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The Tijuana Option

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, M.D., June 14, 2017

There may come a time when some of us may have to experience the pain of accompanying a family member, close friend or a loved one through the ordeal of a disease that may be deemed terminal. We often go through the same emotional stages as the person who is at the end of their journey here on earth.

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“The five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling.”

It can be during one of these stages that we try to “buy” our loved ones more time or find that miraculous cure that will end our loved one’s suffering or perhaps be the cure we are so desperate to find.   As a physician who provides care to a population of expats from the U.S. and Canada, the majority of whom are about my parents’ age (65 and older), I have treated many who have had to fight these battles, including cancer. That includes my own parents.

As those of you who follow my blog postings know, I have written previously about my mother’s fight with breast cancer and how she received excellent care in the Mexican Public Healthcare system in Guadalajara. Last year, her oncologist told her that she was in remission and was free to return to Chicago. Well, she recently returned to Chicago only to be hospitalized again and learned she had developed tumors in her liver. They probably had metastasized from her breast cancer.

I believe that during one of these stages of accepting my mother’s recurrence of what is now a stage 4 cancer and ultimately the end of her journey on this earth, members of my family, with the best of intentions, did what is now a common practice. They searched Google for an answer, a cure. They believed that the “conventional” allopathic medical therapy she underwent had not provided the cure we all had hoped for so they looked up “alternative” care clinics, based in Tijuana that seemed to offer hope for a cure of my mother’s cancer.

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US Patient Mortality Lower With Non-US-Trained Physicians

Posted by Vanessa, February 7, 2017

Lower US Patient Mortality

Medicare patients admitted to the hospital and treated by internists who graduated from medical schools outside the United States had lower 30-day mortality than matched patients cared for by graduates of US schools, according to results of a study published online today in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

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From Scotland to Mexico

Posted by Wendy, January 22, 2017

Dave and Barbara’s daughter required surgery. But they live in Mexico and she lives in Scotland. After researching, Barbara found Dr. Santiago Hernandez at Chapala Med to be the best choice, for many reasons. Click on the video to find out why.

Experience Having Surgery – Dr. Hernandez

Posted by Vanessa, January 13, 2017

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From my first appointment with Dr. Santiago Hernandez in May 2015, my experience has been positive, productive, and professional. Office visits always are on time, unhurried, and include back-and forth dialogue; Dr. Hernandez listens to my input. His support staff is equally helpful, attentive, and friendly.When I needed surgery, Dr. Hernandez not only accompanied me to Guadalajara for the consultation with the surgeon, an excellent choice suggested by Dr. Hernandez, but he actually was present for the entire five-hour operation and his was the first face I saw when I awoke. How many general practitioners north of the border would do that?

It should be obvious, then, that I am more than satisfied with Dr. Hernandez and would recommend him to others. In fact, I already have.

-Tom Nussbaum

My Hospital Visit

Posted by Wendy, December 17, 2016

'Triple burger with fries, would you like the complimentary angiogram with that?'

‘Triple burger with fries, would you like the complimentary angiogram with that?’

I read somewhere that men and women’s symptoms for heart issues are different.  Men suffer crushing chest pains and numbness in their left arm.  Women experience varying levels of chest pain radiating up into their jaw.  So when I started feeling a soreness in my chest move up north, I paid attention.  We were watching a really good Mission Impossible movie and I wanted to see it to the end to ensure that the villain was in fact destroyed and the hero saved the girl and was given his next assignment, “if he choose to accept it.”  I then told my spouse about my symptoms, keeping myself calm and my voice low, to not create excitement and high blood pressure for either one of us. I knew once we started making phone calls and got this ball rolling, it couldn’t be stopped.

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Aspirin Can Be a Killer: Dad’s Lesson

Posted by Wendy, December 13, 2016

aspirinFor those of you who follow me on social media (Facebook), you may have learned that my father was hospitalized this past weekend. On Nov. 26, my father started feeling very fatigued and short of breath.  He rarely calls me with any medical concerns being that for the past 2 years, it’s been my mother’s health that has been the center of our family’s health concerns due to her fight with breast cancer.

