"Where do I begin...First, I want everyone to know that I did several months of extensive research before I decided on Dr. Alvarez as my VSG surgeon. I researched long hours, trying to find anything negative..of course, I could not find one negative issue regarding Dr. Alvarez or his staff. I already felt confident by the time I arrived in Piedras Negras for my surgery on March 23, 2009. I met with both Dr. A and Dr. R prior to having my pre-op labs completed. Everything was positive and I was absolutely ready for surgery. Christina (Dr. A's nurse) took me over to the hospital for chest x-ray and lab work. I was amazed at how soon afterwards I was ready and on my way to the OR..which I remember nothing past getting my happy juice! The next thing I knew, I was awake and in my suite. I felt great..no pain, no nausea. I rested a few hours and then started walking the hallways with my sleeve sister, who had her surgery immediately following mine. We both felt fine and were amazed we were walking the hallways so soon! The next day was my leak test and all went well! I was shocked to see my tiny, tummy! Afterwards, back to the suite for more resting and walking. The doctors and nurses cater to your every need and the pain is managed so well, that it's hard to believe you have had major surgery. From the time I arrived to even now, the care has not ceased by Dr. Alvarez or his staff. They have continued to check on me and I have emailed him with any and all concerns that have come up since surgery. It is with 100% confidence that I would recommend Dr. Alvarez and his staff to anyone looking to have the lap band or VSG surgeries. Your expectations will be met, if not exceeded. Everything is done completely professional, including the aftercare instructions and packet you are given to take home. Thanks Dr. A and your staff for an uneventful surgery and recovery!rnDW"