The BariClip procedure at the Obesity Control Center in Tijuana, Mexico is a safe, effective bariatric procedure that reduces the size of your stomach with a simple "clip." At OCC, located right outside of San Diego, California, our state-of-the-art facility holds the world's highest safety standards, exceeding many American hospitals. We are only one mile from the US/Mexico border.
Innovations in weight loss surgery
OCC does it again, pioneering one of the most revolutionary innovations in surgical weight loss. Introducing BariClip, the least invasive of any surgical option that offers a quick, simple, effective, and reversible method to lose and keep it off.
Weight loss surgery for younger patients
Specially designed for the younger patient who is struggling with as little as 20 pounds of excess weight, the BariClip fills a void that could not justify more invasive procedures. The concept is revolutionary. A simple clip will do the trick.
How is it performed?
The BariClip is placed through a simple procedure. The device clamps down and reduces the size of the stomach without stapling or rerouting the intestine.
Is it safe in Mexico?
Highest rated, with safety standards that exceed most American hospitals. Certified by the Joint Commission, and a certified International Center for Excellence. Very few international hospitals achieve this status, and many American hospitals do not.
What is the pain level?
Minimal. Recovery is quick and patients are discharged usually the same day.
Are there side effects?
Very little side effects known to date.
How do I prepare?
Pre-surgery diet and supplements to prevent weight gain before the procedure. Our nutritionists will guide you every step of the way.
Is there downtime?
Patients can walk around within hours of surgery and be discharged the same day, followed by a three-month program of integrating back to normal, solid foods.
Five years of counseling and follow-up. You’re a member of the #OCCFamily for life.
Who is a candidate for BariClip surgery?
- Are you struggling with excess weight?
- 20-30 pounds overweight or less?
- Want to shed the extra pounds permanently?
- Tired of dieting?
- Hate the idea of surgery?
BariClip may be right for you!
What is BariClip surgery?
BariClip is a simple device that takes just 20 minutes to place and reduces the size of your stomach with a simple “clip.” Once placed, the device stays firmly in position, curbing your appetite so you consume fewer calories and feel satisfied with much less food.
Stop struggling, lose weight — and keep it off.
Reversible weight loss surgery with BariClip!
BariClip is the result of decades of research designed to help those that don’t qualify for formal weight loss surgery and are tired of fad diets that simply don’t work. Get permanent results without the need for invasive surgery. A simple clip placed along the stomach reduces its size, resulting in less hunger, earlier satiety, and dramatic weight loss. And best of all, it’s totally reversible without changing your anatomy at all. The BariClip is currently one of the most exciting breakthroughs in medicine.
Laparoscopic BariClip – the procedure details
During the laparoscopic BariClip procedure, your bariatric surgeon creates small incisions along your stomach pouch before inserting the clip. Once placed, the device closes around the stomach to restrict its capacity. Finally, your surgeon sutures the BariClip in place.
Safe surgery with exceptional results
Because the stomach is clipped rather than cut off, and doesn’t require rerouting the small bowel, the procedure is entirely reversible.
Am I a candidate?
Fill out our questionnaire to see if you’re a candidate. If approved, our team reviews your health status and prepares you for a one-day visit to our state-of-the-art facility where the procedure takes place.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Next, our team prepares you for a simple laparoscopic procedure (keyhole surgery), to place the BariClip device. The clip creates a smaller stomach where a limited amount of food passes through, while the larger excluded part of the stomach remains inactive.
How long does it take?
The procedure is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia, usually in less than 30 minutes. After the procedure is complete, patients return to the recovery area and can return home later the same day.
How does it work?
BariClip mimics more invasive procedures without the need for staples, dividing the stomach, or rerouting the small bowel. In fact, a simple clip placed along the axis of the stomach squeezes it into two compartments, with the smaller side receiving food while the larger portion is excluded from the equation.
The result is substantial weight loss without the impact of more aggressive bariatric surgeries. The recovery is quick, and discharge occurs just a few hours after the procedure.
