Medical Procedures

Dr. Collia & Dr. Claverie, Total Knee Replacement

Joint Replacement in Guatemala City

Dr. Nuyens & Dr. Diaz, Nasal Surgery

Procedure Cost Comparison:  USA vs. Guatemala

Crown, porcelain $1,300 $412
Dental Implant $3,950 $1,750
Extraction, wisdom tooth $375 $135
Root Canal $540 $150
Upper Plate $2,500 $540
Whitening, laser $1,250 $205
White resin fillings $295 $70

Angioplasty $57,000 $11,800
Cancer Radiation Therapy $65,000 $12,000
Cancer Tumor Removal Surgery $52,000 $7,000
Cataracts $6,000 $2,400
Chemotherapy $75,000 $19,500
Colonoscopy $2,250 $940
Coronary Artery Bypass $165,000 $24,000
Hearing Aids $8,500 $3,300
Heart Valve Replacement $170,000 $24,000
Hip Replacement $50,000 $11,200
Hysterectomy $22,000 $4,500
In-Vitro Fertilization $25,000 $7,000
Knee Replacement $50,000 $9,500
MRI, Full-Body $3,800 $750
PET Scan $6,200 $1,680
Prostate Removal $19,500 $4,500
Spinal Fusion $100,000 $16,800
Stem Cell Treatments $50,000 $8,600

Breast Implants $12,800 $4,800
Eyelids, upper & lower $6,800 $2,460
Face Lift $21,000 $5,500
Gluteal Augmentation $18,000 $5,300
Liposuction $19,750 $5,400
Rhinoplasty $10,500 $3,700

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Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?


When Dr. Luis Zetina of Oncomedica Cancer Consultants in Guatemala City attended a recent conference of members of the European Board of Oncology Specialists in Amsterdam, he was intrigued by the introduction of a brand new technology. The “Cool Cap Hair Retention” system has been proven successful with European cancer patients, so that they will not suffer the hair loss usually associated with chemotherapy. Dr. Zetina has purchased this state of the art apparatus for his clinic in Guatemala City. The FDA in the United States may not approve its use for American patients until 2018.

Cool head warm heart - Cold cap hair retention during chemo



Hope International Radiotheraphy Center in Guatemala City.HOPE International Radiotherapy Center in Guatemala City was the first cancer treatment center in Latin America to implement the “Volumetric Arc”. HOPE also offers the latest equipment and techniques for image-guided therapy, which further increases the accuracy in directing therapy to the tumor, while completely protecting the surrounding healthy tissues. Patient treatment is now more efficient and accurate, as the Guatemalan oncologists and technicians can offer the most highly recommended therapies in the field of radiation oncology.

Unlike standard treatment in other countries, Hope International convenes a “Tumor Board” of highly skilled and globally-respected physicians to evaluate and confer over the diagnosis and treatment plan of every patient. These doctors are specialists in Oncology. Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy, Hematology, Interventional Radiology as well as cancer surgery as it applies specifically to head and neck tumors, organs and soft tissue, and colorectal and prostate cancers.


Dr. Byron Sanchez, Medical Director of MedicenterAnti-Aging Treatments:  Stem cells found in our body are non-specific cells.  They can easily replicate themselves to form specific cells like heart muscle cells, blood cells, bone and cartilage, nerve cells etc. to perform in each of those specific functions. This regeneration property makes stem cells ideal for anti-aging therapy.  Research is now showing that stem cells can stall the progress of some of these diseases by replicating into specific cells and replacing the damaged cells in the body to restore the vitality and functionality of the organs.  The cost of these transplants is not excessive and is considered to turn back the biological clock by up to 15 years. 

"The Reality of Stem Cells Today” by Daniel Kraft of Stanford University

Just a few of the Specialists, Surgeries and Procedures available in Guatemala…

AudiologyAudiologist:  A health care professional who is trained to evaluate hearing loss and related disorders, including balance (vestibular) disorders and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and to rehabilitate individuals with hearing loss and related disorders. An audiologist uses a variety of tests and procedures to assess hearing and balance function and to fit and dispense hearing aids and other assistive devices for hearing.

