The government of Nicaragua provides universal healthcare to its citizens. However, due to economic difficulties, it lacks the necessary resources for the treatment of non-life threatening conditions, such as congenital and acquired deformities, ranging from cleft lips to burn scar contractors of the hands and the absence of breasts. La Merced has been raising funds, procuring medical supplies and equipment, and providing surgeons for corrections of these conditions.
La Merced plastic surgeons have worked in multiple sites, including hospitals and clinics in Managua and the countryside. La Merced goes wherever the need exists.
In the hospitals, our surgeons team up with local Nicaraguan surgeons and enjoy a mutual exchange of approaches and techniques. Nicaraguan surgical residents and students of La Merced assist the surgeons.
In 2017 La Merced launched its Breast Care Program, through which our surgeons team up with Nicaraguan surgeons perform mastectomies and breast reconstruction on women who have lost one or both of their breasts to cancer (the government of Nicaragua provides mastectomies but lacks the funding for breast reconstruction).
In the clinics, La Merced high school and college students as well as non-student La Merced team members process the patients and first assist the surgeons.