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It is your responsibility to verify whether or not your insurance covers any type of surgery you will be having with Weight Loss Team and the CMQ family of Hospitals. Weight Loss Team and the CMQ family of Hospitals do not accept any insurance for payment of surgeries rendered in Mexico. It is further your responsibility to verify with your insurer and the CMQ family of Hospitals in Puerto Vallarta, whether or not your insurance will cover any complications you may have as a result of going to Mexico for surgery. It is also recommend that you call your insurance provider to ascertain what coverage is available to you for both Emergency and Non-Emergency situations you may be presented with when traveling outside of the United States and furthermore it is advised that you familiarize yourself with your own insurance policy and their methods rules and regulations on how to make an insurance claim when traveling abroad for both medical emergencies and non-emergencies. Complications may arise during surgery some of which may or may not be covered by your insurance company; it is your responsibility to be fully informed before going to Mexico.
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IF YOU USE A CREDIT CARD IN MEXICO TO PAY FOR YOUR SURGERY, YOUR FINAL COST MAY BE MORE THAN THE SURGERY PRICE QUOTED ON THIS WEBSITE, FOR ONE AS THE PRICE QUOTED IS THE CASH DISCOUNTED PRICE. USING A CREDIT CARD WILL COST MORE AS THE CONVERSION FROM DOLLARS TO PESOS AND THEN BACK TO DOLLARS AGAIN BY THE BANKS AND PARTIES DOING THE TRANSACTIONS MAY RESULT IN THE COST INCREASING A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO PAY THESE FEES PLEASE PAY THE DOCTORS WITH CASH. Weight Loss Team, charges a fee for providing services. This fee is described as a nonrefundable deposit. This fee is paid by the patient going down for surgery and is in no way paid for by any of the bariatric surgeons. This fee is for all of the travel related services provided not including your airplane ticket.
You hereby agree to indemnify, and hold Weight Loss Team, and our affiliates and our officers, directors, owners, agents, employees, promoters, information providers, representatives, licensors, and licensees (collectively, the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against any and all liabilities and costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) incurred by the Indemnified Parties in connection with any claim arising out of any lawsuit by you for claims arising from your surgery with the bariatric surgeon at the CMQ family of Hospitals. You hereby agree not to bring suit against the “Indemnified Parties” and understand that in no way are the “Indemnified Parties” responsible for any harm which may occur during your Bariatric Surgery. The “Indemnified Parties” reserve the right, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you. If you bring a suit against any of the Indemnified Parties, you are responsible for the Indemnified Parties legal fees, in the case that you do not prevail, and hereby agree to not sue the Indemnified Parties for legal fees in any lawsuit brought by having surgery in Mexico. You are free to sue the Bariatric Surgeon who performed your surgery without any limitation of liability in this contract and these legal terms.
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SAMPLE TEXT OF INFORMED CONSENT FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY WHICH YOU WILL SIGN ONCE YOU ARE IN MEXICO
Please read the informed consent you receive in Puerto Vallarta before your surgery carefully as the text you sign in Puerto Vallarta may be a little different than the one posted on this website. Here is a sample of what you will receive and you may review prior to surgery.
INFORMED CONSENT FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY
(To be retained in the patient’s records)
Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, VSG, Bypass, Lapband, Revision Surgery, Abdominal Hernia Surgery or any other Bariatric Procedure or Revision including gallbladder removal.
If you agree with everything stated in the paragraphs below, please initial each page and sign the document twice where stated. You, as the patient are asked to carefully read this document which is legal and binding. It is intended to ensure that you are completely informed regarding the nature and specific details of the surgical procedure to be performed, as well as potential risks and benefits involved.
I hereby acknowledge having researched the surgery I am about to undertake. I have viewed and studied comprehensive detailed descriptions and information as well as possible issues related to Bariatric Surgery. I understand that bariatric surgery carries risks and I have done as much research as possible to help me understand these risks. I hereby agree to let any staff member from Weight Loss Team in Mexico and/or the CMQ Premiere/Riviera Nayarit hospital search my luggage and confiscate any item they deem necessary so that I do not eat or drink anything postop that I am not supposed to.
Dated: __________________________ Initials:__________________________
I hereby give my unqualified consent to the CMQ Hospital and The Bariatric Surgeons and staff to perform a Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve procedure, Gastric Bypass procedure or any other surgical procedure that they deem necessary while I am under their care for weight loss surgery. I certify that I have read about and/or fully been briefed orally by the doctor about the potential risks, benefits, expected outcomes, and medical alternatives of and this bariatric surgical procedure I am undertaking. I have been provided information and materials, which have allowed me to understand all the complicated issues, involved in Bariatric Surgery as well as all of what has been stated in this document. I confirm that I have been given adequate time and information to allow myself and my family to make the decision to undergo weight loss surgery. I have reviewed to my satisfaction, all the relevant issues throughout the process of researching my decision to have surgery. At this time, I confirm that I desire to undergo and proceed with the Laparoscopic bariatric procedure and any subsequent surgery deemed as necessary resulting from this bariatric procedure by the surgical team.
