Medical Tourism & Bariatric Surgery

It is completely safe to travel to Mexico and have surgery with us at the Obesity Control Center. Over 100 people from the USA come to Mexico every single month to have surgery with Dr. Ortiz, and his team of Master Surgeons. We even take care of patients by shuttling them between the hotel and hospital, as well as across the border. Plus, there are plenty of fun and safe family activities in the area. Because you never deal with a middleman or a broker, we are with you every step of the way. We have passed the most rigorous US and International accreditations and now display a list of Awards and Designations of Quality bestowed upon the Hospital and the Surgeons. 

Is It Safe To Have Surgery In Mexico?

The only way you can trust the claims made are through third-party verification. This means there should be an organization that verifies the information and then certifies it to be truthful, accurate, and not misleading. Accreditations are the only way to be sure. This is why the Obesity Control Center and our Surgeons have multiple accreditations by organizations based in the United States.

We are fully accredited as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and our Surgeons have been designated Surgeons of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and have obtained the Golden Seal awarded by the Joint Commission International that signifies that we have met the highest standards in patient safety and quality available in healthcare.

Doctors performing bariatric surgery at the Obesity Control Center in Tijuana, Mexico

The (ASMBS) American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has released a Position Statement on Global Bariatric Healthcare directed to patients seeking Bariatric Surgery outside the United States. This statement urges any patient traveling abroad to seek centers accredited by SRC (Center of Excellence Designation) and JCI (Joint Commission International Accredited). These are the same accreditations we mention above and that we display proudly all over our website. Only a handful of international hospitals have been awarded these distinctions. When shopping around for surgery, price should be the last thing you should look at. By traveling outside your country you are already saving a substantial amount. Don’t chance it for a couple of dollars more.

Our team takes care of you from your arrival at the San Diego Airport through the entire weight loss surgery experience. Someone is always available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and explain what to expect.

Do You Follow US Standards for Health and Safety?

Doctor scrubbing up for surgery at the Obesity Contrl Center in Tijuana Mexico

Our standards are world-class, literally! We have passed the most rigorous accreditations and now display a list of Awards and Designations of Quality bestowed upon the Hospital and the Surgeons. In order for Obesity Control Center to be awarded the various distinctions and designations by third party quality accreditation organizations, we had to go through rigorous, year-long reviews that examined every aspect of our practice, including the staff, surgeons, and facilities. We are one of only a few international hospitals to be awarded these designations, that even many U.S. hospitals do not have.

How Advanced Is The Technology You Use?

Doctor examining patient at the Obesity Control Center in Tijuana, Mexico

We use the latest and the greatest. In fact, Dr. Ortiz is well known for Research and Development collaborations with the top manufacturers in the industry which would explain why a hospital such as Obesity Control Center has the newest technologies in the market first!

How Are The Facilities?

Our facilities are state-of-the-art. We maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and efficiency in our facilities. Most patients are actually surprised and mention that our facilities are much cleaner than those they visit in their hometown.

Doctors examining patient at the Obesity Control Center in Tijuana, Mexico

If you have a question or concern about traveling to Mexico for bariatric surgery, please contact Obesity Control Center. A member of our team would be happy to speak to you personally about what you can expect during your weight loss surgery experience.

Will I have support after surgery?

We pride ourselves in our post-operative care program. We have aptly named it The OCC Tracking and Education Program which is software based and links realtime to our center. This tracking program not only tracks the patient’s weight and general well being, it will report realtime 24/7 to our staff facilitating contact and communication at all times. You’re only a phone call or email away. The education segment is video and slide based and is automatically delivered as you reach every milestone in your weight loss journey. As is well known with Dr. Ortiz and his team of innovators we are working hard on the Smart Phone Application that will concentrate everything in the palm of your hand. We are proud to inform that this application will link up to your smart scale and wrist band and report realtime your progress including metrics of crucial importance like Body Fat Percentage, Total Body Water, Lean Mass and other valuable information which will be analyzed by our team and action immediately taken if needed. This is not your typical consult every month or so, this is realtime 24/7 proactive healthcare.Time is valuable and we strive to keep you on track on your journey to success!. 

Mexican Customs and Border Patrol

Mexico Customs and Immigration now requires an FMM form completed and stamped as you cross into Mexico. Please complete this form online for the land border crossing at El Chaparral. You can simply put in the Obesity Control Center on Leona Vicario when it asks for an address.

Please use this link to complete the form and then fax a printed copy of the FMM form to OCC along with a copy of your Passport within the next 24 hours.

You must bring your passport and the printed FMM form with you, and you must get the FMM form stamped at customs, to get into Mexico. Mexico also requires that you keep your Passport and stamped FMM form with you at all times. Failure to have the completed and stamped FMM form and Passport with you could cause issues during your stay in Mexico or you could have entry denied when trying to enter Mexico. Patients with Dual Nationality must also bring and send OCC a copy of their Mexican ID (Passport or IFE) or Permit of Residence in Mexico Patients will not be admitted for surgery without this completed form.

If your Passport or Passport Card is expiring within 6 months you will be unable to complete this form online, please get your passport renewed and fill out online, otherwise, your entry into Mexico will be delayed while you fill this out in the Mexico Customs Office.

The online FMM form can be completed within 30 days of your actual surgery date, so if you are scheduled more then 30 days in advance, please take care of this once you are within 30 days of your surgery date.

These rules also apply to your companion(s). Please make sure they have a valid passport and complete the FMM form and return to OCC with a copy of their passport.