Here are over 200 testimonials from past
patients who signed up for their weight loss surgery with
DRJOYA.com. These testimonials are from patients that had weight loss surgery with past and present doctors
who have worked with DRJOYA.com in Puerto
Feb. 20, 2014
Hello! my name is Jennifer Travis and I live in McComb, MS. I
had Vertical Sleeve surgery with Dr. Joya on October 7, 2013. My
starting weight was 225lbs. I am 5'4" and was at my heaviest weight
ever at that time. I was miserable with myself and I am pretty sure
I was making everyone around me miserable too!
I of course
called and shopped around for Doctors in my area that did this
surgery, however the "cash paying" cost was between $18,000 and
$30,000. My insurance would not pay for it..AT ALL, even if I had
the medical issues associated with obesity.
I chose Dr. Joya
because I had 5 friends from my area that used him. I felt
comfortable from the time I made the initial phone call to Gerald to
when I got home and had questions. My husband was about the only one
that supported me. The rest of my family thought I had lost my mind.
My main concern was that I went alone and had never traveled out
of the country on vacation, much less to have surgery. When I
arrived in Puerta Vallarta, I was greeted by all of the "Timeshare
Sales Guys" and kept on going through the glass doors to find my
taxi waiting on me to take me to the hotel.
The hotel was
beautiful and so was the view. I knew I was safe.It was a 5 star
hotel, and all of the staff were wonderful.
The next morning
I went to the Amerimed Hospital. it was beautiful, I do not know
what I was expecting, but it exceeded my expectations. Very clean,
pretty and a state of the art facility. Nathalie (nutritionist), the
lab techs, the nurses and of course the Physicians were AWESOME.
They did a ton of lab work on me before they did the surgery and
there were marble counter tops in my room. I was in a suite, so
there were basically 2 rooms and 2 tvs in the suite! I am not going
to lie, I was scared to death...(but from what I understand that's
normal before surgery, regardless where you have it). There was a
Physician on the "floor" 24/7, which was very impressive. Before I
went into surgery, I met Dr. Joya, his assistant surgeon, the
internist physician, the general practice physician on the floor,
and the psychologist. All of the doctors spoke wonderful English but
NONE of the nurses did. I downloaded Google Translate on my phone
and iPad and jumped over that hurdle quickly.
I have not had
any complications, I did have my mind playing mind games with me on
a couple of occasions, however after having tests ran and finding a
gastrointestinal physician, an internist and a family doctor, i was
As of today, I am 4 1/2 months out and have lost 67
lbs. I weigh 158 lbs and have 18 more lbs to go. It has not been
easy, and I have made alot of mistakes on my journey, but I would do
it again tomorrow. When I do mess up, I just pick myself up and keep
going. EVERY SINGLE DAY IS DIFFERENT..some days I can eat what I am
supposed to and other days I am just not hungry. It has changed my
life, and i am very excited about it.
Some things that I
would have done different? I wish I would have packed lighter..there
is a long haul with luggage. A small suitcase with necessities will
work fine. I also paid for two extra nights at the hotel, so i would
not have to drag everything there and back....I wish I would not
have done that either. I also wish that I would have done more
research on the surgery. The information Gerald sends is great, but
that's the only thing I went by. I never searched for anything else,
nor did I join any support boards. Needless to say I had a rude
awakening after I had the surgery and made it back home..and THEN i
started self diagnosing and reading way to much. Once I quit worring
and reading too much I was fine. I have also found for the most part
the odds of any complications are VERY SLIM! I also went to Wal-Mart
before the surgery and bought way too much...all u need or want is
juice and they have that at the hotel! I would also recommend
finding a local Doctor that will monitor you BEFORE you go. You will
want to have your blood work and your vitals checked every 3 months
Nov. 12, 2013
3 1/2 yrs later and I am so glad I made the decision to have
surgery. Thank you Dr Joya!!!! Chelsea D.
Nov. 2, 2013 Dr. Joya is very considerate and an
awesome Surgeon! I cannot believe the level of care I did
receive in PV for my surgery!! I would not hesitate to go back for
any other operation!! The staff was extremely charming and if I
needed anything they were there in a flash! I have lost 58 pound
since I started my 2 week pre op diet and 25 since surgery!!! Again
I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
Sept. 26th, 2013 Hello, I am Brittnie E., and I got my
sleeve surgery done by Dr Joya on May 20th. I am just writing to
thank Dr Joya for saving and changing my life!! It's been 4 months
and I've lost 111lbs! I have never felt better! Thank you to the
medical team for making this a dream come true for me! Brittnie E.
Sept. 23rd, 2013 Although having surgery in another country
was terrifying, the hospital was fabulous. Dr. Joya and his staff
were wonderful. I am a nurse in the states and brought my best
friend who is also a nurse. The process is streamline and I didn't
have any complications. They do things a bit different in Mexico
compared to the US, but I felt safe during the whole experience.
It's been 8 months since my surgery and I've gone from 230 pounds to
173 pounds. This was the best decision of my life other than having
my daughter. Janelle T.
Sept. 16th, 2013 Kyle L.
