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Knee Replacement Surgery Abroad Costs Just 30-50% of That in the U.S.

Knee replacement surgery costs $34,000 at U.S. hospitals, but only $19,200 in Singapore, $11,500 in Thailand;and just $9,500 in Costa Rica. Medical tourism gets you feeling better for way less.

Duodenal Switch

Duodenal switch also known as billopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch is a bariatric surgery that restricts the intake of food by making the stomach smaller, and also encourages malabsorption of calories through the duodenal switch/intestinal bypass. It has been observed that this procedure significantly improves weight loss in people who are very obese. 

The procedure involves the following steps:
   • Vertical or lateral 70 to 75% gastrectomy is done to achieve a tubular stomach. 
   • The division of the duodenum after the pyloric valve.
   • The alimentary valve is created to carry food separately.
   • The billopancreatic limb is created to carry bile and other digestive juices separately.
   • A common channel is created at the end of these tubes where the food and the juices meet.

Making the stomach smaller automatically leads to less intake of food and also reduces hunger pangs. This part of the procedure is irreversible. Creating two separate tubes for the mobility of food and juices, which finally meet at the common channel restricts the amount of time that the body has to absorb fattening components like fats, starch and complex carbohydrates. 

The preservation of the pyloric valve prevents the dumping syndrome as well as marginal ulceration that might occur. 

This surgery works out to be almost one third of the same cost in Mexico and other medical tourism destinations, comparing to the US 


Featured Duodenal Switch Providers Abroad


Herzliya Medical Center

Tel Aviv, Israel


Languages: English, Hebrew, Arabic

"Herzliya Medical Center" Private Hospital is one of the leading medical institutions in Israel, founded in 1989 with the aim of creating a medical institution that meets the high standards of private...

The Wellington Hospital

London, United Kingdom


Languages: English, Russian, Greek, Polish

The Wellington Hospital is the largest independent hospital in the UK, with almost four decades of expertise in treating patients from the UK and overseas. The hospital has an international reputation...

Hospital Quiron Teknon

Barcelona, Spain


Accreditation: JCI

Languages: English, Spanish

Hospital Quirón Teknon is one of the leading hospitals in the Spanish private healthcare sector, thanks to the high quality of its medical staff and care services in a setting that combines ind...

Damian Medical Center

Warsaw, Poland


Accreditation: ISO 9001

Languages: English, Polish

The Damian Medical Centre was established in 1994. It offers a wide range of medical care services provided in the Hospital and five outpatient clinics. They employ physicians in all specialisations w...

London Bridge Hospital

London, United Kingdom


Accreditation: ISO 9001

Languages: English

London Bridge Hospital has been delivering world-class private healthcare since 1986. With over one hundred en suite, air conditioned rooms, we aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible, and ar...
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