Obesity and obesity-related conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure damage your health and shorten your lifespan. Bariatric surgery is often the best solution for long-term weight loss. Starting your journey toward a healthier size from obesity is a big decision, and it’s essential to understand what weight loss surgery can accomplish for you. 

The process of massive weight loss through gastric bypass or another procedure begins with a referral to or initial consultation at Obesity Control Center (OCC). Our bariatric surgeons, nutritionists and coordinators have helped over 25,000 patients achieve a better quality of life. 

Obesity can happen due to multiple factors such as poor dietary habits, underlying medical conditions or diseases and hormonal imbalance. Our nutritionists will work with you before and after bariatric surgery to make sure you stay motivated to meet and maintain your weight loss goals. 

Bariatric Surgery Consultation: Your First Step 

During your consultation, you will meet with one of our bariatric surgeons to discuss your health, medical history and weight loss goals. You will go through pre-op testing, including a chemistry panel, urinalysis and complete blood count to establish your health status. Your OCC nutritionist will have you complete a health survey, and our bariatric surgeons will determine your goal weight based on your consultation, test results and medical history. 

The OCC team will create a customized nutrition plan to follow before and after your procedure. Your nutritionist will help you build habits that will set you up for success after bariatric surgery. The personalized program will provide complete details for your diet and outline supplements you will need to purchase to improve your health and post-surgery outcome. You will be given sample daily menus, lessons on meal portions, links to recipes and useful blogs about the process of bariatric surgery. This nutritional outline includes a two-week pre-op diet and information about routine check-ins. 

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery: The Pre-Op Diet 

Your nutritionist at Obesity Control Center will create a pre-operative diet plan to control and improve inflammation and other concerns in your digestive system, maximize nutrient absorption and ensure good bacteria in your gut before bariatric surgery. This may include “de-carbing,” which replaces sugar-based carbohydrates with more nutritious options and detoxing toxic foods. By replenishing your body with vital nutrients, minerals and vitamins before your procedure, we not only establish good eating habits but ensure a safe and successful outcome with a healthier gastrointestinal tract. 

Start Your Bariatric Surgery Journey at Our Surgical Center Today

Obesity Control Center is a world leader in the field of weight loss surgery, and our surgeons use innovative techniques and advanced technology to help you achieve your health goals and join the #OCCFamily for life. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and begin your journey to massive weight loss from obesity.

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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.

See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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