• What is Medical Tourism?

    Medical tourism refers to the process where individuals travel from their home country to another country for the purposes of receiving medical care. Medical tourism has been around for many years, and ranges from services such as yearly physicals and dental check-ups, all the way to complex procedures such as heart valve replacement. Many individuals turn to Medical Tourism as a way to avoid high costs for procedures or to avoid long wait times. In fact, many of our patients turn the whole experience into a vacation. Here at BajaOrtho, we are re-inventing the medical tourism experience to be more of a whole body vacation instead of just a medical transaction.

    Mexico is currently the second biggest country for medical tourism in the world.

  • Is medical tourism safe?

    Any medical surgery or procedure, no matter where it’s carried out, entails some risk. Nonetheless, here at BajaOrtho, we are committed to providing you the highest level of services and quality. We are fully accredited with the Mexican Department of Health Services and are continuously accessing our processes to ensure they maintain adherence to international standards.

  • What procedures are available?

    Below is a list of the most common Orthopaedic and Pain Management Procedures performed at BajaOrtho:

    Neck and Back

    • Artificial Disc Replacement
    • Implant Revision
    • Microdiscectomy
    • Endoscopic Discectomy
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Laser Spine Surgery
    • Radiofrequency Ablation
    • Ozone Discolysis
    • Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures
    • Neurostimulator Implant
    • Spinal Infusion Therapy

    Shoulder and Elbow

    • Total Shoulder Replacement
    • Partial Shoulder Replacement
    • Implant Revision
    • Rotator Cuff Repair
    • Shoulder Stabilization
    • Open Fracture Reductions
    • Tendon/Ligament Repair
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Elbow Arthroscopy
    • Ulnar Nerve Transposition

    Hand and Arm

    • Carpal Tunnel Surgery
    • Hand Surgery
    • Open Fracture Reductions
    • Tendon/Ligament Repair

    Hip and Pelvis

    • Total Hip Replacement
    • Partial Hip Replacement
    • Implant Revision
    • Hip Resurfacing
    • Hip Arthroscopy
    • Open Fracture Reduction
    • Tendon/Ligament Repair

    Knee and Leg

    • Total Knee Replacement
    • Partial Knee Replacement
    • Implant Revision
    • ACL/PCL Repair
    • Meniscus Repair
    • Tendon/Ligament Repair
    • Knee Reconstruction
    • Knee Arthroscopy
    • Open Fracture Reduction

    Foot and Ankle

    • Ankle Replacement
    • Ankle Reconstruction
    • Ankle Fusion
    • Tendon/Ligament Repair
    • Bunionectomy
    • Heel Spur Surgery
    • Open Fracture Reductions

    Pain Management

    • Laser Spine Surgery
    • Radiofrequency Ablation
    • Ozone Discolysis
    • Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures
    • Neurostimulator Implant
    • Spinal Infusion Therapy

  • How much do I save?

    Savings can be from 30-90%, depending upon the procedure and the destination. A cost comparison between India, US, and UK for some popular medical procedures:

    • Procedure
      Mexico             USA
    • ACL/PCL Reconstruction
      $5,500     $20,000+
    • Ankle Fusion
      $4,950     $30,000+
    • Ankle Reconstruction
      (Arthroscopic & Open Surgery)
      $3500 - $5500     $43,000+
    • Bunionectomy
      $1,100       $3,500+
    • Carpal Tunnel Surgery
      $2,800       $6,500+
    • Discolysis by Ozone
      $4,500     N/A in US
    • Hip Replacement (One Side)
      $10,000     $40,000+
    • Knee Arthroscopy
      $3,200+      $5,400+
    • Knee Replacement (One Knee)
      $9,950     $40,000+
    • Knee Replacement (Two Knees)
      $17,500     $80,000+
    • Meniscus Repair (Arthroscopy)
      $4,100       $7,400+
    • Rotator Cuff Repair
      $4,935       $8,900+
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
      $6,000     $13,500+
    • Shoulder Replacement
      $10,000     $41,300+
  • Why does it cost so little?

    There are a multitude of reasons why healthcare is cheaper here, but quality is certainly not one of them. A good portion of health care costs in the U.S. are tied up with administrative costs and insurance costs. Additionally, the high costs of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment add to the overall picture.

    Here are some other reasons why the costs are less overseas:

    • Lower cost of labor
    • Lower real estate values
    • Lower construction costs (to build hospitals)
    • Cheaper medical supplies/equipment/medications

  • What about quality?

    Our surgeon has over 32 years of experience and has performed over 10,000 procedures. Additionally, Dr. Mora is an active members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

    Our unique approach to process improvement and quality improvement allows us to continuously be in the pursuit of perfection. Here at BajaOrtho, we are implementing a Performance Excellence program, not unlike the ones being slowly implemented throughout the United States and around the world. Through this program, we are constantly assessing and reassessing our clinical and operational processes to ensure that we are consistently providing the highest level of quality, and the safest surgical environment.

  • Do I need to tell my doctor?

    You are not required to tell your doctor at home. However, we recommend that you discuss your thoughts about having a medical procedure abroad with your general practitioner. We can facilitate correspondence between your doctor and the relevant physician at one of our partner facilities, if you wish.

  • What should I tell my doctor?

