The lifestyle of truck drivers can lead to many health problems and many drivers are looking at the new safety initiative, CSA 2010 as focusing on the problem of obesity and sleep apnea. The concerns drivers are having is due to the following statement, found in the CSA 2010 document which states:
“Driver Fitness BASIC—Operation of CMVs by drivers who are unfit to operate a CMV due to lack of training, experience, or medical qualifications.” The “medical qualification” that many drivers are concerned with, is the possible disqualification due to being overweight.
We have received emails from drivers who are having difficulty getting hired because of their weight and even those who are being forced to go through sleep apnea testing because they meet certain candidate criteria, including weight and neck size.
Concerned about the BMI tests and the costs of the CPAP, as well as the possibility of losing their jobs, many truck drivers are investigating the option of gastric sleeve surgery. Furthermore, many truck drivers with a BMI of 30 and over are looking at CSA 2010 as the incentive to lose the weight that they have been wanting to lose anyway, but due to the trucking lifestyle, never had that “push” they needed to do so.
We have done exhaustive research into this procedure and wanted to share what we have discovered with our readers :
Gastric sleeve surgery in the United States will cost between $18,000 and $35,000 and many insurance providers will not pay for the procedure unless the patient has a BMI of 40 or more, or if there is a health risk involved such as diabetes or heart disease. With the average long haul truck driver making $32,000 per year, it is nearly impossible for them to have the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure. More truck drivers across the country have discovered another alternative with incredible results.
To learn the truth, we went directly to the source :
Almater Hospital is a private hospital with state of the art equipment, located in Mexicali, Mexico. Dr. Alberto Aceves specializes in the gastric sleeve surgery and has performed nearly 1000 surgeries. His credentials include:
- Member American College of Surgeon
- Member American Society for Briatric and Metabolic Surgery
- Current President of the Mexican Association for Bariatric Surgery
- Member International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity
- Member Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery
- Member Mexican Association of General Surgery
- Member General Surgeons College of Mexicali
- FACS (American College of Surgeons)
We contacted Dr. Aceves’ staff to discuss the gastric sleeve surgery and to learn more about him and the Almater Hospital. The biggest concern with a sleeve surgery is having a leak. Dr. Aceves has never had a leak with any of the sleeve surgeries he has performed. The Almater Hospital is above the statistics for this procedure and no other doctor in the United States or Mexico has this great of a record with this number of surgeries performed.
In the U. S. most sleeve surgeries are done as an out-patient procedure. Dr. Aceves keeps his patients in the Almater Hospital for three days for recovery. He and his staff’s biggest concern for American patients is that they will get trapped in attending one of the many facilities in Mexico that offer the procedure at a very low price, but in return, they are having a great deal of complications, including infections and poor sterilization. Dr. Aceves and the Almater Hospital believe in not sacrificing quality to lower prices. Speaking with Nina Eguia, patient coordinator at the hospital, she told us:
“The doctors in Mexico doing surgery at lower prices are having a lot of complications and sacrificing quality. It is a shame that patients go to them to save money and end up with complications they really cannot afford or having to stay off work for months to recover, because procedures are not done correctly or with sanitary standards.”
The Almater Hospital in Mexicali, Mexico are seeing and hearing from more American truck drivers and we wanted to research this more. What we found is an excellent hospital and staff with exceptional standards. As the U. S. is charging $18,000 to $35,000 for the gastric sleeve surgery, Dr. Aceves total cost for the procedure, including the hospital stay and everything . . . is $9,500.
As CSA 2010 grows closer and truck drivers are threatened by their BMI in regards to a possible positive sleep apnea diagnosis, they are questioning the use and cost of forced and expensive sleep apnea testing and a CPAP machine. Instead of only treating the effect of the problem, why not treat the cause? The cause being the overweight issue that they feel they may be flagged for . . .
I feel that this information on Dr. Aceves and the Almater Hospital in Mexicali, Mexico is imperative for truck drivers facing this problem to be aware of . . . in fear of losing their jobs and the fact that they look at CSA 2010 as the push they needed to do something about their weight and to become healthier . . . if there is another reliable, trustworthy and safe solution that will save them thousands of dollars . . . then we wanted to provide this information for them.
Let’s face it . . . how many truckers can afford $18,000 to $35,000 even when their livelihoods are at stake? Dr. Alberto Aceves and his professional staff at Almater Hospital are making the impossible . . . possible.
For more information contact:Mexicali Bariatric center Madero 1119-2, Colonia Nueva Mexicali, BC 2110 U.S. TOLL FREE : 1-888-344-3916 Allen Smith
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