Canadians at risk after Mexican weight loss surgery


An investigation by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control into American patients, who became infected with an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria and/or blood infections after weight loss surgery at the Grand View Hospital in Tijuana, also revealed 30 Canadians at risk.

Rather than release this information on foreign nationals, the agency passed details to the Public Health Agency (PHA) of Canada. The latter agency admits that it may never know the exact number of Canadians involved but is trying to warn any Canadian patients who may have been affected to get a health check immediately.

The federal public-health agency warns that Canadian medical travellers may have been exposed to difficult to treat, antibiotic resistant bacteria after having undergone surgical procedures in Tijuana, Mexico. Canadians who had procedures at Grand View Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico may also be at-risk for blood-borne infections such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

PHA recommends that patients who are experiencing signs of an infection, such as fever, redness, pus or swelling at the surgical incision site, should see a health care provider immediately. Infections caused by the antibiotic resistant strain Pseudomonas aeruginosa require medical attention as serious complications can occur without timely treatment.

Mexican public health officials identified problems with the quality of sterilisation of medical devices at Grand View Hospital in Tijuana.

Canadians going to Mexico are advised not to have surgery or invasive medical procedures at Grand View Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico until the Mexican government can confirm that the antibiotic resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria is no longer there.

The Mexican authorities did a short investigation and temporary closure at Grand View Hospital but quickly allowed it to reopen. So far there are no signs of any Mexican authority taking action against the clinics or its surgeons. The hospital is still advertising for American and Canadian patients. Mexico promotes medical tourism as a good earner but very little is done when safety problems emerge.



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