Guide to Surgery in Latin America

the Hidden Gem series


Let me know what you think!

Make comments, suggest topics, let me know if the discussions here and on my sister site are informative, helpful or just completely useless!

I’ve noticed a trend in much of my mail – so while I always welcome your comments – just remember: I am not a travel agent, nor do I negotiate prices for medical procedures.   I am not a former patient – and I don’t share graphic before and after pictures of patients.  I don’t work for any of the physicians listed, I am a medical writer and researcher.  Please take a look around the site first, and see if you find the answers to your questions..



9 comments on “Feedback

  1. Royce
    May 11, 2011

    Big enthusiast from this blog, a considerable number of your posts have truly helped me out. Looking forward to posts!

  2. Johana
    December 18, 2012

    Please cite your sources when you bash on Drs. I have found numerous errors in your posts about the Drs in Bogota

    • CartagenaSurgery
      December 18, 2012


      I take exception to your comments, as I haven’t ‘bashed’ anyone. If you have a question or comment about my errors, ask me about it.

  3. thony
    February 1, 2013

    hi, i have been thinking for a while to undergo vaser hi def procedure with dr hoyos. i know he is the one who invented this procedure. threfore i beleive he is supposed to be the best in this particular one. though i read your blog(not your book) and you suggest to be careful because the procedures he follows in the or as far as safety standards are not very good. could you please explain more in details what you mean by that? i am very close to decide to go to him, but your blog got me scared. thank you

  4. steve davis
    April 28, 2014

    What a courageous way to answer the question: “So what don’t you like about Colombia”. I have been reading your blog for approx. 6 months. I am expanding our business to Colombia and I read to help prepare me for this market. This is an excellent example of why I read your posts. Keep up the good work!
    I’ll be sorry if/when you leave Colombia…

    • CartagenaSurgery
      April 29, 2014


      Thank you for your comments, it’s appreciated. As the world gets smaller – to me, it becomes even more critically important that we discuss, address and speak honestly about different cultural perspectives, customs and experiences, even if these perspectives may appear negative to outsiders.

      I find that as North Americans, we are often poorly prepared to understand and acknowledge these differences, and it is crippling in business, and international relations. Even with a bachelor’s degree in sociology (with emphasis on health and illness across cultures), it has taken several years to learn and appreciate these differences (and what they really mean in a ‘real-life’ sense, beyond the most traditional stereotypes (ie. machismo, so-called ‘latin’ time orientation etc.)

      I did leave Colombia – I came home yesterday, but not because of any of the issues I wrote about (and I will be back in Medellin in late July). But as an ‘independently financed’ (ie. self-supported) writer, I had to come home to earn enough money to pay for my continued writing. But don’t worry, I will always return.

  5. steve davis
    April 29, 2014

    My reply yesterday was the first time I’ve replied to a blog (ever). I am not a blogger, I miss too many details writing vs. telling a story (one of your strengths as a writer).
    This topic struck a nerve. As I mentioned, I’m expanding business to Colombia, but also other countries in Latin America. Machismo and a general preoccupation with appearance is surprising and it requires attention if I am going to be successful with expansion. Again, thank you for posting! I read every one, so keep up the good work!


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