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Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, April 11, 2014


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Chapala Med is a progressive full service medical clinic under the direction of Dr. Santiago Hernandez and is located in Lake Chapala Mexico. Dr. Hernandez has honed his clinic to service the needs of a large XPAT community serving not only the lakeside area but Guadalajara.

As medical technology has evolved so has the expectations of patients and this is even more so when you are an English speaking patient in need of medical services in Mexico.

Dr Hernandez is an energetic, personable well skilled American trained physician who goes above and beyond for each and everyone of his patients.His experience and knowledge base raises the bar not only in the standard of medial care you will receive but also targets the emotional challenges of being ill in a setting that you are perhaps not familiar with. He is fully bilingual which makes your experience stress free. Continue reading…

Email from patient

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, February 28, 2014

Heart ChapalaMedI went to see Doctor Santiago Hernandez on February 6, 2014 because my legs were swollen, shortness of breath and a nagging cough.  Two days later when I  visited him for a follow up and the swelling in my legs had not reduced.  He gave me an EKG in the office and suspected something more serious may be wrong.  He called his protege, cardiac surgeon, Doctor Salas and he agreed that there was a problem. Doctor Hernandez said to me “I want you to go to the hospital .”  I said “When.”  He said “right now. My husband immediately drove us to Hospital de la Santisma  Trinidad, Holy Trinity, in Guadalajara . Continue reading…

Medical System(s) at work for Dr. Hernandez (a personal testimonial)

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, December 7, 2013

THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON/ God works in mysterious ways etc.”
18 months ago the thought of relocating to Mexico solidified for personal reasons. Not sure if it was a foolish or a brave move. But since I got here things were either “SINK or SWIM” as far as my business goes.
But being allowed to practice medicine here really has allowed me to more tightly control a lot of what goes on in the course of my patients’ care and it gives both them and I more options to take into consideration.

Turning the clock forward 18 months, and following the medical principles and adhering to the U.S. Medical norms I was taught I can say that I am pleased to say that the best of both countries(medically speaking) allowed me to diagnose and get treatment for a person who is my hero, MY FATHER, in a timely manner before anything catastrophic happened to him.

He is a SNOW BIRD and came down with me. Being able to use the DIAGNOSTIC LABS so freely in Guadalajara (thanks to RIO CLINIC) it allowed me to diagnose a carotid artery that was so clogged up with a cholesterol plaque (U.S. recommendation is SURGERY AT THIS POINT) that I quickly got him on the right track for treatment. He has MEDICARE and since I still have the contacts in the Chicago area (my BFF Dr. Ivan Lopez of ProHEALTH medical clinic in Aurora, IL) we were able to get him in the hands of one of the best vascular surgeons in the Chicagoland area. Vanessa Luquin helped out so much as well. Thanks.

The tools and medical technology that are available for physicians down here in Mexico are on par with those in the U.S. and I have confirmed this with my own father. Often a physician in the U.S. or Canada will need to repeat those studies(due to malpractice) but it only confirms what we find here.

I spoke with my dad in his hospital room at Elmhurst Hospital in Chicago. He’s doing well after his surgery yesterday. He will be released this evening. Needless to say that this Christmas will be especially happy for our family.
And I will be especially thankful and reflective upon the course of events that led me to be where I am today and have allowed me to work in the manner which I do and have thus allowed me to prevent my dad from getting a major stroke.

If I wasn’t practicing where I am and in the manner I am the outcome could’ve been very different.

Chapala Med-Physician in Mexico -Testimonial – Cat Cole

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 22, 2013

resized pic (1)I am 66 years old, very active in fitness and eat a clean diet. I was always aware that I had a family history of heart problems, but knew that my regime was keeping me out of trouble.  And, as it turned out, it was. I had some testing done last year and things were looking very good.

But for some reason, things changed over the past couple of months.  I was not able to exercise very much, had no energy; I didn’t have an appetite and was feeling rather depressed about it all. Continue reading…

My surgical experience with Dr. Hernandez

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 16, 2013

Surgery ChapalaMedI had breast augmentation 38 years ago. I was one among many women who were the first to do such a procedure. The implants were manufactured by Dow Corning, the first company to product the devices. I was told that there was only 20 years experience with these implants and that after that, “We just don’t know.”  I went ahead with the procedure. I loved, loved, loved the results and have never looked back. Due to the short life experience with these implants, they eventually started to rupture and many, many women sued the manufacture, who paid billions in claims, putting the company in bankruptcy. Since then research has revealed that the implants did not and do not cause the medical problems claimed by these women, however, it is advised to have them replaced. Science has now developed safer versions, there are many manufacturers producing them and it has become a very common procedure. Just take a look at the internet and you’ll see your favorite stars with enhanced breasts.

I was told that my implants had ruptured before moving to Mexico and that replacement was recommended. Dr. Hernandez was unaware of the leakage, but as a routine examination for my medical file, he sent me to Guadalajara for a sonogram which revealed my “problem.” He called me into his office and we discussed “what to do.” I had been aware of the rupture for some time, but hated the idea of another surgery. So far nothing I could detect was affecting my health. Being from the U.S., insurance companies say, “Tough cookies” when it comes to most plastic surgery procedures and the cost is out of sight. But living in Mexico where insurance companies don’t rule the roost, those procedures are more affordable and when Dr. Hernandez had a heart to heart with me, I said, “When do we do this?” Continue reading…

Chapala Med is a Great Asset to our Community

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, July 30, 2013

ChapalaMed logo Hi All

Whenever I have a good experience with a service provider I like to share. I do this as when I first moved here I really  found great information on this board which helped to point me in the right direction when looking for services.

Experiences are personal but as I am a tough critic I usually feel confident when making a recommendation or I simply do not do it.

For the last few weeks I have been dealing with Dr. Hernandez at Chapala Med. I don’t get ill very often however since Easter had really been feeling under the weather with some strange symptoms. Continue reading…

Dr. Santiago Saved my Friends Life

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez,

Heart ChapalaMedYesterday morning a friend called me worried about a friend of hers who had been diagnosed with bronchitis by a Joco clinic doc (Another diagnosis pulled out of thin air) and put on a regime of antibiotics. The friend was almost done with the antibiotics and had called for help saying she was worse – not better.
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Testimonial  From Garry Peerless

April 13, 2013

Doctor ChapalaMedAfter having lived at Lakeside for several years, I found that I was quite suddenly and unexplainably unwell.  I had read of a new doctor in Chapala, Dr. Santiago Hernandez, and liked what I had seen of his qualifications. He is trained and  was licensed in the US and  as is now licensed in Mexico.  Continue reading…