JCI accredited hospitals

Updated on October 21, 2019 in Mexico
9 on October 17, 2019

The Joint Commission International (JCI) certification can be another tool to help us determine which clinic is most suitable for our needs.  The JCI an organization based in the United States that evaluates hospitals in many countries including Mexico.  The organization sets the gold standard when it comes to evaluating quality of care. I’ve decided to have surgery in Mexico and there are a few hospitals to choose from that meet JCI’s standards.  So far I’ve narrowed it down to:

Galenia Hospital in Cancun
Hospital Medica Sur in Meixco City
The American British Cowdray (ABC) Medical Center in Mexico City, one is at the Sante Fe campus and the other is at the Observatorio campus.

Will you take a look and see if any red flags pop out at you?  

I’m hoping to go sometime in early 2020 which gives me time to save up.  Plus, I want to spend Christmas with the kids and I don’t want any potential medical issues to take away from our family time.

 

 

 

 
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The ABC Medical Center is fairly well known outside of Mexico, but Mexico City might be difficult to navigate through.  If I liked all of them the same and the prices were similar, I’d choose the one in Cancun because it’s a heavy tourist place.  Plenty of people will speak English if that’s a concern for you.  Whoever accompanies you will be able to do some touristy things easily. You can as well once you’ve healed a bit.  None of the hospitals throw up red flags to me, at least not at first glance.

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That’s a good point about looking for JCI accreditation, but I thought you wanted to drive to your surgery appointment from Texas.  I’m not sure that will work considering the distance to any of the hospitals you listed.  Would you consider flying?  I guess that would add time to your stay in Mexico if you avoid flying for a week or two after surgery.  It’s better to be safe than sorry though.

on October 19, 2019

I’ve thought about that and if I have surgery in Mexico City I’ll drive, but if it’s in Cancun I’ll have to fly.  Luckily, My brother and father are both going with me so I’ll have assistance with either travel option if needed.  I had planned to go alone and I still think it could work, but I must admit that it will be easier with their help. 

on October 20, 2019

I’m so glad that you aren’t planning to go alone anymore!  I was worried for you. Although I’m sure you’d be fine, having surgery alone in another country would be so much tougher.

on October 20, 2019

I’m not a big fan of the driving home part. After surgery you have to walk every hour as you drive to combat DVT. Keep that in mind when u make travel plans.

on October 20, 2019

Every hour?  Even if you also wear compression socks and do ankle pumps? 

I’ve spoken to another person who had gastric bypass surgery in India and he walked the aisle of the airplane and did ankle pumps to combat DVT.  I’m much larger than him.  So, my fear is that I’m too obese to easily walk up and down the aisle.  At the very least I’d annoy the other passengers, even flying first class.  If we drive in, my thinking  was that we’d rent a bus or an RV with some walking space.  Plus it wouldn’t be hard to stop to walk around.  Am I being unrealistic?  

on October 20, 2019

I’m trying to get you to see how patients put themselves into medical trouble. DVT is a serious problem. It causes lethargy, and a patient can slip into unconsciousness and seize. Annoying other people, oh well. You are NOT going to see them socially afterwards, and they are as stuck with you as you them.

I was a 61 BMI day of surgery I am 5’6″ and weighed 375 lbs. I was Mega obese. I went to Tijuana, it’s a 20 min into Mexico entrance (4 hour return, but you also have San Diego Hospitals right there, if needed. The surgery is 30min. You spend a week, and you fly home. There is ALSO Medical Tourism Insurance. You can insure yourself day of, and up to 6 months post op for care. $480.

I think a RV home would be ok, you can walk the interior, but yes, you should be walking every hour if you are seated longer than that post op, blood pools. Most TJ, MX tourism surgical services are multifaceted. Not just wls, but dental & plastics is common these all cover ground transportation to, from Tijuana and while around the city. ( Security)

Ted Hose should be worn up to 30 days post op. U can remove them if you are walking, but not as much if you are not.

Extra Lovenox can be provided for higher BMI patients, as well as those with history of DVT.

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You’re doing a great job by doing your homework and researching your options. Will you have an opportunity to visit the surgery centers to check them out personally? If not, I’d definitely call with some questions to see how they respond. It would be great if you could talk to someone who has been to one of the centers to hear their experience. 

on October 21, 2019

Hey Jenny, You can, visit the local hospitals if you like, they don’t mind. Surgeons are very personable and speak bi-lingually and many have some brilliant insights in obesity, and are active activists.

I had this surgery, I did Medical Tourism, then, once my weight was lost, I became a sales coordinator for future patients, and now, I’m a sales manager for a surgeon in Tijuana, a surgeon that I believe can be both the change for what we as patients need in health care in this surgery process & I believe the people we assembled in staff have a strong support for patients in Post op- regardless of the location you are in the world.

You can ask me anything you like, at the end of the day, I’m a great resource of info on WLS. Use me how u like!

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