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Gastrointestinal Surgeon

Dra. Barcelona Jiménez

Medical | Gastroenterology

Gastrointestinal and Thyroid surgeon specializing in endoscopic surgery, serving adults and children 2 years and older in Puerto Vallarta and the Bay.

Gastrointestinal Specialist

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopy




Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. It begins with pain near the belly button and then moves to the right side. This is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, fever and chills.

Appendicitis is usually treated with surgery and antibiotics. If untreated, the appendix can rupture and cause an abscess or systemic infection (sepsis).


  • Objective: Removal of the cecal appendix
  • Procedure: Appendectomy (duration 60-120 mins)
  • Approach: Open or Laparoscopic (minimally invasive)
  • Recuperation: 3 weeks

Gallbladder Stones

Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid (bile).  They can vary in size and number and may or may not cause symptoms.

People who experience symptoms usually require gallbladder removal surgery. Gallstones that don’t cause symptoms usually don’t need treatment.


  • Objective: Removal of gallbladder
  • Procedure: Cholecystectomy (duration 90-120 mins)
  • Approach: Laparoscopic (minimally invasive)
  • Recuperation: 3 weeks

Umbelical Hernia

A condition in which the intestine protrudes through the abdominal muscles at the belly button. Many infants are born with an umbilical hernia. Umbilical hernias can also be acquired in adulthood, more often in women.

A common sign of an umbilical hernia is a protruding bellybutton, which in infants may be most noticeable when they cry. Many hernias close on their own by age one, and most by age five. Large hernias or hernias that don’t close may need surgical repair.


  • Objective: Repair of the abdominal wall, restoring the natural appearance of the navel
  • Procedure: Umbilical plasty (duration 60-120 mins)
  • Approach: Open or Laparoscopic (minimally invasive)
  • Recuperation: 3 weeks
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Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Stones in the gallbladder
  • Appendicitis
  • Tumors of the digestive system
  • Gastroesophageal reflux and hiatal hernia
  • Gastric or peptic ulcers
  • Hernias: inguinal, umbilical, ventral
  • Intestinal perforation
  • Obstruction due to adhesions
  • Kidney disease and peritoneal dialysis

General Surgery

· Thyroid: goiter, nodules or abnormalities
· Pancreas: pancreatitis or tumors
· Diverticular disease
· Skin tumors: cysts, lipomas and others
· Anal abscesses, fissures or fistulas
· Pelvic tumors
· VAC therapy
· Open abdomen
· Intestinal fistulas

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Gastrointestinal Surgeon specializing in endoscopic or minimally invasive surgery from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Training & Certifications

  • Medicine – Autonomous University of Guadalajara
  • General Surgery – University of Guadalajara
  • Minimally invasive surgery – National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Active Member of:
    • Mexican Association of General Surgery
    • Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery
    • American College of Surgeons
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Grupo Diagnosti-K
Av. Francisco Villa 1389, Fluvial Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Monday – Friday (9 am – 6 pm)
Saturday (9 am – 4 pm)

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery, also known as Endoscopic or minimally invasive surgery, is a type of novel technique that has been applied to multiple digestive tract surgeries over the years. Today, it is considered the first choice treatment for multiple diseases.

This type of technique is characterized by performing the procedure through very small wounds in the abdomen, through which we place “tubes” to be able to introduce either the camera lens or forceps and surgical material.

What diseases can be treated with minimal invasion?

Today, advances in technology and the surgeon’s learning curve have led them to be able to offer a large number of procedures for multiple conditions using minimal invasion, among which are:

Gallstones ~ Acute appendicitis ~ Hernias ~ Splenomegaly
Diagnostic Laparoscopy (used as a diagnostic and therapeutic method)
Digestive tract tumors or biopsy
Placement of catheter for peritoneal dialysis (Tenckhoff)

What are the benefits of this technique?

  • Shorter recovery
  • Minor blood loss
  • Almost invisible scars (better aesthetics)
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Lower risk of complications after surgery

Although science and technology are continually advancing, not all patients are candidates for minimally invasive surgery, so it will be necessary to conduct a medical interview to find out if you could undergo this surgery.