A 46-year-old woman who did not have the patience to wait years for bariatric surgery in Quebec paid $7,000 to be operated on in two months in Mexico.
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"It went really well," says Marie-Eve Lejour, who has already lost 125 pounds, ten months after having surgery.
A resident of Austin, in the Eastern Townships, the lady chose precisely a year ago to go to Tijuana, Mexico, to solve her weight problem.
Two months after making her decision, she went under the knife, in August 2021.
For her, the several-year delay for bariatric surgery in Quebec convinced her to go abroad, even though two Quebec doctors had told her it was dangerous.
“I didn’t have the patience to wait five years,” admits Ms. Lejour. Considering I was healthy, I didn't want to wait until I developed problems. »
$7,000 instead of $25,000
She considered the operation privately in Quebec, but the bill reached $25,000. In Mexico, she paid $7,000.
In addition, the businesswoman claims to have done her homework before choosing the clinic, which she found via social networks.
"It's a specialized place, they do several surgeries a day," she said.
Fortunately, she did not have any medical complications, since she had not taken out travel insurance for medical tourism and had no postoperative follow-up. Accompanied by her sister, she particularly appreciated the welcome.
"When you're a customer and you pay, you don't feel guilty," the woman said.
Obviously, the operation in Mexico still generated some anxiety.
“It is certain that if we start thinking about everything that can happen, the idea machine can panic. [....] But, they do all the tests to make sure everything is medically correct. »
Today, the woman says she is on track to complete her weight loss, and does not regret her surgery.
“I would recommend going abroad to get through faster. But it depends on the situation of the person. »