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I am really interested in this but I am very concerned at the same time I cannot make my mind up!

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Hi,

It's normal to be concerned, we can schedule a free Skype or FaceTime consultation to discuss pros and cons of the procedures. Feel free to contact us!

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@@Moorefamily0214,

I have been in your shoes and let me just say it was the best decision I have ever made. TJ Mexico is safer than any large Us city I have ever been in. It is more like an extension of CA than some foreign country.

Please email me at chasitylane34@yahoo.com. I will give you my number and you can call me. I would hate for you to miss out on what I have experienced. Please contact me!

Sincerely,

Sleeved 3/8 and 80 lbs down!!!!

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@Moorefamily0214,

I'll just echo Chasity on this one! I was sleeved with Dr. Illan on June 13th. You can read about mine here: http://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/370663-its-been-a-bumpy-one/

Seriously, join the Facebook group, we're all very open. No question is a dumb one!

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I'm SOOOO excited to read this!!! I have paid my deposit and booked my surgery with Dr. Illan for Aug. 23rd!! AHHHHH!! Let the countdown begin!

Could you tell us how your experience was?

ABSOLUTELY!! I actually came down the day before my surgery, so I took the train down from where I live...Stacy picked me up at the train station in downtown San Diego (she was waiting there before i even arrived!) and we drove right down to Tijuana. We zipped right through the border (they don't really stop you going into Mexico) and she took me to the Holiday Inn. The hotel is really really nice, VERY clean and the bed was super comfortable. TV was mostly Spanish speaking but that's no biggie. WiFi worked so I played with my ipad. The next day Stacy picked me up and took me to Oasis at about 9am...the hospital is LOVELY. Everyone is so kind and attentive. The room was private, and it looked brand spanking new. Needless to say I was a nervous wreck...when the nurses came in to take my vitals, my blood pressure was very high. Since I traveled down there alone (which in retrospect i'm glad I did because then I didn't have to worry about anyone other than myself) I calmed myself down with some Netflix in the room (Family Guy!). I then had blood taken, an EKG and xrays over the next couple of hours, dr illan came in and introduced himself and he was so reassuring and patient and answered all my questions. That wait before surgery can seem like an eternity, but all the while the staff was keeping me company, checking on me and making sure that i was comfortable. I went into surgery around 1:30 or 2 i believe, the next thing i knew, I was waking up in recovery (this was the hardest part of the whole ordeal for me, only because of the gas discomfort and one bout of nausea ...but i never DID get sick!). They wheeled me down to my room and from then on, the nurses came in approximately every hour and a half to check on me. I only had 2 other instances of nausea and they passed quickly. The gas was uncomfortable, but not painful. For some odd reason, if I laid on my side for a while, then rolled to the other side, that would cause me to burp and it helped a lot. They really DO want you up and walking around pretty much right away, which i'm not gonna lie, i wasn't anxious to do, but I did...but they know what they are doing and they are right, it helps move the gas. The first night is difficult, because you don't get much sleep...but again, I'd be worried if they DIDN'T come check on me! But everytime they came in they told me what they were doing and asked if i needed anything. I spent the whole next day in the hospital, took a shower, walked and tried to catch up on my sleep. The 3rd day (thursday) I was taken back to the hotel by Stacy...she had a whole "care package" ready for me with Vitamin Water and Protein powders and Jello. Also the Bariatric Surgery book which is dove RIGHT into immediately. Roberto was my "guide" later in the day and he was AWESOME! He was so easy to talk to! I checked back into the Holiday Inn, I took a nap and a shower, and then Roberto and I went over to Revolucion for some French Onion Soup (Broth)...it was AMAZING! As a matter of fact, it was so good, we went back the next day too!! On thurs and friday night, a doctor came and checked on me and answered any of my questions and told me how to care for my incisions and take my meds. Saturday morning I was picked up pretty early (8:00am) and taken back over the border to the US. we were pretty lucky because it only took about 45 minutes total. In fact, I was so lucky, I was able to take a MUCH earlier train!!

Now I'm 4 weeks post op and I feel AMAZING! I'm down about 35 pounds since I started my pre-op diet. Honestly, I am surprised every day by how lucky I am that this recovery has been a piece of cake. I had surgery on 8/23 and went back to work on 08/30 with no issues whatsoever other than being a little tired at the end of the day. I believe the majority of that had to do with the care and treatment I had with Dr Illan and the staff at Oasis, as well as the support and advice given to me by Bariatric Pal Team MX. Granted, this recovery is a slow process...and it is a LOT of re-learning how your body reacts to different foods and drinks...and what is hunger and what is thirst (thats the BIG one for me!). But literally EVERY day is a little bit better and easier. I cannot TELL you how happy I am that I did this!! I do not regret it for one minute! My life has been given back to me. I understand the trepidation people feel with going to Mexico for surgery...believe me, i felt it, and I faced it from family when I told them I was doing this, but honestly I cannot recommend it enough! If you are considering it...DO IT! I wish I had done it a long time ago. Throw the "Mexico" concerns out the window because I truly believe the care is even BETTER than in the States. It's true...I feel like a new person!

