Even when undergoing a procedure already tried out through and through like the Gastric Sleeve or the Gastric Plication, some patients arrive with a nervous and anxious look in their faces. Even in today’s age where information is at our fingertips in our cell phones, tablets and laptops, they sometimes come in and don’t know what to expect from their procedure. Sometimes it’s an underlying issue that the patient already suffers from.

So what can we do as health professionals to help a patient when they feel anxious before weight loss surgery?

Here at Obesity Control Center, we try to go the extra mile for each patient undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico. All our staff takes a moment to greet the patients, because we understand that some are nervous because they are in a foreign country, we try to make them feel as home as possible, explaining every part of the process so they know what to expect and also chatting about anything in particular.

We understand that anxiety is a natural part of the process, but here at Obesity Control Center we always try to take away one of the biggest factors that slows down the recovery process. We’ve seen patients that are anxious to have longer recovery times than those who are calm. These patients require more medication and it takes a longer time for medication to take effect.

Patients that come here for Weight Loss Surgery, leave knowing they made the right choice and they wonder why they were anxious in the first place. If you feel nervous about coming to us for help, the only thing you should worry is how much weight you will lose.

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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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