August 31st, 2013 Veronica F.
August 29th 2013
from this... to this... its been 3 1/2 years now.... and I don’t
regret a thing.... my life has changed... more energy and fun...I
had the surgery because of health issues... well no no pills and
health issues are gone... Thank you Dr. Joya Chris
May 23rd, 2013 I wanted to provide some information for anyone
considering bariatric surgery with Dr. Joya. I had a lap-band
removal and gastric bypass on May 13, 2013. I cannot praise Gerald,
Dr. Joya and his staff, Dr. Espinosa, and the nurses at AmeriMed
nearly enough. The staff was very attentive during my entire
hospital stay. Within seconds of pushing my call button, a nurse was
at my side. I never felt concerned about the high level of care I
received from the time I was admitted until I was discharged.
The hospital rooms were like deluxe hotel suites! Incredible!
Cleanliness, patient care and safety was high priority. I observed
the staff's pre-op procedures in the OR before I was given
anesthetic and they were very sterile. When I awoke after surgery in
my own room that night, a nurse was by my side. The hospital
standards are as good as they get! I've never had that level of care
in the US hospitals.
As for The Sunset Plaza Resort, where
Dr. Joya books his patients, another round of praise! From the
minute you arrive and are assigned a butler.....Wow! First class
treatment! 5-star resort that exudes rest and relaxation for you! I
stayed an extra 6 days beyond the initial stay, just to turn my
surgical experience into a vacation, as well. The staff treat you
like royalty and when you leave, you feel like part of their family.
So, if you are considering bariatric surgery with Dr. Joya, I
hope I have alleviated any of your fears. I just arrived back home
today and am excited for my future! Your decision by choosing Dr.
Joya will be well-rewarded!
22nd, 2013 Surgery date May 25, 2012. Before surgery
weight 575lbs. After 1 year down almost 200lbs to 380lbs.
January 28th, 2013 I
just wanted to thank you for your help. This process was
outstanding. I would and will recommend your deal to any and
everyone! Again, thank you!
C. I had my gastric sleeve done by Dr.Joya on March 28,
2012, and I don't regret a second of it!!! The hospital staff was
great, the hospital rooms were higher standards then here in Canada.
I went from being 255lbs Jan 1, 2012, to 238lbs the day of my
surgery. Today I am at 180.2lbs:)
C. Iwanted to share by picture with
you guys its been a year since I had my surgery!! I am doing
awesome, still losing!!
August 26, 2012 It’s been 8
months since my husband and I came to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and
had gastric bypass surgery together. We were the first couple to
come to PV to see Dr Joya and have the gastric bypass done. We were
really tipping the scales and decided that having the bypass surgery
would be the only way we would make it to see our sons graduate in
2020 and 2024. I started out at 328lbs and was wearing a 30-32
size shirt and 30 size pants in the plus size women’s department. I
am now down 113lbs to 229lbs and can wear an 18 in pants and an XL
in shirts in the ladies department. I haven’t seen that since 1997.
I still have about 65lbs to go and hope to reach my goal by the 1yr
anniversary. Jeff started out at 404lbs and was wearing 5X-6X shirts
and 4X pants. Jeff lost 100lbs in the first 2 months and has since
lost another 60lbs and is now at 244lbs. He and I loved food and
still do but in very small amounts and with lots of chewing.
This life changing surgery teaches you that over-indulging is a huge
no-no. You have to learn to eat all over again. It’s like being a
baby and gradually making it to the adult stage and being able to
eat almost everything in moderation. We both feel so much better
about ourselves and are enjoying life more now than ever. Our sons
love the fact that we can go outside and play with them and not get
tired after five minutes. If you are thinking twice about going to
Mexico and having such a major surgery done rest assure and know
that Dr. Joya and his amazing staff take the upmost care of their
patients and answer any questions you may have prior to and after
your surgery. We have even had a very close friend go see Dr.
Joya for the same surgery and she too absolutely loved everything
about Dr. Joya and PV. Again, we absolutely love Dr. Joya, his staff
and our new outlook on life!!! Brandie and Jeff Farmer
November3, 2012 Nicole D.
I haven't contacted you or any of Dr. Joya's team since my surgery,
so I thought now would be a good time. As of today, it has been one
year since my gastric bypass in Puerto Vallarta. I have had
absolutely no complications and my six month blood work(which my
regular doctor is doing,)all came back good. As for the numbers, I
am down 187 lbs. I went from a highest weight of 369 to a surgery
weight of around 345 and I'm now down to 182 lbs. The number of
women's sizes I've went down is from a 32 to a 14. As for how my
life has changed, well...that really cannot be put in words. I'm
doing things I haven't been able to do since high school or even
before My boyfriend Nathan and I got married in Las Vegas on October
12 of this year. I'm enclosing a photo of me from that day, along
with a couple of recent photos.
