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Dr. Ortiz on Heraldo TV

Dr. Ortiz discusses “Metabolic Syndrome, Risk of Vascular Diseases” on Heraldo TV, 2020.

Dr. Ortiz on San Diego Living

Dr. Ortiz talks about weight loss surgery, nutrition and who is a candidate for surgery. When making an important medical decision, it is essential to do extensive research to make sure you make the right decision. We invite you to talk to our patients and hear their stories.

PRIMETIME TELEVISION: THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW

During 2008, Cassie appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show after having a successful lap-band procedure performed by Dr. Ariel Ortiz®. Oprah personally asked Cassie and her mom to share her story. Watch the video to see this amazing testimonial.

PRIMETIME TELEVISION: STUART VARNEY

Stuart Varney discusses the benefits of the World’s First Swallowable Gastric Balloon, aired in Fox Business Network.

PRIMETIME TELEVISION : ABC’S NIGHTLINE

In 2014, two americans head to Mexico for Weight-Loss ‘Balloon Pill’. The “balloon pill” is a controversial device called Obalon. The pill is attached to a catheter that allows doctors to inflate the balloon once the capsule is swallowed. It enters the stomach and quickly and doctors use nitrogen gas to inflate it into a small balloon, making the patient feel full immediately.

Good Morning America: Weight-Loss Balloon Has Americans Crossing the Border

On Feb 19, 2014 in Television


Weight loss pill and claims it can help you lose 20 pounds in a few months without surgery. It’s not fda approved in the U. S.

But it’s not stopping Americans from going to Mexico to get it.

Source: ABC/ Good Morning America.

ABC 10 News San Diego: Can this balloon help you to lose weight?

On Feb 27, 2014 in Television


SAN DIEGO – A new capsule could help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in a few months without surgery but Americans must leave the country to get it.

Source: 10 News San Diego. Link.

ABC 15 Arizona:Weight loss balloon? Patients cross border for non-FDA approved weight loss

On Mar 10, 2014 in Television


Obalon, which has been described as one of the biggest advancements in obesity treatment, is the world’s first gastric balloon that you can swallow. It’s targeted at individuals who are overweight, but do not qualify for traditional weight loss surgery.

During a five-minute procedure that does not require anesthesia or medication, the patient swallows a vitamin-sized capsule attached to a thin tube, according to the company’s website.

Source: ABC 15, Arizona. 

East Idaho News: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

On Mar 12, 2014 in Television


(NEW YORK) — Imagine if you could lose 30 pounds just by swallowing a pill. Some Americans are doing it already — in Tijuana.

The pill, which is currently not available in the U.S., is called Obalon. It’s an uninflated balloon inside a capsule that, once it’s swallowed, is pumped with air to make the patient feel full. Dr. Ariel Ortiz offers the pill in Mexico at the Obesity Control Center.

“As soon they swallow it and we activate the balloon it’s like, ‘Doc, I was hungry and as soon as you inflated that thing — it’s — I’m not hungry anymore,'” Ortiz said.

Source: East Idaho News. 

ABC WGNO: Health Experts: Pill Turns Into Balloon And Helps You Lose Weight

On Jan 22, 2014 in Television


The drug received Investigational Device Exemption from the Food and Drug Administration. One San Diegan discovered the drug while searching YouTube. “It’s almost like having a nutritionist in your pocket every single day,” said Ora Verduzco, who said she dieted unsuccessfully for the last couple of years.

Source: Yahoo News. Link.

Varney & Co. : Vitamin-sized pill the latest in weight-loss tech

On Feb 05, 2014 in Television


Feb. 05, 2014 – 3:15 – Obesity Control Center’s Dr. Ariel Ortiz Lagardere on a new weight-loss pill.

Source: Fox Bussiness/ Varney & Co.. 

ABC 15 Arizona: Weight loss balloon? Patients cross border for non-FDA approved weight los

On Mar 11, 2014 in Television


PHOENIX – A new capsule could help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in a few months without surgery. But, Americans have to leave the country to get it.

