After enjoying a fortunate life of good health and plenty of physical activity, Linda was thinking that after turning 60, it’s wise to get some thorough medical check-ups, like tune-up and repairs, from head to toe. Considering the outrageous medical expenses in the United States, and the “low price for high quality” value in Guatemala, Linda knew what she had to do to complete her medical agenda.

The flight from Florida to Guatemala City is the easy part – less than two and half hours away. Linda knew that scheduling consultations, exams, diagnostics, procedures, and follow up visits with unknown doctors and hospitals in a foreign country would be nearly impossible, so she contacted the patient advocate specialists at Guatemala Medical Travel. Linda’s primary concern was to get some treatment and relief of that old shoulder impingement that was limiting her range of motion. The orthopedic surgeon in Guatemala determined that she would need an arthroscopic procedure to release her shoulder that had become “frozen”.

Moving forward with the schedule, a routine colonoscopy with our gastroenterologist extraordinaire was next on the list. Linda says, “In the States, it is an expensive procedure and therefore many people forgo doing it. It was a nice touch in Guatemala that I was served a nice breakfast, after 15 hours fasting, and had time to recover in a private room after the procedure. It was a very thoughtful addition.”

Linda had internal check-ups and diagnostic procedures with four different specialists in only two days. They discussed various options, but basically assured her that all organs and systems were operating efficiently and smoothly, as expected. To round out the “medical travel whirlwind”, Linda’s G.M.T. nurse companion accompanied her to the dermatologist for a methodical, magnified investigation of every little bump and spot. Linda left there with a positive evaluation and some excellent advice about how to keep her skin looking healthy and youthful.

Stress and worry upset the body’s natural inclination to heal itself. Linda’s entire medical experience was well under control with the business and nursing attention of G.M.T., so that her only responsibility was to relax, and heal, and plan how to spend the rest of her peaceful Guatemala vacation.