I am a registered nurse with specialties (board certification) in infection control and gerontology. I have been to Costa Rica on five occasions for surgery. In June of 2001, I had a tummy tuck, chin/face lift, upper and lower eye lifts, and arm lifts. I lost nearly 100 pounds and needed a lot of loose skin/fat removed.
I went again in March 2002 and had my thighs and breasts lifted. I also had a lot of liposuction done. Then I returned in May of 2003 for revisions of some of the previous work. When you lose as much body fat as I did, it takes a series of visits to attain good results. In November of 2003, I returned and had a hair transplant and more lipo done. In May of 2004, I returned for a medial T-incision thigh lift.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the care and skill of the doctors I saw in Costa Rica. I have trusted them with my life several times, and each time I have had only more respect for them both personally and professionally. I am extremely happy with my results from all my trips.
While in Costa Rica, I stayed at a recovery resort, where I was treated very well. The owners of the resort gave me specialized care and transportation to and from the airport and clinic. Since I am not a world traveler and do not speak Spanish, I found it a very comforting experience to be in their care.
Last updated on 9 March 2013
Before Leaving the Hospital: Get All the Paperwork
Impatient to be gone, and often suffering the woozy side effects of surgery and post-operative pharmaceuticals, patients too often find themselves back at home later, missing important documents that could have more easily been obtained on site. So before you hightail it out of your hospital or clinic, be sure that you have all of your important documents.
Generally, larger hospitals provide complete medical documentation as part of the standard exit procedure. However, some smaller clinics may rely more on verbal instructions, and they are less likely to build and maintain a dossier on your case.