Medical Tourism Mexico

What to expect.

Medical Tourism with International Patient Facilitators can be best described as the combination of travel to a foreign country to receive affordable medical care with some of the top surgeons and doctors in the chosen country.

Is Medical Tourism Safe
Let’s talk.

The concept of traveling to a foreign country to receive medical treatment may appear daunting, but when the journey is arranged through a respected, knowledgeable agency with established relationships in the host country, it is safe.

Experience is key

Knowledge or Medical and Travel Professions

The International Patient Facilitators staff has years of combined service experience, coupled with tremendous knowledge of both the medical and travel professions.  Our clients are comfortable, confident and educated about the process before, and during their travels to Cancun or Tijuana.

Why choose IPF ?

Respected, knowledgable organization

It is our goal to not only meet, but always exceed each client’s expectations.  Our testimonials and client satisfaction are a testament to our service and high quality of care.

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Small Changes/ Big Results!

Every Choice We Make Counts.

If you’re starting on your weight loss journey, or you want to get back on track, just remember, every choice we make counts.  Does it occur to you that every choice we make, even small ones, add up to the bigger picture.  Yes, I know every dieting magazine article says this, but there is a reason for that:  IT’S TRUE!

• Think about small changes throughout the day that we make/could make, that would add up to big calories saved or burned, that would lead to healthier bodies

• Ask Yourself ,,,, But how many opportunities am I missing?  When cruising around the parking lot at the supermarket, why didn’t I park further away for a longer walk? Did I eat off my kids plates? Did I add heavy cream sauce to my chicken at lunch ? Did I drink sufficient water before breakfast ? Why didn’t I walk to the park down the street to get some extra steps in.

All of these are little, seem trivial, and individually they are.  But day after day, week after week, these little shortcuts or missed opportunities add up to extra health benefits we all pass up every day.  Our new goal should be to pay closer attention to the little opportunities to make a healthier choice.  Always keep in the back of your mind that they will add up to something bigger!

• Yes, we can! 

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Chicken and Grape Salad

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Chicken and Grape Salad
Chicken and Grape Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and serve on a bed of lettuce (optional)

Easing Into Change Before Bariatric Surgery

Lifestyle Changes and Bariatric Surgery

While most candidates for bariatric surgery accept that there will be many changes to be made after their bariatric surgery, few recognize that beginning those changes before surgery will greatly assist in the transition to their new life.  By starting the transition process right now, you can gradually make adjustments in your diet, exercise and way of thinking that will make any radical adjustments because of your surgery unnecessary.

Your lifestyle refers to your daily habits. The activities you choose to engage in and your overarching attitude. Adopting a healthy lifestyle that incorporates healthier eating strategies is different from going on a diet. Most diets are looked at as temporary, but the changes you make in your life after bariatric surgery are permanent.

Making behavioral changes and developing healthier habits will help you create a healthier way of life for yourself, which encourages long-term weight loss success. Prior to your bariatric surgery date, try incorporating as many of these changes as possible into your lifestyle.

In addition to changing the foods you eat by making healthier choices, it will help you to make changes to the way you think about and interact with food. You can start working on this long before your surgical date so that you are mentally prepared for the dietary changes that come after bariatric surgery.

Exercise doesn’t always happen at the gym. How often you move around is much more connected to your behavioral habits than your fitness routine. While planning to exercise for 30 minutes a day is great, you can incorporate more activity into your life by making changes in your behavioral habits.

Planning ahead and starting early are keys to success when it comes to preparing for your bariatric surgery. 

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Black Bean Soup with a Salsa

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Black Bean Soup with a Salsa
Black Bean Soup with a Salsa
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat all ingredients in large pot on stove until heated through.
  2. Transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender to puree into a "creamy" black bean soup.
  3. Garnish with fresh cilantro or other herbs. Enjoy !
Recipe Notes

Change up the flavor by using different flavors of salsa.

Bariatric Surgery and Exercise

After bariatric surgery you’re preparing for a new chapter in your life. A chapter that includes healthy eating choices and regular exercise, resulting in a new and improved you. There are a variety of different exercises that you can do while you’re recovering from bariatric surgery. As you progress, you will be able to add more challenging exercises to your workout routine.

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Low Impact Exercises (2 weeks after surgery)
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For the first couple weeks after surgery you should focus on your recovery before beginning your exercise routine. Once you feel up to it

you can begin completing low impact exercises such as: Sitting Exercises, Shoulder Rolls, Leg Lifts, Arm Rotations, Walking Program Etc.

Cardio and Strength Training
Progressing

By one month after surgery you should be able to start some more challenging post bariatric surgery exercises. Make sure to go at your own pace. Here are a couple effective low impact cardio exercises: cycling, water aerobics, yoga, treadmill workouts

Strength training is an excellent exercise addition after bariatric surgery (after 12 weeks). Strength training allows you to build muscle, burn more calories, and improve balance. After 12 weeks post surgery you can begin strength training at least 3 times a week.

