Dr. Margarito Castro – General Surgeon & Bariatrics

At Punta Mita Hospital we are proud to have a new member of our staff. Welcome Dr. Margarito Castro

· Surgeon graduated from Universidad de Guadalajara with a degree in academic excellence.
· Specialist in General Surgery performed in the High Specialty Medical Unit National Medical Center of the West endorsed by Universidad de Guadalajara.
· Fellowship in Bariatric Surgery at Hospital Ángeles Tijuana, endorsed by the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and the Mexican College of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases
· Diploma in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery endorsed by the Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery
· Certified Surgeon by the Mexican College of General Surgery
· Member of the Mexican College of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases
· Member of the Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery

PRP Injection Therapy

PRP Injection Therapy

Baldness and thinning hair is a problem that affects both men and women, and while it’s not physically debilitating, the toll that changes in physical appearance take can be extremely detrimental to your mental and emotional health, causing stress, self-esteem issues, and even relationship problems. If you are concerned about hair loss, you should know that not only is it a common problem, it is also one that can be treated. At Punta Mita Hospital, we are excited to be able to offer patients some of the newest state-of-the-art treatments for restoring hair loss.

Regenerative medicine is a growing area of medical practice that holds promise for a wide range of medical conditions and issues, from joint damage to hair loss. Punta Mita Hospital offers PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) procedures injections as a way to spur the growth of your own healthy hair in areas where hair is miniaturized or lost. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is derived from the patient’s own blood. Through a special processing method, growth factors found in the platelets are concentrated at 3-5 times what normally would be found in the blood, stimulating the hair follicle to grow.

PRP

PRP is short for Platelet Rich Plasma. Platelets are small disk-shaped cells in your blood that contain powerful cytokines, growth factors, and other regenerative and healing molecules, allowing them to stimulate the healing process. In fact, the cytokines released by platelets are responsible for nearly all repair processes that occur within the body, playing an important role in cellular communication and accelerating tissue and wound healing.

PRP is simply a concentration of these growth factors and proteins. Concentrating them allows us to
harness the regenerative properties to help stimulate repair and regeneration. When used to treat hair loss, PRP can help thinning hair grow thicker. PRP is also widely used in orthopedics. It is a completely natural treatment — after all, it’s your own blood — that is widely used in regenerative medicine, including the treatment of hair loss and thinning hair.

Regenerative medicine is a new and constantly evolving field, and we await long-term clinical data for hair growth or re-growth from PRP treatments. Physicians throughout the US and around the world have used this therapy to treat hair loss with excellent results, and though there is not trial data, the results of clinical studies have been positive. The procedure is well tolerated, minimally invasive, can be performed outpatient, and offers the potential for growing back your own hair without a more intensive procedure like a hair transplant.

What conditions can Stem Cells and PRP Therapy treat?

Stem Cells and PRP therapy can be used to treat hair loss that results from a number of causes,
including:

  • Male Pattern Baldness, including miniaturized hair on the scalp. The therapy is especially helpful in the early stages of balding.
  • All stages of Female Pattern Hair Loss
  • Hypotrichosis (fine or reduced hairs) in the eyebrows or beard
  • Alopecia Areata or Alopecia Totalis
  • Hair loss induced by metabolic causes, including iron deficiency and medication

At your initial consultation, the Doctor will examine you carefully to determine whether you are a candidate for Stem Cells procedures and PRP therapy, and help you understand what to expect from the procedure.

What happens during the treatment?

In this procedure, stem cells are combined with PRP and injected directly into the scalp, encouraging miniaturized hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing more robust new hair growth.
The entire procedure takes roughly 90 minutes to two hours to complete, and you can get back to work right away.

First, a blood sample is taken which is then specially processed to produce the PRP. A topical anesthetic is applied to completely numb the scalp treatment area (the patient can also be sedated, but sedation requires having someone else to drive you home after the treatment). The stem cells and PRP are combined and then administered via a series of injections to the affected area, using a tiny needle. After the initial injections, another technique called micro-needling is used on the affected areas to cause micro injuries to the scalp, further inducing and stimulating the scalp to release more growth factors. Once this is done, the stem cells and PRP are applied over and into the tiny holes created by the micro-needling to maximize the cellular response. Unlike with a hair transplant, there are no wounds or scarring — in fact after you leave there is no evidence that any procedure has taken place.

Are there any side effects from the procedure?

