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Dr Ariel Ortiz

What Other Options are there for Patients Allergic to Common Sutures?

Reactions When a patient has a medical history of suture related problems, such as rejection, chronic inflammatory reaction, or infection, it is always a concern for the patient and surgeon not to use the same type of suture material(s). This is why it is important to obtain surgical records that…

The Myth Behind Anesthesia + Types of Anesthesia

The myth behind anesthesia The anesthesiologist is the medical specialist, who, after receiving his surgical doctor title in a Faculty of Medicine from a University, studies for three years or more the specialty of anesthesiology in a Hospital specialized in the area. Anesthesiologist, the unknown doctor The anesthesiologist activity is…

Weighing risks and benefits on weight loss pills.

Excess of weight is a chronic disease that increases the risk of health problems. More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. Excess of weight is a chronic disease that increases the risk of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. Prescription medications contribute…

Bariatric Surgery Can Lead to Protein Deficiency

Weight loss surgery is directed toward patients who are extremely overweight or obese, with the intention to provide an effective weight loss solution that not only is permanent but also results in a healthier overall patient… but there are unexpected consequences. Learn more about the link between weight loss surgery and…

Eliminate Intra-abdominal CO2 after Gastric Sleeve Surgery

A key element of Gastric Sleeve Surgery is the use of CO2 to “inflate” your abdominal cavity in order to have room to comfortably perform the procedure, but after surgery is over, there’s some remaining CO2 inside. What can you expect from it? The main complaint will be pain in…

Overcoming Anxiety Before Weight Loss Surgery

Even when undergoing a procedure already tried out through and through like the Gastric Sleeve or the Gastric Plication, some patients arrive with a nervous and anxious look in their faces. Even in today’s age where information is at our fingertips in our cell phones, tablets and laptops, they sometimes come in…

Breathing: The Key to a Quick Recovery after Bariatric Surgery

Meet the spirometer It’s easy to use because, that’s all you do! Breathe! Most patients look at it as a simple plastic device with a ball(s) that rise up and down, but in reality it can be a life-saving device. Given the fact that a patient is lying in bed…

Gastric Sleeve Surgery, Walk to Recovery

Patients that resume walking as soon as possible after weight loss surgery have shown a much better recovery process the first day, than those who delay in doing so. Given the fact that walking helps patients eliminate the effects of the narcotics used in anesthesia, and also in eliminating the…

Obesity Control Center: A Nation’s Challenge to for Weight Loss.

Few Mexican doctors have appeared in United States media as much as Ariel Ortiz, director of a Tijuana Hospital named  Obesity Control Center (OCC), which has over a decade track record of successfully treating patients from the United States seeking weight-loss surgery and weight loss. While the clinic has offered excellent services…

Obesity Control Center and Dr Ariel Ortiz Awarded Center of Excellence Designation by the U.S.A.

RALEIGH, NC  – Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) announced the first  centers in Mexico to achieve the center of excellence designation. The Obesity Control Center in Tijuana successfully completed a rigorous review process to ensure compliance with the requirements for CMCOEM designation. SRC is an nonprofit  independent organization,  which focuses and advances…