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Medical tourism is a growing phenomenon, none more so than in Mexico, where thousands of Americans are now flocking in order to avail of the country’s safe, affordable and hassle-free surgical facilities. Hernia surgery is one of the most common surgeries for which people are now travelling to Mexico.

Types of hernia

Numerous different types of hernia exist, including Femoral, Hiatal, Inguinal and Umbilical. A hernia consists of the outward protrusion of some kind of tissue, structure or organ. Femoral hernias affect mainly women, and involve a bulging in the groin and inner thigh. The bulging occurs as a result of an intestinal loop passing down a particular bodily canal. Hiatal hernias occur when the upper stomach pushes out through the diaphragm. Inguinal hernias are normally seen in men, and occur when a part of the intestine slips into the scrotum. Umbilical hernias occur as a result of a weakened abdominal wall at the site of the umbilical cord.


There are two main types of hernia surgery, open mesh and laparoscopic or keyhole. The latter involves the insertion of small tubes into the abdomen. One of these tubes contains a camera, through the use of which the surgeon can perform the operation. Open mesh surgery involves an incision being made at the site of the hernia. After returning the bulging tissue to its proper location, the area is repaired through the use of sterile mesh material. It takes about a week to recover from keyhole surgery, but it will take much longer if you undergo open mesh surgery - normally the required recovery period for this type is about 4-6 weeks.


In the USA, it costs, on average, $10,000-$11,000 to pay for an inguinal or femoral hernia surgery. This cost might not be covered by some insurance plans. In order to counter this, you might consider travelling to Mexico in order to undergo the surgery. The same surgical procedures will cost about a third of the price in Mexico. Additionally, you will be able to avail of top class facilities, where hygiene is strictly controlled. Many hospitals in Mexico are also affiliated to certain US medical institutions. The doctors in Mexico are well respected and highly qualified when it comes to surgery. Hernia operations there are routine and thus the surgeons can boast vast experience in this field.

Thus, there are several excellent benefits to take into account when considering whether or not to travel to Mexico in order to undergo a hernia operation. You will be in safe hands.

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