I can never thank Dr. Joya or
any of his team enough. I know he is a very busy man, but please
thank him for me. You all are often in my thoughts. Nathan and I
hope to return to PV in the next year or two, so hopefully we can
stop by and say hi :)
Dr. Joya, A year ago today my daughter made the decision to have
gastric by-pass surgery and so far she has lost 187 lbs.. I just
want to thank you for saving her life, without the surgery who knows
what her path might have been....she is doing so wonderful and
recently got married in Las Vegas. I just want you to know that what
you do for over weight people not only saves health problems but
also boosts their self-esteem and helps them to have a better
life.....my daughters name is Nicole D ( i guess i did not say
that). Thank you again..
Sincerely Priscilla D
November 1, 2012
John S. These pics are 10 inches of belt 65 lbs and 3
months after gastric bypass surgery in Mexico. The pictures of me
wearing a sombrero was taken 6 months before the surgery.
October 14, 2012
September 2, 2012
Emilie B. Dear Dr. Joya and Staff,
It has been nearly two years
since my gastric bypass surgery. I couldn't be happier! My highest
weight was 240. I am now 135lbs. I went from a size 20-22 to a size
I initially had surgery because I was in chronic pain
with my hip. Because I had a hereditary issue of hip dysplasia, I
had already had one surgery on my right hip and constant pain in my
Since losing the weight, my pain as decreased
immensely! I can walk long distances and I have more energy.
My goal was to reach 130. I can't seem to get past where I'm at
right now. I know it's only a few pounds but I have been at this
weight (within a couple of pounds) for over a year now. So, I know
this is where my body is comfortable. Never in my life have I been
the same size for this length of time.
Here are a couple of
pictures. Enjoy! The one of me in the light blue top was taken
in Puerto Vallarta four days after surgery. The one of my husband
and myself was for our anniversary.
I had gastric bypass on
march 23 and have already lost 43 lbs. I feel great. the
entire staff in Mexico from natalie to Dr. Joya and all the
nurses at the hospital were wonderful. The resort was
beautiful and the hospital was up to date with the latest
equipment and the staff was very nice and caring. Feel free
to contact me if you have any questions. I would definitely
recommend Dr. Joya to anyone needing the surgery. You are in
Location: USA Date: 06.03.2012 Time: 19:47:11
hello everyone. I want to
share my experience in Mexico for gastric sleeve operation.
3 of my sisters did that operation, to of them with Dr.
Joya. but I was skeptical and scared to even think about it
especially considering doing this out of US. but looking at
my sisters, I was getting ready to do this myself, and when
I was getting way too fast for my age, I finally told
myself, it's now or never. so I sold few things, save some
money and stepped into the unknown. what happened on the
other side is like a fairytale in my life now. the doctors,
the staff, hotels, organization, simplicity, treatment, care
and all the attention on me from the minute i came tell the
minute I left, was something I will never ever forget. I
just want to thank you all and everyone for everything you
guys did for me! it's been 4 months since my operation and I
lost 50 pounds. the money I spend in Mexico have of that I
already saved on food. if you reading this message, all I
want to say don't be scared just do it. I will do this over
again if I had another stomach for it. but I will go back
just to see and say hi to all those wonderful people who are
like a family to me now. they have top-notch equipment. my
room in the hospital was about 500 square feet with 2
separate rooms, the bathroom, beautiful letter catches and
furniture, the big screen TV on the wall was the biggest one
i ever seen. I want to shout out a special thank you to my
nurse, she's an angel, that's how I would describe her in
one word. thank you thank you and thank you again for
turning my life around Mexico!
Location: United States Date: 03.01.2012 Time:
I am wanting as much
information about gastric bypass surgery as possible. I am
about 5 ft tall and weigh around 190 and have type 2
diabetes. I am mainly wanting to have this surgery to
eliminate the diabetes. if anyone has any information they
would like to share I would appreciate it. thanks
Date: 26.11.2011 Time: 13:55:30
My husband and I are
planning on having the gastric bypass surgery around Dec.
15th but really concerned about doing it at the same time.
Can any patient please email me and let me know this is real
and not a gimmick. Also do you advise we get the
complication plan? Thanks in advance.
Location: Canada Date:
15.11.2011 Time: 21:09:25
Do they have a nutritionist
or how do i supose to start eating and what about
psychological help?? sorry i m so nervous
I am so pleased with my
wonderful results of having my surgery. I had it done 15
months ago and have reached my goal weight from 365 I am now
at 148 and I feel GREAT!! I owe Dr.Joya and his staff my
life as they helped change it for the better. I didn't even
know I had surgery and I still would question it if it
wasn't for the weight lose. The staff is fantastic and so
caring. PV is wonderful and the care is top of the line. I
was in a size 30-32 womens and I am now in a 8!!!!!!!!! I
dont have alot of skin I work out alot. Support is important
( good husband for me) I have so much more energy and love
life. IF anyone wants more info please contact me at
know where to begin ,,,,I love Dr. Joya and all his staff
for everything they did for myself and my mother we have
both have hit our goal weight one year after our surgerys.I
went from 269lbs to 149lbs.My life has changed in ways I
never expected.To all those who are not sure what to do this
doctor can give you your life back,,My family doctor here is
very happy I did it and encourages others here to go there
if they can.A huge thank you and hugs from me to all the
staff who helped with my care. Jenifer
I had my surgery on 4/15/11
at about 275lbs it is the 26th of July and I'm at 212lbs
now, all is well with me I'm glad I had this done, would
recommend Dr. Joya and his staff to anyone wanting this
surgery, all went well during my visit, hotel was great,
hospital was great all staff members wear great, Thank You
I had my VS surgery in PV
on Nov 1 2010. 9 months out I have lost 65 lbs. I feel great
and continue to lose weekly. Dr Joya and the entire
experience was fantastic. If you are obese and want to
change your life forever, call Dr Joya's office today!!
