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’ve been going to Mexico on holiday since 1999 and I love it, but in 2017 I started Dialysis  and just thought that my traveling days were over. 

I managed to find San Javier Hospital and Dr Alfonso A. Contreras Gallardo and his team. 

I first went in 2018 for a three week break and was extremely impressed with the care I received, so much so that in 2019 I spent eight weeks in Puerto Vallarta and received all my treatment at San Javier.  The Doctor and his team were amazing, the hospital is very clean and my treatment was more efficient than I receive in the UK, the Doctor is there every day and speaks excellent English, I would recommend every thing about this team from the reception staff to the nurses, so don’t let dialysis stop you from living, let The Doctor and his team look after you. 

Claire Osborne