    When you first tell your doctor about planning a medical trip abroad, the initial reaction of your doctor may be immediate approval, but, in some cases, it may be skepticism. What you can do is, provide your doctor with more details on the credentials of the medical facility that you are considering, the physician’s background & other trip associated information (we can help you with this). This should address your doctors concern, if any. Twenty five percent of the physicians in the USA are from overseas, so US physicians are quite aware of the global medical care quality.

    In rare cases if your doctor is against medical tourism, encourage him to do a research on the medical care facility & physicians we deal with. He/She will be surprised to know that these are better equipped than many local facilities.

  • Do the doctors & medical staff speak English?

    Yes, there are a number of members on both the clinical and administrative teams who speak English and will be in constant communication with you throughout the entire process.

  • Can I bring a friend?

    Of course! At BajaOrtho we are trying to reinvent the medical tourism process, to highlight the vacation aspect of medical tourism. Your travel companion can come with you and stay at the clinic during your procedure.

  • Where do I stay?

    We have preferred rates with a number of hotels around Tijuana:

    Hotel Pueblo Amigo (website)
    Hotel Lucerna (website)
    Grand Hotel Tijuana (website)
    Hyatt Place Tijuana (website)

    Additionally, there are many other hotels in the Tijuana – Ensenada corridor and we will gladly assist in making any of your lodging reservations.

  • What happens if I need follow-up?

    We can handle all follow-ups here at BajaOrtho at no additional cost. Nonetheless, you can also have you follow up done by your doctor in your home country. Our offices can communicate directly with your physician of choice as needed.

  • How do I get started?

    Complete the International Patient form and we will contact you within 24 hours.

  • Where are you located?

    Our address is: Ave. “G” Gonzales Ortega No. 791-E Zona Centro, Tijuana B.C 22000

  • What does the package include?

    Our surgical packages include the following

    • All surgery-related costs (surgeons, anesthesiologists, facility usage, materials and implants (if necessary)
    • Transport to and from the Airport or Hotel if required
    • Nursing care, diagnostic and therapeutic services costs during in-patient stay at the Hospital in relation with the operation.
    • Pre-op blood work and electrocardiogram
    • In-patient drugs and dressing
    • In-patient X-ray and physiotherapy as prescribed by Surgeon
    • In-patient accommodation and meals

  • What does the cost for surgical treatment exclude?

    • Any drugs prescribed following patient’s discharge from the hospital
    • Any care or service relating to any complications that may arise, which is not related to the Patient’s Surgical Treatment (additional costs will be charged to Patient in accordance with the Hospital’s standard charges prevailing at the time of the complication.)
    • Any service or care relating to major complications that may arise during the Patient’s operation, which necessitates Patient’s transfer into an Internal or External Specialized Intensive Care Unit. Additional costs relating to the said major complication treatment will be charged to the patient in accordance with the standard charges prevailing at the time of the complication.
    • Any in-patient stay extension in the hospital, with regard to the initial length of hospitalization, in relation to the Patient’s surgical treatment, and decided upon, due to medical reasons, by the patient and the surgeon. In such an event, costs relating to the in-patient stay extension will be charged to the Patient and paid by the Patient immediately to the Hospital.
  • Can I have more than one medical procedure at the same time?

    Yes, it may be possible. However, this will depend on the doctor’s assessment of your case. This may be more cost beneficial.

  • Who will be dealing with details of my case during my trip?

    Our clinical and management team are committed to providing you the best service possible. We will be with you for the entire process – we will be picking you up from the airport (if requested) and will be with you the entire time.

  • Step-by-step, how does the process work?

    • Send us your contact information with desired procedure and a patient coordinator will contact you within 24 hours
    • Our patient coordinator will contact you to get your clinical picture, request any images/analyses we may require to complete your assessment, and will answer all of your questions regarding this process
    • Once we have received all f your information we will review with our medical team and propose a recommended course of action for your condition with all costs
    • Our patient coordinator will explain everything in detail and could arrange a phone consultation with one of our surgeons if necessary
    • Potential surgery dates are discussed and when ready we will assist with all of your reservation and the logistics planning
    • We will continue to be in contact with you and will send you a detailed itinerary for your visit
    • We will pick you up from the San Diego or Tijuana airport and take you to your hotel upon arrival
    • We will arrange all transportation within Tijuana
    • You will have your pre-op tests, surgery, and recover in our surgery center and in your hotel
    • You will have your final check up with your surgeon before you fly back home
    • We will follow up with you on a weekly basis until you are fully recovered
  • What if I can’t find the procedure I’m interested in on your website?

    Our surgical suite and team are qualified and trained to handle all Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic issues. If you don’t see your particular procedure on our procedure list, please contact us for more information.

  • Will I need any travel documents?

    Yes, depending on your country of origin and/or citizenship & country of destination, you will need a valid passport and/or Visa (we can help you with this, as well).

  • Do I need to know anything about Tijuana?

    Tijuana is the largest city in Baja California and on the Baja California Peninsula and center of the Tijuana metropolitan area, part of the international San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area. As an industrial and financial center of Mexico Tijuana exerts a strong influence on economics, education, culture, art, and politics. As the city has become a leading center in the country, so has the surrounding metropolitan area, a major industrial and paramount metropolis in northwestern Mexico. Currently one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Mexico, Tijuana maintains global city status. As of 2010, the city of Tijuana had a population of 1,300,983. Also a growing cultural center, Tijuana has been recognized as a most important new cultural mecca.