My father normally walks 3-5 miles per day, at least twice per day when he walks his dogs and works in his avocado orchard in Michoacán.  He has worked in the fields since he was 7 years of age and in the U.S. he often worked double shifts at the steel mills to put us through school, sometimes with the flu or bronchitis.  As long as I can remember, my dad had an aura of invincibility. So, when my dad calls me and tells me that he is feeling fatigued and short of breath while on his routine walks, it really made my mind uneasy, to say the least.  To make matters worse, my aunt who is a retired nurse called me and told me that my dad was as pale as a ghost.

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Why consult a physician in Mexico for female Healthcare?

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, M.D., November 16, 2016

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Female healthcare is a significant part of the plan designed by countries for improving the overall health and wellness condition of a population. According to statistical evidence collected and evaluated over the course of years, it has been found that women are more likely to suffer from different diseases in comparison to men.

This finding has brought to light the need for a sound and multi tiered healthcare plan for women, who are at a higher risk of suffering from different chronic diseases. It is a fact concerning women all over the world, and that is why it has become important now, more than ever before, to assign due importance to female healthcare.

But with expensive treatment options, many women are not able to get treatment in time, which only worsens their medical condition. That is why there has been a rising trend observed in the number of female patients traveling across the border to consult physicians in Mexico for their different medical conditions.

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Surgery in Mexico for Pulmonary Disorders

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, M.D., October 19, 2016

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Every year, a large number of adults and children suffer from a variety of lung diseases and disorders which affect the overall quality of their life. Chronic lung diseases can seriously affect the life and wellbeing of an individual; difficulty in breathing and the resultant low oxygen content in the body can have adverse affects on the entire body.

Pulmonary disorders are caused by any lung disease which affects the function of the lungs. There are three broad categories of lung disease- airway diseases, lung circulation, and lung tissue diseases. An individual suffering from a pulmonary disorder caused by any of these conditions requires immediate attention from a specialized physician who can diagnose the condition and offer proper treatment before the condition worsens.

In many cases, the disease worsens to such an extent that the surgery is prescribed for the health of the patient. Since specialized treatment is very expensive and it is hard to get appointment from specialists from surgeons who are already burdened, many patients and their families opt for a more feasible and suitable option, that is, consultation and surgery in Mexico.

Physicians in Mexico are highly qualified and trained and have certified accreditations from some of the most renowned medical bodies in the world. These professionals offer quality healthcare treatment, on par with the best specialist treatments in developed countries of the world, all affordably priced.

With high quality healthcare treatment at a fraction of the cost charged in the United States and Canada, many people opt for medical travel and consult a physician from across the border.

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My Mother’s battle with cancer

Posted by Wendy, October 4, 2016

mom-hospitalOn Valentine’s Day weekend 2015, my parents came to Guadalajara to attend my Rotary Club’s Valentine Day Art Auction. My mother mentioned she had a lump on the left side of her neck and asked if I wouldn’t mind removing it since I had removed some previously, while I was working in Chicago. Instead, I called my colleague, Dr. Juan Delgado, an oncological head-neck surgeon, to help remove it since it was in an area that was deeper and I believed that he was better trained to carry out such a procedure.

We scheduled the surgery for the next day, Sunday. We excised the mass and got the preliminary pathology results in two days. Dr. Delgado called me with the unfortunate news; the pathology report was positive for cancer and that we had to find the primary immediately. While I showered, I thought how to break the news to my mother and I prayed for God to give me the strength to be able to do it in the best way possible. One of the hardest responsibilities that we have as doctors, is to give bad news to our patients.  Since this was my own mother I was giving the bad news to, the heaviness in my heart that morning was unbearable. Continue reading…

Pros of Cosmetic Surgery in Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, M.D., September 21, 2016

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Over the last few decades, cosmetic surgery has gone up in popularity, and with the emergence of new and highly sophisticated technologies, surgeons are able to deliver outstanding results every time. Whether it is a tummy tuck or a nose reshaping surgery, long lasting and aesthetically pleasing results attract many, tempting them to go for cosmetic surgical treatments.

While plastic surgery in itself is quite expensive and complex, cosmetic surgery is significantly more so. Only highly trained and qualified surgeons can be trusted for the job; the treatment requirements too are many, all of which need to be met for the surgery to minimize potential risks.

Surgery of any kind is a delicate procedure, with a certain amount of risk always associated with it. Different patients respond in a different way to the treatment, and that is why it is crucial to consult the best in the field, with a highly trained staff, and get the procedure done in a properly equipped facility.

With cosmetic surgery prices skyrocketing in most countries around the world, many patients are opting for medical travel to get their surgery in Mexico.

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