Out Of Town Patients

Traveling Patients (cash only)

If you are Traveling from outside of the RGV area, you can take advantage of many options to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We have many patients come to our practice due to our cash pay specials. If this is something you are considering, please Contact Us at (956) 631-8155 for more information on how we can help you in planning your trip.
STEPS TOWARDS YOUR SURGERY WITH DR MARIO DEL PINO
Initial Phone call conversation
·       Ask and write down the name of the person you are talking to
·       Tell them you are coming from out of town for your surgery
·       Give us your email address, phone number and time, So we can contact you
·       Tell us what procedure you are interested in
·       Tell us the date when you would like to have your surgery
·       You will be asked your weight, height, age
·       Surgery dates are available Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
·       We will review this info and we will get back to you in two days to determine if you are a candidate for surgery
 
Other Details
·       In the US you must have a medical evaluation before surgery. This must state that you are clear to have this operation. This clearance can be done by a family doctor, internist or cardiologist. It is best to have this done in the place you live and it can not be more than 90 days old on the the day of surgery. The lab work and tests that your doctor must order include: CBC, CMP, Lipid Panel, Thyroid Panel, PT/PTT, Albumin level, Chest X-ray and Electrocardiogram
 
·       You have to stop all blood thinners at least five days before surgery
 
·       If you are a female, a pregnancy test will be done the day of surgery. The test must must be negative, otherwise, your surgery will be cancelled.
 
·       You must have a psychology or psychiatry evaluation before surgery. We can help you schedule this appointment. It can be done in person, online or via phone. If you already see a psychiatrist or a psychologist, it is preferred to have this clearance done by this practitioner
 
·       You must have a dietary evaluation before surgery. We can help you schedule this appointment. It can be done in person, online or via phone. The dietician will provide diet and vitamin supplementation education related to the weight loss surgery you are planning to have.
 
·       Payment and clearances must be received in order for you to schedule your surgery
 
·       You can mail your cashier check payment
 
·       Surgery can be paid with cash, cashier check, or credit card.
 
·       3% fee applies to all care credit transactions
 
·       You will be on a meal replacement diet 7 to 14 days before your surgery
 
·       Surgery is scheduled once payment is received
 
·       $300 non-refundable fee for surgery cancellations
 
·       You must arrive two days before your surgery
 
·       You will have a preoperative anesthesia evaluation one day before surgery (included in surgery price)
 
·       You must register in the hospital in the am, one day before the surgery date
        
Payment
·       Cash, cashier checks, credit cards accepted
·       3% fee applied to all credit card transactions
 
·       Finance with www.carecredit.com
 
·       Patient is responsible for Care Credit fees 
 
Cash Prices
·       First visit $150 (with surgeon or assistant)
 
·       Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve $8500
 
·       Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass $10900
 
·       If BMI >50 or Weight >300lbs: $500 additional fee
 
·       If this is second weight loss surgery or revision: $1000 additional fee
 
 
·       Lap Band removal and Gastric Sleeve $10000
 
·       Lap Band removal and Gastric Bypass $12000
 
·       Lap Band removal $5000
 
·       Non-adjustable band removal $5000
 
·       Gastric Bypass pouch revision $12000
 
·       Gastric Sleeve Revision $11900 
 
·       If Hiatal Hernia found and repaired at the time of Gastric Sleeve or Bypass: $500 additional fee
·       If patient wants Gallbladder removed (optional) at the same time: $1000 additional fee
 
Pre-operative Evaluations
·       Mandatory in the United States
·       Include Medical, Psychology and Dietary evaluations
·       It is preferred for you to do this at home: your medical doctor may request additional evaluations or tests in order to clear you for surgery.
·       Mandatory testing before surgery: CBC, CMP, Lipid Panel, Thyroid Panel, Albumin level, PT/PTT, electrocardiogram and Chest X-ray
·       Your physician may request additional lab work or tests
Clearance Package in McAllen: $500 
·       Not included in the surgery price
 
·       We can set this up for you
 
·       Includes Dietary, Psychology and Medical evaluations, lab work, electrocardiogram and Chest X-ray
 
·       You may need additional testing, lab work or medical evaluations, so it is best to have this done at home before coming to McAllen
 
Gastric Sleeve
Cash Price: $8,500 (Combo Prices). Call for details or click the Cash Price Guidelines tab in the home page
This price includes:
·       Surgeon's fee
·       Operating room fee
·       Anesthesia fees
·       Hospital stay of up to two nights (Includes nursing care, lab work, x-rays, medications, in-hospital dietary consult)
·       Pre-operative nutrition class and Pre-op preparatory course
·       Bariatric Educational Manual
·       Pre-operative testing (Labs)
·       Post-operative support groups
·       First Post-op visit
 
Gastric Bypass
Cash Price: $10,900 (Combo Prices). Call for details or click the Cash Price Guidelines tab in the home page
This price includes:
·       Surgeon's fee
·       Operating room fee
·       Anesthesia fee
·       Hospital stay of up to two nights (Includes nursing care, lab work, x-rays, medications, in-hospital dietary consult)
·       Pre-operative nutrition class and Pre-op preparatory course
·       Bariatric Educational Manual
·       Pre-operative testing (Labs, EKG, Chest X-Ray)
·       Post-operative support groups
·       First Post-op visit
 
Additional Charges
First visit with Doctor is $150
If previous open abdominal surgery (c-section, hysterectomy, hernia repair, exploration of abdomen, colon resection, etc), previous weight loss surgery, BMI >50, Weight>300lbs, prices may vary.
Your payment amount will be determined before you come to see us and it will not be changed once our doctor and you agree to it.
This price does not include additional hospital stay, or cost of complications (rare but possible)
Hotels and Ground Transportation in McAllen
·       1 Mile from Airport and Doctor's Office
·       1 Mile from Major Shopping Center
·       Free Shuttle to Airport, Hospital, Doctors Office, and Mall