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…

The Reputation of Medical Travel To Mexico is Growing

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, December 27, 2013


Although medical travel has gained popular attraction over the last twenty years, the idea is not a new concept. For over 200 years people in England have visited Spas and Coastal towns, believing that natural spring waters and the sea air was good to help with certain complaints, in particular bronchitis and other breathing problems. In recent times, though, people have travelled to receive medical treatments for all manner of reasons including plastic surgery, neurosurgery and cardiology.

There is still some stigma attached to medical travel. This is fundamentally due to certain mainstream media outlets reporting seeking medical treatment overseas is controversial or even morally wrong. The media of course are batting for their own countries health centres in the political arena thus distort the true facts. The truth about medical travel is that it is more beneficial for both the patient and the country if origin where patients seek treatment. 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.

Shattering The Stigmas About Surgery in Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, December 5, 2013

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Surgery in Mexico is a rapidly growing business with more than a million patients visiting from the US alone each year. However, due to reports of malpractice in mainstream newspapers there is still concern amongst the mass majority of people. Yet statistics show that surgery in Mexico is far safer than medical treatment in the US.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a report that medical negligence in the US kills around 200,000 patients a year and is the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. In 2012, over $3 billion was paid out in malpractice lawsuits – and only one in five cases actually pays out! Continue reading…

Bilingual Physician in Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, November 15, 2013

img_pod_patientMexico is the nearest country to the US and Canada that offers cost-effective medical treatment. With the increasing numbers of foreign visitors there is a greater need for physicians in Mexico to be bilingual. The good news is that the vast majority of medical staff working as physicians in Mexico are bilingual.

Indeed, many physicians that are native to Mexico actually received their education in the United States and have an excellent command of the English language together with an understanding of the cultural differences.  You will also find many English speaking doctors that have relocated to Mexico to work in state of the art clinics that are used for medical travel; basically finding a physician in Mexico who speaks english won’t be hard. Continue reading…

Natural Concerns About Undergoing Surgery In Mexico

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, November 1, 2013

IMG_8673381896975The popularity of receiving treatment overseas in exotic locations such as Mexico is worrying home grown surgeons. Industry authorities in both the US and the UK have issued statements warning people of the dangers of medial travel, but the fact of the matter is that patients have no more concerns about going abroad than they would have if they were undergoing surgery in their own country. To put your mind at ease we have put together a list of frequently asked questions about surgery in Mexico, together with the answers. Continue reading…

Surgery in Mexico: The 4 most popular treatments

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 24, 2013

santiagoAccording to a survey conducted by Deloitte, US spending on surgery in Mexico is almost $80 million dollars. Each year, millions of patients from North America and the UK travel to Mexico to undergo surgery and Deloitte estimates that figure will continue to climb  in the upcoming coming years. So why do patients from western climates choose Latin America and what type of surgery in Mexico do westerners want?

Weight loss surgery

The most popular surgery in Mexico is for weight loss. Mexico has numerous world-class Bariatric centers offering a range of affordable surgeries specifically designed for people who have issues with their weight. Regardless of whether you need to lose weight, gain weight or control your weight there is a surgery and after-care program that will right you in the long-term. Furthermore, the vast majority of reviews for bariatric surgery in Mexico are positive and many patients recommend the same treatments to their friends. Continue reading…

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…

Medical Travel Tips For A Successful Experience

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 10, 2013

globalMedical travel in Mexico is becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons. The standard of service is as good as or better than your local hospital, yet the cost is far less expensive and you get the opportunity to visit and recuperate in tropical surroundings. However, like any hospital or holiday, medical tourism is not without its mishaps, so to ensure you have a positive experience in Mexico here are some tips you should follow through before booking medical travel. Continue reading…