Stem cells procedures and PRP therapy is generally well tolerated and it does not require a long recovery period. You may experience some discomfort and tightness of the scalp from the injections for 1-2 days, which can be managed with a non-narcotic analgesic like ibuprofen. This generally resolves within 48 hours. You shouldn’t wash your hair for the first 24 hours, but after that, you can wash and style it as your normally do. If there is swelling, avoid vigorous activity until it is gone.

What kind of results can you expect from Stem Cells procedures and PRP Therapy?

Following Stem cells procedures and PRP therapy, new hair growth can be seen in as early as 1-3 months. It is typically seen between 4-8 months, and hair can continue to improve up to a year after treatment. To date, results have been maintained without additional injections for up 2 years in many patients, but more research is needed to determine if this new hair growth is permanent. Though for many patients a single treatment is effective, in some cases as second series of injections about 6 months after the first is beneficial. For optimal results, it is recommended to do this procedure on a yearly basis.

More information, call us: +52 1 329 688 0059

RAPID Now Available for use in Mexico

RAPID grows international footprint and brings Mexico the only clinically validated, next-

generation imaging platform for assessing ischemic stroke

 

Menlo Park, Calif. — June 18, 2019 – iSchemaView, the worldwide leader in advanced imaging for stroke, has expanded its reach across North and Latin America, as the RAPID imaging platform is now available for use in Mexico. RAPID is designed to provide physicians with fully automated and easy-to-interpret imaging that facilitates timely clinical decision-making around stroke.

“Strokes are a medical emergency, and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen. That’s why Punta Mita Hospital has acquired the most advanced cerebrovascular imaging platform available, RAPID,” offered Dr. Luis Alberto López Avelar, Medical Director Punta Mita Hospital. “We are committed to offering the best quality in medical care, which is why now with RAPID Punta Mita Hospital provides state-of-the-art technology for the timely and accurate diagnosis of a cerebrovascular event.”

Developed by leading stroke experts, RAPID technology has been selected for use in several ground-breaking trials that have changed treatment guidelines issued by both the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The RAPID Artificial Intelligence framework combines deep learning, machine learning and expert feature extraction. Together these provide unparalleled sensitivity and specificity across stroke modules (CT perfusion, MR diffusion and perfusion, CTA and CT ASPECT scoring).

Results are then delivered by the RAPID Intelligence Services Platform via PACS, email, text, the RAPID app or corporate partner workflow systems.

The Complete RAPID Platform includes:

  • RAPID CTP: fully-automated perfusion maps; accurately quantifies reduced

cerebral blood flow, cerebral blood volume and transit time

  • RAPID MRI: fully-automated diffusion and perfusion maps that quantify brain

areas with low ADC values, as well as delayed contrast arrival

  • RAPID CTA: automatically delivers CT angiography maps and identifies brain

regions with reduced blood vessel density in 2D and 3D outputs

  • RAPID ASPECTS: automatically identifies areas of early ischemic change on

non-contrast CT scans, which predicts irreversible injury

“Each day we work to transform stroke care, furthering our mission to provide healthcare professionals around the globe with the most comprehensive and intuitive suite of brain imaging solutions possible.” said Anil Singhal, MD, SVP, Worldwide Operations at iSchemaView. “Based on just the first quarter of this year, RAPID is already on pace to image over 132,500 patients in 2019, process over 250,000 scans

and identify over 40,000 potential patients for thrombectomies. We will continue to expand, across Mexico and the globe, to provide as many hospitals as possible the tools they need to best help their patients and improve outcomes.”

About iSchemaView

iSchemaView is the worldwide leader in advanced imaging for stroke. Installed in over 1,200 hospitals, iSchemaView’s RAPID (automated CTP, MR, CTA and ASPECTS), with enhanced AI framework, is the most advanced stroke imaging platform. In clinical trials, RAPID has been shown to aid in the selection of patients in early and late-window stroke trials, including SWIFT PRIME, EXTEND IA, DAWN, DEFUSE 3 and EXTEND. In addition to achieving the best clinical outcomes and largest treatment effects ever obtained, these landmark studies led to new American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines and have dramatically altered the management of acute stroke around the world. For more information, visit www.RAPID.ai

Why do Canadians and Americans travel to Mexico for their Health care?

Ever since Mexico has upgraded and regularized their standards in health care along with specialized doctors and very modern hospitals, thousands of Canadians and Americans are coming to this country every year for Medical Tourism.  They are specifically planning their trip and their stay to attend to medical and dental necessities.

