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Revision Weight-Loss Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

At OCC, we understand that revising a failed surgery is unique and must be approached accordingly. This is why after thousands of patients that have undergone weight loss revision surgery, we can consider ourselves leading experts in the field. Obesity Control Center holds the world's highest safety standards from the Joint Commission and is a Certified International Center for Excellence. These designations put OCC in the highest class of health and safety, exceeding many American hospitals.


Revising a failed gastric procedure

At Obesity Control Center, we have your back. With over 25,000 procedures, we have streamlined not just the technique but the whole process of weight loss surgery. Failed surgeries can create health risks for those who expected dramatic weight loss as a result of their procedures. Regardless of where patients had their surgeries performed, we can permanently restore them and bring relief through revision bariatric surgery. In fact, OCC has become a leader in providing affordable options that create life-long solutions. Our world-leading track record and innovations mean patients come from all over America and the world to have their gastric procedures revised. Plus with our 5-year program, you’re part of the #OCCFamily for life.

Why Do Bariatric Procedures Fail?

For a number of reasons, a weight loss procedure can fail to allow the patient to reach his or her goals. Whether it is gastric banding (Lap-Band/REALIZE bands), sleeve gastrectomy/gastric sleeves, vertical gastroplasty (stomach stapling), gastric plication, or gastric bypass surgery, a failed procedure is both disappointing and a major health issue.

There are multiple factors associated with failure. It can be the technique itself, either because it is outdated, or other more effective safer procedures have been developed. It can be technical in nature, meaning that the surgery may have not been optimally executed. It can also be the simple result of stretching, which would enlarge the gastric pouch, causing loss of restriction. In our opinion, it is a combination of several factors most of the time, which results in a failed surgery. To learn more about revision bariatric surgery, visit

Contact Obesity Control Center to Fix Your Procedure!

One of our US-based coordinators can walk you through how you can get the life you’ve always wanted with the help of the Obesity Control Center in Tijuana, Mexico. Call 1 866-893-8005 or email us here to start fixing your failed procedure today!

What is Bariatric Revision Surgery?

Bariatric revision surgery is not just a technique. It is a scientific, evidence-based medical approach to correcting a failed weight loss procedure. The OCC Revision Surgery Program starts with an in-depth look at the patient’s history and any available medical records to understand the nature of the failure, as well as the best approach to resolve it. Once the patient is physically present, OCC has a wide selection of studies available to further evaluate the status of the surgery to be revised. This is only part of the OCC Revision Surgery Program, as our nutrition and physician team assess and affirm the patient’s understanding of the procedure and reignites the faith and hope associated with a new procedure. The goal is a safe, effective, and durable procedure. To learn more about bariatric revision surgery, visit

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Over 20 years of experience and more than 25,000 patients is what sets us apart at Obesity Control Center in Mexico. We are the busiest standalone center of excellence in metabolic and bariatric surgery and this gives us a unique advantage. Here are some unique features only found at OCC:

  1. A quarter-century specialized in the weight loss surgery field. We were some of the first to perform bariatric surgical procedures.
  2. Three Master Bariatric Surgeons caring for every patient. You’re always in the hands of a world-renowned and highly-trained surgeon. We are the only international team of bariatric surgeons, offering globalized bariatric healthcare and the best of the best to our patients.
  3. Fully accredited as an SRC Center of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. We have also obtained the Golden Seal awarded by the Joint Commission International that signifies that we met the highest standards in patient safety and quality available globally.
  4. Pioneers in the field, including several registered techniques, patented devices, and many “firsts” in the field like teenage obesity treatments, the IGS Improved Gastric Sleeve®, the Stomach Sparing Gastric Sleeve, the Double-Buttress Sewing Technique and more.
  5. Faster recovery and better outcomes. Shorter times under anesthesia and a less-invasive abdominal wall preservation technique.
  6. Unique patient pre-surgery education and preparation and 5 years follow-up program, an industry first!

Bariatric Revision Surgery FAQS


Who is an ideal candidate for gastric revision?

