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Pioneer in Weight Loss Surgery For Teens.

Dr. Ortiz®, of The Ariel Center and Obesity Control Center, speaks candidly about a former patient that was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Adolescent Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

Leader in Weight Loss Surgeries For Adolescents

Where many doctors shied away from treating obese teens, OCC stepped into the gap and we are now a world leader in weight loss surgeries for adolescents. These include gastric lap band/REALIZE bands, bypass and sleeve procedures. One of our patients, as well as our hospital, was recently featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The Obesity Control Center® has been identified as the world's teenage weight loss surgery destination. Featured prominently on The Oprah Winfrey Show, during an episode dedicated to the rapidly rising epidemic of teen obesity in America, the worldwide audience followed the case of a young patient at OCC as she underwent a bariatric procedure and then started on her exciting journey of significant weight loss.

Obesity, an issue historically linked only to adults, has been growing at alarming rates among teens. Currently, nearly a quarter of American teenagers are overweight or obese. Weight-related diseases, previously almost unheard of in adolescents as little as 10 years ago, are becoming increasingly common place as well. In fact, the rate of diabetes in obese adolescents has increased 33% in the last decade alone.

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 and it can be maintained by following the proper procedures. This is a life-changing experience at a time when young adults are developing their self-image and beginning the socialization process. There is no reason why a teen should struggle with their appearance or rejection issues as a result of obesity.

Weight loss surgeries among teens have quadrupled in the last few years according to a recent report published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. One of the researchers, Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, further suggests that bariatric surgeries performed early in adolescence "could more effectively reverse complications of obesity" that might appear later as an adult.

The renowned surgeon-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Children's Hospital, Dr. Charles Stolar, recently added: "Adolescent obesity continues to be under-treated. We know that obese 14 to 18-year-olds are at risk for significant and even fatal conditions as they grow older. In cases where medical therapy doesn’t work, surgery is an effective treatment option."

Unfortunately, few other treatments are available to help obese adolescents who are unable to lose weight and are already suffering from obesity-related health problems. Weight loss surgeries provide hope for young lives that are struggling with hopelessness during one of the most difficult times in their lives.

To discuss your specific situation in confidence, or to learn more about your options for bariatric surgery in Mexico, please call us toll free from the U.S. or Canada at (1.866.376.7849)

Obesity Control Center is a leading provider of weight loss procedures to patients throughout Mexico and the United States. In addition to performing procedures for adolescents, the practice treats adult patients, including gastric balloon and gastric bypass Tijuana patients. They are also a leading provider of Mexico gastric sleeve surgery and metabolic surgery.


G F Paulus, L E G de Vaan, F J Verdam, et al. Bariatric Surgery in Morbidly Obese Adolescents: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obes Surg (2015) 25: 860. 


Adolescent Weight Loss Surgeries
OCC Patient As Seen In The Oprah Winfrey

What procedure is best for adolescents?

There is no single best procedure in weight-loss, but when considering that the life expectancy of an adolescent is much more than an adult and that many adolescents are still growing physically and maturing mentally, the least invasive procedure tends to be most desired. In fact OCC published one of the first and largest series of gastric banding in teenagers. We are also featured in the Oprah Winfrey Show and The Doctors talk show talking about surgery in adolescents. It is essential that the adolescent, the family and the medical team be involved in the decision making.

What is the minimum age for teen WLS?

When teenage surgery was still considered controversial, the youngest patient operated on was 13 years old. A decade later patients as you as six years of age have undergone weight loss surgery but this is not the norm. Most patients at OCC are considered to be candidates for surgery when the level of maturity is such that they understand the need for a procedure and their role in the success. Physical maturity is always important and stature as well as some radiological metrics are performed.

What conditions must a teen have to be a candidate?

As medicine evolves so do the indications for surgery but in general any patient with a 30 BMI or 30% Body Fat is at higher risk to develop weight related disease than the general population. Physical maturity as measured by stature and bone maturity is a good indicator of the level of overall development of the teenager. A good understanding of the procedure and what is required of the patient is also essential as the adolescent will be responsible for using the tool effectively.

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