Benefits of Brining a Companion for Bariatric Surgery in Mexico?

Companion for Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

Mexico has become a leading destination for weight loss procedures for many reasons, including highly qualified surgeons, all-inclusive packages and affordability. Receiving surgery in Mexico makes these life-saving operations accessible for those who are otherwise unable to afford them. 

Through word of mouth and social media, many people know someone who has traveled to Mexico to receive bariatric surgery and had a successful outcome. Therefore, they are becoming more confident in making the same choice. While you will receive safe and effective care in these world-class medical facilities, consider bringing a friend for your trip. 

Related: FAQs on Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

A companion can enhance your experience and increase your chances of a successful outcome in several ways. You can make the best decision for your circumstances by carefully weighing your options.

Reviews of REAL Renew Bariatrics Patients Bringing a Companion

  • My companion stayed in the hospital with me and it was good having her there to talk to and for support.
  • My companion stayed with me. She watched Netflix and ordered Uber Eats. She enjoyed the mini vacation.
  • No she should be fine with the companion space. Plus someone to talk to and walk with you while in the hospital is nice. As far as airport, call and tell them you need to be in a wheelchair so they can push you around. She still will be able to be with you. I’d say allow her the extra bed in your room. More comfort to be there with you than worried without u.
  • I would have her stay with you because you need Al lot of help getting around and when you decide to shower. Also it’s important to have someone advocating for you and your pain medicine also someone that will make you get out of the bed
  • They nursing staff was very accommodating to my daughter, my companion, if she needed more blankets or pillows they gave it to her I think she ended up with like 3 pillows and 2 heavy type blankets.. very very nice staff
  • My sofa bed in my room was just fine for my spouse. I initially wanted to go alone, but in the end I’m so glad he came and he never complained of discomfort- and still talks about how he misses the eggs from the cafeteria!

The Importance of Support

While surgeons routinely perform bariatric procedures at clinics throughout Mexico, any surgery can be stressful. The goal of bariatric surgery is to help you achieve a significant amount of weight loss, leading to better health and well-being. However, the period of time following surgery is often challenging, especially as you heal and adjust to your new lifestyle. Bringing a companion along can help ease any anxiety you may have going into the procedure and provide emotional and psychological support throughout the process.

In addition, your companion can provide hands-on support as you recover. They can also communicate with your care team if concerns or issues arise as you heal. While you will still receive high-quality care from your medical team during the first few days of recovery, having a familiar face with you can bring crucial support during this challenging time.

Navigating Language and Cultural Differences

Medical tourism in Mexico continues to expand due to the care and professionalism of those in the healthcare industry. While you can expect excellent care and medical treatment, there is still a chance of experiencing potential language barriers and cultural differences in any foreign medical setting. Try to bring someone along who speaks the language and is familiar with the local customs and practices of the region.

By traveling with someone who speaks Spanish and is familiar with the culture, they may be able to clarify instructions and important information from your doctor. If you do not have a companion who meets this criteria, consider learning some basic Spanish and thoroughly researching the area to familiarize yourself. This way, you’re less likely to experience “culture shock” and will have a better understanding of what to expect.

Post-Operative Care and Assistance

Most people will need help performing routine activities for the first few days after surgery. Patients often forget some of the aftercare guidance, especially if they are taking pain medication. Because the entire process can be overwhelming for some, it is easy to forget a few steps. Bringing along a companion can help ensure you adhere to post-operative care instructions. In addition, they can comfort you and provide physical and emotional support during your stay in the country.

Addressing Potential Complications

Bariatric surgical clinics routinely perform these operations with minimal complications. However, with every medical procedure comes risks. These risks may seem more significant when receiving surgery in a foreign country.

Usually, they are minimal, but it’s essential to prepare for every scenario. If a major complication arises and you are unconscious or cannot speak, you will want someone who knows you well to take care of handling everything. For this reason, having a trusted companion is encouraged when you travel abroad for surgery.

Travel Logistics and Comfort

You can expect a coordinator at the bariatric facility to assist you in booking accommodations for your stay in Mexico. However, a companion can further help you with transportation and logistics, especially after your clinic clears you for travel. In addition, traveling back home after surgery can be overwhelming, especially if you live far away. By bringing along a close friend or family member, they can help you as you make your way back home. Once you’ve arrived, they can help you settle back into your regular routine and stay with you for several days as you recover.

Undergoing surgery in a foreign country is stressful, and while you will likely receive a list of items you should bring, it is common to forget a few things while packing. Some patients realize they forgot to pack a necessary item while in recovery. You can’t go to the store immediately after your surgery, and some things may be difficult to find while in the clinic. However, by having a friend along for your stay, you can take some of the pressure off yourself by letting them pick up extra items as necessary and getting you where you need to go.

Should I Bring a Companion?

Bringing someone along on your trip is a big decision. Some may feel vulnerable when deciding whether to bring a companion. This person will be there for you every step of the way, assisting you with daily activities and helping you when you are feeling unwell. Some people are uncomfortable with allowing someone they know to see them in this capacity.

For these people, bringing a friend may add more stress to their journey. If you are on the fence about having a travel companion, it’s important to consider your individual health circumstances and emotional well-being.

Are you comfortable with traveling alone? If so, are you otherwise healthy and at a lower risk for experiencing significant complications? If you prefer to make this journey alone, you should take the time to weigh the pros and cons of your decision and whether going to Mexico to receive surgery on your own is a sound choice.

Alternatives for Support

If you are uncomfortable bringing a travel companion but want someone with you during the process, you still have several options. Your healthcare team will ensure you receive plenty of support throughout your stay. Nurses and surgeons at these clinics are highly skilled and experienced in working with bariatric patients. They understand many patients are nervous and can offer attentive care while ensuring your comfort. You may also consider hiring local assistance if you still want additional help after your surgery. The staff at your clinic may have more information regarding these types of options.

Choosing whether to bring someone on your journey to Mexico is a personal decision. Many people prefer having emotional support and assistance during the first few days after surgery. They feel more comfortable knowing they have someone to advocate for them if things don’t go as planned. However, for some, a companion can bring an unnecessary layer of added stress. You should not make this choice lightly, and take your time to weigh your options carefully. 

Make an informed decision that aligns with your circumstances and the support you anticipate needing. If you decide to come alone, that’s okay too. Many patients prefer traveling solo so they don’t have to worry about their companion. 

Regardless of what you decide to do, the compassionate healthcare professionals at your bariatric center will do their best to be with you every step of your journey and ensure your comfort throughout the process.           

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