Medical Tourism – World Class Treatments

Americana WellCareCR has assembled an internationally acclaimed team of certified doctors and specialists in San José who provide world-class medical treatment in the areas indicated below in beautiful Costa Rica. All the doctors featured in our Costa Rica medical tourism packages have undergone extensive training at leading hospitals and medical schools in the United States and other countries of the Americas, and are among the most respected and gifted practitioners in Costa Rican medical tourism. The hospitals we recommend are internationally accredited by the prestigious JCI (Joint Commission International), the world’s most important accrediting association.

Bariatric Surgery to Cure Diabetes:

Bariatric (weight-loss) surgery will let you cure Type 2 diabetes and if you are severely overweight (obese), lose pounds at the same time, plus add years to your life!

Dr. Jacobo Zafrani, who specializes in Laparoscopic, General & Bariatric Surgery (gastric sleeve to cure Type 2 diabetes in obese patients and for weight loss; gastric bypass for non-obese patients) at Hospital Clínica Bíblica will perform these safe, surgical interventions which have proved to be successful in controlling diabetes in almost 90% of cases and provide a host of other benefits that will let you lead a healthier, happier, more enjoyable life.

The gastric bypass (there are several variants – Dr. Zafrani will find the right one for you) is where the surgeon creates a slightly smaller stomach pouch. He or she then attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a large portion of the small intestine, which absorbs calories and nutrients. Having the slightly smaller stomach pouch causes patients to feel fuller sooner and eat less food; bypassing a portion of the small intestine means the patient’s body absorbs fewer calories.

The gastric sleeve (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) is a proven, radically new procedure for obese sufferers of Type 2 diabetes with a Body Mass Index — BMI — of more than 30 (to calculate your BMI, click here). In this procedure the bariatric surgeon removes 60 to 85 percent of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a vertical tube or sleeve. The tube-shaped stomach that is left is sealed closed with staples. In gastric bypass surgery, a slightly smaller stomach pouch is created, and once that is done the surgeon then attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the pouch.

Both these operations are performed laparoscopically, meaning that the surgeon makes small incisions as opposed to one large incision. He or she inserts a viewing tube with a small camera (laparoscope) and other tiny instruments into these small incisions to either remove part of the stomach (gastric sleeve) or attach a section of the small intestine directly to the stomach (gastric bypass).

Weight Loss

Weight loss through bariatric surgery is a procedure used with patients who suffer from morbid obesity. This is a very attractive weight loss option for those who are extremely overweight, and it will also control Type 2 diabetes. Morbid obesity is defined as a total weight with more than 100 pounds over ideal weight, or with a BMI of 30+. Dr. Zafrani has ample experience with several surgical treatments for obesity that can satisfy your needs or preferences, the most important and simplest of which is the gastric sleeve.

Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Oscar Oeding, one of the leading surgeons at the Orthopedics department of Hospital Clínica Bíblica offers expert medical treatment. He has skilfully performed all types of orthopedic surgery procedures, and is always augmenting his knowledge of the most innovative orthopedic interventions.

Among the orthopedic surgery procedures Dr. Oeding performs are Hip replacements (complete or partial replacement to restore movement); Shoulder arthroscopy (where the tissue surrounding or inside the shoulder joint are checked or repaired); Carpal tunnel syndrome (repairing the compression of a key nerve in the wrist that causes this condition); knee replacement (repairing the knee with an artificial joint or prosthesis); Knee cruciate ligament repair (repairing the cruciate ligament by extirpating damaged tissue with microscopic techniques); and Knee arthroscopy (examining or repairing tissue inside or surrounding the knee joint).

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery:

Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery is becoming increasingly popular. Dr. Gustavo Chavarria, who practices at Hospital Clínica Bíblica, specializes in the newest surgical treatments. He is experienced in procedures that will enhance your potential beauty and wellness (cosmetic surgery) or correct malformations or problems caused by different situations (reconstructive surgery).

Procedures under this umbrella include Facelifts (facial plastic surgery procedure to give your skin more elasticity and firmness); Eyebrow and forehead lifting (correcting loose skin in eyebrows, brow and upper eyelids); Rhynoplasty (improving the shape, size or angle of the nose); Breast enlargement (enhancing the size and appearance of breasts: enlargement mammoplasty); Breast reduction (reducing the size of breasts or enhance hanging breasts: reduction mammoplasty); Breast lifts (the enhancement and lifting of hanging breast through prosthesis: mastopexy); Calf and Butt implants; Hair replacement (a plastic surgery procedure that transfers hair from one side of the head to another); Hair removal (laser depilation eliminating the hair’s follicle and matrix without damaging the skin via LightSheer of diode laser systems); Liposculpture (eliminating the excess of fat and skin in the abdomen’s low and middle parts, and adjusting the muscles to the stomach’s walls); and Liposuction (weight loss surgery that removes fat deposits through small incisions to eliminate unwanted fat).

Dental Care

The New Smile Dental Clinic offers a full range of dental treatment. More important. its team of skilled bilingual dentists and orthodontic surgeons led by Dr. Mario Bonilla specializes in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, restoration and smile veneers; backing them up is a complete staff of specialists in bone grafts, 3D panoramic X-ray technology, nanotechnology, periodontal procedures, root canals, etc. Almost all the technical work can be done in-house, increasing precision and efficiency, and reducing waiting time.

New Smile Dental Clinic offers state-of-the-art facilities and dental equipment, such as three-dimensional CAT scan imaging via the Scanora 3D from Soredex of Helsinki, Finland. Costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, this new apparatus is one of the safest and highest quality machines for examining the jaws and teeth.