The care and procedure were top rate, the hosptial, hotel
and staff were professional and caring. I would do it again
in a heartbeat and encourage you to do the same. I could not
be happier. My daughter had her VS surgery 16 months ago and
has lost 85 lbs. She loved her PV experience also. LIVE
Location: West Los Angeles, CA.
Date: 18.06.2011 Time: 04:08:11 Rating:
I was very impressed and
amazed by Dr. Joya and all the doctors who work with him.
Dr. Joya is a warm and caring person and when I go back to
Puerto Vallarta for my skin surgeries, I hope I can shake
his hand and thank him one more time for his excellent work.
I received [u]better[/u] care in Mexico than I would
of in the U.S. The hospital staff is professional and
friendly. The hospital is super clean. Natalie was warm and
amazing. Gerald Witt is a very patient and accommodating
The view of the ocean from the room is very
beautiful and very relaxing.
My stats: I am 5'3", and 42 y.o. When I had my VERTICLE
SLEEVE surgery on the 05/16/11, I weighed 226 lbs. As of
06/18/11, I weigh 195 lbs.
you go to P.V. take a taxi toWALMARTto
buy some protein shakes, fruit juice boxes, and a styrofoam
cooler. You will also need gauze pads, bandage tape,
antibiotic ointment and some antibacterial soap for the
stitched areas of your skin. The hotel did not have protein
shakes and the room I was in did not have a fridge or micro.
The ice bucket in the room is too small to chill anything
in. The hotel staff will bring you however many bags of ice
you want, all you have to do is ask. If you like to use wash
cloths do be sure to pack a few because there are none in
the hotel and hospital. THE ROOMS ARE SQUEEKY CLEAN, COOL
you might want to bring and English//Spanish dictionary, as
it should come in very handy.
There is an internet connected computer in the lobby of
the hotel, near the beverage bar, you have swipe a credit
card to use it, but it is affordable. I felt it was better
than bringing my laptop. Be sure to call your cell phone
provider and tell them you are traveling to Mexico so they
can set up 'international' for you if you don't already have
it. That is something I forgot and did not get around to
Over all--- it was all very much worth it and I would
totally recommend this to every person interested in a
quality service like this one. I have NO regrets and I am
very happy with my results thus far.
Some Tips If You Are Having
Surgery In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico With Dr. Joya
I have had two surgeries with Dr. Joya one on Dec 2ed 2010
and the second on Dec 8, 2011. Everything went just fine.
I have lost a total of 155 pounds ... and still
The doctors and the staff were all very
attentive. The hospital (I was in both San Javier and
Cornerstone) was small but had everything they need should
any complications arise. The doctors all speak fluent
English how ever the nurses do not. If you have a laptop,
bring it. There is wifi in both the hospital and the hotel
and google translate will help with the nurses.
The hotel is awesome. Make sure to ask for a "tower 10"
room. They are the newest, have softer beds and offer a
great views for your recovery! The small upgrade to an ocean
view is well worth it!
Post op be sure to try one of
the sugar free lime Popsicle's ( a clear liquid) available
in the gift shop at the hotel, I found it very soothing to
my new tummy.
When you go to get your meds, wal-mart (right there by
the hotel and hospital) is the best option. Just give them
the list Nathalie will give you and they will hook you right
up. Look at the quantities and make sure you are getting
enough of what you need and not too much of what you don't.
Also, buy a box of 4" bandages as there will be some
additional drainage where your drain tube was. The pharmacy
is all the way in the back of the store. Ask them to give
you the price in dollars so you know how much you are
actually spending. They accept US currency as well!
All in all my experience with Dr. Joya has been
excellent. Be sure to ask questions and he will happily
answer them. Nathalie is also great before and after the
surgery. When you go to check in the hospital, go to the
emergency room. They don't tell you that in your arrival
letter, but that is where you will meet Nathalie. She will
go over everything with you, have you fill out some forms (
you have them all in your handbook that Gerald e-mailed you)
and she will show you to your room. Immediately they will
start an IV and take blood for your labs (1 needle for
both!). You will then sit and wait for several hours for
your lab results. In that time you will be seen by the
internists, psychologist and Dr. Joya. If all is well your
surgery will be in the afternoon. There is plenty of English
speaking TV and Internet available for your wait. Utilize
them and don't get inside your head!
surgeries the only real pain I had was from the Co2 they
pump into your abdomen. If you experience the same, get up
and moving asap. It will make the gas pains go away.
For the next day, you just hang out and watch TV and sleep.
