Jessica Ballandby was still groggy from fading doses of sedatives when she became conscious of sharp and aching pain throughout her body.She looked down at the gown covering her stomach. It was saturated in blood.At that moment, Ballandby deeply regretted her decision to travel to Mexico for weight-loss surgery. A single mother of two young boys, she began to doubt that she’d ever get back home to Arizona. “I felt like I’m dying the whole time,” Ballandby told The Arizona Republic. “I was in so much pain. I’ve never felt such pain. … I was just praying that I could make it home to see my mom and boys again.”Ballandby survived her ordeal in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. But she got an unwanted firsthand look at the risks of medical tourism, a business from which referral agents and aftercare businesses on the U.S. side of the border also profit, a claim letter submitted by … [Read more...] about Dying to lose weight: The lucrative ties between border surgeries and U.S. middlemen
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After three years of construction with more than 100 builders on site daily, the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children's five-story expansion is set to open in mid-October.Officials will show off the $272 million addition Thursday with invitation-only tours in the morning, and an evening celebration that will include blessings by representatives of nine faiths and and a chorale finale featuring nine youth choirs including those from St. Mark's, Sanford and Cab Calloway schools and the Wilmington Children's Chorus.To build the addition, nearly all of the hospital's surgical, medical and pediatric intensive care units were converted into 144 single, specialized patient rooms for an additional 450,000 square feet. The hospital's emergency room moved and doubled – to 44 bays. Neonatal care and cardiac care are the only two areas that will stay in their current space. All other units will move to new rooms.The hospital now spans over 2 million square feet, said Dr. Dave … [Read more...] about Nemours preps to move patients
It was the little things thin people don't even think about that drove Andrea Balmant to make the radical choice to undergo weight-loss surgery. Like people not even trying to squeeze into the seat next to hers on the subway. Like having only one choice of underwear - the shapeless kind. There were more serious reasons, too: Sleep apnea. Always feeling out of breath. And then, the sadness. "Deep down, you know you should change, but you go on with it and deal with it and you play like you don't care, when inside you really do," says Balmant, 30, of Queens. "I finally said, 'I'm not happy, this isn't me. I don't like to be big. '"At 5-foot-7 and 280 pounds, Balmant, an executive associate at a financial-services company, chose laparoscopic banding surgery, an option that appeals to many patients because it's reversible and causes less scarring than traditional procedures requiring large incisions. Of all the weight-loss surgeries in the United States (144,000 projected for this … [Read more...] about BAND SHRINKS & YOU DO, TOO These New Yorker decided to combat their obesity – one chose a gastric bypass, the other the less invasive lap-band procedure. Here are their stories, and a comparison of what each woman eats on a typical day.
Queens is a special place with special needs when it comes to health care. As the population of this borough expands, further diversifies, and ages, we need to provide a wide range of health care services right here in Queens, and those services need to span the continuum of care. As I see it, within that framework there are several important issues that our community can focus on in order to benefit from access to the highest quality care, and expertise, close to home. The first issue is that the 2.3million residents here have access to top-notch care, but some people may not know how much is available to them. Excellent care is provided by doctors and nurses who could choose to practice anywhere and have dedicated themselves to the health of this community. Although Queens is considered to be "under-bedded" in terms of hospital beds available per resident, most people can find high quality medical services near where they live or work. However, the statistics on utilization of … [Read more...] about Top-notch local health care is available, but few know it