Mexico Location's - Please Help


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I will be a self pay in Mexico and I'm so overwhelmed with the different Drs and hospitals / centers.

I've researched so much it all seems to run together now !!! Can some sleever's please give me some recommendations on dr's and locations and why you chose them.. I wanna get this done like yesterday but can't get past the continual research mode !!!

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I will be a self pay in Mexico and I'm so overwhelmed with the different Drs and hospitals / centers.

I've researched so much it all seems to run together now !!! Can some sleever's please give me some recommendations on dr's and locations and why you chose them.. I wanna get this done like yesterday but can't get past the continual research mode !!!

NewMe

I'm going with Dr Luis Cervantes at hospital Guadalajara in Tijuana. I've verified his credentials and the hospital is a full hospital not a clinic. Big things that I've learned so far is, choose the hospital first,verify the surgeons and that they are board certified in bariatric surgery. I regret not trying to contact the surgeons or hospital directly instead of using a coordinator to save some wasted commission $. But I talked to one of the staff today about my preop plans and she answered my questions. I. Scheduled in March and I wish I could do it sooner. Don't use dr Almanza or altamarino cano. They have lots of bad publicity.

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@@VSGVega thanks for your response! What do you mean wasted commissions? Does it cost to use a coordinator? Why couldn't you get ur surgery sooner if you want it sooner ?

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@I'm Changing 4 Me

I created a spreadsheet to help me figure out what I wanted. Personally, I contacted each and every one of these companies/doctors. How are you going to know if you like them unless you deal with them directly? I think in reality, you have to go through some kind of coordinator. Do you expect your surgeon to be dealing with email and phone queries all day? (In fact, out of all these doctors, the only one I was in contact with was Dr. Illan - and while he seemed very nice, the wi-fi connection was so bad I have no idea if he actually answered any of my questions). So, while it would be nice to talk to them, it's not always possible. However, in some cases the coordinator will contact the doctor if you have any specific questions.

This is far from a full list, but based on this, and other sites, I felt that these were the most consistently well-regarded companies and surgeons. As I've mentioned in other posts, I think the biggest reason for price differences are the reputation of the doctor, the hospital used, and the hotels used.

Unless otherwise mentioned, all these doctors are in Tijuana, and these are quotes I got for a Gastric Sleeve (prices may vary depending on your personal health conditions):

Bariatric Pal Team MX: Dr. Jalil Illan ($4399)

Endo Bariatric (in Piedras Negras): Dr. Alvarez ($8900)

Mexico Bariatric Center: Dra. Louisiana Valenzuela ($5500) and Dr. Ismael Cabrera ($4995)

Obesity Control Center: Dr. Ariel Ortiz ($6500-$9000)

Pompeii Surgical: Dr. Sergio Quinones ($4500)

Ponce Bariatric: Dr. jaime ponce de leon ($5000)

Tijuana Bariatrics: Dr. Fernando Garcia ($4250)

WLSC: Dr. Ramos Kelly ($4870-$7710)

Another option seems to be Trinity Medical, also promoted by a pretty active member here, but unfortunately I didn't come across that company until after I had made my decision.

In my particular case, I live in Japan so unlike most of you in the US and Canada, I have some pretty long international flights, and my pear-shaped bottom can no longer squeeze into a 17" economy seat. I might have done that one-way, but I definitely did not want to be squeezed in for 14 hours after major abdominal surgery. Knowing that I would have to buy a business class seat on an international flight meant that I couldn't afford the more expensive doctors - so anything over $6000 was out. I did not like the way I was treated with Tijuana Bariatrics - all I got was a form letter "you've been approved - send money" - and all requests to speak to a coordinator or doctor were completely ignored. In the end the surgeons I was most interested in were Dr. Q, Dr. Ponce, and either Dr. Valenzuela or Dr. Cabrera at MBC. What swayed me the most was how well I was treated by the coordinator, and the amount of information they could give me about the operation, hospitals, etc, how many surgeries the doctor does daily (some doctors work out of more than one hospital, so make sure you find out the daily total and not the hospital total), and finally the price. Oh - and whether or not the surgery could be done on a day that was most convenient for me (for some reason it seems like a lot of the doctors will be away or on vacation or are already booked in February).

I know in the beginning it seems overwhelming, but the best thing to do is bookmark the sites you like, fill out the forms, and see what happens from there. I started with 3 different companies, but over time I expanded my search a little. That said, the problem is the paradox of choice: the more options we have, the more difficult it becomes to choose. Keep it small for now as you get your feet wet. Ask questions. Do research (other bariatric forums, facebook, etc.) It should get better as you go along.

My surgery is less than 6 weeks away, so I can't tell you how it went, but I'm confident enough that I will be treated well. Anyway, I hope this helps.

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I had my surgery with Dr. Ariel Ortiz at Obesity Control Center in Tijuana just over 6 years ago. My daughter is a gastroenterologist and he was specifically recommended to her by colleagues in the bariatric field. He was a world renown, cutting edge surgeon even then. I had a great experience, easy recovery and zero complications. As a nurse myself, I know the difference between quality healthcare and substandard, cut-rate care. Would recommend him and OCC to anyone interested in WLS.

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When you use a Medical Tourism place, The deposit mostly goes to the coordinator as commission. If you research the hospital and the surgeons, you could just schedule directly with them. I do agree that I've found it helpful that the coordinator is available whenever I have questions. it's a personal choice and if I'd thought it through and did my research up front before paying the deposit, I may have scheduled directly but I'm okay with having the benefit of a coordinator. I'm self pay also so March is when I'll have the full amount. If I had the money now I'd schedule it for 2weeks. I'm so ready.

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@@VSGVega thanks for your response! What do you mean wasted commissions? Does it cost to use a coordinator? Why couldn't you get ur surgery sooner if you want it sooner ?

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@ biginjapan my research shows favorable results on the doctors you listed. Best of luck to you in your journey. Was Mexico the cheapest alternative for you? That's long travel time so be sure to get up frequently to walk. Did you discuss prevention of clots w your surgeon?

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@ biginjapan OMG you can't even imagine how much this has helped me and for some reason it soothed my soul ! I really appreciate your feedback and will use your advice to the fullest. Thanking you ever so much and good luck on your surgery and new beginnings!!

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@vsgega Ok that's great information. I was trying to figure that part out. This is very overwhelming and I greatly appreciate your feedback on this topic.

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