OCC’s epidemiologist is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status and is actively issuing updates as they are available. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the most trusted sources online. As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are continually adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.
La cirugía para bajar de peso es médicamente necesaria.
Bariatric surgery and the clash of two pandemics.
Major metabolic and bariatric surgery experts around the world are now calling for bariatric and metabolic surgery’s safe resumption before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over.
The sooner a patient undergoes bariatric surgery, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are chronic and progressive. More than 40 diseases are linked to obesity, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different cancer types.
A recent statement from the ASMBS says, “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” La obesidad y el síndrome metabólico se han identificado como un factor de riesgo independiente de resultados adversos que incluyen la muerte entre los pacientes con COVID-19.
Current COVID-19 Protocols
For Our US Patients:
Patients must test negative for COVID before travel (please see your OCC COVID-19 Protocol and Guidelines packet for more information). Patients will also be tested upon arrival, and those tests (blood work – IgM) and PCR nasal swab must show negative for COVID. A CT scan that shows no lung inflammation or damage from COVID is also required.
OCC requires testing performed at a professional lab – no home kits or collection. We instruct patients to contact their local lab for pre-arrival testing performed 7-10 days before surgery. Patients must send results and confirm them as received before patients should plan to travel.
If test results are a contraindication to continue your process with us as scheduled, we recommend rescheduling a month later.
The COVID vaccine is still new, and until recently, we only have received two patients vaccinated, with no problem at all with their tests.
Even if patients have received the vaccine’s full dosage, they must provide a negative COVID test before travel and negative repeat testing upon arrival.
There is no indication that the land border crossing from Mexico back into the US is requiring any COVID testing to re-enter the US.
Patients who require follow-up testing before their return home can arrange that through the our office. We will conduct the test two days before their return home. Please see the OCC Covid-19 Protocol packet for more information on pre-arrival and pre-operative COVID Testing requirements.
For Our Canadian Patients:
Canadians will need to take a PCR test within 72 hours of re-entry to Canada. We can schedule the test at our front desk at OCC during that time frame. Results must be uploaded to the ARRIVECAN app and must show that it is a PCR test.
Canadian travelers are also now required to take a COVID-19 test at the airport and may need to quarantine in a nearby hotel for three days at their expense. Canadian customs will require a detailed, 14-day quarantine plan upon re-entry. OCC suggests you download the ARRIVECAN app on your phone before starting your journey.
Patients should make sure they are staying current on all requirements for their return home for any changes or updates to the requirements.
Obesity Control Center Covid-19 Safety and Best Practices
As the Covid-19 pandemic evolves, OCC closely monitors research and scientific publications as well as national and international regulatory mandates and advisories. We accordingly adopt and implement safety protocols and best practices. The following is a summary of some of the measures that have been implemented to protect the patients’ wellbeing as well as that of our staff:
- Pre-evaluación de telesalud
- Pruebas previas al viaje
- Medidas de seguridad de viaje mejoradas
- Transport and Hotel assurance of best practices
- Arrival and Admission limited interaction
- Nueva prueba (hisopo / sangre / tomografía computarizada) de todos los pacientes ingresados en OCC
- Exámenes y exámenes rigurosos de todo el personal de la OCC
- Protocolos mejorados de desinfección y limpieza
- All OCC staff are exclusive to OCC facility
- Extremely limited access to OCC facility to third party providers, family, and visitors.
- Screening and regular testing of third party providers
- Facility improvements to air circulation including:
- Single flow redirect of airflow/recirculation through the N100 filtration system
- Enhanced air curtain flow in operating suites
- Uso completo de equipos de protección personal en todos los niveles.
These are some of the long lists of the safety measures that are now part of the OCC best practices in dealing with Covid-19 and weight loss surgery.