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MARIO DEL PINO MD FACS
Bariatric Program Director. Rio Grande Regional Hospital McAllen, Texas
Mission Regional Medical Center
110 E Savannah Ave A-202
McAllen, TX 78503
FACEBOOK: Mario Del Pino MD
Cash pay program
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy $8950
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass $11450
Laparoscopic revisional Sleeve $9950
Laparoscopic revisional Bypass $12450
Office evaluation $200
Preoperative OPTIFAST® meal replacement plan $280
Combination price Sleeve* $5500
Combination price Bypass* $6500
Prices includes Hospital stay, anesthesia and surgeon fees
PRICES AT RIO GRANDE REGIONAL DIFFER
Prices do not include Psychology, Dietary evaluations (cost $150, $85)
Price does not include pre-op meal replacement diet (cost $280)
*Please ask for more details
MISSION REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, SLEEVE $8950
Attend a free seminar at the hospital or watch video seminar at our office:
- Rio Grande Regional Hospital: second Wednesday of every month, 6 pm
- Mission Regional Medical Center: fourth Wednesday of every month, 6 pm
- Watch video seminar at the time of your first visit
- Also Available on YouTube
Office Visits and Follow-ups are in McAllen
- First time in our office: $250 (cash or credit card)
- Watch educational video
- Get blood work (you need to be fasting). Tuesday-Friday 8am-12pm
- EKG, CXR (if needed)
- Fill bariatric surgery questionnaire
- Second time in the office $200 (cash or credit card)
- medical evaluation, labs and EKG reviewed
- dietary counsel evaluation
- will get vitamin and pre-op diet shake free samples
- meet Dr. del Pino
- Need psychology evaluation $ 150(not included)
- Need dietary evaluation $85 (not included)
Scheduling Surgery and Registration
- To proceed with surgery, you must pay balance $8500 ONE WEEK before.
- Payment covers Hospital stay for two nights, surgeon and anesthesia fees.
- It also covers one postoperative visit with Dr. del Pino and dietary counselor
- Once you pay you can schedule your surgery date
- Surgery days
- Mission: Wednesdays and Fridays
- Regional: Mondays and Thursdays
- Patients are given a prescription for pain medicine that they will use after the operation. They should fill it before the surgery.
- You must register one day before surgery in the am
- The anesthesia team will evaluate you at the time of registration (included)
- Females will have a pregnancy test that day (included)
- Surgery is cancelled if you are pregnant ($300 retention fee)
- Labs, CXR or EKG may need to be repeated (included)
Diet before surgery
- You must follow a medically prescribed liquid diet before surgery
- The diet shrinks the size of your liver and decreases the chance of complications
- The diet is very simple. You drink five shakes a day but no food.
- Sugar free liquids are ok.
- No soups, no salad. Just water and shakes
- You may drink sugar free jelly or sugar free beverages like tea, coffee.
- Splenda, and other artificial sweeteners are ok
- Diet costs $140 per week (not included in price)
- Your will diet for 1-4 weeks, depending on your weight and BMI
Day of surgery
- We recommend the patient to be accompanied by one family member.
- Rooms are single occupancy, with private restroom, accommodate one visitor.
- You will meet Dr. del Pino before surgery should you have any questions
- The nursing staff will get IV access
- You will take pain medications before surgery to decrease postoperative pain
- You will be assigned a private room on the surgical floor
- We recommend one relative to stay with the patient during the hospital stay
In the Hospital
- After 3 hours, you sit up, you get up, then you start walking
- Walking avoids pneumonia and leg blood clots
- Pain is like soreness after doing many sit ups.
- You will feel pressure in your belly, like gas bloating, sometimes in your chest
- After surgery, you will stay on a liquid diet for two weeks.
- You will have a BM every 3-4 days.
- You can use liquid laxatives if you have a hard time going to the restroom
- You may drink sips of water and ice chips after surgery.
- Don’t drink fluids if you feel nausea. Ask for anti-nausea meds
- You will start a clear liquid diet the next day after surgery
- Expect to be discharged home one day after surgery after seen by Dr. del Pino
- Dr. del Pino makes rounds at around 6-7 pm.
- It is very unusual for patients to require a second night stay in the hospital (no additional payment is necessary for a second night stay)
- The criteria for being discharged home are: ability to take liquids by mouth, good pain control, and being able to get up and walk.
- If the nurses on the floor can’t resolve your problem, ask them to page Dr. del Pino or whoever is on call for him. There is always a surgeon on call 24/7.
- The doctor may take a while to answer because he is usually operating. If no answer in one hour, ask nurse to page doctor again
- Most people drive after 4 days
- Most people go back to work in 1-2 weeks if your job is not physical
- The main complaint after surgery is weakness (you only drink liquids for two weeks)
- It you get nauseous and can’t stay hydrated (unusual) we will give you IV fluids in our office (cost $100).
- Don’t wait until you are severely dehydrated to call us. IV fluids will avoid a hospital/Emergency Room admission
- Most people can run, bike after 2 weeks
- Ok to go to the gym or do heavy lifting 4-6 weeks after surgery
- Follow up visits are in our McAllen office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- First follow up visit is included in the package
- Doctor will see you
- Dietary counselor will explain vitamins and diet
- Additional visits are $100
- We recommend follow up at 3, 6, 12 months after surgery,
- Then once a year
- You will need lab work on those follow up visits (not included)
- You can get blood work with us (4-5 days before visit please)
- You will have to take vitamins daily after weight loss surgery
Candidates for Surgery
- Doctor has final word and decides if patient is a candidate for this offer
- BMI must be 50 or less, weight 300 or less
- $500 additional fee applies if patient weighs more than 300 lbs. or BMI higher than 50
- $500 additional fee applies if you had previous major abdominal surgery
- $1000 additional fee for patients with previous weight loss surgery operations (revisional surgery)
- $1000 additional fee if hiatal hernia is repaired (10% chance, found at time of surgery)
- $1500 additional fee for same time gallbladder removal
- Additional fees apply if abdominal hernia repair is needed. Cost varies
- Patients with lap band must have Endoscopy prior to any possible surgery consideration. This offer does not apply to them
- Patients with previous major abdominal surgery may not qualify for this offer
- Patients with abdominal wall hernia may not qualify for this offer
- Additional evaluations (cardiac, pulmonary or psych) may be needed. Cost not included
- If patient is high risk
- If tests results are abnormal
- If Dr. del Pino deems it necessary
- If you suffer heartburn or regurgitation, upper endoscopy may be needed (not included)
- in office endoscopy cost $500: awake, trans-nasal, with local anesthesia
- in hospital cost varies: patient is sedated
- Ultrasound of the abdomen may be needed to rule out gallstones, cost not included
- $8950 is cash price for this offer at Mission Regional Medical Center
- Credit cards accepted, 3% fee applies
- Care-credit accepted, 13.5% fee applies
- Patients must pay in full at least one week before surgery date.
- If patient cancels surgery after paying, a $300 retention fee is applied.
- We don’t take personal checks.
- Preop diet cost is not included ($140/week), 1-2 weeks needed
- Psychology ($150) and dietician ($85) evaluations are needed, cost not included
Other Important tips
- If no heartburn, endoscopy to check for hiatal hernias is optional.
- If no abdominal pain, ultrasound of the abdomen to rule out gallstones is optional
- This price does not include
- Psychology and dietary evaluations.
- Preop meal replacement diet.