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Houston, Texas Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Seminar in Houston, Texas – January 2016

Are you ready for 2016? Well, come to our Free Bariatric Seminar January 2016 and you can win a Free Gastric Sleeve Surgery. More details regarding the seminar will emerge, please register now to receive updates on this great event!

Date: January 23rd and 24th 2016
Time: 1:30PM to 4:30PM – Both Days.
Location: TBA

Mexico Bariatric Center Reunion in Houston!

We welcome our past patients to come to our reunion! Meet Dr. Ismael Cabrera, Ron Elli, Ph.D., and MBC staff.

  • Connect with fellow Patients
  • Ask questions and learn from our Seminar
  • Bring your friends and family who would like to win a free surgery
  • Or just come to listen and learn

Baton Rouge Bariatric Seminar

Attend this FREE Bariatric Surgery Seminar held at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge Louisiana on Saturday, June 27th, 2015. We are giving one FREE Gastric Sleeve Surgery w/ Dr. Ismael Cabrera. If you’d like to register please fill out the form below today!

By attending this free informational event, you’ll have a chance to win a Free Gastric Sleeve Surgery, performed by Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela performed at Hospital Mi Doctor in Tijuana, Mexico.

Our Location:

We are hosting our seminar at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel, located on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Belle of Baton Rouge
103 France St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 242-2600

To Be Eligible:

  1. Register Below.
  2. Attend Our Seminar on the June 27th at the Belle of Baton Rouge.
  3. Fill Out Our a Health Questionnaire the Seminar.
  4. Be Entered Automatically!

Houston Bariatric Seminar January 1st 2015

Houston, Texas residents will have a chance to win a bariatric surgery by attending a weight loss surgery seminar in Houston, Texas. 

Find More Information:

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We are giving away one (1) Free Weight Loss Surgery* with our premier bariatric surgeon, Dr. Ismael Cabrera. No Purchase Necessary.

For those you don’t win a Free Bariatric Surgery, Mexico Bariatric Center is offering a Free, One-Month Supply of Post-Bariatric Surgery Vitamins** for those who undergo bariatric surgery with Mexico Bariatric Center.

Be Eligible:

  1. Register Below.
  2. Attend Our Seminar on the January 31st 2015 or February 1st 2015.
  3. Fill Our a Health Questionnaire at Our Seminar.
  4. Be Entered Automatically!

* One entry per person, not eligible on both dates. Only Individuals Over 18 Years of Age are Eligible. Must be Qualified for Bariatric Surgery. Winner will required to deposit $500 USD, for incidentals – which is refundable. Winner also agrees to perform and consents use of their before and after pictures, testimonials, video, images and anything else we deem acceptable. Winner also acknowledges that there are additional costs of $350 USD for BMIs over 49, $650 USD for Revisional Surgery and $350 for Hiatal Hernia Repair, among other costs. Free Surgery is valued at $5,200 USD. Surgery must take place by May 31st, 2015. Patients must be present and fill out a health questionnaire to be eligible.

** One entry per person, not eligible on both dates. Patients will receive One (1) Free Month of Bariatric Vitamins if they Attend our Seminar in Houston (January 31st or February 1st, 2015) and undergo weight loss surgery with either Mexico Bariatric Center or Specialized Bariatrics by May 31st, 2015. Patients must be present and fill out a health questionnaire to be eligible.

Study in Spain Shows Weight Loss Surgery Contributed to Significantly Lower Asthma Inhaler Use

According to a retrospective chart review and longitudinal cohort study of 505 patients, morbidly obese patients with asthma may require less inhaler therapy post-surgery. Among the patients studied who used a type of inhaler therapy before surgery, one or more classes of said inhalers were discontinued in 30%. Dr. Randall Schwartz, the study’s main author, reported their findings at the word congress of the American College of Chest Physicians.

About the Study

The study reports that short-acting beta agonist (SABA) use decreased in nearly 13.1% of patients from the baseline (64.5% to 51.4%) and the long-acting beta agonist or inhaled corticosteroid or LABA/ICS combinations reduced by 8.1%. Fewer patients were on muscarinic anatagonists (SAMA/LAMA); however there still was a minor decline in those instances of 1.6% (9.4% to 7.8%).