The nurses (always in teams of two) will check on you
periodical. On the second post op day they will take you
back down stairs and give you a leak test. All this is, is
an xray while you drink a nasty tasting dye. Over in no
time. If that is OK, they will give you some ice. If you
tolerate that OK, they take your IV and drain out. That is a
little weird, but not painful. Then you are off to the
Kristal to chill for two days.
Try to get out and
walk around. It helps and the hotel grounds are beautiful.
The restaurant by the pool will make you a bowl of clear
chicken broth if you feel up to it and the gift shop has
lots of juice if you don't get it from wal mart.
other note: When you arrive in PV, after you go thru customs
there are TWO rooms of leaches that will tell you anything
to get your attention. They all look and sound official, but
are trying to sell you a time share. Just walk right through
BOTH rooms until you see someone with a sign bearing your
name, that is your ride! Don't rent a car! The local police
look for rental cars and fine you for anything and suggest
cash payment on the spot. Cabs are cheap and everywhere. Do
however get the price for the trip in advance. If you feel
up to it toward the end of your stay, take a cab ride in to
the old town. It is worth the trip even if you stay in the
You will be fine and treated very well at the
hospital and the hotel!
Best of Luck And Have Some
Location: New York Date: 01.02.2011 Time: 21:59:55
Teri, I am having surgery
in March, 2011 also. Hoping sometime during the week of
Location: British Columbia Date: 24.01.2011 Time:
It has now been a year
(Jan11, 2010) since I had my Gastric Sleeve with Dr. Joya
and his excellent team of assistants. I have gone from a 4x
to a size 6 233lbs to 135lbs and feel wonderful. I have not
had any complications and I can eat whatever food I want.
Nothing bothers my "new stomach" and I credit this to Dr.
Joya's pre-surgery and post surgery diet and following it to
No cheating for me. I had an amazing experience with him and
he even took my stitches out before we came back home. I
cannot say enough good things about him, but will say that
he is a very caring man and truly interested in your health
and welfare. I was also amazed by the cleanliness of the
hospital there as it put some of ours to shame. I would do
this all over again in a heartbeat. Thank you Dr. Joya and
It has been 7.5 yrs. since
my surgery w/Dr. Joya. I have lost @ 80 lbs. and kept it
off. Not easy at times, but so well worth it! Dr. Joya is
very knowledgeable about this surgery and I would do it all
over again if I had to!
has been one year since I had my banding done by Dr. Joya, I
continue to lose and am done 85 pounds and feeling great,
had to have my blood pressure meds discontinued. Thanks so
much Dr. joya and staff for all you did for me.
It has been 4 years since
my surgery with Dr. Joya! I love my new self and am so happy
that I choose Dr. Joya. I have recommended him to tons of
people. This was the best decision that I have ever made. I
am still down 120 pounds total, and have my life back. Thank
you Dr. Joya! You are the best
I had VSG done on 4/28/10.
I have worked in the Medical field for 30 + years so did a
whole lot of research. After all my research I decided on
Dr. Joya. I couldn't have made a better decision. Dr. Joya,
Dr. Espinoza, Nathalie and Gerald were all first rate.
Surgery went well with no surprises, recovery was uneventful
as well. I got out of the hospital on Friday morning and on
Monday went into PV and spent the day shopping and
sightseeing. If you are thinking of going to Dr. Joya think
no more. You will be so pleased with the first rate care you
will receive. I think once I lose all my weight I'm going
back to PV for plastics....TT, Arms, BL. LOL. Thank you Dr.
Joya and staff for giving my life back.
I did quite a bit of
investigation and research to find the right team, who I
would feel comfortable with to do my WLS, and on Monday May
10th I had a gastric sleeve performed by Dr. Joya and his
team. It was the best decision, health wise that I have ever
made. Natalie, the nutritionist was great, the nursing
staff, wonderful, Dr. Joya, very professional and caring,
Dr. Espinoza who checked up on me also at the hotel once I
went there even went and found me creme for my allergic
reaction to bandaging and brought it to the hotel. In fact
the only time I was truly uncomfortable was because of the
inflammation from my allergic reaction, which neither I nor
the doctor's expected, the surgery and stitches were
virtually painless, allowing me to even get out for a day of
shopping of Friday before leaving on Saturday. I would
highly recommend this group of wonderful professionals, you
will truly be in good hands.
Location: PORTLAND, OR Date: 16.05.2010 Time: 05:12:07
MY DATE!! IT'S VERY SOON, MAY 28TH FOR VSG, ANYONE ELSE
GOING TO BE IN PV THEN? I HAVE SURE APPRECIATED READING ALL
THE DIFFERENT, POSTINGS. I TOO AM NERVOUS AND EXICITED, BUT
MORE EXCITED. IF YOU WANT TO CHAT, FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME.
