OCC: Obesity Control CenterThe highest patient health and safety standards 

Every facet of the practice, the staff, the international team of surgeons, and the facilities have been thoroughly evaluated by medical experts to ensure that the highest standards are consistently maintained. Very few international hospitals achieve this status, and many American hospitals do not make the list – but we do.

JCI accredited for two 3-year periods

OCC has held the distinction of being a Joint Commission International-accredited practice for two three-year periods, and we were recently re-accredited. Because of this accreditation, we share a 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 The George Washington University, among others.

World-class center for weight loss surgery

Due to our weight loss surgical center being designated as a Joint Commission International-accredited practice, you can be confident you are free from any risk of exposure to infectious diseases which could exist at other medical centers that don’t specialize strictly in weight loss surgery. The Center has also passed the highest standards of excellence established in the United States for the safest, most effective weight loss procedures.

Technology standards that exceed most American hospitals

In our highly specialized environment, we are fully equipped with state-of-the-art systems and equipment, and the expert staff to take care of any need a weight-loss surgery patient could require. Our pristine, modern facility is only surpassed by our compassionate English-speaking staff that takes care of patients with dedication, compassion, and personalized attention.

We care for you, and you alone

Unlike other facilities, our nursing staff and doctors will be caring for you, and you alone, focusing on you at every step of the process. Our entire hospital and professional staff are dedicated to delivering weight loss procedures that deliver the highest levels of patient safety, exceeding all U.S. standards for surgery… all delivered in a private, relaxing, reassuring environment.

UCSD Partnership

The International Institute of Metabolic Medicine (IIMM) based in Tijuana, Mexico is proud to announce the formal partnership with the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Diego, USA. This partnership sees the union of two North American metabolic and bariatric surgery powerhouses. Both centers share an enviable global reputation for high-quality, cost-effective surgical care, and also world-class global surgical education.

Industry Partnerships

Through the International Institute of Metabolic Medicine, OCC is part of a network of medical partnerships including the International Center of Reflux & Esophageal Disorders, The Ariel Center, the Institute of Nutrition & Metabolic Sciences, UC San Diego School of Medicine Dept. of Surgery, International Bariatric Club, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Medtronic, UC San Diego School of Medicine Center for the Future of Surgery Tijuana, Mindray, Stryker®, 3M Research & Education, LG, Arthrex®, and Proximie Education. 

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Why choose OCC?

OCC has achieved international recognition, holds U.S. certifications, and can boast a truly impressive track record, with over 26,000 successful surgeries to date. Our treatments are customized for the individual patient and are focused on treating obesity-related health issues. All surgeries come with a 5-year follow-up program, and our facility has the distinction of being listed as a Joint Commission International accredited practice.

OCC and the IIMM

Obesity Control Center is now part of The IIMM (the International Institute of Metabolic Medicine). The IIMM is a world-class surgical educational institution with a network of medical services, academic partners, training facilities, and medical industry partners. Through the IIMM, partnerships and alliances come together to advance medical care. We are proud to be a part of this entity.

Private, state-of-the-art center for weight loss surgery

When under the care of our exceptional team, you will be treated in a private, state-of-the-art center in an exclusive area of Baja Mexico, only 20 minutes from the airport, and surgery performed by world leaders in bariatric surgery. Our facility is fully accredited and adheres to the highest safety standards in the USA. Our surgeons are not only exceptionally talented, but have pioneered and co-developed newer, better weight loss procedures, including the gastric balloon. 

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Located In Tijuana, Mexico

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.

Safe weight loss surgery in Mexico: OCC

Perhaps you are concerned about traveling to Tijuana, Mexico (learn about safe surgery in Mexico) to have this procedure performed? Our private, state-of-the-art hospital is located just 30 minutes from the San Diego airport in the prestigious Zona Rio. You will be picked up at the airport and transported by a luxury van to our exclusive medical facility.

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An exclusive journey to weight loss and improved health

During your stay with us, you will enjoy five-star accommodations at a premier hotel in the area.

Every aspect of your time with us will be monitored to ensure that your experience is positive, supportive, and that you have our full and undivided attention.

For more information about what to expect during your weight loss journey click here.

Also, please familiarize yourself with the luxury hotels that will be your home during your short stay with us: The Marriott

OCC’s epidemiologist is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status and is actively issuing updates as they are available. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the most trusted sources online.  While the CDC has announced new mask protocols for vaccinated individuals, there will be no changes for our office protocols for patients, guests, and staff members as the announcement does not apply to hospitals or medical facilities. Masks are still a requirement for all patients, guests and staff at our facility.

As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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