Of the 505 patients, 8 patients required SABA treatment, 12 LABA/ICS and 7 for SAMA/LAMA. The study is the first to look at the decrease in asthma severity after gastric surgery with inhaler usage. Dr. Schwartz, chief internal medical resident of the Cleveland Clinic Florida mentioned that while there was a 30% reduction of inhaler use, but 10% of patients actually required more inhaler therapy post-surgery. The study’s researchers believe that the majority of these patients with asthma problems are because of their obesity itself. Neutrophilic mediated inflammation occurs in these individuals, while patients with existing asthma before surgery have eosinophilic-mediated asthma.

Only 203 of the 505 patients studied had formal pulmonary function tests or PFT tests done. Also, only 9 of those same patients had fractional exhaled nitric oxide measured. Dr. Schwartz believes that nitric oxide would be a non-invasive and simple thing to do in follow-up with patients. He believes that tests results would show a disproportionate number of elevated phenotypes in those who had to increase their inhaler use and not significant eosinophilic inflammation in the majority of other patients, particularly those who did reduce or eliminate their inhaler use. Of those who started inhaler use after surgery, nearly 72% had already used them once in their lifetime before surgery, just weren’t using it at the time surgery was performed. There also was a 20% reduction in postoperative inhaler use

Because the study is one of a retrospective nature, it isn’t possible to determine whether the type of bariatric surgery performed or the amount of weight loss that occurs included inhaler use. Other possible factors in inhaler use are improved overall health and body mechanics and decreased inflammation in the body because of less adipose tissue.

The patients underwent either gastric bypass surgery or gastric sleeve surgery. The average BMI of these patients was 50.7 kg/m2 with an average forced expiratory volume in 1 second was 79%.

The study’s researchers hope to perform follow-up testing on patients to determine post-gastric bypass inhaler use in more details including the severity of the condition. They also want to perform a cost-benefit analysis and fractional exhaled nitric oxide testing on many patients.

 

Destinations for Medical Tourism & Domestic Tourism

When a person travels to another country in order to take advantage of the medical treatments offered there that are not available in one’s home country, this is called “medical tourism.” Some destinations for medical tourism include Canada and Mexico, which can be convenient for those who live in the United States and the United States for those living in other countries.

People who take advantage of medical tourism do so for a variety of reasons. These may include being able to get treatment at a more affordable price or availing oneself of a treatment that has not been approved in one’s own country. Treatments include, but are not limited to, gastric bypass surgery, plastic surgery, and treatment for all types of cancer.

Mexico, Dubai and Other Medical Tourism Locations

Oftentimes with this type of arrangement, travel packages are available, and many of these include transportation to and from the destination airport, pre- and post-operative examinations, the surgery or procedure itself, a brief hospital stay, and a recuperation period at an exclusive resort hotel or other accommodations. Prices range from affordable to extravagant.

One advantage of purchasing a medical tourism package is the safety issue. With a medical tourism package, a traveler will most likely be able to easily identify the transportation and other escorts that are designated specifically for the facility being used. This will help alleviate the possibility of using unsafe transportation or finding oneself in an unsafe part of the country or area in which the medical treatment is being sought.

As with any other type of foreign travel, it is important to keep several things in mind. Travelers should make sure that passports, visas, and other documents necessary for travel abroad are in order, and, again, safety should be the main issue. Take advantage of government websites and other sources of information to find out if any travel alerts have been issued for the medical tourism destination chosen. For example, if someone is planning a medical tourism trip to Mexico, information can be obtained from the State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management Consular Information Program.

Domestic Medical Tourism

Medical tourism may not always mean traveling to another country. Sometimes the medical treatment needed or desired may be as close as another state. Florida, in the United States, is even considering legislation that will allow them to promote the state as a medical tourism destination. This could be especially advantageous for travelers who cannot afford a trip abroad. Other locations such as Southern California, New York and Austin, Texas are fast becoming domestic tourism destinations for those seeking medical help closer to home.

Another advantage of domestic medical tourism is the fact that one’s family or friends may be able to be present, something that might not be possible with foreign travel. What can be more conducive to recuperation than waking up from surgery surrounded by familiar faces and having family members close by to enjoy the amenities offered by the recuperation facility?