WEIGHT LOSS BALLOON YOU CAN SWALLOW

Obalon, which has been described as one of the biggest advancements in obesity treatment, is the world’s first gastric balloon that you can swallow. It’s targeted at individuals who are overweight, but do not qualify for traditional weight loss surgery.

Source: 2014-03-11. Link.

ABC 10 News San Diego: Woman loses 16 pounds after swallowing pill that turns into a balloon

On Apr 01, 2014 in Television


Source: 10 News. Link.

ABC Nightline: Americans Head to Mexico for Weight-Loss ‘Balloon Pill’

On Apr 17, 2014 in Television


The capsule, not FDA-approved, is swallowed, then inflates in the stomach to make patient feel full.

Source: ABC Nightline. 

Produced by Dr. Ortiz

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Virtual Reality Surgery

Dr. Ariel Ortiz®, one of the leading Bariatric Surgeons in the world, provides a first of its kind gastric sleeve surgery lectures series. Two episodes released, spotlighted on Milk VR, and nominated for 2015 VR Education Award at CES VR Film Festival. 

WORLD’S FIRST LIVE STREAMED BARIATRIC SURGERY IN 360°

One of the first Virtual Reality streams Live from Obesity Control Center, Dr. Ortiz successfully managed to share on social media a Bariatric Procedure. All this thanks to Florida based company, Allie Cam.

Note: Please increase the resolution on the Quality tab to 1080. World’s first bariatric surgery streamed live in 360. Remember – you can drag the image of the video around to get a full view of the OR and surgery. Use your mobile with the YouTube app for best results or use a VR headset!

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Posted by Ariel Ortiz-Lagardere on Friday, April 13, 2018

WORLDS FIRST VIRTUAL REALITY SURGERY

Watch the 360 video on Bariatric surgery done at Obesity Control Center in Tijuana, Mexico where Dr. Ortiz takes you through a journey what is like to be present inside an operative room while a gastric plication is being performed and everything around it.
To watch more videos like this, click here.

Podcast – OCC Balance

Starting off our OCC Balance podcast series with today’s Episode – KETO DIET, with our host Dr. Ariel Ortiz. 

Docu Series: Food Anatomy ®

America’s Favorite Dermatologist has teamed up with Dr. Ariel Ortiz to produce and star in a fun series about eating healthy south of the border. The series takes you through several destinations in northern baja, now considered by many experts as a top global culinary destination.

Docu-Series: Mexican Fat (COMING SOON!)

Dr. Ortiz is an executive producer and host in Mexican Fat, a documentary directed by Gabriel Reyes.

A healthy and delicious journey! This is a mini series that takes you in a colorful journey through the myths and reality of the Keto diet throughout the insights of the most famous traditional cooks and chefs in Mexico. Travel with us to the paradise of pleasure and health. 

OCC on the Radio

1070 WAPI: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

On Mar 13, 2014 in Radio


The stomach can take up to three weeks to get used to the balloon once it’s inflated. Then, patients can pop another pill, but should only ingest up to three balloons over a four-month period.

Obalon, which can cost patients between $3,000 and $4,000 at the clinic in Mexico, is made in San Diego, but is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is going through trials right now.  

Dr. Ortiz says the procedure is “very similar weight loss to gastric surgery, but instead of a year and a half we’re obtaining that in three to four months.”

Source: WAPI. Link.

790 KABC: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

On Mar 15, 2014 in Radio


The stomach can take up to three weeks to get used to the balloon once it’s inflated. Then, patients can pop another pill, but should only ingest up to three balloons over a four-month period.

Obalon, which can cost patients between $3,000 and $4,000 at the clinic in Mexico, is made in San Diego, but is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is going through trials right now.  

Dr. Ortiz says the procedure is “very similar weight loss to gastric surgery, but instead of a year and a half we’re obtaining that in three to four months.”

Source: KABS. Link

magic 107.3: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

On Mar 13, 2014 in Radio


The stomach can take up to three weeks to get used to the balloon once it’s inflated. Then, patients can pop another pill, but should only ingest up to three balloons over a four-month period.