Cancer:  An area of medicine that deals with the study of symptoms, treatments, causes and risk factors of cancer; more specifically, the physical, chemical and biologic properties and features of neoplasms and tumors. 

  • Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. If left unchecked, these cancer cells can spread from the skin into other tissues and organs. There are different types of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and it develops from abnormal growth of the cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis. Melanoma, which is less common, but more dangerous, occurs in the melanocytes (cells that produce pigment). It is the leading cause of death from skin disease. Skin cancers may have many different appearances. They can be small, shiny, waxy, scaly and rough, firm and red, crusty or bleeding, or have other features. Any such skin abnormalities should be checked by a physician.
  • PET, or positron emission tomography scan, is a nuclear medicine technique using a camera that captures powerful images of the body, showing its internal chemistry. Unlike a CT or MRI scan, it can actually detect early chemical and metabolic changes in diseased states, making it ideal for the early diagnosis of cancers.

Cardio SurgeryCardiovascular:  Pertaining to the heart and blood vessels that compose the circulatory system.

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (Open-heart surgery) is a surgical procedure to create bypasses around obstructions in the coronary arteries, most often using arteries or veins from other parts of the body.  
  • Angioplasty. Procedure performed to help open narrow areas in the coronary arteries, which supply the heart with blood.  This procedure requires a cardiac catheterization, during which a small balloon is passed into the artery and blown up to expand the narrowing.
  • Cardiac Catheterization is a procedure that uses a fine tube or catheter, which is threaded from the groin into the heart.  Used with angiography, it is now a primary tool for visualizing the heart and blood vessels and then diagnosing or treating heart disease.

Professional DentistryDental: 

  • Implants. Over the past two decades the use of dental implants has grown in favor of traditional bridges and crowns, so much so, that an entire dental sub-specialty – dental implantology – has made a huge mark on contemporary prosthetic dentistry.
  • Dental crowns refer to the restoration of teeth using materials that are fabricated by indirect methods which are cemented into place. A crown is used to cap or completely cover a tooth. They are tooth restorations that protect damaged, cracked or broken down teeth. A crown strengthens your existing damaged tooth so as to preserve its functionality. Dental crowns are also commonly known as caps. 

Ear, Nose & Throat specialistsEar-Nose-Throat:  An otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon, provides medical and surgical care for patients with diseases and disorders that affect the ears, nose, throat, the respiratory and upper alimentary systems, and related structures of the head and neck. They diagnose and provide medical and surgical treatment of diseases and have skills and knowledge in audiology and speech-language pathology; the chemical senses; allergy, endocrinology, and neurology as they relate to the head and neck.

  • Cochlear implant: A small complex electronic device that is surgically placed (implanted) within the inner ear to help persons with certain types of deafness to hear.  Cochlear implants can help some hearing-impaired people to distinguish the sounds of language clearly enough to participate in a verbal environment.  A cochlear implant has four basic parts: a microphone, a speech processor, a transmitter and a receiver/stimulator.  The receiver converts the signals into electrical impulses and sends them to the brain.  Hearing aids will amplify sound, but cochlear implants compensate for damaged or non-working parts of the inner ear.  Adults who have lost all or most of their hearing later in life may also benefit from cochlear implants, to help them to understand speech without visual cues such as lip-reading or sign language.

Nasal Surgery in Guatemala City.General Surgery:  A general surgeon is trained to diagnose, treat and manage patients with a broad spectrum of surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body. The surgeon establishes the diagnosis and provides the preoperative, operative, and postoperative care to patients and is often responsible for the comprehensive management of the trauma victim and the critically ill patient. The general surgeon has the knowledge and technical skills to manage conditions that relate to the head and neck, breast, skin and soft tissues, abdomen, extremities, and the gastrointestinal, vascular, and endocrine systems.  

X-Ray for Orthopedic SurgeryHip and Knee Replacements:  An orthopedic surgeon is trained in the preservation, investigation and restoration of the form and function of the extremities, spine and associated structures by medical, surgical and physical means. Specialized care is provided for patients with musculoskeletal problems including congenital deformities, trauma, infections, tumors, metabolic disturbance of the musculoskeletal system, deformities, injuries an degenerative disease of the spine, hands, feet, knee, hip, shoulder and elbow in children and adults.

