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I forgot to add that while I was in surgery he discovered a hiatal hernia and repaired it. I can't imagine a US doc doing that without adding another $10,000.

Now, now. My hiatal hernia was repaired as part of my operation for no additional costs. :laugh: I think it's a self-pay thing because I've never heard of a self-pay patient in any country getting charged more. Who knows if you have insurance paying for it...

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Now, now. My hiatal hernia was repaired as part of my operation for no additional costs. :laugh: I think it's a self-pay thing because I've never heard of a self-pay patient in any country getting charged more. Who knows if you have insurance paying for it...

I don't know...I got some initial paperwork from another Dr. in Mexico and it said that if I had a hernia there would be additional $500 charged to me. I am self-pay. That was not Dr. Aceves, but another, so I am pretty sure that everyone does not repair it for free.

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My lapband surgeon, didn't charge extra. But, they charge a good price to start with, so I'm sure it helps cover any surprises.

500, seems like a minimal fee for the time to take care of things.

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I thought so too until I was talking to Dr. Aceves nurse and she said it is all of one stitch and very easy to do...I immediately changed my mind on $500 being reasonable!

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I don't think I'd go to a doc who charged extra. I mean, if even the USA docs don't charge for it....

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I didn't have any trouble with the nurses speaking English. Lucy and Sergio speak great English and the other nurses that took care of me spoke enough to talk to me when I needed. There may have been one time when the nurse went and got someone who spoke better Engish than she did. She understood me, but she felt more compfortable getting someone else who spoke better English to respond to me.

I am glad you're home Rosebud, and on the road to recovery. I found the 10 days on clears the hardest of anything, but I did drink the Isopure to get the Protein. I liked the fruit punch flavor. Once you move to fulls, there is much more of a variety of things you can have.

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In the middle of the night when things went sour with the IV the nurse did not speak a word of English and the other nurse on duty didn't either. In the morning the nurse spoke a little.

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OMG...Not to sound all doomsday because I am excited to go, but that freaks the crap out of me! I don't want anyone giving me meds, or checking on me that I can't communicate with! Scary stuff that!

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Wow, it sounds like you had a bit of a rough time! Congrats on being home and hopefully through the worst of it! I am a bit worried about the gas as I am a huge baby when it comes to pain, so long as there is pain meds though I think I will be okay. That sucks the nurses don't speak English so well, that makes me a bit nervous, I thought everyone spoke and understood well. Oh well. I hope everything from here out goes wonderful for you!!!

Dr. Aceves' staff speak great English but the floor nurses, some do and some don't. But remember, they are in Mexico, that is their language. ;o) We are in their country, not the other way around.

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Now, now. My hiatal hernia was repaired as part of my operation for no additional costs. :blush: I think it's a self-pay thing because I've never heard of a self-pay patient in any country getting charged more. Who knows if you have insurance paying for it...

Zapata and Almanza charge for hiatal hernia repairs. All US docs do if it is under insurance, not sure how much other doctors charge for self pay.

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Dr. Aceves' staff speak great English but the floor nurses, some do and some don't. But remember, they are in Mexico, that is their language. ;o) We are in their country, not the other way around.

I understand that, but Aceves has such a thriving American business I thought he would have some nurses he either trained or were assigned to him. I was just surprised because everyone had told me in advance that they spoke enough English to communicate.

I'm not complaining. Other than the IV problem it was all good. I'm feeling great. It is hard to believe I had major surgery a few short days ago. Did I tell you about the beautiful Peacock Blue poop you get when you get home? :blush:

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I understand that, but Aceves has such a little surgery mill going on there I thought he would have some nurses he either trained or were assigned to him. I was just surprised because everyone had told me in advance that they spoke enough English to communicate.

I'm not complaining. Other than the IV problem it was all good. I'm feeling great. It is hard to believe I had major surgery a few short days ago. Did I tell you about the beautiful Peacock Blue poop you get when you get home? :blush:

He doesn't have a surgery mill, far from it. A surgery mill is someone who does like 10 bands a day or 10 sleeves a day. He limits his surgeries so he is far from a surgery mill. He has a large staff, they all speak English. I don't have a problem with people in Mexico speaking Spanish, it is us that needs to learn their language when in their country.

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Dr. Aceves' staff speak great English but the floor nurses, some do and some don't. But remember, they are in Mexico, that is their language. ;o) We are in their country, not the other way around.

I understand that, however, in my room dealing with my meds....I want someone who can explain what they are giving me and why. As a nurse you know what everything going into your IV is, I will have no idea without someone who speaks English who can explain it. I am pretty sure that there are nurses somewhere in the hospital who can speak English, I am just going to do my best to ask that I get one. LOL Hopefully that will work!

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I understand that, however, in my room dealing with my meds....I want someone who can explain what they are giving me and why. As a nurse you know what everything going into your IV is, I will have no idea without someone who speaks English who can explain it. I am pretty sure that there are nurses somewhere in the hospital who can speak English, I am just going to do my best to ask that I get one. LOL Hopefully that will work!

Perhaps you should learn some of the language before going there. ;o)

This is admittedly a sore spot for me. In my county we have a county hospital. Our county hospital was sued by the illegals here because they don't have someone to translate every stupid language of each person. The thinking was that mostly illegals go there (for their free medical care) and most of them do not speak English. So they sued the hospital and won. Every hospital has a service where they can get someone to translate on the phone but noooo, that wasn't good enough. They wanted people standing there translating for them. Do you have any idea how many languages there are? A TON. Now my tax dollars are going to translate so the illegals don't have to learn English or pay for their own medical care.

I feel the same way about when we go to Mexico. English is not their primary language and they shouldn't have to learn it. If they want to, great. But they shouldn't be required to speak our language in their place of employment in their own country. If they want to come here and work, by all means... they need to learn the primary language. But in their own country? Not so much, it is OUR responsibility to learn THEIR language. I understand what you are saying, I just think it should be the other way around.

Dr. Aceves can't be expected to make sure all the nurses in the hospital speak a language other than their own. His own staff? Sure. The hospital staff? Nawww.

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