Dated: __________________________ Initials: __________________________
RISKS OF OBESITY SURGERY: I recognize that I am severely overweight and meet the criteria for weight loss surgery established by the National Institutes of Health. I understand that this level of obesity has been shown to be dangerous, unhealthy, and to increase my risks of death from a variety of medical illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, sleep apnea, and lung disease. I also understand that my risk of death is significantly higher than non-obese individuals. The reason I have chosen to undergo surgery is to help me lose weight so that I can reduce my risk of developing these and other diseases, potentially rid myself of these above-mentioned diseases if I suffer from them now, and/or increase my chances to have a normal life expectancy.
It is important that you understand the risks, complications, and changes that may occur with weight loss surgery.
Please verify your acceptance of these risks at the end of the list.
1. Bleeding and the potential need for blood transfusion. Blood transfusion carries the risk of infection with bacteria, parasites, and viruses (Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS)
2. Infection or abscess
3. Poor cosmetic results (you may have a tooth or teeth chipped or broken during intubation or surgery, and the Bariatric Surgeon nor team will not be responsible for the cost of repair. Also, possible unattractive scar or incision/contour defects)
4. Chronic pain or discomfort
6. Burning or tingling in the incision site or anywhere else in the body
7. Incisional hernia
8. Internal hernia
9. Bowel obstruction/strangulation
10. Atelectasis or lung collapse causing fevers
11. Pneumonia or lung infection including abscess
12. Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the vein)
13. Pulmonary embolus (blood clot going to the lung – fatal 30% of the time)
15. Heart Attack
16. Injury to an abdominal or pelvic organ/structure
17. Nausea or vomiting
19. Diarrhea or constipation
20. Heartburn or reflux symptoms
21. Ulcers and/or Gastritis
22. Conversion to an open surgery
23. Failure to lose adequate amount of weight
24. Loss of too much weight
25. Development of malnutrition or vitamin deficiency
27. Development of food intolerance’s
28. Pressure ulcer or decubitus
29. Rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle in the body)
31. Kidney failure and/or need for dialysis
32. Need for ICU care
33. Need for a ventilator
35. Development of loose or redundant skin
36. Foul smelling stool and/or gas
37. Need for further or additional surgery to repair a problem
38. Prolonged hospital stay may be needed to treat complications
39. Allergic reaction to medicine/material
40. Reaction to anesthetic
41. Dumping Syndrome
42. Hair loss or thinning
43. Loss of taste
44. Nerve or ligament injury from positioning or lying on the operating table
45. Sterility or inability to become pregnant
46. Increased ability to become pregnant
47. Birth defects or fetal injury if I become pregnant. This is less likely once my weight has stabilized and my laboratory tests are normal. Usually about 2 years after surgery.
48. Organ Failure
49. Metabolic bone disease (loosing calcium from the bone because of inadequate intake and supplementation) with possible osteoporosis, secondary hyperparathyroidism, bone fractures.
50. Need to revise or reverse the procedure at some point in the future because of nutritional deficiencies or excessive weight loss or other reasons.
51. Extended disability, financial hardship as a result of complications related to weight loss or surgery.
52. Band slippage
53. Band erosion
54. Obstruction from the band
55. Band or Balloon breakage
56. Need for further or additional surgery to repair a problem, or to repair, replace, or remove the Band.
57. Development of a dilated esophagus or “pseudoachalasia”
58. Dysphagia (difficulty or pain with swallowing)
59. Port dislocation, malfunction, leakage, flipping, or disconnection
61. Post-operative depression or other psychological reaction to the surgery
62. FOR PATIENTS WITH LUPUS: There is an increment in the risk of infection (by 50%) in the area of the surgery and all areas affected by the surgery, as well as dehiscence of the sutures and wounds either immediately or in the future.
I understand that the above list is not a complete list and other complications not specifically listed here may also occur.
Patient Printed Name: ____________________________________________________
Patient Signature: _______________________________________
Signed this _________ day of ___________________, 20____.
I understand that if I do not follow my doctors preop instructions or postop instructions, I may be at higher risk for surgery complications either during or postop. By not following the preop/postop instructions, I assume this risk.
