Friday, February 26, 2016

Back Alleys, Drug Dealers, and.... Weight Loss Surgery. Oh My!

Scary Surgery Picture!
I don't know what pops into  your head when you think of surgery in Mexico, but the first thing that popped into my head was.... OH HELL NO! There was no way I would go to Tijuana Mexico and let some back alley doctor cut into my body while drugs were being slung out in front. I wanted to wake up and still have BOTH my kidneys. Well, that may have been one of the stupidest, close minded thoughts I have harbored in a LONG time. I'm almost embarrassed to admit to thinking it.

 I am happy to admit that after a lot of research, I must say that I was wrong about medicine in Tijuana. Well, as wrong as I can be without actually experiencing it myself. I did a ton of research on peoples experiences there, the facilities, and the doctor's. I am completely comfortable with my decision to have my VSG (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) in Tijuana. I am comfortable with the surgeon I have picked, I am comfortable with the facility, and I am extremely pleased with the cost!

After a TON of research, I finally settled on Dr. Ramos-Kelly. This is the first thing I found on him (ironically it's the same as on his website, but I didn't find it there first):

Dr. Ramos Kelly is a respected and highly experienced bariatric and metabolic surgeon who has been featured internationally. He was born in West Branch, Michigan and served in the U.S. Military before becoming bariatric surgeon. Dr. Ramos Kelly has received his education from top schools including University of Southern California and has experience working in hospitals including the trauma center at the Los Angeles County Hospital.
Currently, Dr. Ramos Kelly is a bariatric surgeon providing all bariatric surgeries, including Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass procedures to U.S. and Canadian patients in Tijuana, Mexico. Dr. Ramos Kelly is one of a very few practicing surgeons in Mexico who is an International Fellow of ACS (Fellow of American College of Surgeons) and a member of ASMBS (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery).
Dr. Kelly has years of experience working with Michgain's transplant surgery team and working in the Los Angeles County Hospital trauma center. He is more than qualified to deal with any circumstances that may arise during surgery. He has successfully completed over 12,000 bariatric surgeries as the head surgeon and has changed the lives of his patients.
 Don't get me wrong, this is glowing, but not what made me decide to go to him. I began reading experiences from real people that went to him to have their surgeries done. They had nothing bad to say! As I am not the most trusting person, I then tried to find anything bad on him... I couldn't find a single person that had anything bad to say about him or his ability to perform my VSG surgery. Some may not have been happy with a wait at the airport, or the way something was billed, but nothing at all with him or his abilities. I also researched him on the ACS, and ASMBS. It's true... he is part of both of those.

So I contacted him at (, or rather I contacted one of his coordinators Heath. Heath is awesome! I immediately felt like I had known him FOREVER. He is also a VSG patient and is currently 20 months out, and feeling amazing. He answered all my questions, returned phone calls as soon as he could, and if just plain easy to work with. He explained how it all works, and I'll try to outline it below:

Hospital Angeles

1. I will arrive in San Diego California the day before my surgery
2. The driver from Dr. Ramos-Kelly's office will pick me up from the airport.
3. I will be taken to the Angeles hospital to do my pre-op testing, and check in for my first pre-op night.
4. I will have surgery the next day, and spend that night, and one more in the hospital
5. I will then be released, and taken to the Lucerna Hotel, a five star resort, for one night to rest
Pool at Lucerna Hotel
6. The next day I will be returned to the San Diego airpot and return home.

It really seems very easy, and everything I have read is that it is just that... easy. I can handle this, I can do it, and I'm tentatively excited.


  1. I am currently 6 months post op and have lost 100lbs! I went to Tijuana as well and would do it again in a heartbeat!