Weight loss surgery in Tijuana ended in complications, tragedy for two Mississippi women

Many are still confused about what happened that day, including Francesca Moultrie, one of her best friends. According to Moultrie, they both were supposed to have the sleeve gastrectomy surgery. Moultrie ended up changing her mind, while Markita continued her process.


Balder said the sleeve surgery is the most common bariatric surgery received in Mexico. On average, he said the price of the surgery out of pocket is between $16,000-$18,000. The price in other countries is relatively lower, ranging from $4,000-$5,000. That price difference is among the most common reasons why many seek surgeries in other countries.

“The sleeve wasn’t really done the way most people do it in America, it was kind of a bigger sleeve, so I had to redo that and fix the hiatal hernia,” said Balder. “We did that Monday, and I talked to her this morning and she says she feels amazing. Heartburn is gone.”

“Technically, the sleeve is supposed to be less evasive, and less expensive than the bypass,” said Charletta. ‘You still have good results with it being that you can lose up to 70% of your body weight, so for me it was more cost-effective. And for me, I didn’t want any of my organs rerouted because with the gastric bypass, you have to have your intestines rerouted.”

“I was vomiting and more nauseous than usual,” said Charletta. “You have some nausea and vomiting, but not the extent that I was experiencing. They do tell you to sip and eat slowly, and I was doing all of those and I was still experiencing this.”

She was informed by Balder that the surgeon in Mexico sewed her hernia to her stomach, which made it harder for her to keep food down and made her acid reflux excessive. Even though she experienced this, she said she still had a good experience and said the facility was informative and attentive.

“I didn’t know I was going to have complications until I came back home,” said Charletta. “And it was when I spoke with my surgery sisters that they were progressing in their diets and I wasn’t able to consume anything. But luckily Dr. Balder agreed to help me, and I’m starting to feel better. I still say I had a great experience, and I will always say I did. But if I could do it all over again, I would’ve went to Dr. Balder.”

“Before the surgery my highest was 381,” said Charletta. “And I tried Keto, Weight Watchers and I was still putting on a lot of weight. Now this morning, I’m 290 lbs., so I’m starting to feel young for once, and can keep up with my children, and I’m getting my life back.”

“One thing that hits home for me the most is that I love what I do, and I love watching people transcend into new lives and new health. So I follow up with my patients myself as we go along, very consistently, every 6-8 weeks for the first year,” said Balder. “And if you go to Mexico, they give very little to any follow-up. The operation doesn’t work just by itself, you have to change your diet, and lifestyle, and there’s a lot of things that are mislabeled as healthy. So a lot of people may be trying to lose weight, but not appropriately.

“It’s not an aesthetic surgery, it does have aesthetic side effects, I mean people who lose 80-100 pounds look younger, and more attractive, so to speak,” said Balder. It’s to promote health, it’s to get rid of diabetes, it’s to take the weight off their joints so they don’t have to have joint repairs, take weight off their back so they can go back to work, sleep apnea, high blood pressure.”

“Highly stop and rethink your options,” said Balder. “We go and buy a car and we finance, and we don’t really rethink twice about financing it, right? But you’re going to go to another country, that might talk a different language, and you’re going to trust someone to do a surgery for a couple thousand dollars when you can finance your body for $10,000 or 12,0000, so I think they need to give it a second thought.”

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