  • Hip Replacement may be recommended if you have hip pain that is not relieved by physical therapy, medicines or exercise.  The surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone from your hip joint and replaces them with new, man-made parts. This can relieve pain, and improve both mobility and flexibility.   
  • Knee Arthroscopy is one of the most frequent procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of knee injuries.  A small telescopic instrument with a lens and surgical attachments is inserted into the knee through small minimally invasive incisions.

In Vitro FertilizationIn Vitro Fertilization:  IVF is a process by which egg cells are fertilized by sperm outside the womb, in vitro. It is one of the best options of assisted reproduction for treatment of infertility, especially where other methods have failed.  Since the first IVF birth in England in 1978, thousands of children have been born with great success. With a positive response in patients under 38, results are approximately 70%.  With enhanced technology and additional attempts, the expected rate of pregnancy is over 90%.     Read more about in vitro fertilization and cryopreservation at

Opthamologist or optometrist testing patient's vision.Ophthalmology:  An ophthalmologist specializes in the comprehensive care of patients with disorders of their eyes and vision. Ophthalmologists are medically trained to diagnose and medically and surgically treat all ocular and visual disorders, including prescribing glasses and contact lenses. These specialists also treat problems affecting the eye and it structures, the eyelids, the orbit, the visual pathway, and acquired onset of double vision.  Cataract operations and basic glaucoma procedures are commonly performed by these specialists.    

  • Retinal Detachment.  A detached retina lacks oxygen, which causes cells in the area to die. This can lead to blindness. If holes in the retina are found before a detachment occurs, an ophthalmologist can close the holes using a laser.  This is usually done in the doctor's office.  The health care provider injects a bubble of gas into your eye. You will be positioned so the gas floats up against the hole in the retina and pushes it back into place. The surgeon will use a laser to permanently seal the hole.  
  • Cataract removal is a procedure to remove a clouded lens (cataract) from the eye. The procedure almost always includes placing an artificial lens in the eye.  The normal lens of the eye is transparent.  As a cataract develops, the lens becomes cloudy and blocks light from entering your eye.  Cataracts are painless.  The surgery is performed in a hospital or surgery center in an outpatient clinic, and adults are usually awake for the procedure.  A man-made lens, called an artificial intraocular lens (IOL), is usually placed next. It will help improve your vision.  

Cosmetic Surgery - Plastic SurgeryPlastic Surgery:  Plastic surgery encompasses both reconstructive surgery, which is the reconstruction of facial and body parts disfigured by birth disorders, trauma, burns or disease, and cosmetic surgery which involves the enhancement of appearance by reshaping normal structures. Plastic surgeons specialize in the care of patients requiring repair, replacement, and reconstruction of defects of the form and function of the body covering and its underlying musculoskeletal system, with emphasis on the craniofacial structures, the oropharynx, the upper and lower limbs, and the breast. 

  • Breast Lift (Mastopexy) is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the remaining tissue and nipples.
  • Facelift (rhytidectomy).  A surgical procedure to improve sagging facial skin, jowls and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, and repositioning the skin.  
  • Tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure to remove abdominal fat and extra skin present in obesity or after pregnancies.  A mini-tummy tuck may be performed in smaller affected areas.  

Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine:  The stem cells found in our body are non-specific cells, meaning that they can easily replicate themselves to form specific cells like heart muscle cells, blood cells, bone and cartilage, nerve cells etc. to perform in each of those specific functions.  Stem cells are used to treat patients with conditions for which traditional treatment offers less than optimal options. Those conditions include Autoimmune Diseases, Cerebral Palsy, Critical Limb Ischemia, Degenerative Joint Disease, Diabetes Type II, Heart Failure, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Spinal Injury.  The stem cells are harvested from bone marrow of the patient under local anesthesia, and are reintroduced into the body as a transfusion.  The procedure does not require any surgery or special measures.  On average, the patient needs to stay two days in the hospital for monitoring and observation.