Tijuana, Mexico-Gastric Sleeve with Dr Fernando Garcia. Mexico, MX

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Hi Everyone, I have decided to take the plunge as...

Hi Everyone,

I have decided to take the plunge as I have struggled since giving birth to my kids to get my weight under control. Friends and Family think I am out of my mind to have my surgery in Mexico. I want this to be a place to help others with this process and document my journey. I contacted Tijuana Bariatrics and have worked with Curt. I have also worked with Alisha, who has been very helpful during this journey. The surgery with my friend staying in the Hotel will cost $4410.00 as my friend who will be coming, opted to stay in the hotel instead of the hospital with me for 2 days as she gets queasy. No worries :).... When I first contacted them I received paperwork for the process, the pre-opt diet, travel and pick up instructions. Once I paid for my surgery in full, Alisha sent me a consent paperwork. The staff recommended the Marriot as there had been difficulties with the other hotel. The additional costs were 1243.42 for myself and friend to fly from Honolulu, Hi to San Diego. I am staying past my surgery date in California. I had to book a hotel for the 18th as we arrive at midnight and wont be picked up until the 19th that was 150.00 for the hotel. I will be staying in Orange County with my friend from 24th through the 30th and fly out on the 30th hotel was 900.00 and rental car was 250.00. My weight at this time is 182lbs. I am definitely looking for a change in eating habits and lifestyle. I will post pictures once I get closer to the time. I look forward to everyone's feedback

I update my post as I wrote this last night and realized how tired I was and how awful my grammar looked

Hi Everyone,

I have decided to take the plunge as I have struggled since giving birth to my kids to get my weight under control. Friends and Family think I am out of my mind to have my surgery in Mexico. I want this to be a place to help others with this process and document my journey. I contacted Tijuana Bariatrics and have worked with Curt. I have also worked with Alisha, who has been very helpful during this journey. The surgery with my friend staying at the Hotel will cost $4410.00. My friend who will be coming opted to stay in the hotel instead of the hospital with me for two days as she gets queasy. No worries :).... When I first contacted Tijuana Bariatrics, I received paperwork for the process, the pre-op diet, travel and pick up instructions. Once I paid for my surgery in full, Alisha sent me the consent paperwork. The staff recommended the Marriot as there had been difficulties with the other hotel. The additional costs were 1243.42 for myself and friend to fly from Honolulu, Hi to San Diego. I am staying past my surgery date in California. I had to book a hotel for the 18th as we arrive at midnight and won't be picked up until the 19th that was 150.00 for the hotel. I will be staying in Orange County with my friend from 24th through the 30th and fly out on the 30th. The hotel was 900.00, and the rental car was 250.00. My weight at this time is 182lbs. I am looking for a change in eating habits and lifestyle. I will post pictures once I get closer to the time. I look forward to everyone's feedback.

Gym time

So for the past months, I have been going to the gym and seeing no results. I have my poor eating habits to blame for that. So while I am waiting for my surgery, I am still exercising. I hope that this surgery will help me in making better choices. I am trying to make healthier decisions so when the time comes it will not be as hard. Does anyone have advice or suggestions?

Pre-Op Instructions

Below I am posting the pre-op instructions that I was give for others to review:

Pre-Op Instructions
Gastric Sleeve, Plication and Lap Band
Use any prepared canned or powdered protein drink. You may purchase these in any health
food store or many grocery stores. Please be sure it contains at least 15 grams of protein per
serving.
1 protein drink at breakfast
1 protein drink at lunch
Dinner: Salad with Protein (chicken, fish, egg, etc), small amount of low fat dressing, or fat free
dressing or olive oil and vinegar.
1 protein drink in the evening if needed
You may also take 1 Metamucil capsule per day if needed for hunger.
Start this phase the day before surgery:
Do a light breakfast the day prior to surgery and take only clear liquids after that. This consists
of broth, Jell-o, sugar-free juice, any clear liquid
You may have nothing to eat or drink after the midnight preceding surgery or 8 hours prior to it.
If you are a Same Day Surgery arrive with an empty stomach and wear compression stockings
during your trip.
You may take needed medications (such as heart or blood pressure medications) with sips of
water the morning of surgery as directed by our Doctors.
Do not take any aspirin, Advil, Nuprin, Aleve or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
medication for 7 days prior to surgery. These medications cause unnecessary bleeding after
surgery. This includes baby aspirin and most arthritis medications. If you are not sure, please
check with our Doctors.. For headache or minor pains you may use Tylenol. You may restart
these medications the next day after surgery.
Do not take any herbal medications for 7 days prior to surgery.
Bring comfortable shoes and slippers to Mexico, you will be asked to walk several times per
day. Please bring your medications in properly labeled pharmaceutical bottles for
documentation of dosages.
You will be on a liquid and soft food diet for two weeks after surgery. Stock up on sugar-free
liquids: Crystal Light, sugar free fruit juices, apple sauce, yogurt, sugar-free pudding, sugar-free
jell-o, thin soups and caffeine-free teas. If you do not like the flavor of chicken broth, make
chicken noodle soup and strain out the solids. Avoid all carbonated beverages (fills the stomach
with gas). Avoid sugar (extra calories that fight against weight loss). Caffeine makes you urinate
more and can lead to dehydration.
You will need to drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration after surgery. Sport drink bottles
with measurements on the side will help ensure you are drinking enough liquid. You will need to
drink at least two quarts (2,000cc) per day to prevent dehydration. You will not be able to gulp
liquids so you will want to drink small amounts throughout the day.
RNY/Bypass, Mini Bypass and DS
Start this phase 2 days before surgery:
Take a laxative (any laxative that you usually use). Take only clear liquids after that. This
consists of broth, Jell-o, sugar-free juice, Gatorade and any clear liquid.
You may have nothing to drink after the midnight preceding surgery or 8 hours prior to your
surgery. If you are a Same Day Surgery arrive on an empty stomach and wear compression
stockings.
*Please follow the pre-op diet as instructed below
1. BMI’s 30 to 31 no diet-only clears liquids the day prior to surgery
2.-BMI's 32 to 39 - 7 days
3.-BMI's 40 to 49- 10 days
4.- BMI's 50 to 59- 14 days
5.- BMI's 60 to 69- 21 days
6.-BMI's 70 and over- 1 month

What are the best protein shakes to get after surgery?

I am trying to research before I go into surgery what are the best protein shakes after a bariatric surgery. Does anyone have any advice?

30 days until surgery.....advice please!

So I'm getting excited and nervous about the surgery. Any advice on what to take, have with me before I go to Mexico? I would appreciate any feedback.

The countdown is here.....ahhhhh.....I'm nervous

So Friday I start my pre-op diet. I'm a bit nervous as the time has just flown by. Does anyone have any suggestions for the hunger pains.....

Day 3 pre-op diet

So far I can say that the diet has been pretty easygoing for me. I definitely enjoy the salad in the evenings as it givese something to look forward to at the end of the day. When u start craving anything sweet, I have sugar free jello in the fridge and sugar free fruit bars. It definitely helps. During the day I fill my hydroflask 40oz (kinda like a thermos but keeps it warm for 2 days) with chicken, beef, or vegetable broth. Whenever I get hungry I just drink some and it lasts me all day. I even went to the gym today and it wasn't hard at all. Spent 45 min of the treadmill and decided that I would do weights tomorrow. So far I have dropped 6 pounds.....probably mostly water weight but hey its motivating and nice to see the scale going down instead of up :)

Marriot Photos and Hospital Photos

Hi Everyone, I made it through my surgery and uploading photos I will update you with how it all went after I have uploaded everything.