Weight Loss Options: I understand that there are many options for weight loss. I certify now that I have tried my best to lose weight using dietary and exercise regimens and have been unsuccessful despite many attempts. I have been informed that weight loss surgery should only be considered as a last resort and after all other non-operative methods have failed. Just as there are many different types of diets, there are also different types of procedures to lose weight. I acknowledge that I am thoroughly aware of my options for surgical weight loss including the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure. I have reached the decision regarding which surgical weight loss procedure is right for me after extensive personal consideration and have no reservations about my decision at this time.
Acceptance of Surgery: I affirm and understand that the field of weight loss surgery is filled with controversy and that some medical professionals believe that surgery is not appropriate under any circumstance for weight loss. I also understand that long term data on the outcome of surgery for weight loss may be incomplete or inconclusive, but at this time most physicians as well as the National Institute of Health believe that for patients who are considered “Morbidly Obese” and have failed dietary and exercise measures, surgery is the best option for significant and long term weight loss.
Laparoscopic vs. Open Surgery: I understand that my surgical procedure will be performed using a “minimally invasive” approach (either Laparoscopic or Hand-Assisted). I have intentionally chosen this approach because I believe it will cause less pain and scarring and allow me to leave the hospital quicker. I understand that these techniques are more difficult for my surgeon to perform, and as such, there is a small possibility that the surgery will not be possible to be performed laparoscopically. I am willing to accept the possibility that my surgery will need to be performed “open” using a large incision causing a larger scar, more pain, and a longer hospital stay and recovery time. I also agree to pay the additional fee of $2,000 US dollars in the event the surgery needs to be converted to an open procedure.
Risk of Surgery: I understand that surgery contains risks and complications can occur. I also understand that all surgeons have complications no matter how skilled or talented they are. I understand that by being obese, my risks during surgery are higher than the average person, and that most complications that occur are due to that fact. I have been advised about the extensive and comprehensive risks regarding the complications that are possible during my surgical procedure or as a result of the procedure. I have had the opportunity to ask questions and clarify anything that was not completely clear and/or understood by me. In addition, I was given a listing of potential complications, which I have read in its entirety and fully understand. I am fully aware that if a complication were to occur either during or after surgery, it is my full responsibility to pay for any costs or fees associated with the complication. The amounts are unknown at this time, but I hereby agree to pay the hospital for any and all costs or fees of any complication arising from my having weight loss surgery.
Blood Transfusion: I understand that surgery can be associated with a significant loss of blood. If this occurs, I realize that I may need to undergo the transfusion of blood products including coagulation factors, platelets, and/or red blood cells. Even though blood products and donors are screened, infection with bacterial or viral particles is possible from these products. In addition, I understand that transfusion reactions can occur due to antibodies that my system may produce to blood from another individual. I certify that I understand these risks and will accept the transfusion of blood products if my doctor feels they are medically necessary.
Hernia and other procedures: If it is deemed that I have a hiatal hernia I consent to the repair of the hernia during surgery. I also consent to any procedure the doctor deems necessary to save my life during this procedure and I hereby agree to pay for the costs related to these procedures.
Revision Surgery: If you have had a lapband, or it has been removed, a prior sleeve or bypass surgery, or any other abdominal surgery, then your current surgery you are having is considered a revision surgery. Revision surgeries can end up costing more than the stated price of the surgery due to unforeseen factors like extra time in the operating room, extra medication, complications and other factors. You hereby agree to pay the hospital directly and prior to discharge, for any additional costs associated with the current surgery taking place and acknowledge the fact that these costs are unknown prior to surgery but may arise due to the fact that the surgery is considered a revision surgery.
Compliance: I agree to abstain from alcohol and tobacco use, attend support group meetings, attend scheduled follow-up visits, and maintain recommended dietary and exercise regimens. I agree to take every precaution to avoid pregnancy until approved by my physician(s) which may be as much as two years or more after surgery. I understand that even if I have fertility problems in the past, weight loss may make me more fertile requiring birth control during the initial two years after surgery.
Hospital and Hotel Room Safes: The hospital and hotel both provide digital safes in the rooms. These are provided free of charge for the protection of your belongings. It is recommended that you use these safes to protect your valuables. I understand that it is important to use these safes to protect my valuables. If I do not use these safes to protect my belongings and valuables, then I assume the risk of not using the safe and any loss that may occur.
