesity and overweight conditions.

The researchers selected 500 patients who received weight loss surgery in Mexico at one bariatric center. The mean age of the patients was 38.8 years, and their mean Body Mass Index (BMI) was 44.1 kg/m2. Many of these obese and overweight patients also suffered from co-morbidities, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and dyslipidemia.

The types of bariatric surgery in Mexico performed on these patients included:

  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery – 85.8%
  • Gastric sleeve surgery – 13.2%
  • Revision weight loss surgery – 1%

Results of the Research Study

The analysis of the case records of these 500 patients in Mexico showed the following results:

Overall weight loss (as the excess weight loss percentage)

  • At 12 months – 76.9%
  • At 24 months – 77.6%

Researchers noted that patients who underwent laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery achieved the highest weight loss on average.

Diabetes remission and improvement rates

  • Patients who achieved total disease remission – 68.7%
  • Patients who achieved partial disease remission – 9.3%
  • Patients who achieved improvement – 21.8%

Post-surgical complication rate

  • Early signs of complication – 9.8%
  • Late signs of complication – 12.2%
  • Death rate – 0%

Conclusions of the Researchers

The researchers concluded that the results of the 500 patients of weight loss surgery in Mexico were:

  • Similar to the results reported globally
  • Similar to the results reported in industrialized countries (such as the US and Canada)

To quote the researchers' observations verbatim from the study:

"In our experience at a high-volume hospital center (in Mexico), bariatric surgery is safe and effective, based on the low number of adverse effects and consequent weight loss and type 2 diabetes mellitus control.

"In conclusion, it is our experience that bariatric surgery (in Mexico) is safe and effective, based on the low number of complications and on weight loss associated with important metabolic control."

No Conflict of Interest Involved

ScienceDirect, the publisher of the study, has declared in its "Financial Disclosure" that no financial support was received in relation to this study/article. The authors of the study have also declared that there is no conflict of interest.
Full detailed research study is available for free online access at the ScienceDirect platform.

About Jet Medical Tourism

Jet Medical Tourism is a premier medical tourism facilitator for American, Canadian, and European patients seeking safe and advanced weight loss surgery in Mexico at a fraction of the cost.

Jet Medical Tourism works with the leading and accredited bariatric surgery hospitals and weight loss centers in Tijuana, Nuevo Laredo, Cancun, and other regions in Mexico.

The company has some of the most fantastic, accomplished, and experienced weight loss surgeons on board to help patients from the United States, Canada, and Europe achieve safe, predictable, and sustainable weight loss outcomes.

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