Obalon, which can cost patients between $3,000 and $4,000 at the clinic in Mexico, is made in San Diego, but is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is going through trials right now.

Dr. Ortiz says the procedure is “very similar weight loss to gastric surgery, but instead of a year and a half we’re obtaining that in three to four months.”

Source: Magic 1073. Link.

WJDB 100.1 FM: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

On Apr 05, 2014 in Radio


Obalon, which can cost patients between $3,000 and $4,000 at the clinic in Mexico, is made in San Diego, but is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is going through trials right now.

Dr. Ortiz says the procedure is “very similar weight loss to gastric surgery, but instead of a year and a half we’re obtaining that in three to four months.”

Patients should be cautious about procedures not yet approved by the FDA.

Source: WDJB Radio. Link.

Hot 107.7: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

On Mar 13, 2014 in Radio


(NEW YORK) — Imagine if you could lose 30 pounds just by swallowing a pill. Some Americans are doing it already — in Tijuana.

The pill, which is currently not available in the U.S., is called Obalon. It’s an uninflated balloon inside a capsule that, once it’s swallowed, is pumped with air to make the patient feel full. Dr. Ariel Ortiz offers the pill in Mexico at the Obesity Control Center.

“As soon they swallow it and we activate the balloon it’s like, ‘Doc, I was hungry and as soon as you inflated that thing — it’s — I’m not hungry anymore,'” Ortiz said.

Source: Hot 107.7. Link.

OCC in Magazines

Dr. Ortiz Named Top Bariatric Surgeon by Newsweek


Here are seven powerful reasons why Dr. Ariel Ortiz of Obesity Control Center is one of the world’s top weight loss surgeon. And why you can trust him with your life-changing bariatric procedure.


  1. Dr. Ortiz was named one of the Top 15 Bariatric Surgeons in America by Newsweek magazine.
  2. He has performed nearly 10,000 weight loss surgeries over a 10-year career. More than any other surgeon.
  3. 85% of OCC patients are from the United States and Canada. The people with the greatest medical resources consistently turn to Dr. Ortiz.
  4. OCC has been designated by the U.S. Surgical Review Committee as an International Center of Excellence making it the gold standard for hospitals.
  5. Dr. Ortiz has been featured as a premier surgeon on everything from CNN and Dateline to The Oprah Winfrey ShowandThe Doctors.
  6. His patients record the highest weight loss success in the industry.
  7. He has personally trained more than 100 American doctors on how to perform lap band surgery, including teaching courses at Yale and UCLA.

Obesity is a terminal illness. Don’t delay making the decision to have safe, affordable weight loss surgery. Call today and we’ll connect you directly with Dr. Ortiz.

THE $4,000 DIET PILL

On Jul 22, 2014 in Magazine


The magic fat blaster you’ve always dreamed about is here, and it’s drug-free. Liz Krieger explores the latest treatments.

Source: Harpers Bazaar Magazine. Link.


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Independent Mail South Carolina: Patients cross border for non-FDA approved weight loss procedure

On Mar 11, 2014 in Blogs


Obalon is manufactured in San Diego, patients have to either go to Mexico or Europe to get it. In the U.S., the drug received Investigational Device Exemption from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the manufacturer. That means it’s likely on the road to get premarket approval (PMA) by the FDA.

Source: Independent Media. Link.

ABC 23 Bakersfield: Can this balloon help you lose weight?

On Feb 27, 2014 in Blogs


The patient swallows the vitamin-sized capsule during a five-minute procedure that does not require anesthesia or medication and the balloon deploys to about the size of an apple inside the stomach, creating a sensation of fullness. The expanded balloon restricts the amount of food the patient can eat, also suppressing his or her appetite. 

After about a month, the patient’s body starts to adapt to the balloon, and its appetite-suppressing effects start to diminish. The patient then swallows another capsule to maintain the effects of treatment. Two to three balloons may be used over the course of treatment. At the end of treatment, an endoscopic procedure is performed to deflate and remove the balloon.