Screening By the Internal Medicine Doctor: All patients will now have their medical history and tests results presented to an Internal Medicine Doctor at the hospital. They will ensure that you are a candidate for surgery and recommend any cautions or precautions as well as give the final clearance for surgery. If they ultimately deem you are not qualified for surgery, they will explain what needs to be done to prepare you for surgery and if possible, surgery may occur during the same trip at a later date. Though denials are very rare, this is ultimately for your health and safety. The CMQ Family of Hospitals will not put your health or life at risk. Unfortunately, if there is a surgery denial at this stage certain fees paid cannot be returned to you. Any unused amount of monies paid however will be refunded. Do not worry in some instances a denial can lead to a future surgery once the medical issues are corrected.
Limited Liability and Waiver thereof: Weight Loss Team, its staff, employees, agents, promoters, representatives, are not responsible or liable for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or products that you have obtained. I have further been informed that all staff members, representatives, agents, promoters, and/or employees, have nothing to do with the actual procedure of weight loss surgery; all staff members, representatives, agents, promoters, and/or employees only provide a reference and I hereby fully agree to hold any Weight Loss Team staff members, representatives, agents, promoter, and/or employees, other than the actual surgeon and his medical team, either in whole or in part, free from any and all liability associated with my undergoing surgery with the bariatric surgeon at the CMQ family of Hospitals in Puerto Vallarta. I fully accept this waiver of liability by placing my initial on this page or anywhere else in this document.
Disclosure Statement: I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless Weight Loss Team, its staff, employees, agents, promoters, and representatives, against any and all liability, claims, suits, losses, costs and/or legal fees caused by, arising out of, and/or resulting from any negligent act or omission in the performance and/or failure to perform by the bariatric surgeon and his medical team performing my surgery or the CMQ family of Hospitals, anyone on their staff, under their control or anyone associated with the procedure at hand, or the hospital and its staff and/or anyone under their control. The information provided by Weight Loss Team, its staff, employees, agents, promoters, and representatives, is intended to be a general guide only and its content should be discussed with your local medical practitioner. Weight Loss Team, its staff, employees, agents, promoters, and representatives, shall not be liable for any loss caused, whether due to negligence or otherwise arising from use of or reliance on any and all information provided including the website in general and/ or as a whole. I fully accept the above, by placing my initial on this page or anywhere else in this document.
Photographs/Observers: I agree to allow intra-operative, preop and postop photos or video to be taken of myself or the procedure, which is being performed on me. I agree that these photos/videos may be used for any educational, marketing, scientific or medical purpose. I waive my rights to these images or to compensation for these images. I agree to allow other health care personnel or representatives of surgical or equipment companies to be present in the operating room if requested by my doctor(s). Any images sent or posted to any of Weight Loss Teams Facebook page, email or website of Weight Loss Team postop is covered and included under this paragraph and all rights to these images are transferred to Weight Loss Team and no compensation will be received.
Reproductions: I agree that this form, when signed by me, this document is a legal and binding contract and/or document. Digital reproduction and/or Xerox or Fax copies are considered the same, and are as enforceable as the original Law: I agree that only the laws of the state of Jalisco, located in the Country of Mexico, govern this agreement.
Arbitration: I agree to binding arbitration to settle any medical and or legal disputes and herby waive my right to a jury or court trial for this purpose. I hereby agree that Arbitration will occur in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Mexico, using Mexican Laws, and Mexican Lawyers and I waive any and all of my rights to any legal, or judicial proceeding in the United States, or anywhere else in the world, even if I am not aware that any rights are entitled or available to me.
Results of Surgery: I have not been given any promises or warranties regarding the outcome of/or results of my surgery. I have been given guidelines, outlining results and expectations. I understand that my results will vary and depend on many factors and variables and my results may or may not fall within the guidelines and expectations discussed.
Post Surgery Instructions and Follow up: I also understand that I may cause complications or have an unacceptable result if I do not follow my doctor’s instructions and postop diet after the surgery or fail to take the necessary medications, nutritional supplements or vitamin supplements. I also understand the importance of regular follow-up with my surgeon and notifying him if I am having any problems at any time after surgery. I realize that the ultimate success of this surgery is dependent not only on the procedure itself, but more importantly, to the changes that I make in my lifestyle and diet. To this end, I agree to follow my surgeon’s recommendations and instructions to include dietary and activity limitations, nutritional supplements, attending support groups and return/follow-up visits following surgery. I agree to abstain from tobacco and minimize the use of alcohol. Where applicable, I agree to use birth control to prevent and control pregnancies for at least 18-24 months post-surgery. I also agree to participate in On-line chat/support groups, at least monthly as part of my overall weight loss program.
Health Maintenance Statement: I have been counseled on the importance of comprehensive preoperative screening and health maintenance. These tests may but not necessarily include but are not limited to chest x-ray, electrocardiogram, laboratory blood panel, mammogram, pap smear, bone densitometry, endoscopy, colonoscopy, abdominal ultrasound and pelvic ultrasound.
