Hi all, Thanks for your replies.
Forgive me for not being clearer in my first post when I asked about nurses who have had stomach banding NOT GASTRIC BYPASS. The procedure I am referring to is Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB) whereby the doctor laparoscopically inserts a band around the upper portion of your stomach, creating a small pouch. There is no bypass, no cutting organs, no changing anatomy around! This procedure has been approved by the FDA in the USA, but the surgeons here are not as familiar with the procedure. The Mexican doctors have been using the BioEnteric Band by Inamed Corp for many years and are actually the physicians who usually train and proctor the US surgeons. Most of the surgeons in the US have done anywhere from 15-100 of these procedures, while the doctors in Mexico have done literally hundreds if not thousands. There are many that may have misconceptions about many hospitals and trained physicians in Mexico. There are trained, intelligent docs around the world, just as there are in the US, but of course there are untrained and bad doctors the world over, just as there are in the US. You can go to a "chop-shop" in Mexico, the US, France, Canada, etc., I agree, but please do some research on accredidation organizations in foreign countries.
I am not asking for opinons about Mexico or this procedure, please. I am asking if there are nurses out there who have had the AGB done, or who have gone to Mexico to have this procedure done? I have talked on the phone to a few nurses wh have had this done in another country, but I wanted to post and ask if there were any at allnurses that have had this done. Thank you very much for your time.