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Patient Info – Your Journey

The Obesity Control Center® understands that any medical procedure can be a stressful one. For that reason we have carefully designed an experience that is both successful and pleasing.

You will be treated with sensitivity and gentle care at every turn and return to your home relaxed, restored and ready to realize a new life journey. Here is a quick overview of how your three-day event will unfold.

OCC – Center of Weight-Loss Excellence

bariatric surgeon, Dr. Ortiz hugging weight loss surgery patient in Tijuana, MC

First International Center of Excellence outside the United States

As one of the first International Centers of Excellence outside the United States, it means that our weight loss surgery patients receive exclusive and unparalleled care in the most advanced facilities in Tijuana, MX. This designation is awarded after a series of rigorous onsite reviews over a year-long period where every facet of the practice, the staff, the surgeons, and the facilities is examined by experts in the medical field to ensure that only the highest standards are consistently maintained. Very few international hospitals achieve this status, and many American hospitals do not.

As a result of this designation, patients are assured that they will not be sharing their environment with diseased patients or infectious diseases common in other hospitals that are not fully specialized in weight loss surgery. The Center has also passed the highest standards of excellence established in the United States that equate to safe and effective weight loss procedure.

Because of our highly specialized environment we have a redundancy in all the necessary state of the art equipment and expert staff to meet any need the weight-loss surgery patient may require. Our pristine and modern facility is only surpassed by our compassionate English-speaking staff that takes care of patients every step of the way.

  • 25000+

    Successful Surgeries

  • 50+

    Years of Combined Experience

  • 0.2%

    Non Critical Complications

  • 250000+

    Pounds Lost Forever!

Located just across the border from San Diego

Unlike other facilities, our nursing staff and international team of doctors will be taking care of you and only you. That’s because our entire hospital is dedicated to offering weight loss procedures within the highest levels of safety, in fact exceeding all U.S. standards for surgery… all in a relaxing, reassuring environment.

Our critical care unit is fully equipped including an on-staff critical care doctor that evaluates every patient before surgery. Both our staff and hospital are of the highest quality in every respect.

There are dozens of fun and safe family activities in the area.

Your Weight-Loss Journey

What to expect?

Reaching out

It starts with a phone call, video call, email, or text message with one of our on-staff US-based Patient Coordinators. Patient Coordinators will connect you to our global community support group and make sure you have every question answered.

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Patient coordinator at Obesity Control Center discussing a bariatric surgery patient's weight loss journey over the phone in Tijuana, MX

Prepping for surgery/booking

Our nutritionists and Patient Coordinators will work to prepare you for surgery, and depending on your unique criteria, you may be fast-tracked for surgery in as little as 4-6 weeks.

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Prepping for Bariatric Surgery


Upon arrival at the San Diego Airport or at the border crossing, you will be met by our private driver and be driven across to the border to your five-star accommodations to prepare for surgery.

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Travel for Obesity Control Center in Tijuana, Mexico


Your procedure is performed using the most state-of-the-art and minimally invasive approach. Most patients are up and walking within a few hours of the surgery.

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gastric plication bariatric surgery

Follow up

For your after-care service, you will be treated to one of the most extensive and comprehensive Follow-Up Programs in the world. With our US-based Patient Coordinators, our custom app, and a support network of thousands of patients, you’re a member of the #OCCfamily for life.

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Follow-Up to Bariatric Surgery

Accommodations While in Town

Marriot and Real Inn

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25,000+ successful bariatric surgery procedures


The surgeons and physicians at OCC are among the leading authorities on the gastric bypass procedure, having performed this surgery over a significant number of years. It is often recommended for the morbidly obese and, with our exclusive Dual Long Limb (DLL) procedure, it is also curing diabetes in a qualified group of patients.

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The newest weight-loss procedure to be introduced is known as the Stomach Sparing Gastric Sleeve® and can be considered an alternative version of the traditional gastric sleeve.

Read more about Gastric Plication in Tijuana, Mexico

The Obesity Control Center Improved Gastric Sleeve® is an OCC-exclusive procedure created from years of experience and research in weight loss surgery.

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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.

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We are the busiest standalone Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and this gives us a unique advantage, especially when it comes to the Lap-Band. Lap-Band (also known as a gastric band) surgery is a procedure that helps limit your food intake and makes you feel fuller with fewer amounts of food.

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The mini-gastric bypass procedure consists of creating a smaller stomach pouch and attaching the terminal part of the small intestine to the new stomach. It is great for revising a failed sleeve or other failed procedure.

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Obesity Control Center can correct technical issues with a sleeve by resizing the sleeve to a smaller size with a combined procedure that involves stapling and suturing.

Read more about Gastric Sleeve Revision & Tightening Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

We understand that revising a failing surgery is unique and must be approached accordingly. After thousands of patients that have undergone weight loss revision surgery, we can consider ourselves leading experts in the field.

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The Obesity Control Center is a world leader in gastric band (Lap-Band) surgeries. Our surgeons are not only among the most qualified in the world, they also serve as instructing doctors having trained many of the leading American surgeons in this field.

Read more about Lap-Band Adjustment in Tijuana, Mexico

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, OCC Revision Surgery is more than a technique.

Read more about Lap Band To Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana, Mexico

Metabolic Surgery is defined as an alteration of the gastrointestinal tract to change the body’s neurohormonal environment and achieve weight loss and the remission of metabolic disease.

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Obesity, an issue historically linked only to adults, has been growing at alarming rates among teens and adolescents. In our experience, and after scores of minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgeries performed in our hospital on teens, patients can expect a 60% to 70% loss of excess weight.

Read more about Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico
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