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    Default Medivac Helos>>Neurosurgeon in Santa Domingo???

    ~I know first and foremost that the Health Care system in RD is far from that of the US, however I need some advise to pass along to my mother who is traveling for vacation to Punta Cana knowing she has a brain aneurism...it has been monitored and currently she is electing to do just that in lieu of the surgical option....my mom has always lived her life to the fullest and is a world traveler ten times over...but we need to have an alternative to local medico in the PUJ area....

    ~ I know there is a Medivac Helo in the PUJ area, however I do not know of a good hospital in Santa Domingo that would offer a reputable neurosurgeon in the event that mom has a problem.

    ~Any imput would be greatly appreciated....and if Santiago has options I would take recommendations on that location as well...

    Thanks in Advance...

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    From personal family experience, I think your mother is playing with fire. Granted her aneurism may remain stable for years or decades, if she would experience a rupture time is of the essence (minutes, not hours). I my family member's case, he was followed for years. Whie in the US one day he developed a bit of unsteadiness and sensitivity to light. Luckily he went to closest ER and with his history and they helo'd him to a University Medical Center and was in the OR within an hour. Luckily the operation went well and he survived. Unless you are willing to travel with all of your mother's medical records including scans and she is willing to get on that helo with the first symptom, she is playing with fire. I am not sying she shouldn't travel and enjoy life. Just don't depend on the medical system here to be prepared to save her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by belmont View Post
    From personal family experience, I think your mother is playing with fire. Granted her aneurism may remain stable for years or decades, if she would experience a rupture time is of the essence (minutes, not hours). I my family member's case, he was followed for years. One day he developed a bit of unsteadiness and sensitivity to light. Luckily he went to closest ER and with his history and they helo'd him to a University Medical Center and was in the OR within an hour. Luckily the operation went well and he survived. Unless you are willing to travel with all of your mother's medical records including scans and she is willing to get on that helo with the first symptom, she is playing with fire. I am not sying she shouldn't travel and enjoy life. Just don't depend on the medical system here to be prepared to save her.
    ~Belmont

    I appreciate your personal experiences with this matter, however my mother is clearly familiar with the risks of what she has festering inside of her head ticking away....and yes we know how quickly devasting a rupture can be. Her medical records are all scanned to a memory stick that she travels with so this is taken care of already through a central medical record keeping bank...and yes she is prepared to get on Helo at first symtom....

    ~However...can you recommend a hospital that she should be flown to????

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrjrth View Post
    ~Belmont

    I appreciate your personal experiences with this matter, however my mother is clearly familiar with the risks of what she has festering inside of her head ticking away....and yes we know how quickly devasting a rupture can be. Her medical records are all scanned to a memory stick that she travels with so this is taken care of already through a central medical record keeping bank...and yes she is prepared to get on Helo at first symtom....

    ~However...can you recommend a hospital that she should be flown to????
    Here is an interesting news release. This neurosurgeon claims to be the only US trained and Board Cerified neurosurgeon in the DR. Dominican Neurosurgeon Santiago Figuereo Expands Miami-based Practice To Santo Domingo

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    ~Thank you Belmont....I will advise my mother accordingly, at least we have a name to associate in the event that she has a problem....and god willing she will not...

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    i do not know if that would be of any help but i have been frequently told the best brain specialist in DR is doctor spitale who is actually in sosua, up north. maybe it is worth reaching out to him and checking his recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    i do not know if that would be of any help but i have been frequently told the best brain specialist in DR is doctor spitale who is actually in sosua, up north. maybe it is worth reaching out to him and checking his recommendations?
    I know Dr. Spitale. He trained in the US at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. I would say he is competant for straight forward neurological surgery, but doubt he has the facilities and staffing to support major intracranial surgery. Anesthesia for neurosurgery is a specialty unto itself. The place you want to go and people you want to see do procedures on a daily basis. I doubt the north coast clinics have the volume of procedures to maintain proficiency.

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    There is one world famous neuro-surgeon in Santo Domingo: Josť Joaquin Puello. Trained at Oxford, Board Certified and far and away the best, perhaps the best south of New York City...I do not know. But he is good. You want his phone number, PM me.

    There in PUJ you have some medical assistance geared to tourism. There is a medical group whose name escapes me....Cedimed? Something likethat.

    Anyway you want Puello.

    Let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    There is one world famous neuro-surgeon in Santo Domingo: Josť Joaquin Puello. Trained at Oxford, Board Certified and far and away the best, perhaps the best south of New York City...I do not know. But he is good. You want his phone number, PM me.

    There in PUJ you have some medical assistance geared to tourism. There is a medical group whose name escapes me....Cedimed? Something likethat.

    Anyway you want Puello.

    Let me know.

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