Medical Tourism: Day One in El Salvador

by Lori Lundin

Once we decided to go to El Salvador to have Doug's teeth fixed, the people at Planet Hospital made all the arrangements. They gave us hotel options, made airline reservations and set everything up with the doctor. We would be provided with a "country host," which is like a personal concierge or tour guide.

We flew out of JFK in New York City at 8 a.m. and arrived via a direct flight just after noon in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador.

We were greeted by our host Ricardo, who took us for a typical Salvadorian lunch and then for a brief meet-and-greet with the dentist.

The office was modern, clean and cheerful. The office staff was warm and welcoming. While we sat in a comfortable lounge, we were offered beverages and had a lovely conversation with the doctor.

He did a brief exam of Doug's mouth and made a few slight changes to the treatment plan.

He went over everything in detail with Doug: Doug would come in the next day for prep work and cleaning; he would have the major work done the following day.

Ricardo, also known as "Ricky," then took us to check into our hotel.

An enormous bouquet of flowers greeted us when we walked into our room.

Dr. Lorenzana sent them with a note welcoming us to El Salvador.

The room overlooked a pool with a waterfall; the air smelled of tropical plants and the temperature was in the 80s. We heard it was snowing in New York.

Lori Lundin is a News Anchor/Reporter with Fox News Radio