The plethora of specialty physicians continues to grow here in Puerto Vallarta! I am always so thrilled to meet new doctors, learn about their specialties, why they moved here and get to know their personalities. And now, we have another! Dr. Sigfriedo Lopez (he goes by Dr. Ziggy), maxillofacial specialist. For many years, I have received requests for someone in this specialty and now I have one!
We had a little chat and covered the following information:
Where are you from and where did you attend medical school? I was born in a beautiful small town near the Chapala Lake in the state of Michoacán, called Sahuayo, where I grew up surrounded by family and friends. Later, I attended schools in Vancouver, Canada and Orange County, California. I then moved back to Guadalajara, where I finished my medical career in the Hospital Civil Nuevo de Guadalajara Juan I. Menchaca.
Why did you choose this specialty? I chose this specialty because there was a member of my family who needed urgent help by an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, and it was really hard for us to find one, so I realized the fact that this was actually a health problem because by not having an specialist nearby, patients would end up without the proper doctor to treat the patients and the patients would end up without a proper treatment.
What exactly is a maxillofacial specialist and what types of patients do you see? Maxillofacial surgeons are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of disorders affecting the facial complex and skeleton, including the jaws and oral cavity. Contemporary training in both medicine and dentistry enables oral & maxillofacial surgeons to treat conditions requiring expertise in both fields. These include a range of common oral surgical problems (impacted teeth, dental implants), jaw and congenital facial disproportion, facial trauma, oral cancer, salivary gland disease, temporomandibular joint disorders, sleep apnea, and various benign pathologies (cysts and tumors of the jaws).
Treatments may be performed on the craniomaxillofacial complex: mouth, jaws, face, neck, and skull, to include, for example:
Dent alveolar surgery which is surgery to remove impacted teeth, difficult tooth extractions, extractions on medically compromised patients, bone grafting or pre-prosthetic surgery to provide better anatomy for the placement of implants,
Surgery to insert “Osseo integrated” (bone fused) dental implants and maxillofacial implants for attaching craniofacial prostheses and bone anchored hearing aids.
Cosmetic surgery of the head and neck, cheek augmentation, chin augmentation, neck liposuction
Corrective jaw surgery including surgical treatment and/or splinting of sleep apnea, maxillomandibular advancement, genioplasty (chin surgery).
Diagnosis and treatment of: benign pathology (cysts, tumors), malignant pathology (oral, head and neck cancer) with ablative and reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, cutaneous malignancy (skin cancer), lip reconstruction.
Congenital craniofacial malformations such as cleft lip and palate and cranial vault malformations such as craniosynostosis, (craniofacial surgery).
Chronic facial pain disorders
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
Dysgnathia (incorrect bite), and orthognathic (literally “straight bite”) reconstructive surgery, orthognathic surgery, maxillomandibular advancement, surgical correction of facial asymmetry.
Soft and hard tissue trauma of the oral and maxillofacial region (jaw fractures, cheek bone fractures, nasal fractures, LeFort fracture, skull fractures and eye socket fractures).
How do you like living in Puerto Vallarta? I believe that the people who live near the ocean by choice are dreamers. I cannot be far away from the ocean for too long, I need the expansion that the ocean gives us, the feeling of freedom and as you take in the vastness of the ocean before you, it can also help to put things into perspective. And Puerto Vallarta gives me all that.
Dr. Ziggy has mentioned to me surgical approaches he does for sleep apnea and I will do an article on that soon. Sounds interesting!
If you would like to meet and get to know Dr. Ziggy better, please join us at our “Breakfast with a Physician” as we casually gather around the table and ask questions to Dr. Ziggy. May 14, 2019 at 9am. RSVP please. No charge.
We welcome Dr. Ziggy to Puerto Vallarta’s expanding healthcare field. For information/appointment, please send me an email.
Here’s to an impressive week!