November 30, 2017

Dying to lose weight: Lucrative ties between border surgeries and U.S. middlemen

By Karl Oestreich
by Ken Altucker

Arizona bariatric surgeons say it's not uncommon for them to treat patients following botched surgeries in Mexico. Patients might think they are Arizona Central Logogetting operations at bargain rates, only to experience harmful complications. "Unfortunately, we do see this, not only Lap-Band patients but sleeve gastrectomy as well," said Dr. James Madura, a board-certified bariatric surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Madura said prospective patients should investigate the quality of a clinic or hospital before undergoing surgery. For patients considering weight-loss surgery, he recommends choosing a bariatric center accredited by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Reach: The Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday and has an average daily circulation of more than 185,000 readers. The newspaper’s website Arizona Central, averages more than 10.8 million unique visitors each month.

Context: James Madura, II, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic general surgeon.  Dr. Madura performs bariatric surgery, gastric bypass surgery, hernia repair, laparoscopic surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

Contact:  Jim McVeigh

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