I am struggling with my decision. Baiatric surgery is not covered by my insurance. I know and have spoken with someone who had her surgery with Dr. Elias Ortiz and A Lighter Me. She had nothing but positive things to say. I scheduled my surgery and then started my research.
I would like to be able to verify that Mi Doctor Hospital has whatever licenses might be required by Mexico. I know the hospital is not JCI accredited but what about Mexico CSG Accreditation (voluntary) or SiNaCEA .
I have also checked into Dr. Elias Ortiz. One site states that he is accredited by the American College of surgeons, but when I search for him on the American College of Surgeons site; I can't find him.
I am a planner and researcher by nature. I like to know every bit of information possible. The lack of information is worrisome. How did you all work past the unknowns?
We went with Dr. Gonzales - because I was able to find good info about Florence hospital (where he operates) and he has been doing the surgery laproscopically since 1996. 4000 procedures. Reviews said good English. Just a leap of faith when all was said and done. The people we met in Tijuana that used Dr. Zalvasa were super happy too. He had a great support staff. Bariatric Pal.
Good luck - it is a hard decision for sure!
I was also frightened by the lack of information on some doctors, so I chose a doctor that I could find the most information on, that was in my price range as well. I had my surgery with Dr. Fernando Garcia in October 2014, am 113 lbs down and loving the sleeve life. I asked a TON of questions of my coordinator and went on this and other sites to see if I could find anything at all negative about him, which at the time, I could not. The very first doctor that I had chosen I found out lost his license to practice medicine in another country so when I switched, I researched the heck out of who I finally went with. Based on my experience and a couple of others that I know have had surgery with him (from this board), I would recommend him. Good luck to you on whomever you choose.
I am looking at Mexico too, and just can't decide...I'll keep touching base with u...
I had mine with Dr Mario Camelo Ramos at Florence Hospital in July, as I always say...I would recomended him FOREVER!!!
Veronica, Dr Reyna...all of them are great!! they always checkin up on me!! wich its great!!!
I don´t know why you can fins much about him, but he has a Facebook page.
Good luck..WLS has change my life adn I have no regrets in going to Tijuana and had it done!! everything was just perfect!!