Marriot Photos and Hospital Photos Cont

Here are a few More of the Marriot

Marriot Photos and Hospital Photos Cont

Here is more for you to enjoy

Discharge Paperwork, X-ray and medications

Here is what I was discharged with today

My friend took some pictures

Here are some photos. I will post the videos soon

My thorough Review of Tijuana Bariatrics

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to give a thorough review and help people feel at ease when using Tijuana Bariatrics, as many people have fears of having surgery here. I won't lie either, I was skeptical myself. But now that it is over, I couldn't have asked for a better team. When I arrived, I arrived a day earlier (got in on the 19th at 3 am). I recommend taking the earliest flight of the day in case of delays. Our flight was delayed for over 3 hours. I booked the Best Western Chula Vista Inn and called a flat rate taxi to take us there for the remainder of the night. The flat rate was 45.00 to Chula Vista Inn. They had a nice breakfast buffet. I would recommend it again. The Tijuana Driver called me in-flight, and I received his voicemail about picking us up the next day. I did have a little complications returning his call and had to contact the office to have him return my call. He picked us up from the hotel and was quite the gentleman. He loaded all our bags. When we arrived at customs, we didn’t need our passports for entry but was told when leaving Mexico we would need to use them. We arrived at the hotel and had to wait to have our room cleaned and was able to go up after 3 pm. The bell boys were such gentlemen, always carrying our bags and assisting with our needs. I felt like a princess. The room was nice. The fridge had a mini bar and candy left inside, water, soda, alcohol, etc. All the prices were in Pesos. The hotel and local shops do accept American Dollars, so it made it easier. We ate in the dining facility the first night. The chicken broth was good compared to the beef. Each day in the hotel you receive three bowls of broth, two popsicles, and two drinks of water for free. I ordered the fruit and cucumber water. It was really tasty (these are not free). The beds were soft and comfortable. I slept like a baby. I enjoyed the extra soft pillows too. Room service was on it, always courteous and willing to help us. I did tip the staff every time. Although it wasn’t necessary, I did. I gave between 5-10 for drivers, 2-3 for room service, etc.
The coordinator Atallia met us at the hotel. She brought paperwork and helped us check in at the hotel. She let us know we needed to be in the lobby by 6:30 am to leave by 6:45 am. The shuttle took us to the CER building. When we arrived, we took the elevator to the 3rd floor and checked into our rooms for the hospital stay. The rooms were extremely nice. Everything was tip top and looked brand new. I was given a gown, hair cap, and stockings to put on. A nurse arrived and placed the IV in my arm. It wasn’t as bad as I made out in the video. I hate needles. She was very gentle. They placed stickers on my chest and back area for monitoring during the surgery. The hospital bed was very comfortable. After all this was done, the nurse took me downstairs to the surgery room. I am not sure if I was just very tired from travel or if the anesthesia kicked in, but I remember transferring from one bed to another and then I was out. I remember seeing the doctors and nurses. When I awoke, I was in the recovery area. They took me back upstairs to my room. I remember being in pain and asking for some medicine. The nurse stated that before I could be given any medicine, I needed to walk. When I returned to my room, I waited a few minutes and then got up and did my first walk. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. After I had returned to my room from walking, the nurse gave me pain meds. Every hour I was getting up and walking. I did have the infamous upper left shoulder pain that everyone talked about. The other pain was mostly from being uncomfortable. Every hour it seemed the nurses were coming in giving pain meds, antibiotics, or liquids. I was able to shower the following day, and it felt nice. The TV in the room only had 2 American channels, so if you want entertainment, bring a laptop with movies or a book. During the two nights stay in the room, the nurses came in and out of the room every hour to monitor you. Don’t expect to get much sleep, as they turn the lights on every time they come into the room. For some, this is a complaint, but for me it was just an inconvenience as I wanted to sleep. Day 1 after surgery, I was given a blue liquid that tasted like PowerAde to do a 1st leak test. If there were a leak, it would come through the drain tube. The leak test was good. I also received apple juice and orange Gatorade. On the 2nd day (discharge day), I was given yellow Gatorade. I packed up my things, took a shower, and waited in the lobby to go for a second leak test and x-ray. A group of us went to an x-ray facility across town. They are still finishing building the CER facility, and this will soon be available in-house. I waited about 20 minutes and then went in to have my x-ray done. Make sure to ask the technician for an additional copy when you go in for the leak test, or they will not print one and you will have to wait longer for your copy. When getting the x-ray, you are given a clear substance to drink all at once. I have to say this is disgusting. Bring something to drink if you can because the taste will linger in your mouth, and it’s awful. The driver returned, and we went back to the CER building. I went to the 2nd floor to have my drainage tube removed. When they removed it, they did not put anything over it as the nurse said to let it continue to drain. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but an awkward feeling when the nurse removed the drain. The staple stitches remained, and she stated they would come to the hotel the next day to remove them. I was given pain medicine, amoxicillin, rubbing alcohol, gauze and paperwork upon discharge. The driver took us back to the hotel after being discharged. When I returned, the hotel staff were very accommodating. One of the bellboys went across the street and got a fruit ice pop for me. The bartenders made a delicious strawberry mango water for me too. I felt like a queen. The staff catered to my every need. Room service always called to make sure our meals were received in a timely fashion. On the second day after surgery, we went out on the town. The driver gave a tour and took us around shopping. I got to see and explore Tijuana. Upon return to the hotel, I had my staples removed, and butterfly-like strips place over the incisions. The nurse told me to let the strips fall off on their own. (About a week later they fell off) My friend and I that evening went to a local Mexican restaurant. I ordered an amazing soup. On Friday morning, we packed our bags, and the bellboys helped bring our luggage to the lobby. Might I warn you that if you are to be down stairs at a certain time for the driver to pick you up, be there 5-10 minutes earlier, or you will get left behind. When we were finally picked up to go over the border, they did inspect and ask for our passports. We had to go through a second inspection, and they randomly pick an individual to be finger-printed etc. Don’t panic it’s a normal process. Just make sure that all speeding tickets are paid and that you don’t have any warrants against you, and you will be ok. Upon being cleared, we were taken to get our rental car and tipped the driver.
Overall I felt the experience was a 10 out of a 10. I was treated like a queen at the Marriot, and I highly recommend staying there. The staff at the CER building were helpful, and the treatment was superb to what I receive in America. Some of the staff are not very fluent in English, so I do recommend using google translate to help you with the language barriers. I have no complaints and would highly recommend anyone to using their facility.

