Surgery and Travel: The New Paradigm

For those of you who haven’t heard of Medical Tourism ( ) , this is the new way for people to obtain high quality, low cost surgery in a foreign country and then spend extra time afterward enjoying a bit of a vacation. With the incredible savings that one finds in countries like Mexico, India, Costa Rica, and Argentina, this is fast becoming one of the best alternatives to the high cost of health care in the United States. Cheap knee surgery, cheap hip surgery, along with most every other type of procedure is easily obtainable in hospitals that feature state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Most of the surgeons in these countries have obtained their post graduate degrees in U.S. and Canadian hospitals and are able to perform surgeries as professionally and responsibly as their counterparts world-wide. In many of these countries, more attention and care is paid to each person than in North American hospitals where turn-around is key. So if you are looking to save money on your surgery and then take some time to sight-see, consider the options by going online or to your travel professional to find the right agency where all of your needs can be taken care of.

Gastric Bypass: Mexico is the Place

Gastric bypass and lap band surgeries are becoming more and more popular for patients who suffer from obesity. Having this type of surgery generally comes with a high price tag if you are going for treatment in the United States. Now there is an alternative. Mexico has become one of the most in-demand countries for high quality surgery without the high cost. With state-of-the-art hospitals and many surgeons who have obtained their post graduate degrees in countries such as the States and Canada, there is no longer fear attached to going to Mexico or other countries besides one’s own to have a surgery. And as important, the cost of surgery in Mexico can be as low as 60% less than in North America.

When you have savings like this it is no wonder that the Medical Tourism industry is thriving, with patients requesting vacations after their surgeries so that they can enjoy the sights once released from the hospital. A little reward after a surgical procedure never hurt anyone. And because most a surgeon abroad allows a friend or loved one to stay with you in your hospital room, you will already have someone to enjoy sightseeing with once you have completed your hospital recuperation.

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Nitto Tires Wins Endurance Race

Nitto Tire and Team Achilles Motorsports recently competed in the world’s longest endurance race: the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. The race requires teams to drive throughout the night for 25 hours straight. At the end of 25 hours the team with the most laps is declared the winner. The team campaigned a BMW M3 in the second fastest class overall and the fastest class requiring D.O.T.-compliant tires. The team ran on Nitto’s NT01 road race tires. Nitto created a new website that documents the race as it unfolded.

Despite a shaky start, the race was one of the closest on record. Early in the race the team was forced to pit and make needed repairs, which put them four laps down. Then, as they tried to regain their track position, a dense fog settled over the track, making it difficult to see more than a few car lengths ahead. The fog forced officials to stop the race for over 11 hours. After the restart, the team starts to catch up to the first-place team. But is it enough time?

After weeks of preparation and hours of racing, the race came down to a few crucial seconds. The team finished first in their class, with 477 laps completed and a 9-second lead over second place. In fact, the team’s laps and times were comparable to faster classes, which have the competitive advantage of using race slicks. When compared to these classes, the team finished second overall, fewer than 15 seconds behind the winner of the fastest class. This is Nitto‘s second consecutive win at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Nitto is the only tire manufacturer to hold back-to-back wins.

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Lap Band Surgery in Mexico

Lap band surgery is where a small pouch is created in the upper area of the stomach, whereby the patient feels full without having to eat in excess. This procedure is done on obese patients who are not affected by customary dieting procedures. Lap band surgery is done without cutting the stomach or using staples, as found in conventional gastric bypass surgery. In this case, a gastric band is placed through tiny incisions in the abdomen and placed around the upper area of stomach. The band has a balloon inside that adjusts to reduce the stomach size and that can be inflated or deflated at any time after the operation, depending on weight loss goals.

Because Mexico is such a strong option for medical tourism, many patients choose to have their surgery done in a Mexican hospital as medical care is so cost effective. Because lap band surgery is done under general anesthesia, lasting between 30 minutes and 1 hour and because the procedure requires a short hospital stay, patients are delighted to have lap band surgery abroad in Mexico and then to use their extra time to visit the many beautiful sights in this country. With savings up to 60% of what would be required in the United States, patients are able to afford a lovely vacation after their surgery.