Tonya & Raymond Morgan
Dec 10, 1998
Sept 27, 2007
Pregnancy #1 edd
Aug 12, 2008
We tested positive for pregnancy! Our first OB Appointment will be
Thank you again! You gave us a second chance...
I'd like to start off by saying, we did our research on many places
that performed tubal reanastomosis (reversal) surgeries. We
have had consultations with several doctors and always found that
they were very similar, except in price. Pricing ranges from $5,000.
- $12,000 USD. Pricing being a definite factor, we explored the
opportunity to have our surgery performed by Dr. Perez at Rio Bravo.
We flew from Michigan September 27, 2007 (our 7-year Anniversary
date) to McAllen, Texas and got shuttled from the airport in to
Mexico. The shuttle driver, "Al" was on time and very friendly. We
felt safe. The drive was quick, approximately 25 minutes.
When we arrived, the first impression of the hospital for us was
that it was very clean and calm. No hustle or bustle of people
rushing around. Very nice pace.
The nurses showed us to our hospital room, complete with couch,
recliners, tv and bathroom and shower. Nice set up. They gave me my
hospital gown, started an IV that very night and allowed me the
option to have my surgery that very evening we arrived. We accepted.
Just before surgery, the nurse brought in a tray full of wonderful
Mexican food, complete with tortillas and rice for my husband to eat
before surgery. Since I had to fast, I didn't get any. But I was
glad they looked after him too. It smelled and looked delicious.
They wheeled me down to surgery within the hour. My husband went
with the doctors to "scrub in" and get his hospital gown on. I was
awake, with the assistance of a little medication to make me
relaxed, my husband present at the head of my surgery table with me
and everything was good. The doctors and anesthesiologist were
standing by in case I needed additional assistance. It was very
relaxed atmosphere, complete with music in the operating room.
When the surgery was complete, they flushed the tubes to assure
proper working order and announced the length of my tubes were 6cm
on each side. We were all very pleased. They took us back to our
room, made us comfortable and served me a Jell-O and liquids dinner.
(It was still good, though) Pain tolerance was great, besides the
fact that I had a headache. I passed it off as a headache from
laying down so long and all the medication. I was discharged the
next afternoon and we went back to our hotel in McAllen, Texas where
they would shuttle us to the airport the following day.
We checked in to our hotel in McAllen, and my headache would not go
away. It got really intense, and we both thought something was
wrong. The pain would worsen when I was standing upright, and would
only alleviate slightly when I lay flat on my back. But we both felt
that something was not quite right. We took a cab to the local
hospital. They diagnosed me with a "spinal headache", also know as a
post-dural puncture headache. It happens when the tough sac that
surrounds the spinal cord leaks through the tiny puncture around the
epidural site. This occurs in 70% of women between the ages 16-35.
They started me on an IV fluids of Caffeine that make the symptoms
lessen. In severe cases, which mine was, a "blood patch" would be
required. This is when they draw your own blood, and insert it into
the puncture of the spinal area and fill the leak of spinal fluid.
The doctor in McAllen, seemed a little intolerant of us having had
the surgery in Mexico and would not let us have the "blood patch"
performed there due to liability. She suggested we go back to
Mexico, or go home to our regular doctor. We were scared at this
point and felt rejected and hurt.
I cannot begin to tell you how skull crushing this headache was. On
a scale from 1-10, it was an 11. The pressure was so intense I
thought my head would explode. I thought it was going to when we
flew back to Michigan that next day at 35,000 feet altitude in the
Upon arriving home, we saw our regular doctor, whom referred us to a
Pain Management Clinic who performs the "blood patch" procedures.
Again, they also would not perform this procedure on me because we
had our reversal procedure done in Mexico. They said the symptoms
would probably get better within 7 days. I cried like there was no
tomorrow. The pain was so severe, and I was so upset that noone
would medically treat me because we had been to Mexico. We felt like
second-class, condescended citizens.
Again, they had treated me "conservatively" with a caffeine cocktail
filled with a sedative, pain reliever and caffeine. It made me sleep
for 4 days, in which I still had nausea and the headache. Not until
day 10, did the headache finally go away and I could go back to my
normal activities of living.
I am back to normal. Finally. We are so disappointed in the
American doctors. The spinal headache could have happened to us
in the United States if we would have chosen to have an expensive
surgery here. But, because we chose Mexico, the doctors here
nearly told us "I told you so" about our experience out of the
country. We do not fault our Anesthesiologist at Rio Bravo.
He performed professionally and with care. We just wanted to make
others aware and learn from our experience.
We are looking forward to a successful reversal and we can't wait to
update everyone on our possible pregnancy.
**Note by Dr. Levi - ***