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Skin Tucks in Costa Rica

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The Botch Job: Thirtysomething New Yorker Stacey Cavaliere had lost 100 pounds and sought out a budget
physician in Costa Rica to tuck and tone the excess skin. According to the New York Daily
News
, during the surgery she endured massive blood loss, and an emergency secondary operation
was needed to stop internal bleeding. The doctor, who diagnosed her with anemia but operated
anyway, told her she should return in a few months for reconstructive surgery. After returning
home, Cavaliere was rushed to the emergency room; her abdomen had a raging infection and needed to
be cleaned out. A skin graft from her thigh to her stomach was needed in order to close a deep
wound. Her condition took eight additional surgeries to fix.

The Real Deal: Beware of the providers who are most visible on the Internet. They are not necessarily the most
reputable and often lack credentials. Many dentists are schooled in America, and most are
concentrated in San José. Consult the website of the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica for
recommended dentists.

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Skin Tucks in Costa Rica

The Botch Job: Thirtysomething New Yorker Stacey Cavaliere had lost 100 pounds and sought out a budget
physician in Costa Rica to tuck and tone the excess skin. According to the New York Daily
News
, during the surgery she endured massive blood loss, and an emergency secondary operation
was needed to stop internal bleeding. The doctor, who diagnosed her with anemia but operated
anyway, told her she should return in a few months for reconstructive surgery. After returning
home, Cavaliere was rushed to the emergency room; her abdomen had a raging infection and needed to
be cleaned out. A skin graft from her thigh to her stomach was needed in order to close a deep
wound. Her condition took eight additional surgeries to fix.

The Real Deal: Beware of the providers who are most visible on the Internet. They are not necessarily the most
reputable and often lack credentials. Many dentists are schooled in America, and most are
concentrated in San José. Consult the website of the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica for
recommended dentists.

© Klaus Tiedge/Corbis

Worst Medical Tourism Disasters

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