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My Surgery in Puerto Vallarta Was a Big Success

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I’m baaaack! Thankfully, I can say that my surgery in Puerto Vallarta was a big success. Just over two weeks ago, I went into the hospital for an elective surgery to help me lose weight, and I’m happy to report it went very well.

My surgery was first thing in the morning and when I “checked in” to the hospital at dawn, it was almost like checking into a hotel! I was shown to my private room, given an amenities bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, loofah(!) and proceeded to prep for my surgery. The room was lovely and even had a safe for my valuables. I spent one night in the hospital and was released to go home at the end of the following day.

The follow up from the doctor and the nutritionist has been amazing. They are available via phone or text (WhatsApp) when I have a question or concern and they check in on me every couple of days or so. The nameless, faceless experiences that are often the norm in hospitals up north are completely foreign here in Mexico. After two surgical procedures in Puerto Vallarta, one necessary and the other elective, I would not hesitate to have another in Mexico.

For any of you interested in the procedure, I had the gastric bypass. I have been on a liquid diet (not including wine!) for the past 15 days and today I begin to incorporate soft foods into my regime. Yes, I am hungry but not ravenous and the motivating factor is definitely the weight loss. I had my first weigh-in yesterday and I am down 21 pounds since the surgery – THAT IS A LOT! And even though thoughts of tacos and cheeseburgers are dancing in my head, the dreams of new skinny jeans keep me going.

My biggest test is going to be returning to the social lifestyle to which I have become accustomed without overdoing it, but while still enjoying going out. My first hurdle was Thanksgiving. I had signed up to prepare the turkey, stuffing and gravy and did not feel it fair to pull out at the last minute. It went off without a hitch and my friends all enjoyed the fruits of my labors while I sipped an iced tea.

I have been out a few times, to cocktail parties and gatherings. I sip water and take advantage of the chance to walk around and see people rather than planting myself near the bar or hors d’oeuvres platter. My next big test will be dinner at Trio but I have done my research and they have some soups that will fit right into my current diet plan. I am really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

Hasta la proxima!


  1. Our story may not be as significant as Maria’s gastric by-pass, but we too hail the medical care here in Mexico. We are fortunate to have overall good health, but earlier this year Catherine was diagnosed with a cataract on the (L) eye. Her ophthalmologist, Dr Rigoberto Rios, arranged a day surgery procedure at a private clinic in Guadalajara to remove the cataract and insert her custom fitted new lens. The clinic was modern, clean and staff highly professional. All went well and Catherine was at ease and comfortable during both the pre-op period and during the surgical procedure. David was treated with every courtesy while in the waiting room.

    David was in general practice as a physician assistant in the United States in his early career and his final career assignment was with an ophthalmologist. He was highly impressed with the quality and care Catherine received and over the 10 years they have been retired and living at Lake Chapala, he has checked out hospitals, clinics and healthcare options Lakeside and in Guadalajara and feels they equal or exceed healthcare he knew in the United States. Though they maintain U.S. Medicare coverage, both say they would elect to stay in Mexico for any medical care or emergencies that would arise.

  2. I think in some respects your story is more significant. The cataract surgery that Catherine went through was not elective, it was in a country relatively new for Catherine and David (10 years) and David, through his experience, knew what to expect and what should and should not have been done. I think that your endorsement of the medical care in Mexico speaks volumes and will certainly be helpful to those who might be faced with some difficult choices. Thank you so much for sharing and I am so glad everything has worked out for you both.

    • Sure! My doctor is Sergio del Hoyo Galvan and he gave me a package deal which included all of the pre-op visits (with exception of the initial consultation of $500 pesos), surgery, hospital stay (up to two nights), all attending physicians and nurses during the surgery and hospital stay and post-op visits for $90,000 pesos. I believe the price for the gastric sleeve is lower as it is not as extensive a surgery. The only additional costs that I have incurred are visits to the nutritionist who is watching my diet and weight loss ($300 pesos/visit) and the pre-op blood work and EKG (maybe around $3,000 pesos total). I made the decision to have the surgery on October 18, had surgery on November 14 and here I am on December 7 feeling great and nearly 35 pounds lighter (including the pre-op and post-op weight loss).


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