At Obesity Control Center (OCC), we treat people of all ages and sizes. With the highest safety standards in the field and over 23,000 surgeries performed, our results are unparalleled. Combined with having the lowest complication rate on record, being innovators within the bariatric realm, with experts in revision surgery and a cutting-edge facility, choosing OCC for your weight loss journey has never been so easy of a decision.
Many people buy into the misconception that bariatric surgery delivers results solely for those who are struggling with their weight and are obese; however, the truth is that metabolic wellness surgery can cure a host of issues. Among these issues are diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol.
Weight has never been the sole factor in determining candidacy for bariatric surgery! This is why the term “bariatric surgery” is often interchangeable with “metabolic surgery,” as the procedures we offer at Obesity Control Center address metabolic diseases (such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, diabetes, and even polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and infertility).
Of the many treatment modalities utilized at Obesity Control Center, each involves extensive preparation and post-surgery support, for example a weight loss support group on Facebook. Having to maintain a pre-surgery diet supported with supplements is a small price to pay within your journey for a healthier life. And at Obesity Control Center, we offer a five-year follow-up program to ensure you stay on track with your goals, while also providing support groups to keep you connected and motivated. Our bilingual staff, speaking Tagalog, French, Spanish, English, and German, is here to help and support you through your weight loss journey.
Treatment Options at OCC
At Obesity Control Center, we offer several different procedures for patients who are seeking weight loss as well as treatment for their diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and PCOS, as each patient is treated uniquely with their unique issues and desired results. Read about the different procedures we offer to discover the best treatment for your condition.
Improved Gastric Sleeve
The IGS procedure is a signature procedure at Obesity Control Center. Maintaining its position as the most advanced and safest bariatric procedure, Improved Gastric Sleeve has unprecedented results.
The Improved Gastric Sleeve procedure, aside from treating obesity, also aids in the improvement of other metabolic issues such as:
- Sleep Apnea
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
Additionally, IGS can lower the risk of heart disease and heart failure.
A thin, vertical sleeve is created within the stomach through surgical stapling. As the sleeve is created, totaling approximately eight inches in length, the rest of the stomach is stapled off and removed. The capacity for food to pass through your digestive system becomes smaller. Over time, this aids in sustainable weight loss as your eating habits change. Thus, metabolic issues like diabetes can be addressed and resolved before becoming troubling and problematic.
The IGS procedure is one that results in minimal pain, although bloating is a common post-treatment side effect. Other side effects include heartburn and, in rare cases, leakage. However, with the team at Obesity Control Center pioneering these innovations, post-surgery complications are few and rare. Recovery from the Improved Gastric Sleeve procedure includes one night in the hospital, followed by a three-month program of integrating yourself back into normal, solid foods.
Mini Gastric Bypass
The mini-gastric bypass is one that is very straightforward and offers long-term results with less invasive surgery. Treating metabolic diseases, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and diabetes, as well as sleep apnea, the mini gastric bypass is often thought of as a simpler bypass procedure.
In this procedure, the body’s normal digestive process is altered to restrict food intake and the number of calories the body absorbs. A pouch that is smaller than the one that is used in the gastric bypass procedure is attached to a section of the small intestine. In doing so, consumed food bypasses parts of the stomach and most of the small intestine, thus delivering desired results and addressing eating habits. At Obesity Control Center, we recommend that patients first opt in for the gastric sleeve prior to enlisting the help of the mini gastric bypass.
Using the No Touch™ technique, pain is very minimal, as are incisions. Post-surgery recovery involves a day stay at the hospital and a three-month program that slowly integrates you back into eating normal, solid food.
Lap Band and Lap Band Adjustment
A world leader in gastric band and lap band procedures, the surgeons at Obesity Control Center have performed more of these surgeries than anyone else in the world. Treating metabolic diseases and sleep apnea, the lap band procedure and lap band adjustments provide long-lasting results.
While patients are under anesthesia, the band is implanted laparoscopically to the upper part of your stomach, without involving the cutting or stapling of the stomach. As a patient loses weight, their band fit will also change, resulting in periodic adjustments that keep patients on track on their journey to achieve a healthier life. The band that is placed to the upper part of the stomach divides it into a small pouch and a larger lower stomach. The small pouch is then only able to hold a limited amount of food, and the tightness of the band affects how much food you can eat before feeling full.
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Designed for long term use, the lap band doesn’t change the anatomy of the stomach and can be removed at any time. At Obesity Control Center, our surgeons utilize the Ortiz Anti-Slip Stitch procedure, which ensures greater long-term success.
Additionally, the team at Obesity Control Center are experts at lap band adjustment procedures. By accessing the port under the skin with a thin needle, fills are performed under X-ray, which permits the surgeon to visualize the size of the fill and the level of tightness produced when the band is inflated.
Side effects consist of bloating, heartburn, and difficulty holding down food and/or drinks. Post-surgery recovery includes a one night stay in the hospital, followed by a three-month program that slowly integrates you into eating normal, solid foods.
Though appropriate for addressing failed or sloppy gastric sleeve procedures that did not or are not delivering desirable results, gastric sleeve revision also treats metabolic disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, PCOS, and infertility. Additionally, it can reduce the risk of heart disease and heart failure.
The gastric sleeve has become more and more popular in bariatric surgery, as it is common for the stomach to expand over time after sleeve surgery, which results in additional treatment. Further, it isn’t uncommon for sleeve procedures to fail, namely due to the surgical technique, the capacity of the stomach to stretch or dilate, other chronic complications, and/or not following nutritional guidelines.
As with the gastric sleeve procedure, this revision surgery places a vertical sleeve within the stomach through surgical stapling. Bariatric revision surgeries, on the other hand, involve incisions to close the gastric pouch.
As with most bariatric surgery performed at Obesity Control Center, the pain level is minimal though side effects may include bloating, heartburn, and leakage. Post-surgery recovery includes a one night stay in the hospital, followed by a three-month program that slowly integrates you into eating normal, solid foods.
Accounting for a significant portion of procedures at Obesity Control Center, the gastric bypass procedure delivers exceptional results for issues of obesity while also addressing high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, diabetes, and sleep apnea, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and failure.
Performed by inserting a small stomach pouch into the section of the small intestines, this procedure is handled laparoscopically, allowing for fewer incisions and a speedy recovery. As with other procedures offered at Obesity Control Center, gastric bypass surgery is minimal in regard to pain. Recovery consists of a one night stay at the hospital and a three-month program that integrates you back into eating normal and solid foods.
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Getting healthy is not mutually exclusive with obesity, nor is metabolic surgery. Treatment options to address metabolic diseases, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes, sleep apnea, and PCOS are all readily available at Obesity Control Center in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
With over 20 years of experience and 23,000 successful bariatric surgeries performed, Obesity Control Center is considered a world leader in weight loss surgery. Using the most modern technology, innovative techniques, comprehensive post-op support, and following the highest US safety standards, OCC helps people from around the globe achieve their weight loss goals and become members of the #OCCFamily for life!
With pre-surgery nutritional advice and supplements, in conjunction with the renowned, five-year follow-up program offered by OCC, your journey to obtaining a healthier lifestyle is within reach. Contact us today to schedule a consultation if you feel metabolic surgery is the answer you have been looking for.