You may wonder what is the driving force behind these travels.  Well, economics could be one main reason, but there are many others factors to take into account.  The Canadian health system has great hospital infrastructure and health personnel, but they are over whelmed with the amount of patients that are in need of care, specially surgeries, therefore the waiting times for elective/non-emergency procedures can take up to months or years.   Also the appointment times between visits to family health providers, referral to specialists, ordering special studies and scheduling surgeries are very much prolonged, whereas in Mexico all can be done within days, just with previous notification of the patient arriving.

On the US side costs of delivering care are quite high due to overhead expenses, ridiculous high liability insurance malpractice premiums and mark ups in consumables. This makes it almost impossible for an ordinary person to pay the price out of pocket, and health insurance policies limit many procedures and the large deductibles and co-payments may apply.

Modern communication technologies with smartphones and computers have also greatly contributed to the growing numbers of traveling patients. Aside from making them feel at home away from home, they can access and google information.  So citizens of these countries are looking for alternatives elsewhere and Puerto Vallarta has become a favorite welcoming place for Medical and Dental travelers.

There are five major hospitals in the region with state of the art installations, over 350 medical specialists many with top certifications, and dozens of well qualified dentists, besides a Medical and Nursing School that were founded in 2007 by the University of Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta CUC Campus.  The most common procedures that patients are seeking for are in the field of Orthopedics (Arthroscopic and Joint replacements), Bariatric Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, although many other specialists are keeping quite busy too, as well as the numerous dentists in town.

 

Written by:  Dr. Max Greig, a well-known Orthopedic Surgeon of Punta Mita Hospital and founder of the University Medical School in Puerto Vallarta

PMH & UC San Diego Health

Punta Mita Hospital and UC San Diego Health, an internationally renowned health system for clinical, educational, and research activities based in San Diego, California, USA, have signed a cooperation agreement to collaborate on the care of patients:

  • Punta Mita Hospital may refer patients to UC San Diego Health for medical and surgical care.
  • Our physicians will collaborate to develop telemedicine services for second opinion evaluations by UC San Diego Health physicians for patients at Punta Mita Hospital.

PMH Keeping Busy

Since opening the hospital in May of 2017 we have seen almost 500 patients.  

It’s a number that we are proud to reflect on.  Our founders and staff are proud to serve the vast community and visitors to the Punta Mita area.  

We have 24/7 emergency services and lab ​​available with qualified physicians​ and staff.  Our ER specialist, all doctors, nursing staff and paramedics trained in ACLS ( advanced cardiac life support).

We’ve seen over 400 XRays and we’re still counting.

In this time we’ve also sent our ambulances out over 60 times to help those in need during emergency situations.  Also, we’ve performed over 50 surgeries for a variety of needs from Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopy, Ovarian RRejuvenation, PRP, to Orthopedic & ER surgeries to name a few​.

Community Health Fund

We have created a health fund in Mexico called theFundacion Punta Mita Apoyo a la Salud
AC​, also known as PMH Foundation. This foundation will help improve the health
services in Mexico for the local community. Your donations help offset the costs of care
locals are receiving. The foundation has already raised money to provide a CT Scan C
Arm for the hospital. The focus next is secure funding to render affordable health care at
our hospital​ for local patrons​.
We have also created a 501c3 in the US​called ​PMH Hospital, Inc. where American donors
can contribute toward the Community Health Fund as well.

​To further our reach of providing opportunities to contribute ​we have
​partnered with Amazon Smile​. Our​ account​is ​listed under PMH Hospital, Inc., you
can easily create an Amazon Smile account that attaches to your Amazon Prime account.
For every applicable purchase you make Amazon will make a donation to our non-profit.
All of this information can be found on our website on the donation page where we kindly
invite you to contribute toward our local community and​partner with us to ​
create​a better and healthier environment for all.

Ongoing Hospital Improvements

​At PMH we will be continuing to improve our hospital​ so we may provide
the best quality care to all. By having state-of-the-art equipment we´ll be able to
continue our efficient level of care. By September​2018 ​we will have a new 64 slide CT
Scan.
​ ​
This allows us to have one of the best CT scans in the area, it also gives us the ability
to diagnose conditions in the abdominal, cardiac and brain. Therefore we can evaluate
stroke patients within minutes, coronary angiograms, and we can do​CTscan​s​ for ab
or pelvic lesions​ as well​.

​As we continue these improvements we with take things one step further and
​plan to​open an ICU for these critical patients to get proper recovery care​. Please
follow our updates here, on our website and on our social media accounts.​