Location: Port Orchard, WA USA Date: 27.04.2010 Time:
you Dr. Joya, I had surgery 4 years ago, 4/24/06 and have
now lost 155 lbs. I am in a size 6 and finally do not feel
like an obese person, it took 3 1/2 years to finally have my
brain catch up with my body. I would never go to an american
dr now that I know what i know!!!!! Thank you for saving my
My journey with Dr.Joya is
complete! I do hope to have a great success story to submit
in a year or two- and I will definitely be returning to
Puerto Vallarta when I have lost all this weight! 30 lbs
gone already since pre-op diet started! I have loved this
I just wanted to send you one more email to
thank you for coordinating my extremely positive experience
in Puerto Vallarta. I couldn't have loved it more if I
tried. I had my surgery last Wednesday, and I feel
completely back to normal. I am blown away by the care I
The work you do is probably thankless
sometimes, as you deal with very nervous people on a regular
basis! I just wanted to say a sincere thank you from the
bottom of my heart for doing your job so well, and for
getting me from that first phone call, all the way through
to Puerto Vallarta and my new start.
Please feel free
to direct any prospective patients to me if anyone asks to
speak to past patients. I have nothing but praise for the
whole team and the experience overall!
Thanks again Gerald. Best wishes!
Location: Harrisburg, PA Date: 22.03.2010 Time:
Just an update on me...I've
now lost 62 lbs. from my VSG on 11/11/09 with Dr. Joya. I
have gone from size 18/20 pants to a size 10! I feel great!
Prior to my VSG I was taking prescription meds to control
high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and liver pain due to
a severe fatty liver condition. Since my VSG I have not
taken any of the medications, and I have not had any of the
liver pain anymore. I just had blood tests done last month
and went to follow up with my doctor a few days ago. My
doctor says that I am doing AWESOME! She is very pleased
with how I am doing, and so happy for me. All of my blood
tests were normal - normal cholesterol levels, normal liver
and kidney functioning, etc.! My blood pressure was perfect!
My only complaint to my doctor was that I have so much
energy every day that it's hard for me to sleep at night
sometimes! I'm going to work some "calming" nighttime habits
into my routine which will hopefully help with that. Who
would have ever thought that I would be complaining about
TOO MUCH ENERGY!?! That's just crazy! My doc says that if
that's the worst problem that I'm having, I have nothing to
worry about. I work out a the gym 3-4 times per week. I can
walk/run for 5 miles straight; I don't think I have ever
done that before in my life! My doc says that I should just
keep doing what I'm doing; and she wants to check back with
me in 3 months. She recommends that I lose another 30
pounds, so I'm working on that. Thanks so much to Dr. Joya
and all of his staff for giving me a new, healthy life!
Had my banding on September
1, 2009 and have lost 62.5 lbs, went from a size 24 to size
16 and am feeling great. Am so happy I made the decision to
have the banding done. Have had no fills to date, thinking
when I stop losing will go for my fill. Thanks again to Dr.
Joya and all his staff for being there for us when the
American system is not.
My experience having my VSG
with Dr. Joya and his staff on 11/11/09 was wonderful! My
sister and I went to Puerto Vallarta, MX together, and had
our VSGs on the same day with Dr. Joya. We are both doing
GREAT! I have lost 53 lbs. and my sister has lost over 60 so
far. We had our VSGs at Cornerstone Hospital. Dr. Joya,
Nathalie, Gerald, and all of the doctors and nurses were
great; and thanks to all of you! We have had no problems
whatsoever, and recovered very easily. My surgery was on a
Wednesday, flew back home on Sunday, and was back at work on
Monday. If you are considering weight loss surgery with Dr.
Joya, do not hesitate! This is the best thing that I have
ever done for myself and I wish I would have done it years
ago. It was worth every penny and more! I am on a journey to
a new, exciting life! THANK YOU DR. JOYA!!!
Location: USA Date: 17.02.2010 Time:
Hello Dr. Joya (Joy) world,
It has been 7 years since my operation. Yes, Im one of
his "poster children" on this site. The one in the big light
blue dress that changed into the slenky jean and short top
babe. That was the year after my operation at age 55. Its
been 6 years since then and the only problem I had was
deciding what I wanted to weigh!
I had a couple of fills and got down to 115 lbs. Now at 5'3"
that was way to skinny for me so I had a bit unfilled and
have been staying at 125 to 135 ever since, controlled by
the band and my eating habits. I could never give enough
thanks to Dr. Joya and his staff for their help and
expertise and the ease of my trip to and from Mexico. If you
are here at this site all I can say is "just do it". I took
out a loan on my credit cards to pay for it and paid it
back. There always is a way. I see plastic surgery is on
the list now, Im thinking my 61 year old face can stand a
bit of work. I'm going to save my pennys as I am sure anyone
working with Dr. Joya has to be the best also!
I was fortunate and blessed
to have the RNY gastric bypass surgery in Puerta Vallarta,
MX at San Javier Marina Hospital on July 15, 2009. At five
and a half months out I have lost 98.5 lbs and every single
aspect of my life is changed for the better.
considered WLS for a couple of years and done much research
and put alot of thought into taking this extreme step in my
lifelong battle of obesity. But after discussing this option
with a friend who had the RNY with Dr. Joya and his team
about 18 months previously I decided that this was the right
decision for me and started making the arrangements to have
this life changing procedure done.