Financial hardship: I understand that if I choose to undergo this surgery outside of my insurance company (without their authorization or as a “self-pay patient”). I may incur financial hardship and significant debt if I sustain a complication or have any problems following surgery. I realize also, that any complication that arises in the future will also be my responsibility and that my insurance will not cover these problems either (if the surgery is performed outside my medical insurance). I also realize that even if my insurance authorizes the procedure, they may only cover a portion of the total cost and I will be responsible for the balance. I hereby authorize and agree to pay any and all additional costs associated with any complications that arise out of my procedure. By signing this document, I agree to allow the doctor or his assignees to proceed to collect any amounts outstanding that may arise from any complications in any and all manners that they see fit, either in the United States, Canada, Mexico or anywhere else in the world.
Extra Charges: I fully understand that I am having surgery and there are unknowns with any type of surgery. I have been given a preop diet to help me prepare for this surgery. During surgery, there may be extra charges that occur either from a complication or due to lack of preparation for surgery or even just extra material that has to be used, or even broken medical equipment due to high BMI. I hereby agree to pay for any and all extra charges billed by the hospital due to me having surgery here in Puerto Vallarta with the bariatric surgeon at the CMQ family of Hospitals. These extra charges may be for any legitimate reason including but not limited to, a hiatal hernia repair, extra staples used for surgery, broken instruments that bend due to the surgery procedure and positioning of the high BMI body during surgery, or any other expense charged by the hospital during my surgery that is not covered under the surgery package. I also agree to pay for any expenses incurred extra for medication administered not within the surgery package and I hereby agree to pay for all of these expenses so long as I am provided with a receipt prior to my departure from the hospital and before I leave Puerto Vallarta.
FAILURE TO COMPLETE SURGERY: I understand that surgery carries many risks and at times it is impossible for the doctor to complete the surgery I have travelled down to have. I understand that there are hospital fees and medical fees involved with any medical procedure and I agree that once I register and arrive at the hospital, I will be billed and agree to pay for any and all medical fees, hospital fees, specialist fees or any other reasonable fee generated by my admittance, even if the original surgery is not performed for whatever reason.
LOW BMI PATIENTS: The Bariatric Surgeons and the medical staff at the CMQ family of Hospitals recommend that your BMI for weight loss surgery should be above 30. That said for some patients they may choose to go against medical advice and have weight loss surgery against the doctor’s recommendations. Any patient with a bmi under 30 who chooses to have surgery hereby assumes all of the risks associated with having surgery against medical recommendation and the outcome that will follow.
STAPLE REMOVALS: At this time the bariatric surgeon at the CMQ Family of Hospitals is no longer using staples to seal the wounds post-surgery. IF you were to receive staples after surgery and you are still in Puerto Vallarta when they are able to be removed, then as a courtesy the bariatric surgeon, assisting surgeon or a hospital doctor will try to remove your surgery staples before you go home. Sometimes the staples require a longer period of time in place and as a result you may have a wound which may open a little after the staples are removed. Please use steristrips on these wounds and there is a risk that the scar will be a little larger or uglier than normal. Staples are not always removed before the patient goes home and the costs associated with the removal at home are at the patient’s expense.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR PATIENTS WITH HEPATITIS AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Please note that the bariatric surgeon is willing and able to undertake your surgery if you have an infectious disease such as HIV or even Hepatitis. Please note that the hospital charges a special cleaning fee after each of these surgeries that are not anticipated in the surgery price provided. Also, additional special medical supplies may be used. You hereby agree to pay for these extra costs that range from $100usd to $500usd. once surgery has been completed and the hospital has provided the final bill for the surgery including these extra costs. A Weight Loss Team staff member will go over the final cost with you after surgery before hospital discharge.
You hereby accept and understand that by having surgery during the time of the COVID19 Pandemic you may become or are a higher risk for infection from this disease either due to the fact that you have travelled for surgery or just the fact that you are having surgery and you may become infected with the virus. By signing this consent for surgery, you are agreeing to have surgery and hereby attest that you have been informed either verbally or in writing at the discretion of the doctor, of all of the risks involved with having surgery during the COVID19 pandemic and unequivocally accept all of these risks of having an elective surgery during this pandemic.
Having read this form in its entirety, my signature below acknowledges that I agree with and understand all of the statements and materials contained and set forth within this document. I am aware of the many risks of surgery, especially weight loss surgery, and fully understand them and accept these risks. I hereby also have read prior to my surgery and agree to, all of the terms and conditions set out on the legal page of Weightlossteam.com
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LAST DATE OF CHANGE: 09/21/22