Source: ABC 23 Bakersfield. Link.

ABC 4 Utah: Balloon pill could help you lose weight

On Mar 13, 2014 in Blogs


(ABC 4 UTAH) – A new pill that balloons inside your stomach could help you lose weight. It isn’t FDA approved and has a big price tag, but it could change the way people lose weight.

Source: ABC 4 Utah. Link.

Monthly Prescribing Reference: Balloon Pill Aids in Weight Loss

On Mar 12, 2014 in Blogs


A new pill that expands inside the stomach after being swallowed could be an alternative to weight loss surgery, says it manufacturer. Obalon is designed to replicate the results of weight loss surgery by creating a sensation of fullness in the stomach and reducing food consumption. Obalon Therapeutics, the manufacturer of the pill, says that overweight and obese patients can lose up to 20 pounds in three months and up to three pills can be used in a 12-week period. It is undergoing FDA approval in the U.S. and is available in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Spain. Other devices and procedures for weight loss are also in development as surgery alternatives.

Source: MPR. Link.

NY Daily News: New weight loss pill expands into gastric balloon so you feel full

On Jan 24, 2014 in Blogs


It’s the latest weight loss scheme to get Brits chirping: an oral pill that expands into a gastric balloon when ingested, to make patients feel fuller faster.

Launched to much buzz in the UK this week, the Obalon balloon has been garnering headlines for serving as a non-invasive, 15-minute version of traditional gastric balloon treatments which require going under the knife.

Here’s how it works: The vitamin-sized capsule is attached to a slender tube. After swallowing the capsule, gas is used to inflate the balloon through the tube.

Source: Daily News. 

ABC News Radio: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

On Feb 06, 2014 in Blogs


(NEW YORK) — Imagine if you could lose 30 pounds just by swallowing a pill. Some Americans are doing it already — in Tijuana.

The pill, which is currently not (available in the U.S., is called Obalon. It’s an uninflated balloon inside a capsule that, once it’s swallowed, is pumped with air to make the patient feel full. Dr. Ariel Ortiz offers the pill in Mexico at the Obesity Control Center.

Read On ABC News Radio.

Source: ABC News Radio New York. Link.

Fox News Latino: Border Surgeon Becomes Public Face Of New Weight-Loss Device

On Mar 14, 2014 in Blogs


The border isn’t a barrier to Dr. Ariel Ortíz Lagardere.

A bariatric (i.e., weight loss) surgeon who grew up and received his medical training on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Ortíz is a California resident while the state-of-the-art facility he started and runs, the Obesity Control Center, is in Tijuana. “I’m puro Chicano,” the 47-year-old told Fox News Latino.

Despite not being affiliated with its manufacturer beyond as a medical consultant, Ortíz has become the face for a new medical device – not approved in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration – called Obalon, which has produced some eye-popping weight loss numbers during trials.

Source: Fox News Latino. Link.

Carry On Harry: Dr. Ortiz talks about Stomagic “Weight Loss Program” on Carry on Harry Talk Show

On Feb 07, 2014 in Blogs


SAN DIEGO, CA. (February 7, 2014) – The dream of losing excessive weight without going under the knife is now a reality. A weight loss pill (by Obalon) that releases a gastric balloon into a patient’s stomach when it is swallowed, is now available to those who may not qualify for Gastric Bypass Surgery.  Patients can find this non-surgical option at the Obesity Control Center, which is a Certified “Center of Excellence” located just minutes over the Border from San Diego.

Source: Carry on Harry. Link.

Fitness Seed: Border Surgeon Becomes Public Face Of New Weight-Loss Device Not Yet Available

On Mar 16, 2014 in Blogs


Obalon Therapeutics approached him in 2008 to be a consultant for the medical device and to conduct some of the earliest trials of the device.