A failed weight-loss procedure can be defined as one that has resulted in:

  • Less than 50% loss of the expected weight loss
  • Weight loss followed by partial or total regain
  • An intolerance to normal/solid foods
  • Signs that the overall quality of life is diminishing
  • Additional health issues caused by the procedure

How do I prepare for gastric surgery?

Like in life, preparation is essential for a successful outcome, mentally, physically, and nutritionally. Additional requirements may be suggested depending on your specific case.

Pre-operative weight loss will detox your liver, making it lighter, and resulting in a quicker, safer weight loss procedure with less impact on your overall status. Even 5% of total body weight loss will result in a dramatic improvement in your ability to respond to surgical stress.

Nourishment at a cellular level will require you to compensate for the deficiencies you have accumulated over the years and the deficiencies expected after weight loss surgery. Research has proven that the only way to replenish these deficiencies is through Bariatric Supplementation. This means that a Bariatric Multivitamin and a Bariatric Protein source prior to the Gastric Bypass will enormously increase your safety profile and a successful outcome. Mental preparation includes looking at the way we relate to food and being proactive about a healthier diet and lifestyle.

What’s the price for a gastric revision?

Depending on the type of gastric surgery requested, prices can vary from around $6,500 to $9,000 dollars. We suggest you look into testimonials online, talk to other patients, and don’t be misled by price. The savings by coming to OCC is around 50% of the cost in the US. Don’t risk it by looking for the lowest price. Your health and wellbeing are very valuable.

Included in the cost of your gastric surgery:

  • 1 night stay at our world-renowned hospital
  • 1 night stay at a local 5-star hotel
  • Luxury transportation to and from the San Diego International Airport
  • Team of three Board Certified surgeons, including two anesthesiologist
  • All operating room costs and surgical materials
  • All pre-op evaluations and follow-up care

Why is Gastric Surgery called ‘Metabolic surgery’?

In the fight against obesity and excess weight, the only proven method that outlasts common methods is bariatric surgery. Recent advances in the field have proven that these weight loss surgeries not only dramatically influence the excess weight a patient carries, it also balances out the metabolism of an individual, especially the insulin and blood sugar levels. This is why weight loss surgery is now called ‘Metabolic surgery’. It is not completely understood how exactly surgery regulates insulin, blood sugar, diabetes, cholesterol, lipids, and sleep disorder (sleep apnea), but it is a fact that it has a direct impact and controls, and many times cures these life-threatening diseases.


Gastric Surgery in Mexico, really?

At OCC, we have more than 25,000 patients that have traveled to our center with no major security incidents to report. We are at the heart of the commercial district, less than half a mile away from the international border to the U.S.A. Tijuana is now the second busiest medical destination for the traveling patient. At OCC, we are glad to be an essential part of this great reputation, as we have four full United States-based accreditations for health and safety in gastric revision surgery.

How safe is gastric surgery?

OCC’s complication rate is one of the lowest in the published literature.

Is gastric surgery painful?

Our process at OCC includes a gentle but short procedure that results in a quick recovery. The OCC difference includes specialized instruments and bladeless abdominal wall trocars. Localized abdominal wall blocking agents diminish the cascade of mediators that cause pain and inflammation. We use half the amount of gas pressure, where others use 20mm/hg, we use 10 to 12mm/hg. This results in less of the dreaded “gas pressure pains” associated with laparoscopic surgery. Our operating time is a fraction of the typical time reported in the literature. We’re in no hurry, we have simply streamlined the process. Less time under anesthesia means quicker recovery times.

What is the mortality rate for gastric surgery?

We can say very proudly that our mortality rate is zero percent. We value health and well being and will never perform a procedure on someone who is either not well prepared medically or has a risk higher than acceptable.

What about gastric bypass complications?

Like any surgical procedure, complications can happen like leaks, bleeding, hernias, and chronic heartburn. So preparation is key to a successful outcome and we will be holding your hand all the way. Our complication rate is one of the lowest published in the literature. In fact, our leak rate is 0%, and with the implementation of the new techniques designed at OCC, our patients are experiencing substantial and permanent weight loss without the undesirable symptom of heartburn.