 

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

How much to put on my plate ?

The pouch rules.

The answer will surprise you because it’s more about choosing the right food and how to eat, not necessarily how much is on your plate. Learn to rely on food choices and your pouch rather than your measuring cup. It’s easy to overeat Macaroni & Cheese but Chicken notsomuch because it is self limiting. Use the pouch as a tool by filling it with protein and using that fullness as an ally.

• By the way, for this to work, no bread, no potatoes, no tortillas, no rice, no rolls, no pasta, no high carb foods. Do not drink with your meals. If you have been drinking with meals stop it.

• It doesn’t matter how much is on the plate if we use ‘Protein First’ and ‘Vegetables Second’ as our portion control and only eat until we are comfortable and satisfied and not stuffed.

• As a guide, fix your plate with 4 to 6 ounces solid protein with salsa or sauce and 1/2 cup lower carb vegetable or chopped salad. A good example would be 2 small chicken thighs braised in pasta sauce with broccoli, tomato cucumber salad, or sautéed spinach.

• Eat 1/2 of your Protein First, 1/2 the Vegetable Second then go in for small alternating bites of protein and vegetable until you recognize you are at a soft full. Then stop. Thinking about it while eating is very empowering.

If you are a scared measurer who stops eating before fullness, or a plate loading overfiller, learn to rely on your food choices and listen to your pouch. Have confidence to use your surgical pouch as the power tool it was made to be and experience the lasting fullness that has escaped  you. It has been there all along!

• Yes, we can! 

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

A Simple Task to Better Understanding

Writing down the foods you eat during the day is a proven method to promote weight loss and to help keep the weight off. It is a simple task that can help you understand your eating habits and target problem areas you may have.

Here are some reasons why it’s simply smart to use a Journal to keep track of your everyday choices.


1.Keeps you accountable

2.Shows you your habits

3.Helps you track your program 

4.Help you to see what works

5.Help you to see what doesn’t work

6.Makes your goals seem more real

7.Shows you are serious about your health

8.Helps you keep track of your vitamins

9.Helps you keep track of your workouts

10.Helps you keep track of your motivation

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Every Choice We Make Counts.

Committing to bariatric surgery requires that you prepare ahead of time by eating a healthy diet and ensuring adequate levels of physical activity. Pre-surgery diet changes are needed to help you lose a small amount of excess body weight prior to surgery and to have better eating habits to help you lose weight after surgery and help you keep the weight off after surgery. Following the nutritional recommendations may help you demonstrate that you are able to make a commitment to the changes you will need to continue to follow lifelong.

• What bariatric surgery is not going to do for you is keep your weight off . You will need to be physically active and monitor your food intake in order to keep your weight off.

Physical activity is equally important in your weight loss journey. Physical activity will help you with weight loss before surgery and will help you keep the weight off long term.

• Start slowly and build up to at least 60 minutes 5 days per week. You can divide your physical activity routine during the day.

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124 

Protein Snacking Post Op 

Bariatric Post Op Surgery patient should start to realise that they are not able to eat the same types of foods that they were eating prior to their surgery.  We need to emphasis “High Protein/ Low Fat/ Low Sugar” selections that are packed with High Nutrient Content.

• Stomach space is reduces so bariatric patients need to get a lot of nutrients into a small volume by choosing good, real, fresh foods.

 • For those patients who crave snack foods on the go, replace chips and candy with pork rinds and jerky snacks. There are recipes for making healthy roasted nuts and spiced up chickpeas. While eating at home, hard boiled eggs, some cuts of deli meats, cheese cubes and Greek yogurt require very little prep and offer a combination of protein and vitamins when served with a plate of sliced veggies.

• The large selection of protein snacks available makes eating real food after bariatric surgery less daunting. Keeping high-protein snacks always available makes it easy to grab a healthy treat when the mood strikes and avoid high-fat, high-sugar choices.

• It always helps to remember that you can have anything you would like to eat, but it comes down to choice. Is it worth eating? Is it pouch worthy? Does the food take you towards your goals or hinder them.

• THERE ARE PLENTY OF PERFECT THINGS TO EAT IF YOU WALK ON THE POSITIVE SIDE! OPT FOR SNACKS WITH A PROTEIN PURPOSE. 

Bariatric Options:                                                       Medical Form

Gastric Balloon                                                        
Lap Band
Mini Gastric Bypass
Full Gastric Bypass
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Plication Surgery
Conversion or Revision Surgery
Duodenal Switch Surgery

dr. sergio verboonen
              Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Much success in your journey.

Respectfully,
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
info@ipf-mail.com

1 800 210 5124