I had all the same
concerns that many of my friends and colleagues. (I am an RN
and so was quizzed relentlessly by physicians and other
nurses who questioned my decision to go to Mexico to have
major surgery!) I can say that I am more pleased and
satisfied with the care I received and the services provided
by the whole team at San Javier. And I am thrilled with the
outcome to date, knowing that this journey is far from over
and there is more and better to come, if the weight loss
stopped today I would still do it all over again in a
heartbeat and be grateful for the amazing second chance at
life and living this tool has given me.
But it is a
tool. You must make the commitment a lifelong one. Change
what wasn't working (good eating habits and exercise) in
your past preop life and adopt a healthier and more health
conscious daily existence. But it's worth it. And no I'm not
always perfect. With Christmas just past I indulged in some
foods that I would normally not eat. But WLS as a tool
provided me with the ability for the first time that I can
ever remember to eat consciously. I tried a bit of anything
I wanted to, but STOPPED when I was full, didn't over
indulge, exercised daily and at the end of a week at my
parents (and my Mom is an expert cook!) didn't gain a lb and
actually came back a half lb lighter than when I went... how
amazing is that!
I went out of country to have my
surgery because I didn't want to wait any longer (here the
bariatric program has an approximate wait of 2 yrs for just
your initial appointment, then prob about another yr minimum
before you'd have the surgery, I'd had a referral sent in by
my primary physician about 18 months before I had my surgery
and only just got the call about a month ago to come in... I
said thanks but been there done that and am doing great!)
Anyway, long story short because I chose not to wait, I paid
for the surgery myself but it was worth every single penny
The care I received was great and I just want
to say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to Nathalie, Gerald,
Bernadette, Dr. Joya, Dr. Munguia, Dr. Espinoza, and Dr.
Olivares and all the Nurses and support staff at San Javier
you made my hospital experience amazing and I will be
forever grateful for the new lease on life you've given me.
And recovering on a beach in Mexico under the sun was a
little bit of paradise!
Since having my surgery I am
no longer on the antihypertensive medication I had been on
for 5 yrs, I no longer need CPAP for sleep apnea, my blood
sugars which were starting to run high are completely normal
AND I can shovel my considerably long driveway without
taking a break or losing my breath! Life rocks!
you're considering surgery and want more details I've posted
some videos on You Tube of my stay in Mexico at the
hospital. Feel free to go here and take a peek:
pictorial of the entire hospital stay, but there are also
two other uploads with video clips of the whole experience.
Good luck with reaching your goals... now that I have
hope for a future again the possibilities seem endless!
Location: San Antonio Date:
29.12.2009 Time: 04:56:00 Rating:
Dr Joya changed my life on
August 17, 2009 with gastric bypass. I'm only a little over
4 months out from the surgery and have lost just shy of 80
pounds. Everything went very well, he was very professional
and knowledgeable, I couldn't have asked for a better, more
caring surgeon and/or staff. As far as any other reviews
saying the hospital needs staff that speaks english -- I
take offense to that as a nurse. We go into their country
seeking their services. WE need to speak THEIR language. I
live maybe 150 miles from the US/Mexico border, I'm a nurse,
and I don't speak Spanish, so it isn't anything that I can
hold against them. I get plenty of patients and family
members that do not speak english, no big deal. Though we
did not speak the same language, there were no communication
problems. I knew enough to squeak by, as did they.
It was a great experience, and I would recommend it to
anyone, as I would do it again in a heartbeat.
piece of advice I can offer is to take your own sugar free
jello and crystal light drink mixes for before and after the
surgery, the hotel doesn't offer much in the way of sugar
free, and the broth they did offer was terrible.
I had my Gastric Bypass Dec
7.2009. My husband and I are now in the hotel part of my
recovery period. The hospital and medical team are top
notch. The hotel is lovely and they cater to your every
need. I am waiting for my morning visit from the doctor
where he checks your stitches, only five I might ad. Feeling
very good and highly recommend choosing Dr Joya and his
I had the bypass surgery
almost two years ago- Dec 20, 2007. It was the best thing
I've ever done. My sister had the same surgery in California
6 months later and I can tell you that I was better cared
for in Mexico. I was treated so well and I am so happy with
everything. I have lost 117lbs- it's still almost shocking
for me to write that. If you're even thinking about doing
this the answer is YOU SHOULD! and Dr. Joya and staff were
A quick note to let you
know that i had the VSG as planned on September 3, Dr.Joya
and his team are fantastic and of course, you for all your
patience in answering many questions promptly. I am almost
three weeks post op and feeling very well. Thank you again
for all your assistance. Joe
Am now 13 days post banding
and down 21lbs. Feeling great and have not taken any of my
diabetic medications. I am so grateful to Dr. Joya for
giving me a chance for a healthy life.
Location: San Diego, California Date: 11.09.2009
Time: 02:59:14 Rating:
I wish you a long, healthy, happy, and rewarding life. You
have earned the respect of so many of your peers, your staff
who has the pleasure to work with you, and your patients who
found you and ended their desperation with hope and success.
