Band with Plication: World Meeting Update

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Session 6 on Gastric Plication was a total success if you measure it by how many congress goers attended. The room was full, all seats were occupied with many surgeons standing in the back and isles. They came to see the top leaders in their field talk about Gastric Plication and their initial experiences with the procedure. One of the presenters and well known surgeons from Argentina, Dr Carlos Casalnuovo and former Congress President spoke about his experience with Gastric Plication combined with gastric banding. The initial question to the audience: If one procedure is good, will two make it better?  This is our problem question. He then presented his data on his patients undergoing a gastric band placement where once positioned he then turned to perform a plication of the stomach distally to the band.  In his methods he discussed how he would let the gastric plication take effect early on after the procedure and not adjust the gastric band until the patient had lost the early satiety and restriction related to the plication.He presented a follow-up of a year with a handful of cases and discussed the difficulty in standardizing the approach. The Gastric Band with a Plication group had less than desirable weight-loss and concluded in his presentation that more follow-up is needed, a better more standardized reproducible technique is necessary and he finalized the talk by leaving the question still un-answered:Is combining to techniques better for the patient or will it only be adding the risk of a second surgery without the benefit of more weight-loss? Contact Obesity Control Center in Tijuana Mexico and learn more about weight loss procedures we offer. 


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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.

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