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@@fancypants67

Thank you for the honest review. Dr. Illan and the entire BariatricPal Team MX are grateful that we were part of you new journey!

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I was so happy to meet you and be part of your journey. Thank you for putting your trust in BariatricPal Team MX and all the kind words.

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What is the book you were given after surgery? What kind of pre op education did you have? How and when did you get the pre op education if you had any? What kind of post op education did you have? Do you feel you were prepared for the surgery and taking care of yourself and your sleeve after you got back home? How do you know when to progress to the different stages of the post op diet?

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What is the book you were given after surgery? What kind of pre op education did you have? How and when did you get the pre op education if you had any? What kind of post op education did you have? Do you feel you were prepared for the surgery and taking care of yourself and your sleeve after you got back home? How do you know when to progress to the different stages of the post op diet?

The book given to me was written by the gentleman that started this website Alex Brecher. I don't have it with me, but i think its called the Big Book of Bariatic Surgery. ??? (Bill can you help me on that one?) Honestly, I mostly just scoured the Internet. I lived on this forum and a couple of others and lurked for a couple of years (i initially thought i was going to get a lap band...i researched and applied for Gastric Sleeve about a 2 years ago, turned down by my insurance) ...I talked to my GP a bit, but he wasn't really much help and I really didn't know ANYBODY that had this particular surgery...let alone in Mexico. So then in May, I decided to try my insurance again...a month passed and I never heard from them (and STILL haven't), that is when i decided to look into Mexico. I have a friend whose family goes down to Mexico for ALL of their healthcare needs, and she raved about the care they have been given...so that helped. After I made my decision, I paid the deposit in June, picked a date at the end of August and just waited and hung out on these boards...i was like a sponge. About 3 weeks out, Stacy sent me an email with my pre op diet and told me what to expect and what was expected of me. I was as prepared as I COULD be I believe. I mean, I was going into the unknown, no matter HOW much i read...so I was still scared, and everyone recovers differently...for me, this has been really easy. Upon leaving they gave me handouts explaining what I can eat and when I can eat it (each week the list increases)...and it STILL is a learning experience. Right now I am at 5 weeks post op and I'm eating solid foods again...soft meats, fish, chicken, no steak. I just chew the holy hell out of everything but I feel REALLY good. It's trial and error. I will try something and go "ohhh Steve the Sleeve doesn't like THAT". Or learning when I'm actually FULL. You CAN'T know EVERYTHING because everyone is different. If I posted on here that I ate part of the insides of a ground beef and bean burrito (no rice), some people would think i was nuts 'cause i'm only 5 weeks out...but i CAN, it was my birthday and i DID it...and felt good...some can't or would think i was crazy. I think a huge part of this recovery is mental. TRY not to overthink everything. Be informed, that's awesome, but don't over analyze if you can help it. Try not to pretzel brain twist everything...it is what it is. Lifestyle changes are inevitable...adapt with a good attitude. STAY POSITIVE...BE POSITIVE. I never let myself dwell on anybody elses recovery story ... I went in with the mind set that "mine will be easy! it's all good!" and it really HAS been. Even surgery day...of COURSE i was terrified...but i knew that a better life awaited me on the other side. I even went into the surgery room SINGING (no joke...whatever they give you to relax you REALLY works!) hahaha! If you need anything, please feel free to ask away...be a sponge, absorb it all...but most of all be positive!

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@@fancypants67

Yes the book you were given was The BIG Book On The Gastric Sleeve. Alex Brecher has also written The BIG Book On Bariatric Surgery, The BIG Book On The Gastric Bypass and The BIG Book On The Lap-Band

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i have the book mentioned. It doesn't seem like the company gives much education either before or after surgery or am i missing something?

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@@thebabeupproject

florence and Oasis are two different facilities. Oasis of Hope Hospitals new Bariatric wing was opened August 22, 2016.

You might want to look at these post:

Here you can join Alex Brecher the CEO and Founder of BariatricPal.com on a tour of the new state of the art bariatric wing at Oasis Hospital

http://www.bariatric...ricpal-team-mx/

Here a few of Dr. Illan's patient testimonials

http://www.bariatric...t-testimonials/

Please give me a call 619-900-7808 when you have a free minute. I would like to opportunity to answer all your questions.

Feel free joining our Facebook group. I am sure our patients would be more than happy to share their experiences with Dr. Jalil Illan, BariatricPal Team MX and Oasis of Hope Hospital.

https://www.facebook...icSurgeryDeals/

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@@cindy6210

Just to clarify. BariatricPal Team MX offers pre-op and post-op nutritional support. We also have a RD (Registered Dietitian) that offers post-op support. Our post-op support is lifetime.

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