“There was a need to create a clinic, a unit that will specialize only in back problems and spine problems. About two weeks ago, the CMQ Spine Clinic was inaugurated and is located in the Bucerias CMQ hospital."
An interview with Doctor Max Greig
Dr Max Greig Is an Orthopedic surgeon that has been practicing here in Puerto Vallarta for over 20 years, and has successfully treated numerous orthopedic problems for many of the expats that live down here, and Canadians that have chosen also Puerto Vallarta as their second home.
“In our practice we have cared for a lot of people with knee, shoulder and hip problems. We are also finding that there are many patients that are having back problems; so this will be the topic that we are going to talk about today.”
I know you opened a new Spine Clinic in Bucerías, where did the idea came from?
Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay has about 300,000 people that live here year around, plus the visitors that come in and stay for several months of the year, so we have found out, throughout people's lives they have overloaded their backs and they are suffering from backpain, either neck pain or lower backpain, so there was a need to create a clinic, a unit that will specialize only in back problems and spine problems, therefore about two weeks ago, we have inaugurated the Spine Clinic, and this is located in one of the CMQ hospitals.
CMQ is one of the well established hospitals, in Puerto Vallarta, they have 3 hospitals, so this clinic opened up in a northern location of CMQ which is situated along the main highway in Bucerías in a nice medical building, right across from the hospital there. CMQ Bucerías also known as CMQ Riviera Nayarit, is one of the newest hospitals of the CMQ hospital system and it was opened about 3 years ago.
What kind of back problems are we talking about?
So, what our intentions are, is to create a specialized center that can treat people's back problems from A to Z, anything that comes up with back issues, from conservative treatments with physical therapy and other modalities to minimum endoscopic to major surgery or traditional surgery. There was a need to provide this service by specialists and therefore we have created a group where there are two who are exclusively spine surgeons, and with them and myself as a general Orthopedic Surgeon and an anesthesiologist we have created a complete Spine Clinic in Puerto Vallarta.
What would be a benefit for an American or Canadian to have a surgery here in Puerto Vallarta, especially through the Spine Clinic?
Well, this clinic obviously is to treat all people, from the entire region. The CMQ Hospital in Riviera Nayarit has the newest MRI machine and is the only hospital north of the Ameca River with such advanced technology, all the way to the city of Tepic. There is no other MRI machine like it, it is the only one. Plus, the medical installations and facilities are beautiful, open and modern with all the state-of-the-art technology.
What is the process to follow for a patient who is ready to attend to his/hers back problems at the Spine Clinic?
Whenever patients have problems we will evaluate the situation, order the necessary studies, starting from X-rays, MRI, even perhaps nerve-conduction test to determine the intensity or the deepness of their problem, to understand their problem as a whole, to get all the road maps together before we plan a journey; so we have to evaluate clinically and physically the patient, obviously we should get to know the patient, and create the file with all the information from the patient and then put it together with the studies that we will order. Once we have everything together, we can set up a treatment plan and give the patients their options for treating their back issues here in Puerto Vallarta/Bucerias.
Why Puerto Vallarta?
Besides having specialized doctors who are well trained in this area, and also having the hospital facility, we also have the great advantage of reasonable prices that patients can find here in Mexico.
The cost of any back procedures in other places is horrendous and here we can offer procedures at almost one third of price of what they may find back home. So that is the big advantage the lower cost of the situation, plus all the professionalism and technology behind it.
Does the clinic offer extra services to the patients?
Yes, we also have a wonderful team of collaborators with physical therapist and visiting nurses that can care for people at their hotels or homes when they are recovering from surgery and they do not have to come back and forth from their different condos or hotels that they are staying at.
Tell me about the technology?
We use the most modern implants in the world, we only use either FDA approved implant from the US, or the best European German implants in our back surgeries. So we are providing good hospital specialists, some of the best implants and of course one of the most human and caring after-care-teams for our patients. That is why, many people travel to visit us and care for their medical needs with us.
The Spinal Clinic group of specialists is formed by Dr. Gustavo Navarro, Dr. Óscar Iván Morales, the anesthesiologist Dra. Daniela Martínez and Dr. Max Greig who has a great career as an Orthopedic Surgeon.
All doctors are certified and also members of the International American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, national and international associations in Spine Surgery and the Mexican Federation of Anesthesiologists.
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