New low LAP-Band price at Hospital Angeles Tijuana. $5,995 ALL INCLUSIVE with Angeles Price Assurance.

Angeles Health International, the international patient division of Grupo Angeles hospitals announced today that adjustable gastric banding surgery will be offered to patients at $5,995, a $500 reduction.   The price reflects a full service medical travel package including complimentary travel planning service and all medical fees including doctor, surgeon, hospital, pre- and post-operative testing, round-trip ground medical shuttle transportation from  San Diego International airport, and free follow-up fills for one year.

Estimates report gastric banding accounts for nearly half of all bariatric weight loss surgeries performed in North America today.   Industry reports suggest that RNY gastric bypass – long considered the gold standard of obesity surgery – has dropped from more than 8 in 10 of all weight loss surgeries performed, to less than half.

Since it was established in 2006, Hospital Angeles Tijuana emerged as an early leader in the medical tourism or medical travel industry, processing more than 6,000 international patients from Canada, the United States, Europe and Africa.   The hospital has in particular drawn weight loss surgery patients who sought the popular adjustable gastric banding procedure in Mexico years before it received FDA approval in the United States.

“What makes the Weight Loss Surgery Center at Hospital Angeles Tijuana unique is the depth of experience our bariatric team provides to the patient, said Hospital Director Paulo Yberri.

“Most clinics and hospitals in Mexico offer only one type of bariatric procedure, attempting to position this as a “specialization.  But obesity is not a one size fits all disease, and different procedures such as the gastric bypass, gastric sleeve for example are options that should be available to all patients.”

Dr. Juan Lopez Corvala is certified by pharmaceutical giant Allergan, makers of the LAP-Band®  adjustable gastric banding system.   He is a member of the International Federation of Obesity Surgery as well as a member of the Council of Advanced Bariatrics.  In January 2010 he was a featured speaker at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Conference on Extreme Bariatric Surgery and Gastric Restriction in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Dr. Lopez Corvala was one of the earliest surgeons performing LAP-Band® in North America, Yberri noted.  “ His experience plus the convenient location of the hospital so close to to San Diego makes it very easy for patients to make the decision to have their LAP-Band®  procedure abroad.”

For some patients, LAP-Band® ® surgery at Hospital Angeles Tijuana may be covered by their US insurance policy.   Aetna  announced in May that it has introduced a new health plan allowing members and their families to access health care in California or in the Mexican cities of Mexicali, Tecate and Tijuana, through an agreement with Mexico’s premiere HMO program, Sistemas Medicos Nacionales,