Top 10 Reasons to Choose OCC

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Obesity Control Center for Bariatric Surgery, To learn more about Obesity Control Center, or to set up a virtual Skype consultation, please contact our practice today.

1. Affordable Yet Upscale

Affordable is not the same as cheap. We run a highly efficient and effective specialized hospital, and internationally awarded practice resulting in a lower operation cost. These savings are reflected directly on the price for a surgical procedure, affordable not cheap.  We don't cut corners, thus you will never see us offering cut rate deals to attract more business. We have a proven track record for the past 20 years. Quality and safety is our main goal and we invest in every patient. We have no middle men or brokers to pay off. Your surgical fees are invested back in you and your procedure. Our exceptional quality and continued safety result in happy, healthy and successful patients. It is these testimonials and referrals that keep our practice extremely busy and constantly expanding. We, of course, offer surgery options with financing through E-financing Solutions, Citerra Finance, United Medical Credit, Med Loan Finance, and Medicard (for our Canadian patients).

2. Truthful Statements: A Verified Center of Excellence!

Please don't take our word for it! This is why a third party, independent organization should vouch for what we claim on our website. We have accumulated a vast number of accreditations and recognitions out of respect for you: the patient. This means that we have put ourselves (our Hospital, the Surgeons and the Practice) under the microscope of some of the most demanding health accrediting organizations in the planet and passed every time with flying colors! You can read more about the accreditations here but we can name a few: Dr Ortiz and Dr Martinez are both Surgeons of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery as designated by The Surgical Review Corporation (Raleigh, North Carolina) and Obesity Control Center is  designated a Center of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, meaning we are one of the top-ranking hospitals globally. We are in the company of other extraordinary medical centers, including Princeton University Healthcare, New York University, the University of California, Los Angeles and George Washington University. We have also recently been awarded the Golden Seal from the Joint Commission International as well as the Mexican's Board Certification in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.

3. True Experts

Every site you visit says the same thing: Expert Surgeons!. Well in our case, our surgeons actually started performing Bariatric Surgery before it was even popular. In fact, Dr Ortiz was directly involved in teaching several hundred of the first surgeons wanting to learn about bariatric surgery in the USA, Canada and Latin America. Our team is considered pioneers in the  bariatric field and are credited with some of the most exciting advances in the field including: OCC Teenage Weight Loss Surgery, rescuing failed weight loss procedures now known as OCC Revision Surgery, creating the OCC Improved Gastric Sleeve®creating as a leak proof and fail proof procedure. Our team is also credited with developing patented and trademarked procedures, such as the Stomach Sparing Gastric Sleeve® and even collaborated in the development ofObalon®, World's First Swallowable Gastric Balloon for Non Surgical Weight loss. You can read more about our team on their individual profiles here.

4. Leading Surgeons

Some lead and some follow. We lead, it's what we do. The combination of a vast wealth of experience combined with the high volume of procedures performed result in a constant improvement on surgical technique. Our surgeons truly lead as they promote and publish their improvements in the medical literature and international expert forums on surgical technique, teaching others young bariatric surgeons on performing safer more effective surgery. Not only leading in technique but where it really counts such as: preoperative patient selection and preparation, medical evaluation and risk assessment, patient education and long term follow up. These are the other less known pieces of the puzzle essential to a safe and successful outcome. Dr. Ortiz is the Lead Bariatric Surgeon and the Director of Bariatric Surgery as well as Medical Director.  Dr Ortiz has made a commitment to the patient's well being and safety, a goal that is also pursued by our staff and medical professionals that are at your service, this is part of the excellence equation.  

5. Experience where it counts.

Being a pioneer in a specific surgical field means that not everything is cookie cutter surgery. As a matter of fact, it is the less than ideal results that challenge our conventional wisdom and oblige us to grow and innovate. Our team was originally involved in the development of the Gastric Banding technique. As our patient load grew so did the need for better more effective techniques, such as the Gastric Sleeve, ByPass and other weight loss surgery techniques. As a certain amount of procedures started to fail, the need to revise those procedures also increased. Accumulated experience and the expertise in the field had been essential and helped our team adapt and overcome to the needs of this growing obesity epidemic and the demands for better safer procedures as well as surgical options when a procedure has failed. Our team has performed over 16,000 weight loss procedures, in patients from every corner of the world. We are not talking just about numbers, this is a passion for helping people reach a goal in health and wellness.

6. We Truly Care

Compassionate quality healthcare. We have been blessed to bless others. We love what we do and we execute it with passion. There is great demand out there for what we do, and we know we have a service to provide. This service should be delivered in a caring compassionate way. We understand that surgery is a serious topic and so is overall health for that matter. As exciting as it may be, there is always a fear factor to address. We hold your hand every step of the way. From your arrival at the airport through your post-operative follow-up care, we provide sensitive and compassionate care. We track our patients for five years after their procedure.

7. Personalized Care

Our surgeons and staff want to know you personally. We want to build a trust based relationship as we consider this is a partnership for life. Once you buy into our program you wont be able to get rid of us! We want to walk with you, hand in hand through this weight loss journey to a newer, better, healthier version of you. We just can't wait to see your results. In fact we have created a special testimonial program where you can share with others your story and potentially help them decide to take the next step on this life changing decision. At OCC everyone cares about you and your outcome. You will get to meet all our medical staff, anesthesiologist, cardiologist, nutritionists, follow-up physicians and support staff, all focused on ensuring that you have a positive life changing experience.

8. Modern Facility, Latest Technology

Whoever knows our surgeons, knows that they are fans of the latest, greatest: latest technology and greatest innovation. We are proud to be frequent collaborators with industry and intimately working with them on research and development of the newest technologies available in our field. It's no wonder we practice in a state-of-the-art facilitie and use progressive technologies. To see more of our facility, visit the google virtual tour of our facility 

9. Conveniently Located

Our state of the art hospital is located 30 minutes south of the San Diego Airport, and a simple 1 minute drive across the border, in the heart of our business/touristic district making it convenient for our patients traveling from the United States, Canada and the rest of the world.

10. Success

Success is the end goal, but we are with you through the whole weight loss journey. It is no secret that success is dependent on a structured bariatric program where surgery is just the beginning. The OCC App is one of the most sophisticated tracking and education programs in the market. From reviewing your daily goals to syncing with your smartphone and reporting your body composition metrics (body fat%, total body water, lean mass, etc.) and reporting them real-time to our nutrition and medical team. The OCC App was developed by a team of experts that have programmed two decades worth of research and experience learned at OCC. This OCC App was developed in house and we are proud to say it is the only one of its kind. Simply put, our patients love us and we love them. We really like to see your results and listen to your feedback. Don't take our word for it - hear directly from our actual patients testimonial.

Our effective approaches include the gastric band (lap band), gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and gastric plication.

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We share this distinction with such prestigious medical centers as Princeton University Healthcare, New York University, University of California San Diego, UCLA, Washington University, Mount Sinai Hospital, and George Washington University among others.

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