Heartburn and reflux seem to be the predominant complaint after sleeve gastrectomy. At OCC, we have adjusted the technique to let the body heal properly and avoid this uncomfortable and sometimes frequent symptom months after the surgery is performed.

There are symptoms after having any type of surgery that are related to anesthesia (sleepiness, dizziness nausea, etc.) and others directly associated with the gastric sleeve itself (cramping, abdominal tenderness, vomiting). Fortunately, these are kept to a minimum and medically treated early so most patients can be up on their feet in a couple of hours and discharged the morning after. Many actually are out shopping the day after surgery!

Can a revision be done in a single surgery?

Revision surgery depends on the original procedure and what the problem is. These patients undergo an initial evaluation through our program and are ultimately scheduled for revision surgery already knowing the possibilities of completing the surgery in a single step. Over 99% of these patients are done in a single step, in other words, one surgical event.


Can you have a normal life after surgery?

Most patients require several months to adapt to the procedure. This is usually predictable so our nutritionist will always prescribe a nutritional regimen that is easy to follow and will allow the patient to gradually move up to the following stage. You will start with a totally liquid diet for a few days, then move on to liquids including the Bariatric Protein Meals. You can slowly start eating mushy foods and then, finally, a normal diet.

Daily activities and exercise should also progress at the same rate, but the surprising fact is that most patients recover much quicker than they thought; in fact, energy levels are usually higher than expected when the nutrition plan includes the Bariatric Multivitamin and Bariatric Protein Shakes recommended by our team of experts.

The only thing you can’t do after surgery is overeating without having severe discomfort, nausea, even vomiting. Ideally, most patients will return to three normal meals a day and three snacks between meals.

How much weight should I expect to lose?

Gastric bypass is producing a substantial amount of weight loss in a relatively short period of time. A 65% EWL (excess weight loss) at 18 months is reported in general in the literature. For example, a patient that needs to lose 100 pounds (100 lbs. excess weight) will lose at least 65 pounds. Other factors that influence the total weight loss include how well prepared the patient is before surgery. Preparation not only includes mental and physical preparation, but it also includes nutritional preparation, and it seems to be one of the most important determining factors for success. Pre-operative preparations include supplementation and protein intake. This is why you will see that all patients at OCC undergo pre-surgery preparation and are followed for 5 years after the procedure. OCC Wellness is an online program that helps you achieve your goals.

What do you eat after gastric surgery?

It starts with liquids during the first few days gradually progressing to mushy food. Then semi-solid foods are eaten, moving on to full solids. All this happens during the first couple of months. The good news is massive weight loss occurs during this time and all the health indicators dramatically get better during this period.

How about failures and weight regain?

On average, most patients can tolerate around 30% of their pre-surgical intake after the stomach or pouch adjusts. This restriction is enough to maintain the weight loss through the years. Patients that expand their stomach to a point where they can eat more than 50% of their pre-surgical intake can be candidates for a quick stomach revision, which entails performing a running stitch to adjust the size of the plicated stomach over a calibration tube. In fact, this technique is so effective that patients who have a gastric sleeve with the same type of stomach stretching are candidates for the same technique. Simply sewing the staple line over a calibration tube can adjust the size of the sleeve. These procedures tend to be quick and effective with little downtime where patients regain the original restriction they had after the surgical procedure.

How much can your stomach hold after gastric surgery?

Patients will notice once they are past the liquid phase and eating full solids that the restriction level will result in around a third of the original meal volume. Eating a third of your typical meal will definitely induce weight loss and better overall health.

How long does it take for your stomach to heal after gastric surgery?

Recent studies show that the inner lining of the stomach can start healing in as little as 6 hours! It is important to follow all the guidelines that we teach our patients prior to surgery which results in an uneventful recovery and a good outcome.

Schedule your Gastric Revision Procedure Today

Call 1 866-893-8005 or email us here to start your weight loss journey. Call one of our US-based coordinators and learn how you can get the life you’ve always wanted with the help of the Obesity Control Center in Tijuana, MX.


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