Support is a critical element throughout this process. Reading about the progress of other Mexico weight loss surgery patients can bring comfort during trying times. Read what some of our patients have to say about their experiences.
I had surgery on November 6, 2012. I am 29 years old and I have lost 128 pounds in four months. My health has never been better and I have yet to have any complications. The facility and staff are very helpful and kind and I would recomend Dr. Alberto Aceves to anyone. Dr. Aceves and Dr. Campos explain how the surgery is a tool to help you become healthier person. I have followed their guidelines and from the amount of weight I have lost it is working and I average 3-4 pounds a week. I make sure to drink my 60 grams of protein daily and I do snack on healthy foods and am able to eat small portion size meals.
I had my laproscopic DS surgery on December 22, 2012 in Mexico. My better half had his the day before. We were both pleasantly surprised at how nice the hospital was and even more surprised at the excellent care we were given while there for a week. Three different doctors would come by daily that were involved in our cases. In the states you are lucky to get your one doctor to come by and see how you are doing once per day.
Karla was our liason. She was a blessing in keeping us informed and making our needs known. The staff was courteous and prompt.
Nina answered all my questions prior to arriving in Mexicali and had all the arrangements made for us once we landed in San Diego. This included Ernesto driving us to and from the airport. I even met Nina's mother at the hospital. All these people were super nice.
Dr. Aceves and Dr. Campos are angels in my book. They gave me and my better half a chance to live a LOT longer with their expertise. They truly are concerned for their patients well being and made it plainly evident with each visit and the after care we have been given via email. Gaby helps relay all information with our after care.
My better half has lost 46 lbs and doesn't have to take blood pressure, cholesterol, or insulin meds anymore! Hurray! He is absolutely walking on air from so much improvement in his overall health and new found energy. So far I have lost 25 lbs at exactly 2 months out. The first 20 lbs I lost within the first 3 1/2 weeks and the past 6 weeks have lost 5 lbs. The surgery has finally ended my gradual weight gain on 500 calories a day diet. Even though I haven't lost nearly as much as most people do with this surgery, my main goal was to keep from gaining any more weight and thus I see this surgery as a success. Genetically, my body has always retained and added weight like a sponge, and I was worried as I aged the constant dieting since I was sixteen (and gaining all the while even though on a diet) would not suffice and I would be wheelchair bound by the time I was 60.
For anyone wanting this surgery I highly recommend this Dr. Do not wait a day longer to contact him if you feel this is the surgery for you.
Wake Forest, NC
My first impression of Dr. Alvarez was how friendly and compassionate he is! He has such a dashing smile and a joking and open attitude. He really knows how to put you at ease by answering even the silliest of questions prior and after surgery. I honestly went to Mexico with some fear for my safety, but that all subsided once Rosie took us to the hospital. The hospital was older, but very clean and the nurses were extremely attentive, more so than any I have ever seen in the US! I am a diabetic and they were in my room at all hours checking my insulin levels and other vitals. I was never in pain, not even for a minute. I never had to ask for the pain meds because the nurses were constantly checking to make sure I was okay. The nurses were awesome! Dr. A's assistant Jessica was fantastic. She was very helpful and really made my experience comfortable and she even took my husband out to get meals. I was not in the fancier surgical suites but in a regular hospital room. That would be my only complaint...that my surgery buddy and I did not get to stay in the nicer rooms. But despite that, I had a great surgery and recovery experience. I am barely 2 months out and am down 44 pounds. I could not be happier with the surgery and recommend that if you are self-pay to go to Alvarez. I only wish he did plastic surgery as well so I could come back in a year or so. Loved my experience and love Dr. A!
Voted one of the 25 BEST Bariactric WLS Surgeons in the WORLD by his PEERS.
What can I add to that?
Reasonably priced, caring, efficient and capable.
