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Patient Seeks Gastric Bypass Surgery In India To Avoid Three-Year Wait In Canada

Canada(prwindow)- December 18 2007 -Medical Tourism Company, WorldMed Assist, Facilitates Global Health Care with a Personal Touch
Pitt Meadow, British Columbia, Dec 18,2007--Before Bill Moore decided to pursue gastric bypass surgery abroad, there wasn’t a diet or exercise program he hadn’t tried. Each effort ended with the same sad result: the scale eventually shot up beyond its previous high point. In August, at 299 pounds, he found after a round of golf he couldn’t move for a week. He knew it was time for serious measures.

Moore had researched gastric bypass surgery, and had talked to his doctor about it. “The problem,” he explained, “is that in Canada, it takes two to three months to see a specialist, then there’s a two to three year waiting list. I informed my doctor that I would be checking out other countries.”

In October, he and his wife had some deposits coming due, so the time was financially ripe to pursue surgery abroad. He keyed medical tourism into his browser and sent feelers to five companies specializing in medical travel.
“Only one—WorldMed Assist in California—responded immediately and stayed in close touch with me from that very first contact,” Moore said. “I tried exploring options with other companies, but they just weren’t dependable. I was nervous enough about what I was about to do; having confidence in the company that would facilitate arrangements for quality care topped my list of priorities. Their personal interest in me was very clear.”

WorldMed Assist rises to patient’s timeframe challenge
Moore’s compressed timeframe complicated his search for the right global healthcare company: He needed to be healed from surgery in time to move with his wife into their new apartment in mid-December.
“WorldMed Assist took the challenge in stride,” he said. “I contacted them the end of October, and in two weeks, I was on my way to India. I had the surgery November 20th and was home 10 days later. I was very impressed they could pull it all together so quickly.”

Speed wasn’t the only aspect of the journey that impressed Moore. WorldMed Assist presented multiple hospitals. In checking out each option, he was most impressed with Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai, India. “It’s affiliated with Harvard Medical, has international accreditation, and the surgeon--Dr. Goel, had trained in the U.S. and has extensive experience.
“I was still nervous about having the surgery—who wouldn’t be! I was going by myself, to a country I knew very little about, to a hospital I’d never before heard of. But after all my research, and the detailed information WorldMed Assist provided about gastric bypass abroad (, I was confident I was making a good choice.”
Moore’s experience in India began with a two-day battery of pre-op tests. “I don’t have much experience to compare with, but I was amazed at how thoroughly they tested me: My results were in a folder an inch thick!”

WorldMed Assist stays in constant contact
After the surgery, Moore was held in ICU on a ventilator for an extra day. “During that time, my wife was pretty nervous, but World Med Assist helped her stay calm by passing along reports from my medical team that I was stable and continuously improving.”
Moore arrived home 30 pounds lighter, and will stay on a diet of pureed food for three to five weeks, with a liter of water between each meal. His goal is to get to 170 pounds—“if I don’t just float away first, with all this water,” he said with a grin.

About WorldMed Assist
Experts in medical tourism, WorldMed Assist’s mission help patients receive high quality medical treatment abroad at affordable prices. WorldMed Assist simplifies every aspect of patient care and travel. Doctors and hospitals in India, Turkey, Belgium and Mexico are carefully selected to match each client’s specific needs. Procedures are significantly less expensive than in the U.S., yet delivered with the same or higher quality care and results as set by U.S. standards. Waiting times are virtually eliminated, track records are proven, and facilities are state-of-the-art. For more information, visit WorldMed Assist also provides medical tourism as an option for self-insured businesses seeking expanded and affordable healthcare options for employees.
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