Warning - Lap Band Removal - Tijuana, MX

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Hi everyone, i found it important to let the...

Hi everyone,

i found it important to let the world know and I will find any site I can to warn people about a service site I went through and the doctor I used. I am not new to going to Mexico. On June 2010 I went to Dr. Rodriguez and I had the lapband put in. Great job with everything and I was happy with the service. I lost 129 pounds in a year and then started toning my body from there. On March 2013 I went to Dr Suerez for a body lift, breast augmentation, eye lift and ear lobe correction. Everything went great and awesome service there as well.

So now comes the warning!!! I on May 3rd 2014 went through a Agency called weightlossagents. I talked to them about lapband revision to sleeve.(cause my port was sticking out a lot). They said that they do this all the time and I paid for that service. 4999.00 US dollars. That was suppost to include all doctor fees, hotel stay, transportation and operation of lap band removal to sleeve.

On May 15th I flew in and stayed at the hilton for the night and met up with my transportation on May 16th 2014. He drove me right to all the blood work and forms that I signed saying I was going through the lapband to sleeve revision. They then drove me to their hospital where Dr Mario Alamanza was doing my surgery. They prep me all up and the doctor came in and did his ever day speach to everyone. We all waited until it was our turn. It was finally my turn and they assured that I was going from lap to sleeve I said yes and they konked me out. I woke up with a tube down my nose and all bandage up. Everyone else but us three Canadian's didn't get a hotel room and we were stuck on the uncomphy beds. We all on day three finally got some freezies and I think jello the next day. Us threeCanadian girls had a conversation with the other group when we met up for the swallow/leakage test. By what we learnt, the hotel would have the proper diet and service for them on a timely manner, as we were just stuck and ignored in our rooms. Let's say we were not happy campers!!! So I flew home and rested. One week after my operation, I was really sick and I ended up having a abscess in my stomach while it drained through the open stitch. My Canadian surgeon/doctor wanted to check on my sleeve to double check that everything was all right. While in the Canadian hospital, they ended up taking two sets of blood, an X-ray, ultra sound and I iodine injected ct scan. While here comes the good part. They took the lap band out and I have my whole stomach. It wasn't even touched. I was made to believe that it was done. So I emailed and called the weightlossagents and they passed me off to a girl Melissa (oh yeah with no apology). I left messages with Melissa and no return phone call. I called this Sunday and she finally answered with the answer that she's not at her desk and to email information. No responses.

So a lap band removal cost is 3400 and they took 4999.00. Plus it cost a night stay and flight of a 1000 plus time off work. I could got the removal done here for that price. Dr Mario Alamanza will not return anything to me and I am not getting far with this Agency that was calling me left, right and centre when they wanted my money.

I ask that you don't use this service or doctor. I also asked to spread this message to others, so they are not taken.

Thanks for reading

Dr. Mario Alamanza

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