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Piedras Negras-Gastric Sleeve Surgery 22-24 Nov 12

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Piedras Negras-Gastric Sleeve Surgery 22-24 Nov 12

My daughter and I just returned from PN and Dr. Alvarez. My daughter had the sleeve surgery. It went very well. I stayed in her room with her on a fold-out couch. The hospital supplied me with linens. The people there could not have been more helpful and kind. There is also a cordless phone outside the room in the lounge area for any and all calls you want to make to friends and family. Free of charge, as the cell phone rates there would have been very high esp. the roaming charges. We were met at the Holiday Inn Express by Rosy our van driver. She took us across the border to the hospital Dau was checked in, met with Dr. Alvarez and his staff, weighed, x-rayed, prepped for surgery, IV, then some happy juice and she was off to surgery. Within 1-2 hours she was back in her room with all the equipment, monitoring and IV drip/ After about 3 hours she asked for and received some pain medication. Seems the only discomfort she had was a burning sensation at the incision. So this is Thursday AM. She was discharged Saturday AM and we were taken back across the border to my truck. We loaded up and drove back to Florida. 900 miles.

In the hospital they try to have a Bi-Lingual person on duty. Jessica was our main POC. At night it was Jesus, a nice young man.

I managed to keep busy with the local restaurant around the corner. I also jumped on the local bus to the market. That cost $6.50 peso. (13 Peso to the dollar) I was a bit hesitant on doing so, but I had no problems and if with the kind folks on the bus, we all managed to get across to the bus driver where I wanted to go. The small eatery accross from the hospital is La Casita. Seems their speciality is empananas. #1. is the "Buffalo", chicken, goat cheese, etc. #2. Is the "Popeye", has spinach and cheese in it. They cost about $40 peso each. ($3). If you are worried about venturing out Jessica will escort you there when she is not busy with patients.

The Vonage phone service was out one morning, as was the internet. They got it back on around noon. There are computers in the room, in the lounge area. But no password was provided us, and one computer had no mouse. Jessica signed on to one for me, but then no internet access. But--I had my own laptop PLUS, Dr. Alvarez loans you a MAC Tablet for your stay.

My main complaint was there was no hot water for the shower in the room. 3 days and we were ready for a shower. But, all in all, it was a successful venture.

If anyone has any questions just ask.

RT

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1. Re: Piedras Negras-Gastric Sleeve Surgery 22-24 Nov 12

Sorry, somehow got it posted twice. Do not know how to delete.

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2. Re: Piedras Negras-Gastric Sleeve Surgery 22-24 Nov 12

Hello I am looking to get gastric sleeve surgery done with Dr Alvarez and I was wondering how much did you have to put down and how much it it cost total. Also how would I go about putting money on it? Is there a website to pay the deposit on?

Thank you :)

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3. Re: Piedras Negras-Gastric Sleeve Surgery 22-24 Nov 12

Hello I am looking to get gastric sleeve surgery done with Dr Alvarez and I was wondering how much did you have to put down and how much it it cost total. Also how would I go about putting money on it? Is there a website to pay the deposit on?

Thank you :)

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4. Re: Piedras Negras-Gastric Sleeve Surgery 22-24 Nov 12

Go to his web site. Then make contact with Susan. She runs the show. Call her or email her. Then she will put the entire procedure in an email for you. Let me know how it goes.

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5. Re: Piedras Negras-Gastric Sleeve Surgery 22-24 Nov 12

I sure will Kenneth. Thank you :) you know I was about to go with Dr Mario Almanza in Tijuana Mexico through weightlossagents.com. I started having a bad feeling about it and started doing some research. I feel I was guided to Dr Alvarez. It may cost me a few thousand more but at least I know he will not only staple the stomach area. He also sew over it to mske sure it won't leak. Your a great dad to take your daughter. My dad does not agree with me at all and I'm 32 grown and out of the house but I still look to him for concerns :) I will find out today and let you know before today is over. :)

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6. Re: Piedras Negras-Gastric Sleeve Surgery 22-24 Nov 12

My Daughter was 35 when she had it done, Gastric Sleeve, 2 years ago, this November. But I feel that it has changed her entire life. She is married with 2 daughters. When she was over weight she was miserable. She hated herself and those around her. She dieted, she exercised, and did all that she could possible do to lose weight. I have seen a profound change in her mentally and physically. Her mind-set has completely changed, all for the better. She had to adjust to certain foods, eating habits, and still exercises with walks almost daily. Have you made contact with Susan yet? When all this started I called Susan and I wanted to hear what she had to say and how she presented herself and Dr. Alvarez. I was impressed. When we both met Dr. Alvarez it all came together. He is pleasant and professional. He is a busy man with patients coming in all the time. Another good sign that he is doing something right. His bedside manner is some of the best I have ever see. Where are you located? I elected to drive to Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras. I think the normal SOP is that you fly into SAN. Then Rosy picks you up there, takes you to PN. Then back to SAN. Okay, I wanted to add a little perspective to this from a Father's point of view. Best of Luck. Let me know how it works out for you. Good Luck.

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7. Re: Piedras Negras-Gastric Sleeve Surgery 22-24 Nov 12

Hello Kenneth :) yes I have been in touch with Susan. She is an angel I tell you. The Gastric Sleeve Surgery will cost me $8,500 which includes everything except the fight/traveling to San Antonio Tx. I'll have to put $1000 down to hold my surgery date. And then I'll recieved all of the surgery packet information to follow. I'm so excited. I told them I was referred by you Kenneth, which I was because when I read your daughter story. I became fixed on trying to find out more about Dr Alvarez. I'll most likely be traveling alone because my husband just like my dad and other family members does not want me to do it. They say exercise! I do. I can loss the weight. Its just the keeping it off is the problem. Just like your daughter. It makes me hate myself and everyone around me. And I'm tired of feeling that way. I'm ready for change. I want to be small again. Being tall and fat is not pretty at all at 6ft 2in. Yes I am planning on catching the greyhound to San Antonio Tx and Fly back home. Thank you Kenneth for blogging about your daughters exsperiance. It really helped me in looking more into it and deciding to go with Dr Alvarez. If I had the money to go sooner I would but I don't so ill pay on it slow until March 2015 when its time for my surgery. I'm so excited! Please tell your daughter I said hello.

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8. Re: Piedras Negras-Gastric Sleeve Surgery 22-24 Nov 12

I live in south Louisiana in church point.

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9. Re: Piedras Negras-Gastric Sleeve Surgery 22-24 Nov 12

Thanks for sharing your story I too am 36 from Florida and considering this surgery. Did you need to have any of your medical information on hand when you spoke with Susan? I am interested in going through with this procedure but havent made tha call just yet.

Thanks,

Nik

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