Location: San Diego California Date: 11.09.2009
Time: 02:53:41 Rating:
Dr. Joya has given me the
chance to experience who I am from the beginning of my life.
Life experiences alter who we are and who we could have been
and who we can be. I have struggled with my excess weight
all i mean all my life. I had wls 4/3/09. today is 9/10/09
and my weight has dropped from 213 to 126 lbs. my goal is
117 lbs. my 67 birthday is 9/16. i am not a want to be any
more. i just am who i was born to be. and it feels right and
normal. The objective in life is to enjoy the day. and i do.
Thank you for my life and my good health, Dr. Joya. janet
Am 3 days post banding and
am doing great. I had the best care from Dr. Joya and all
his staff. The hospital and staff were better than US
hospitals and this I know for a fact since I am a Infection
Control Practitioner at a US hospital. I have recommended
for several people to go to PV for their procedures. I'm
looking forward to a new healthy life and can not say enough
about Dr. Joya and his wonderful staff. Nathalie, Gerald,
Dr. Munguia, Dr. Espinoza, and Dr. Olivares were so
profressional and informative. I received more information
prior to my procedure than I have ever received from a
physician or medical personnel in the US.Thank
I am almost 16 months out
of surgery now. Lost 110 lbs from 323 to 210. I feel good,
no medications, no real food restrictions, except quantity.
I don't drink soda or alcohol, but other wise my life is
pretty normal. 3 months ago I ran in a 5k race and have
become a gym rat. I go about 4 X a week, going hard on the
Eliptical and recently started lifting weights. I had to
because a significant portion of the weight loss was from
muscle and now i need to build it back up.
losing about 40 yards off the tee, i have to say that all
aspects of my life are much better. I have referred several
people to Dr. Joya, only one of which went, but they were
pleased they did as well. This is not a miracle, it is an
opportunity to right a wrong, a significant period of not
living right for whatever reason. But whatever the reason,
if you are not willing to correct the behavior, the results
will be disappointing and temporary.
is as important as the surgery. You will read a number of
people refer to the surgery as a tool. They are absolutley
correct. Success depends on how you use it. I saw one woman
eating three days after her RNY, I can guarantee you she is
dissatisfied with her results today.
I am no saint, I
eat some things I shouldn't, but i make sure to exercise
hard and carefully watch my weight. I have no desire to
return to may past sins.
Don't worry about the Mexico stigma, these guys know
what they are doing, have probably done more than almost
anyone in the US, and maintain clean modern facilities. And
you get to recover in paradise, with a doctor making, get
this, HOUSE CALLS. The next house call i get from a US
doctor, will by my first, and I have two in the family.
Every decision is an individual one, but make the best
decision for you. Don't let uninformed prejudice individuals
sway your decision. Do your research, talk with the people
like Gerald, make up your own mind based on information, not
4 years ago... I was
desperate! Insurance told me I did not have any co-morbities
along with obesity... I was 260lbs...could not
breath...could not function.... a normal 118 lbs...now
260lbs! I told my primary care doctor that if I didn't do
something soon..I would die!!! I got the "OHHH you are not
that heavy... you are not that BIG!" but I knew how I felt!
So, i researched and decided, I would either die with Dr.
Joya trying or I would die doing nothing! I LIVE with my Dr.
Joya decision! I am 140lbs!!!!! from 4 years ago!!! and
doing well! Dr.Joya is great! ( and sexy too!) His staff is
great and I promise he will do right by you! I came down
with an elevated temperature 2 days after surgery...the
doctor's was on it hard!!!! As it turned out, due to my
borderline diabetes, I was used to drinking alot of fluids
and the inability to drink following surgery, made me
dehydrated! But all of my doctors ( and a pretty young
resident i didn't know) made sure I was well taken care of!
the only thing I suggest is making sure you have a really
good support and dietary system before you go! Other than
that, you are making a wonderful decision! WELCOME TO YOUR
NEW LIFE!!!!!!!! Feel free to email me, i will provide
pictures and support for you!
I am having my surgery on
9/1/09. Did alot of research before I made the decision to
go to Mexico. I actually worked with a lady who had her
surgery done by Dr. Joya. She looked great and had nothing
but positive things to say. I am looking forward to my band
date and will post my thoughts again after my procedure.
Thank you Dr. Joya and
staff. I had my vertical sleeve done on July 20, 2009. I
feel wonderful. I have not taken any metformin since my
return home. Blood sugar levels 5.8 in the morning. Yeah!
Weight Loss is coming. Everyday tasks are so much easier
with less weight to carry around, I have more energy, I
sleep better. My whole experience in Peurto Vallarta was
excellent. Dr. Joya and his staff are awesome. Thankyou
Dr. Joya for a new lease on life.
having the sleeve done on Sept. 23 and I'm scared to be
leaving home by myself . I'm thinking of this as a new
venture in my life . I have a picture in my minds eyeas
to how I will look next summer and if I'm not as gorgeous
outside I know that I will be beautiful and healthy to
myself and my family . Looking forward to meeting this
wonderful doctor that has made so many people happy and
healthy . thanks Elsie
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