Salt Lake City (ABC4 News) – The CDC issued a strong warning for people who travel to Mexico for weight loss procedures and develop antibiotic-resistant infections.
Since we have reported, several Utahs have become ill after receiving these risky operations.
It can look like a cheap and easy way, but it can come at the most expensive price. The 33-year-old mother of two Magna children had to lose weight because of a lot of medical problems. But this solution cost her life.
"I was so sick that even the doctors did not think I would fail.
Justin Rodriguez went to Mexico to get a stomach sleeve where doctors cut 80% of her stomach.
What she thought was a life-saving measure of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, weighing 387 pounds, has become a life, a nightmare.
Her family had to understand from her doctor that she might fail.
"Long after the patient has recovered from the Tijuana, they may become emergency patients diagnosed with flu or pneumonia and have an abscess from the food that is poured out of the stomach," says Dr. Anna Ibleb, a university surgeon at the university from Utah.
That's exactly what happened to Justin.
Ibele says Justin is not alone.
"Every year more and more patients come to us."
My left pulse collapsed. They put two breast trumpets. If anyone had this, dear God Jesus, "Justin said.
Justin has been on a feeding tube for two years and has developed epilepsy.
Surgery for weight loss can cost $ 10-20,000. This is one-third of that in Mexico. Insurance companies look at baritone operations as cosmetics instead of what doctors consider to be a medical problem.
"Obesity is a bad medical problem, and it can put you at risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and early death," Ibele said.
Ebel says patients are desperate. The initial relatively cheap operation in Mexico could end hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills to fix the problem.
Justin says she has accumulated almost a million dollars in medical bills and a life of pain. It takes 20 different medications, and some should take four times a day.
Ibele says you need to check with your hospital. If insurance does not cover barrier surgery, some places offer discounts. In U she says that "self-management" allows the patient to pay out of his pocket at a reduced price and this operation is insured.