Posted June 12, 2012 – 7:21 PM
I was originally under the impression that I wouldn’t be covered by insurance, so I looked into MX and settled in Aceves. He was the absolute right choice for me…though I firmly believe everyone has to go with their gut and different drs are right for different people. Weeks before surgery I met with another local surgeon in the NJ area and found out I could be covered by insurance. I agonized over it. $2000 in copay or $8750 on my own. I put the money issue aside (which I know not everyone can do!) and the dr in the US had such little experience compared to Aceves that I went anyway…and I haven’t regretted it for a second. My advice? Ask everyone the same questions. Compare. And go with your gut!
The questions I asked are in my blog at gastricsleeve4me.blogspot.com (tab up top)
SylviaMom, on June 7, 2012 – 8:30 PM, said:
Hi. I am sitting here in Mexicali. I am a revision too but my band was so badly eroded I will need to come back in a few months for my sleeve. that’s disappointing. But the care here is second to none and the staff here is fantastic. They clean and clean the facilities and they are courteous and warm. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t hesitate to bring my closest friends or family here. I will of corse be back when I can get the sleeve after my tummy heals.
The majority of the drive is in the U.S. with ten minutes in Mexicali. Mexicali is actually a fine city and feels quite safe. I walked before dinner the day before yesterday with no issues. Since the driver picks you up and drops you off, you are never alone on the streets unless you chose to be. It’s super safe and I feel safer here then in most big cities in the states.
But, mostly I appreciate Dr. Aceves, Dr. Campo (who is a total cutie and sleever too), and the lovely Blanca.
I am 7 days post-op. Dr Aceves did my surgery & 2 friends prior. We all had amazing experiences. Also, Dr Campos is his nutritionist and also has a sleeve. He saw me everyday and sometimes more often. It’s not the cheapest in Mexico, but they are very experienced.
I just want to thank everyone for their posts. I chose Dr. Aceves for revision surgery (lap to VSG) in large part due to the great information from folks on VST. I am scheduled for June 14th. So far, the experience with Nina (my PC) has been fantastic. It’s dramatic how much better even the patient coordination has been compared to my experience with the two U.S. surgeons I’ve worked with.
Thanks again everyone!
Posted July 7, 2012, 8:48 PM
That’s one of the things that drove me to Mexico vs the local surgeon here. The surgeon in NJ had only done 65!! Vs the thousands aceves had done.
Posted July 4, 2012 – 1:29 PM lil lee
I just got back yesterday from there. I went alone it was wonderful I wish I could have stayed longer I loved the hospital the staff and dr aceves and campos and another dr came in atleast 3x a day just to make sure I was ok. I would go back in a heartbeat
Posted July 1, 2012 – 9:53 PM Dizzle
I’m here with dr aceves right now I had surgery yesterday and feel great.
Posted Today, 10:47 AM July 8, 2012 SylviaMom
I had the same struggle. Hubby was afraid I would come back with one less kidney, if I came home at all. LOL. My decision to go to Mexico, and particularly with the doctor I chose (dr. Aceves) was about finding the most experienced and well respected revision surgeon. getting bariatric surgery is not an area that i wanted to be penny shy and pound foolish. No pun intended. Dr. Aceves had 100 times more sleeve surgeries than the local “specialist”. This was a no brainer particularly when all the data shows experience is highly corelated with successful, complication free surgeries. We had budgeted and planned for surgery in Washington state but I simply could not find a local doctor with the experience and kind/quality of referrals that Dr. Aceves had. Also, the self-pay rates I was being quoted weren’t inclusive….meaning if I had a leak or some other complication during surgery, I would be out of pocket. That was on top of a 2 or 3x price difference.
The truth is medical care in the U.S. is very expensive for a number of reasons…and quality of care is not the reason. Without getting too political, the medical and insurance lobby are extraordinarily powerful in the states…and we Americans are pretty darn litigious too.
Ultimately, I went to Mexico alone because of a number of reasons but I needed to do what was right for me. I followed my heart and my instinct and luckily it worked out. My Mexicali and hospital experience was far better than any hospital experience in the states. The stay for the sleeve was 4 days (in contrast to the overnight stay typical in the states) and the hostipal was clean and professional. Because my band was eroded, Dr. Aceves was not able to complete the sleeve (just did the removal). I will be heading back in Decembre for my surgery. Good luck in your journey and remember that your heart knows.