Patient Success Stories
I can never express enough how grateful I am for what OCC has done for me.
I was considered overweight and obese my entire life. At 35, after years of failed diets, therapy, and research, I realized that the only way for me to permanently loose weight was to have bariatric surgery. My doctors in the US wrote letters to my insurance, emphasizing the medical necessity of this surgery. But after a year of back and forth, my insurance turned me down. I thought all hope was lost until I heard about OCC from a friend. I’d never even heard of traveling to Mexico for surgery, but, after researching and talking to the OCC, I was all in. And I’m so glad I made this choice. The amount of guidance and care I received from OCC from the moment I called for information has been better than anything I’ve experienced in the US. The procedure was smooth—I felt safe and in good hands the entire time.View all Before & After Patient Stories
It’s highly reputable reputation and accreditations.
I was sick of being sick. I suffered from type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. I have two small children and was sick of being tired all the time and sitting on the sidelines. I decided I didn’t want to live this life anymore. That’s when I reached out to OCC and it was the best decision I ever made. I am now actually living and making each day count.View all Before & After Patient Stories
I needed a drastic change.
I had tried losing weight and failed on my own so many times before that I just knew I could no longer do it on my own. My health insurance benefits excluded weight loss surgery and I felt so defeated! I didn’t want the insurance companies to decide what I knew I needed. It wasn’t until I started searching for cash-pay costs that I ran across the OCC website (and several others). I looked at their testimonials and tried to find some of those people – I reached out to them on social media to get their thoughts. I started doing research on Dr. Ortiz. I researched the accreditations and certifications that the OCC held and was liking what I was learning. I looked into other facilities and Dr.’s, but none of them seemed to have as high of standards as OCC. After doing research and talking with others about their experiences both at OCC and at other facilities, I decided that it was time to get more information directly from OCC.View all Before & After Patient Stories
OCC, you gave me not only my life back, you gave me my smile back…
I have struggled with my weight my entire life. In the long run it became not only emotionally, but also medically necessary to make a drastic change in my life. I was recommended by a family friend who is also a Nurse Practitioner and she recommended me to OCC, specifically Dr. Ortiz. Of course I was apprehensive of the thought of having surgery in Mexico but she reassured me that she took care of several of OCC’s patients right here in my hometown and that if anyone knew exactly what they were doing it was OCC. I researched OCC as well as others, both domestic and foreign, and came to the conclusion that OCC was without a doubt one of the best, if not the best. From the first call to the coordinator to the moment I left Tijuana headed back home, I was treated with support, kindness, compassion, and empathy.View all Before & After Patient Stories
I did quite a bit of reading and felt OCC was the best choice and it was!
I have struggled with my weight for all of my adult years, my highest weight was 245 at one time. I maintained my weight loss around 165 lbs until about 2 years ago when my band started not holding any fluid and realized it had a leak. I started regaining weight and put on about 50 lbs. My experience with OCC and Dr. Ortiz was wonderful! I decided to revise to the gastric sleeve and everything was great, we stayed at a very nice hotel , and the staff there was just as good. I had excellent medical care from the start. I would absolutely recommend OCC to anyone who is struggling with their weight. I am now down about 80 lbs and have never felt better. I work out with a personal trainer and run 5ks!View all Before & After Patient Stories
Safety, professionalism, knowledge, accreditation.
I was tired of being fat, and for most 215 isn’t that bad. But for me I felt disgusting. I’m use to bring the pretty sexy one. Not the chubby funny girl. I didn’t know that out of country surgery was even a possibility. I had a friend have it done in Mexico and I was like I want that. I booked with another company and after research I found that they had a death and complications. They also used drain tubes which did not sound like fun! Then I found OCC and saw all the great reviews, no deaths and no drain tubes. I was so nervous yet excited. My experience was nothing but positive. I even came home early I was doing so well. I have tried every diet, I exercised regularly and I just kept gaining. This tool has helped me so much. I still continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly but now I actually see results or my hard work. This isn’t the easy way out you still have to put the work in.View all Before & After Patient Stories