Dr. Alfonso Contreras

Dr. Alfonso Contreras is a bilingual physician who graduated from the highest house of studies in the state of Jalisco, with a fellow in nutrition management of the renal patient and in hemodialysis, with more than 8 years of experience and working in all private hospitals in Bahía de Banderas. He has attended multiple international congresses in Italy, Canada, Hong Kong, Colombia, etc.

Also, he is part of the multidisciplinary team in the area of hemodialysis, PRISMA and kidney transplantation.

Dialysis Vallarta

Dialysis Vallarta is a company created by the great need that exists for hemodialysis services in tourists with kidney disease.

Our management standards are international, adhering to medical guidelines. The dialysis prescription is followed according to how the treating Nephrologist is doing it, with direct contact with social workers, nurses and treating nephrologists, there is great communication with Davita concierge , B Brown and Fressenius.


What is Hemodialysis?

Hemodialysis is a treatment that replaces the work of your own kidneys to clear wastes and extra fluid from your blood. This is done using a special filter called a dialyzer or artificial kidney. Your blood travels through plastic tubing to the dialyzer, where it is cleaned and then returned to you. At the beginning of each treatment, two needles are placed into your access. These needles are connected to the plastic tubing that carries your blood to the dialyzer. Only a small amount of blood is out of your body at any one time. The dialysis machine pumps your blood through the dialysis system and controls the treatment time, temperature, fluid removal and pressure.

Does kidney failure have a cure?

Being chronically ill, there is no cure for chronic kidney disease, however kidney transplantation is an alternative to stop dialysis.

Does a patient with chronic kidney disease need a special diet?

Yes, the diet is individual depending on each person, but the new guidelines refer to the “forbidden to forbid”. Ask for a medical consultation and give options in diet and treatment.

Is there a transplant program in Puerto Vallarta?

There is a medical team set up in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay, planning to start transplant protocols in 2021, with a high-end medical team and specialists with extensive training.

Can a foreigner transplant in Mexico?

If possible, there are certain protocols that the country requests and the costs are more flexible than in other countries in America and Europe.

Accepted insurance plans

What our patients say

I first met Dr. Contreras in Feb 2013 at San Javier Hospital in Nuevo Vallarta.

I was initially hesitant about receiving dialysis treatments outside of Canada.  Upon walking into the facility, I was immediately impressed with the exceptional level of cleanliness.   It was unlike anything I had ever seen in a hospital before. 

I received dialysis treatments three times per week during our six-week stay in Puerto Vallarta.  The nurses were always very accommodating, friendly, and helpful.  Dr. Contreras checked in on me during each appointment to offer support, encouragement and share a laugh or two. 

In August 2013, I was fortunate enough to receive a kidney transplant and no longer required dialysis.  We have returned to Puerto Vallarta each winter since knowing we will receive exceptional medical care. 

For the past 7 years, Dr. Contreras has become our family doctor during the three to four months we winter in Mexico.   Over the years he has treated my wife and I for vertigo, back pain, pneumonia, and high blood pressure to name just a few things.   During each appointment he continues to impress us with his knowledge, communication skills, quick response time and patient-centric approach. 

We could not be happier with the service and support we have received from Dr. Contreras over the years. We look forward to many more years of wintering in Nuevo Vallarta.  We know we will receive excellent medical care from Dr. Contreras if needed. 

Fred & Laura Lawrence
Ontario, Canada