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Any experience or reviews on either Dr Mayortena or Dr Pablo Fok Russell appreciated— I have narrowed it down to these two doctors in tJ and would love any feedback. Looking at gastric sleeve- BMI 37.

Thank you!

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I haven't heard of them, but I just googled them and also checked realself. Not much on Dr. Pablo Fok Russell. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean anything negative - but...there's just not much on him. Tons of comments/reviews on Dr. Mayortena. They look pretty good to me!

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Thank you for reply- I had the same issue—found lots of good things about Maytorena, nothing about other. I looked at years of practice and type of surgery they are expertise in, and have decided on Maytorena. Appreciate the support!

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Hi. I was wondering if you could offer some assistance.

I see where you are scheduling your surgery with Dr. Fok

I am currently debating on whether to use this facility. I have not found any Info about this Dr anywhere online and I found it a bit strange, there are no comments on any of their social media accounts. Strange not one former patient or anyone for that matter, has not left any comments.

Anyway, if you did indeed use them, I just want to make sure this is definitely a real place. Could you tell me your experience you had.

Pros..cons

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Thank u so much

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I saw Dr Pablo Fok Russell.

I was very particular about where I went and it took me a very long time to decide.

I do not have one negative comment at all. .. .NONE.

When researching for a clinic to get gastric sleeve I looked on Tik Tok, and online. I knew what I did not want. I did not want to go to a facility that only did weight loss surgery. I did not want to go to a "factory". I think at larger facilities that only do one thing, like weight loss surgery, you get complacent in how you work. And can become only about profit. I wanted a physician whose main concern was my health. When I came across Dr. Pablo Fok Russel what impressed me the most was his career was not only bariatric surgery. He is well versed and knowledgeable in all areas of anti aging, weight loss, hormone therapies, Hair loss, stem cell therapy, plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, addiction medicine, etc. I was intentionally seeking a talented and intelligent doctor and I felt that I found one.
I contacted the facility and had many emails with someone asking a multitude of questions. I never once felt pressured. i never once was told I had to put a deposit down to get answers. At other facilities I was told both. At other agencies I was pressured to put money down in order to speak to them. Money that was non refundable.
Before I paid any money I was able to have the date I needed guaranteed. That was important to me also.
I made my deposit, scheduled my date and prepared.
When I arrived to San Diego my driver had contacted me the day prior with his picture and car information. He was waiting outside the airport for me. I was able to get off the plane, walk straight to him and was waiting at the car, I was inside the car in less than 5 minutes. It was effortless.
We drove straight across the border, we were not stopped. We drove straight to the clinic. I was met by a woman with a big smile who opened my door and welcomed me by name. I was very impressed by this. I desired a personalized friendly environment and I was receiving it. Once inside to my pleasant surprise things were done quickly. I was given an EKG, blood work, x-rays, etc. The lab results from my blood test were back in less the 2 hours. Maybe even less. The anesthesiologist read them to me and I was impressed that they were received that quickly and accurate. In my first two hours, I meet the internal medicine physician, anesthesioligist, the X Ray technician, the nurses, and maybe more, because things moved quickly. I was SO happy that I was not just sitting around.
I was in surgery that day.
That evening was my most discomfort. I had two nurses that were very compassionate and kind to me. I was up all night long and they both were with me helping me. Helping me stand, walk, use the bathroom, etc. I was always with someone when I needed someone.
The rest was very easy. I had an assortment of different nurses. Everyone responds different to surgery. I was tired and slept. My nurse Deigo would wake me to remind me to walk. It was not intrusive, and i was grateful. He was kind, polite and showed me compassion, his english was great. I was very thankful for him. All my nurses were good. Some stood out more then others. I liked Deigo because without him I would of slept all day and not done the things I needed to do. My night time nurses the first night, they deserved medals. Brenda and Clio were amazing. There was another, but I dont know his name. He was awesome! All were amazing!!!
I have worked closely with Doctors in my profession. I am in behavioral health and I admire an intelligent, compassionate doctor with a good work ethic. And I found one. He was amazing. I am so impressed with his knowledge. And grateful that he shared some with me.
In the United States as a patient, I do not get attention from Doctors. I only got their time as a co worker, never as a patient. Dr. Russel gave me attention as a patient and it was appreciated. And I learned a lot from him .
I could not give a high enough rating and I am extremely impressed.

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I apologize for not taking a lot of pictures at the facility, I was recovering and I slept alot. I did take videos for my family. I do have those. I posted pics of my hotel room after. And one of my room at the facility. It looks like a modern hospital room, smaller because it is a single and quieter. I just uploaded pics of my room at the facility, and hotel room. I can upload videos, but I need to listen to them first, I sent them to my family, so I dont know what I am saying on them.. I could be saying personal things or saying nothing important. I dont know :)

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Thanks. This makes me feel a bit better. I was initially looking into dr ortiz, but was turned off reading the rude posts/comments from his two people running their FB support page.

So far, the process here with Dr. Fok's facility seems well maintained and professional.

I'm still a bit concerned about lack of information available online for this doctor and the lack of comments on their social media accounts. It does seem strange that there are literally no comments. Maybe I am over reacting or looking into things too much.

I appreciate all the information you have provided so far.

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I work closely with Dr's and attorneys. Every day. I'm a counselor/social worker. The ones who need $ or clients advertise. It's exactly what I didn't want. I didn't want a fat farm. I wanted a Dr.


The BEST do not advertise. They don't need to, and they have time to.

Have you ever been to Mexico? Medical fields completely different. How we have malls, they have indoor "malls" with multiple businesses. I saw Elias Ortiz while I was walking. He's inside the same building. I saw his facility.

so I googled his name. I wanted a good Dr. Youll find his credentials and where hes worked. After talking to him I found out he trained in WA state. He's very intelligent and skilled.

look for him away from wls. Youll find information.

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4 hours ago, Nolafleurdelis said:

Thanks. This makes me feel a bit better. I was initially looking into dr ortiz, but was turned off reading the rude posts/comments from his two people running their FB support page.

So far, the process here with Dr. Fok's facility seems well maintained and professional.

I'm still a bit concerned about lack of information available online for this doctor and the lack of comments on their social media accounts. It does seem strange that there are literally no comments. Maybe I am over reacting or looking into things too much.

I appreciate all the information you have provided so far.

I know theres comments- cause i left them. On Google & better business bureau.

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I went with Mayortena vs Fok because he specialized- I like specialist that focused on one type of surgery, vs a variety of different surgeries (ie hair loss), so I think its personal based on your perspective. If my heart is having issues, I’m going to a heart specialist. Decide what you are comfortable with.

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True. Open heart surgery I want a specialist.

For me I did not want a surgeon who performs multiple surgeries a day. There's A LOT of that. I never heard of yours, which means nothing, I never heard of most of the doctors I read about on here.

How was your experience? How are you now? I am certain I am overeating but I have no negative side effects.

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