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on 12/29/18 12:57 pm
Topic: RE: alighterme, beliteweight, endobariatrics. etc.

I am looking at getting vsg done in Mexico and I would appreciate any info you have on drs and pricing.



E. Grant
on 12/29/18 4:46 am
VSG on 02/28/18
Topic: RE: Dr. Alvarez in Mexico

I live in Texas close to the Louisiana border . I have BCBS which does cover VSG . Over three years I met with two doctors in Texas and just was not impressed/confident to choose either one. I also did a good bit of reading reviews etc.. to locate any U.S. doctor . I was determined to not "take the chance" of going to Mexico for VSG . During a discussion with my primary care physician , he informed me that he currently had several patients who had undergone VSG in Mexico . He stated his patients had utilized one of two doctors , Dr. Alvarez ( crossing at Eagle Pass Texas ) or a doctor in Tijuana Mexico ( I think Ortise was his last name ). My doctor informed me he did not personally know either of the two bariatric surgeon's , but he did let me know each of his patients were healthy , doing great and basically he spoke positive of the results he witnessed . In no way was he "referring" me to either doctor and he even stressed he really could not and would not tell me its best to go to Mexico VS having the VSG in the United States. My doctor just told me the basic truth , " the patients he has witnessed getting the VSG in Mexico were doing great and were healthier " ( reminder that he only had patients who used one of these two mentioned doctors ). Well once I stopped putting off any form of weight loss surgery , I chose Dr. Alvarez . Im 45 years old . Weighed 195 lbs when I was twenty , and was at 385 lbs at 44 years of age . I was freaking miserable lol ... I benefit nothing from speaking the truth of my VSG other than helping another get over the fear of VSG and gain the benefits of being able to live again .....instead of just "existing" . I had my VSG by Dr. Alvarez 02/28/2018 , as of a couple months ago I had lost a 100 lbs. ( weighed 290 lbs. at my doctors office in Texas ) . I highly recommend DR. Alvarez . He has a great team and his own newly built facility . My VSG has done very well with no issues , no nausea or pain ... I just eat much smaller portions constantly throughout the day ( appr. every 45 minutes ). I can eat steak , salads , shrimp etc. A meal at a restaurant will usually make me 4 or 5 meals . I do not suffer from hunger pains/cravings at all. Regardless of which DR. you choose , get the VSG . You will get your life back . .....and I do not exercise at all .... I have just become way more energetic and active .... and im still dropping pounds , from a tight 4X T-shirt to currently a loose 2X shirt. DR. Alvarez and his team are safe and friendly . I have no regrets paying for VSG in Mexico VS my health insurance paying for it here in the U.S. .

Kathy S.
on 12/21/18 5:13 am - InTheBurbs, XX
RNY on 08/29/04 with
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HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125

RW:190 - CW:130

Kathy S.
on 12/14/18 5:58 am - InTheBurbs, XX
RNY on 08/29/04 with
Topic: RE: alighterme, beliteweight, endobariatrics. etc.

Hi Lyndsay55,

You have email

HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125

RW:190 - CW:130

Kathy S.
on 12/14/18 5:05 am - InTheBurbs, XX
RNY on 08/29/04 with
Topic: RE: alighterme, beliteweight, endobariatrics. etc.

Hi Lyndsay,

You will need a surgeon that does revisions, removing the band and doing the VSG. I will get that to you today.



HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125

RW:190 - CW:130

on 12/13/18 7:57 pm
Topic: RE: alighterme, beliteweight, endobariatrics. etc.

Hi - may I also have the info re current self-pay pricing for a Sleeve in Mexico (Tijuana) ?

Looking to have slipped band removed, sleeve installed in Feb. No rush - no adverse symptoms.

Thank you

on 12/13/18 8:50 am
Topic: RE: Had VSG w/ Dr Alvarez and Endobariatric on July 9 2018. GO!!! TAKE YOUR LIFE BACK!!!!!

I know this post is a few months old, but thank you so much for sharing your experience. I've been talking with Dr A's office for the last week or so considering the gastric sleeve. Reading stuff like this really helps put the mind at ease about making this decision!! :)

I'm SO glad everything went great with you .. now I can only hope for the same results!

on 12/13/18 8:12 am
Topic: RE: Dr. Alvarez in Mexico

I'm looking into a surgery with Dr A as well, however I haven't seen any bad reviews! Can you share what you've read?? I have only seen good information. I've spoke with Susan at his office and she is beyond awesome!!!

on 12/11/18 9:05 am
Topic: RE: Recent experiences with Dr. Illan?


Lets clear some things up.

Dr. Illan is a certified bariatric surgeon.

Dr. Illan is also a member of the ASMBS.

Bariatricpal Hospital is a full-scale hospital and has a license with the State of Baja California, Mexico.

The only way you can work at this hospital or go into an OR is if you have a current license with your listed specialty.

Dr. Illan disassociated himself with Omar 3 years ago and has been only working with Bariatricpal.

Dr. Illan is the Medical Director of the hospital which has 18 beds & 2 OR's.

Do your research before believing others pushing doctors or groups including myself.

Ask questions and make sure that those responding including myself have nothing to gain or that they are a real person.

I have had 2 rounds Of WLS and will be doing my 4th round of plastics by February of 2019 (or this is my dream have to save money). $th round will be with Dr. Mariales for leg sculpting he is amazing :)

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on 11/26/18 3:06 pm - Nashville, TN
Revision on 03/18/15 with
Topic: RE: Dr.almanza in mexico
On November 26, 2018 at 9:23 PM Pacific Time, Member Services wrote:

I think this is the one she is referring to. tion-lawsuit-filed-against-weight-loss-doctor-victims-could- be-nationwide

Thank you!