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I wanted to share some of the videos we took during the trip. Hope you enjoy.

One Month Post Op and Feeling a Bit Frustrated

So I am officially one month post and I feel a bit frustrated. I could use some advice and help. My highest weight was 191. Granted I have lost 26lbs, most of it was in the first 2 weeks. I will be honest, I haven't been able to get in the full water (64oz) or the protein 60g. I am eating small meals and had a few times where i didn't chew my few well. I know that stalls happen and it will pass. I need some help getting past this stall. I go to the gym pretty much everyday. I do 45mins cardio and some weights. I am taking all the vitamins and get a good nights rest. I am not sure what else to do to help myself andcould really use the advice.

2mo post opp

So here is my 2 mo post opp. A little late but better than never right.....My weight hasn't gone down much and was wondering what others have done to help with the weightloss. Any suggestions would be helpful

Highest weight = 191lbs
After Surgery = 184lbs
1 Month post opp = 165lbs
2 Months post opp = 156lbs

new years eve dress

I actually had to send it back for a smaller size :))

A small update

While my goals weren't to get too small I am happy to say that I am feeling very positive with where I am at with my weight. Thank you to everyone and their support through this journey.
Dr Fernando Garcia

I felt very confident and secure with my surgery. My questions were answered thoroughly and the staff were very helpful. I couldn't have asked for better staff.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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