Why Medical Travel has become Popular in Mexico

Posted by David, April 21, 2015

medical-travel_3Patients beyond Borders describes Mexico as a country that has come a long way in healthcare. The country has established itself as a global medical care hub for people from all walks of life. Mexico’s popularity as the destination for medical care rose when foreigners began to visit to receive dental treatments and cosmetic surgery.

Continue reading…

My husband wouldn’t be alive

Posted by admin, April 15, 2015

Gallbladder ChapalaMedWe read about Dr. Hernandez’s online postings about the Healthcare System in Guadalajara and in particular about our SEGURO POPULAR insurance. So in August of 2014 we decided to establish care with him so that he may guide us through the system and get the care we needed.

On Sunday, January 25th 2015, my husband Gary had some pepperoni pizza for dinner. Shortly afterwards, he said that he must have eaten too much pepperoni. He had a stomach ache and went to bed. Monday morning, he was fine, but still had a little pain. I made him a breakfast, and he again felt pain after eating. I began to worry that it was his gall bladder. Continue reading…

Top Breakthroughs in Oncology Research in Mexico

Posted by David, April 14, 2015


Cancer is devastating. Any person who has lost a loved one to cancer knows how hard it is to watch them wither away in pain. Cancer research has been an ongoing topic for many medical centers and there has been much progress in treating it. Educated patients who are suffering from cancer are now making their way towards Mexico as news about a breakthrough in oncology research has come to light.

Continue reading…

What Medical Procedures do Foreigners Visit Mexico to Have?

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, M.D., March 26, 2015

mexico-operationsMexico is one of the most popular places for medical travel to receive various treatments. The country boasts 112 hospitals with seven accredited by the International Joint Commission and 105 accredited by the Federal Ministry of Health. Mexico receives visits from tourists all over the world, but majority of their travelers come from the United States.

It was reported in 2013, between 200,000 and 1.1 million medical travelers went to Mexico to receive medical treatments. Each year, it is estimated that 50,000 Americans cross the border for dental work, as its much cheaper there than in their own country. Dental work is only one of many medical treatments that Mexico specializes in. Medical travelers also visit Mexico for the following five treatments:

1.    Rebuilt Your Smile Continue reading…

5 Medical Travel Myths Shattered

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, M.D., March 25, 2015

medical-tourismEach passing year, the market for medical tourism increases, but along with it, myths and rumors about medical travel also take center stage. When the myths about the reality of medical tourism begin to circulate, people become wary of selecting the option to travel to another country for a specific treatment.

Therefore, the myth that needs to be debunked straight away is that foreign doctors are under qualified. Foreign doctors working in reputable medical facilities abroad are anything, but under qualified. They have received their training and education from well-known medical institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, amongst other countries.

Still, there are even more serious myths that need to be addressed than this. Here are five medical tourism myths that deserve to be shattered:

Continue reading…

Solving your Weight Problem Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 15, 2014

weightObesity is a growing concern for many in developed countries. Diabetes and cardiovascular risks associated with weight problems are prompting many to look for permanent solutions after dieting and exercise have failed to give results. Bariatric surgery is becoming a very popular solution and many are seeking this procedure in Mexico.  Why?  The average cost for Bariatric surgery in the United States is twenty-two thousand dollars and the wait time in Canada ranges from three to ten years. Mexico offers immediate attention for less than ten thousand dollars.

Continue reading…

Orthopedic Surgery and Physical Therapy in Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 7, 2014

orthopedicsurgeryThe first knee replacement surgery was performed in the United States in 1968. Since then modern improvements in techniques and surgical instruments have made knee replacement one of the most successful procedures in medicine.  Due to the high cost of orthopedic surgery and the physical therapy needed for recuperation afterwards,  many Americans have looked south of the border to Mexico where orthopedic surgery and physical therapy mirror the high quality treatment of their northern neighbours at a fraction of the cost.

Continue reading…

indexAccording to the National Institute of Mental Health, 26.2 percent of Americans above the age of 18 (meaning 1 in 4 adults) suffer from a mental disorder any given year. Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States and Canada. Some of the most common types of mental illness are mood disorders, which can be categorized as Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder. About 20.9 million American adults have a mood disorder.

Continue reading…

inglowwwDid you know that the skin is the body’s largest organ? It retains fluids preventing dehydration, inhibits microbes from penetrating the body therefore preventing infection, helps maintain an even body temperature, and assists in Vitamin D intake. Anything that irritates or inflames the skin can produce symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning, and itching. Although changes in skin color and texture may go away naturally, there are certain symptoms that are indicators of greater underlying problems.

Continue reading…

I can thank Dr. Hernandez for my life today

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, September 5, 2014

Heart ChapalaMedMy name is Bill Wagoner and I have lived in Chapala for approximately five years now. For quite sometime now I was having severe difficulty breathing, eating and sleeping. But more recently my balance seemed to be going bad and I found myself frequently stumbling. A good friend of mine Sasha Conway, was worried enough about my deteriorating health that she took it upon herself to help me find the care I needed. Sasha proceeded to set up an appointment for me with Dr. Santiago Hernandez at Chapala Med.

Now, I hadn’t heard of him but I was given his address and I rode my bicycle to his office. We met in the waiting room of his building, he greeted me as if we were old friends and I immediately liked him. We went back to his office, we sat and spoke briefly about my medical issues. Dr. Santiago noticed I was having a very difficult time breathing. During his physical examination, he listened to my heart and asked me to follow him to another exam room. In moments he said “I think your heart is causing all your problems” but after riding bikes for 60 years I couldn’t bring myself believe what he had just said. The doctor proceeded to hook me up to his EKG machine and there in front of me was the answer. He was right! My heart was beating very erratically and seemed to be all over the place. He diagnosed me with a severe cardiac dysfunction. Continue reading…