“He had a long experience and expertise in gastric surgery,” Mark Mahmood, executive vice president for marketing at Obalon Therapeutics in San Diego, Calif, explained to Fox News Latino. “And his facility in Tijuana is world-class.” Certified as an “International Center of Excellence” by the Surgical Review Corporation, in fact.

Source: Fitness Seed. Link.

ABC 2 Tulsa: Obalon: Some doctors call vitamin-sized swallow-able gastric balloon revolution

On Feb 27, 2014 in Blogs


SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A new capsule could help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in a few months without surgery but Americans must leave the country to get it.

Obalon, which has been described as the biggest advancement in obesity treatment, is the world’s first gastric balloon that you can swallow. It’s targeted to individuals who are overweight but do not qualify for traditional weight loss surgery.

Source: Tulsa News. Link.

ABC 5 West Palm Beach: Can this balloon help you lose weight?

On Feb 27, 2014 in Blogs


SAN DIEGO – A new capsule could help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in a few months without surgery but Americans must leave the country to get it.

Obalon, which has been described as the biggest advancement in obesity treatment, is the world’s first gastric balloon that you can swallow. It’s targeted to individuals who are overweight but do not qualify for traditional weight loss surgery.

Source: WP Tv. Link.

105.1 Jack FM: Obalon Weight Loss Pill a Quick Way to Take Off 20-30 Lbs.?

On Mar 13, 2014 in Blogs


(NEW YORK) — Imagine if you could lose 30 pounds just by swallowing a pill. Some Americans are doing it already — in Tijuana.

The pill, which is currently not available in the U.S., is called Obalon. It’s an uninflated balloon inside a capsule that, once it’s swallowed, is pumped with air to make the patient feel full. Dr. Ariel Ortiz offers the pill in Mexico at the Obesity Control Center.

“As soon they swallow it and we activate the balloon it’s like, ‘Doc, I was hungry and as soon as you inflated that thing — it’s — I’m not hungry anymore,'” Ortiz said.

Source: Jack FM. Link.

CNN iReport: Obalon Balloon Weight Loss Pill Offers Results Just Steps from San Diego

On Mar 17, 2014 in Blogs


March 14, 2014 – San Diego, CA — Leading bariatric surgeon Ariel Ortiz, MD, FACS, of Obesity Control Center in Baja, has teamed up with California Company Obalon, to revolutionize weight loss. Dr. Ortiz now offers the Obalon balloon pill, helping those suffering from obesity lose the excess weight without the need for surgery. 

Source: CNN. Link.

Evansville Courier & Press: Weight-loss seekers leave country to swallow non-approved ball

On Mar 11, 2014 in Blogs


PHOENIX — A new capsule could help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in a few months without surgery. But, Americans have to leave the country to get it.

WEIGHT LOSS BALLOON YOU CAN SWALLOW

Obalon, which has been described as one of the biggest advancements in obesity treatment, is the world’s first gastric balloon that you can swallow. It’s targeted at individuals who are overweight, but do not qualify for traditional weight loss surgery.

During a five-minute procedure that does not require anesthesia or medication, the patient swallows a vitamin-sized capsule attached to a thin tube, according to the company’s website.

Source: Courier Press. Link.

ABC Nightline: Is ‘Balloon Pill’ a Weight-Loss Miracle Cure or Short-Term Fix?

On Apr 17, 2014 in Blogs


The “balloon pill” is a controversial device called Obalon. The pill is attached to a catheter that allows doctors to inflate the balloon once the capsule is swallowed. It enters the stomach and quickly and doctors use nitrogen gas to inflate it into a small balloon, making the patient feel full immediately. It stays there for 30 days at a time, until it is removed by a doctor via endoscopy. Over the course of a 90-day treatment, two more balloons can be added.

Source: ABC Nightline. Link.

New Diet Pill Expands Into a ‘Balloon’ in Your Stomach

On Jul 15, 2014 in Blogs


What is this ‘magic pill’ that people are traveling to Mexico to buy? It’s called Obalon and it supposedly helps to suppress your appetite and lose weight.

Source: Heavy. Link.