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A poster on the OH site asked me to prove that my surgeon, Dr Aceves, has had no leaks. I emailed Gaby at his office to ask if it is still true that he has done over 700 VSGs with no leaks...here is her reply:

"yes, you are correctthanks for recommending us

We are aware that Dr. Aceves is way ahead of the statistics right now and we know this situation of never having a leak will eventually change but right now this is the case, he has never had a leak with a sleeve surgery to date.

It is also important to mention that early on he did deal with a couple of leaks in bypass surgeries so he knows how to take care of them in case that it did happen.

Knowing that leaks are a possibility is the reason we do 3 leak tests and keep patients at the hospital for recovery. "

SO, there are the facts...those of you who are still researching, I highly recommend that you consider him. By the way, I have never received anything in exchange for recommending him. I just know a good thing when I see it. I don't know of any other program where you stay in the hospital for 4 days after surgery. The care is outstanding and Dr Aceves' credentials are impeccable.

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I'm so glad I stuck to my guns and went with him as my surgeon.

Im leaving for Mexicali on Sunday! Wish me great healing & losing!:)

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I will admit, I am not a huge fan of surgery in Mexico. However, if I wouldn't have had insurance coverage, I would have gone to Dr. Aceves in a heartbeat. I LIKE that she said that at some point, there will probably be a leak. I mean-it happens. It just seems that other surgeons (US and Mexico) would never admit that just to get patients.

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This is an awesome post and I am glad that he is my surgeon as well. I am leaving next Thursday on my way and this post has also reconfirmed my research as well. I also like the honesty that he has not had one yet as we all know that things can happy. I am going to need your support and prayers while I embark upon this journey and I will do the same for each of you in return. @ Bona, please send me your email as I would love to stay in touch with you!..

Peace and Blessings to you all!

Brenda

Dr. Aceves

March 19, 2010 - The Real Journey Begins....

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I'm so glad I stuck to my guns and went with him as my surgeon.

Im leaving for Mexicali on Sunday! Wish me great healing & losing!:001_smile:

Diva...

Best of luck to you. We will move over to make room for you on the loser's bench! Let us know how you are doing when you are able to...

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This is an awesome post and I am glad that he is my surgeon as well. I am leaving next Thursday on my way and this post has also reconfirmed my research as well. I also like the honesty that he has not had one yet as we all know that things can happy. I am going to need your support and prayers while I embark upon this journey and I will do the same for each of you in return. @ Bona, please send me your email as I would love to stay in touch with you!..

Peace and Blessings to you all!

Brenda

Dr. Aceves

March 19, 2010 - The Real Journey Begins....

Brenda,

I will keep you in my prayers as you set out on this awesome journey. Yes, Dr Aceves is very down to earth, and honest...he tells it like it is, no sugarcoating. My impression is that he is a very spiritual man, who just loves his life's work. I'd like to think that all of us who are his patients will also pray for him that he is blessed for his compassion and dedication. There is a large painting in the hallway at the hospital that shows him in surgery, and I think it reveals a clue about his inspiration.

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Wow I notice alot of people are seeing this particular dr in Mexico! May I ask how much he charges if people don't have insurance coverage for this procedure?

I can't wait to get my sleeve but I'm doing mine in Lafayette, LA.

Cajun what part of LA are you from?

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Playing devil's advocate: Accepting this statement as proof positive that he has had no leaks is akin to asking the fox, "are you the best one to guard the henhouse?". Not the perfect metaphor, but you hopefully you get my drift. In a US hospital, numerous statistics are kept, to include complication rates. These would be reported in some form of M&M (morbidity and mortality) report and retrievable for review at the departmental or hospital level. This is required at the hospital level as well as by the accrediting body, JCAHO. I don't believe the surgeons in Mexico are held to the JCAHO standard for reporting. That said, there's nothing that says they don't keep very good records. It's just not data that patients can obtain from an objective

source.

Personally, I've learned alot on these boards. The numerous testimonials of patients who have had successful, uncomplicated surgeries far outweigh any that have suffered complications. That's been enough for me to go ahead and schedule my surgery, in Mexico, for early April.

Of course I experience moments of sheer terror now and again, imagining all of the worst case scenarios.

Just my odd 2 cents

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I just had my surgery with Dr. Aceves this past Monday and I found the care to be impeccable. I was so thankful to have those 4 days in the hospital and the facility is very clean. The nurses are all so friendly and both Dr. Aceves and Dr. Campos come by to see you multiple times a day. BTW Dr. Campos is getting married next weekend. They are all really great people and you can tell that they truly love what they do. Even my husband commented on the type of care that I received there versus the care that I got for my hysterectomy in the US. You have to remember that there practice is solely built on word of mouth, so it is important for them to provide better than standard care. The only thing I didn't care about my experience was the flight home.

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I also had surgery with Dr. Aceves. I did'nt have any problems and would go back there in a heartbeat. I was treated with great care and kindness.

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Playing devil's advocate: Accepting this statement as proof positive that he has had no leaks is akin to asking the fox, "are you the best one to guard the henhouse?". Not the perfect metaphor, but you hopefully you get my drift. In a US hospital, numerous statistics are kept, to include complication rates. These would be reported in some form of M&M (morbidity and mortality) report and retrievable for review at the departmental or hospital level. This is required at the hospital level as well as by the accrediting body, JCAHO. I don't believe the surgeons in Mexico are held to the JCAHO standard for reporting. That said, there's nothing that says they don't keep very good records. It's just not data that patients can obtain from an objective

source.

Personally, I've learned alot on these boards. The numerous testimonials of patients who have had successful, uncomplicated surgeries far outweigh any that have suffered complications. That's been enough for me to go ahead and schedule my surgery, in Mexico, for early April.

Of course I experience moments of sheer terror now and again, imagining all of the worst case scenarios.

Just my odd 2 cents

I read on their ad that they are in the process of applying for JCAHO certification, by the way!

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Count me in as someone who loves Dr. Aceves and Dr. Campos.I wish I could go and visit them just because I loved being there with them and their staff. They are great! My friend who lives in Phoenix is a nurse and has watched him do surgery many, many times. She said he is just amazing in surgery!

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I am yet another "satisfied customer" of Dr. Aceves. My care was fantastic and I am so happy that they keep you in the hospital for recovery and any aftercare needed. I have two friends who had WLS within a month of my surgery date. One had bypass in the U.S. and one had Lap-band with another doctor in Mexico. My friend who had bypass was released the SAME DAY as her surgery!!! Just to clarify, she wanted to go home, but the fact that they let her amazes me. My friend with lap-band also was released to her hotel the same day. While they both returned for leak tests afterward, I just cannot imagine having to spend that first night away from qualified hospital staff. I have also had two other surgeries in the US, with both I was sent home the same day and with both I ended up with infections that kept me laid up longer than expected. Based on my previous experiences and those of my friends, I feel the research that I put into choosing my surgeon paid off.

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