Have had ZERO problems.
i had sleeve surgery on September 25, 2012. I had an excellent experience with Dr Aceves and his entire team. I have had no complications and was very well taken care of at the hospital. The hospital staff were friendly and helpful. I had researched quite a few surgeons and facilities and decided that Dr Aceves was the right surgeon for me. Everything went very smoothly from start to finish. I had traveled alone from Canada and felt very safe. Dr Aceves also did a hiatal hernia repair at no extra expense. I am very grateful to Dr Aceves for his exceptional care and surgical expertise and am well on the road to weight loss. Thank you again Dr Aceves.
Hello my name is Dorian. I have been over weight my entire life. After years of YoYo dieting I decided to take the next step and have WLS. I researched doctors for almost a year. I knew the only doctor I wanted to do my gastric sleeve was Dr Alberto Aceves in Mexicali. To be honest I was scared about getting it done in another country, until I met doctor Aceves in person. He does not sugar coat anything. He gives you strait up answers even if they aren't what you want to hear, witch I greatly respect. So, after meeting him in person and touring the hospital. I scheduled the surgery for 2 weeks later. His staff was excellent in getting my surgery scheduled and explaining everything in great details. I had my surgery on 9-21-2012. Everything went perfect, I was lucky and was in no pain at all. Let me tell you this hospital is by far better than any I have been to in the US. There were 3 nurses looking over 6 patients and they all spoke good english. The doctors would come in 2 or 3 times a day to check on you. I was 390 lbs on the day of surgery (09-21-2012). Today 10-31-2012 I am 317 lbs. That's a weight loss of 73 lbs in less than 6 weeks. If you are thinking about WLS, STOP thinking about it and DO IT!.
I traveled all the way from Ireland to Mexico to have my surgery done by Dr. Aceves. I was worried, scared, and all alone. The whole team at the Mexicali bariatric center took such great care of me, that all that went away quickly as I knew I was in good hands.
My surgery was somewhat different for Dr. Aceves as my insides are a bit backwards. I sought him out because I knew he was one of the best, and he was quite confident he could do the surgery despite my condition. That confidence reassured me that I made the right choice.
Not one side effect from surgery other then the best one of all.....losing weight. I had no pain, no nausea, and got through all of my diet phases just fine. I am a much healthier and happier person Thanks to Dr, Aceves and his team and I love this new life he has enabled me to live!
Dr. Aceves and his staff took wonderful care of me before and after surgery. They are kind-hearted and very knowledgeable in this field. I would definitely recommend him as anyone's surgeon!
I have nothing but the best to say about my experience with Drs. Aceves and Campos as well as Nina, Karla, Yolanda and Ramon. It was nice meeting another patient Diana who shared the drives and surgery date and the meal the night before surgery too. We met with both doctors the day before surgery and they were both very nice and informed us about the procedure. Karla was there from the beginning and stayed with us the whole time and was very helpful. It was so nice to see one or both doctors every dAy after surgery too. Dr. Aceves even took my picture of my blue tongue (die test) to have as a keepsake. He does have strict instructions with aftercare and a printed copies of all instructions to follow. Also included as you leave are your x-rays of your stomach, surgery report and instructions. One of the nurses actually accompanied me to the pharmacy for the Pantazol to take post op. The hospital room and in general was very clean and they seem to clean it all day. Upon leaving, we were given some nice vitamin water, soup for our ride back to the airport. Everything ran smoothly. Thank you Dr. Aceves and Dr. Campos! You've changed my life for the better!!
I found Dr Aceves to be very kind, encouraging and informative. He explained what he'd be doing and what my role in my success would be, making me feel very confident that I would be successful in using my new and improved stomach. My surgery went very well and I was up, walking the halls and gabbing with other patients within a couple of hours.
I was very impressed that not only did Dr Aceves pop in to see me a couple of times each day, but he remembered my husband's name and chatted with him as well. He was friendly, open to questions and actually applauded when I answered his question of whether I was passing gas yet with a yes.
I've had other surgeries (2 c-sections and a hernia repair) and my experience with Dr Aceves makes the others pale in comparison. Not only am I extremely happy with the surgical work he did, but I think he could give lessons in patient education, bedside manner and compassion.