The low cost of colon resection in Mexico makes it a viable alternative for American and Canadian patients who cannot afford the cost of the surgery for removing diseased parts of the colon in their home countries. With travel being convenient due to proximity to the US and the availability of quality medical care, a large number of people are opting for cosmetic procedures and weight loss surgeries such as gastric sleeve and lap band in Mexico.
Besides elective procedures such as getting teeth crowns, a nose job and a facelift, overseas patients are also undergoing complex procedures such as mitral valve repair, hip replacements and tail bone removal in Mexico. This avers the competence levels of the medical professionals in Mexico.
What is Colon Resection?
- A colon resection, also known as colectomy and large intestine surgery, is a surgical procedure to remove a section of the large intestine (colon). The colon connects the small intestine to the anus.
- A colectomy can be either laparoscopic or open. One can also opt for state-of-the-art single incision laparoscopic colectomy (SILC).
- According to a study titled “Standard laparoscopic versus single-incision laparoscopic colectomy for cancer: Early results of a randomized prospective” by CG Huscher, A Mingoli et al published on December 16, 2011 in the American Journal of Surgery, SILC “is a technically feasible and safe oncologic procedure with short-term results similar to those obtained with a traditional laparoscopic approach”.
- Colectomy is usually performed for treating the following:
- Colorectal cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- Perforation or other traumatic injury
- Precancerous polyps
- Bowel obstruction
- Different types of colectomy are –
- Total colectomy, which involves the removal of the entire colon.
- Subtotal or partial colectomy, which involves excising a part of the colon and can be further classified as follows:
- Right hemicolectomy – for resectioning the ascending (right) colon.
- Left hemicolectomy – for excising the descending (left) colon.
- Sigmoidectomy – which involves the removal of a part of or the entire sigmoid colon.
- Proctocolectomy – which involves surgically removing the rectum along with a part of or the entire colon.
Cost of Colon Resection in Mexico
- Medical procedures including hemicolectomy and proctocolectomy in Mexico normally cost 50 to 70 percent lower than what these cost in the United States.
- Even after factoring in travel and accommodation expenses, the cost of total and partial colectomy in Mexico would still be lower than in First World countries.
- The affordability of medical treatments in Mexico is a direct offshoot of the low living costs in the country.
- Intense competition between the various top hospitals has also contributed to keeping a check on the cost of medical treatments ranging from colectomy to lap band surgery in Tijuana, Puerto Vallarta, and other major cities of Mexico.
Advantages of Colectomy in Mexico
- State of the art hospitals – quite a few of which are JCI-accredited and ISO-certified – offer large intestine surgery in Mexico.
- There are many well-qualified surgeons in Mexico. On top of it, it is not uncommon to come across a US-returned doctor who would perform your surgery for intestinal obstruction or colon cancer in Mexico.
- The good hospitals of Mexico see to it that “cheap” colon surgery for bowel obstruction or diverticulitis does not tantamount to a botched medical job. The word “cheap” only means that patients will be paying an amount that can be termed a pittance for their treatment in Mexico.
- You can find the latest treatments such as minimally invasive laparoscopic colectomy in Mexico.
- Visitors can look forward to quality healthcare, comparable to that in the United States and other developed countries of the world.
- Though Spanish is the official language of Mexico, overseas patients can shoo away fears of facing language barriers when in the top hospitals of the country for either total or partial colectomy. The doctors and medical staff in these hospitals speak fluent English.
- Long waiting periods are a big grouse of those in anticipation of NHS-funded treatments in the UK. However, one doesn’t have to bide one’s time before undergoing large intestine resection in Mexico.
- For patients suffering from colon cancer, there are a number of clinics offering alternative cancer treatments in Mexico to bear with the side effects of conventional treatments.
Destinations for Colon Resection in Mexico
- If you are looking for surgery for colon cancer, diverticulitis or any other ailment of the colon in the Texas-Mexico border area you can opt for a hospital providing colectomy in Ciudad Juarez.
- Ciudad Juarez is only about 10 miles from El Paso in Texas. The El Paso International Airport is only about a 25-minute drive from Juarez.
- Partial or total colon resection in Mexicali can be viable for Californians and Arizonans. You just need to cross the border from Calexico in the US, Mexicali’s sister city to enter the border town. Yuma, AZ is about an hour and a half’s drive from Mexicali.
- Californians can also consider total colon resection or hemicolectomy in Tijuana, Baja California. Tijuana is only about 17 miles (25 km) from San Diego, CA.
- There are a number of state-of-the-art hospitals providing quality total and subtotal colectomy and proctocolectomy in Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara.
The combination of cost-effective and high quality medical care makes colon resection in Mexico a very appealing alternative.
Mexico Health facilitates affordable medical treatments at various quality hospitals in Mexico. For more information, please submit the estimate-request form on the right.