Traveling for Weight Loss Surgery
Preparing for Your Trip
Visit Your Primary Care Physician
Discuss your intention of traveling for weight loss surgery with your primary doctor. Your doctor knows your health best. While it’s not necessary, ask your doctor if you need a short pre-operative physical before you travel. Your surgeon will perform all the necessary pre-operative testing; however, it’s a good idea to be examined by your own doctor prior to your trip. Your doctor may discover or advise you of a condition that may require treatment prior to having surgery. This can save you time and the travel expense of discovering the condition during your pre-operative tests after arrival only to have to reschedule your surgery for a later date.
Planning Your Travel
All US and Canadian citizens require a valid passport for re-entry into their country of origin. Please ensure your travel documents are up to date. If you are traveling with minor children with only one parent, it is advisable to bring a notarized letter from the non-attending parent acknowledging the child is traveling with you out of the country. For the most up to date travel information, visit the US Department of State
If you plan on arriving in Mexico by way of personal vehicle please be aware you need will the proper documentation for your vehicle in addition to permits and Mexican insurance. For helpful information, please visit: Taking My Car to Mexico
Booking Your Flights
When traveling for weight loss surgery it’s important to book your flight to arrive early in the day to allow for any flight delays and to ensure there is sufficient time for your pre-operative testing and getting settled in. Your departure flight home should be planned for later in the day so you avoid feeling rushed, and also allowing for extra time at the airport or in customs.
Once your flights have been booked, please ensure you provide your accurate flight itinerary information to you care facilitate so we can arrange your ground transportation from the airport upon arrival.
What to Bring
Ideally, it’s best to pack light using a simple wheeled carry on. If you must bring a larger suitcase, please ensure it is a wheeled pull-behind model as lifting items immediately following your surgery is not recommended. Plan to bring your personal hygiene items, current medications in original prescription bottles, pajamas, and a few changes of clothing. Lightweight clothing with elastic waist bands and slip on shoes are recommended.
For entertainment, we recommend e-readers and tablets as they are lightweight, pack easily, and are accessible from anywhere.
We strongly urge you to leave all your personal jewelry and valuables at home. As this is a surgical procedure, you will be required to remove all jewelry upon admittance to the hospital.
All of our packages are inclusive of your hotel accommodations and meals, however you will likely want to bring some spending money for incidentals and shopping, as well as to cover any costs for meals for your support person. Tipping is generally not required, but it is considered customary to tip your daily maid service $2 per day as well as any baggage handlers. The suggested tip is $2 per bag, however all tipping is completely up to your discretion.
US dollars are accepted virtually everywhere so there is little need to exchange money prior to your arrival. However, you should be aware your change will always come back in pesos, so it is advisable to travel with an assortment of smaller bills when shopping. ATMs are readily available, however they typically dispense only pesos, not dollars.
It is advisable to alert your credit card company ahead of time to let them know you will be traveling out of the country to avoid any interruptions in your credit card transactions.
Staying Connected While Away
If you wish to use your cell phone during your stay in Mexico, we recommend adding an international calling AND DATA plan to your mobile account prior to arriving in Mexico to avoid outrageous roaming fees. International calling from the hotel phone can be quite expensive, so please utilize either your personal cell phone with international coverage or a pre-paid international calling card. Additionally, be mindful of any cellular data fees for additional mobile devices such as iPads, tablets, and e-readers.
Your hotel will have a wifi connection, but check with your hotel directly to understand if complementary wifi access extends to your room. In some instances, free wifi may only be available in the hotel’s common areas.
Begin Your Pre-op Diet and Pre-op Fasting
It is extremely important that you arrive for your surgery date having completed the necessary preparations your surgeon has recommended for you. Failure to do so may result in your surgery being rescheduled. Be sure to read about the Bariatric Pre-Op Diet.
Our care facilitators are here to answer any questions you may have and always keep your information confidential. If you are considering weight loss surgery, contact us today! 1-800-270-7120