Lead Patient Coordinator
“Being part of the #OCC Family has changed my life in many ways. I would be honored to help you start your journey.” – Efren Coria
“I was skinny most of my life, but the battle with weight began when I turned 40. I tried all kinds of diets with some results, but right after all the sacrifices, I ended up gaining back the pounds I had lost, plus a few more. My weight fluctuated throughout all these years, and it really affected me – until I came to the OCC to have the Gastric Plication. I went from 300 lbs. to my current 185 lbs.
I cannot tell you how my life quality has improved and how happy I am now feeling so complete. My only regret is not having it done before! Here are my before and after pics (it’s a miracle I even have a picture from then since I felt so bad, I always used to run away when I noticed there was a camera in the room). I totally understand what you are experiencing and I’m more than happy to help you go through all this process.”
Did you struggle with weight during your childhood?
What was your highest weight?
When did you decide you needed help or was there one specific turning point you recall?
What options did you explore (other surgeons, diets, exercise, etc.)?
What were you scared about?
Who supported you in your journey?
How was the experience prepping for surgery?
How was the experience traveling to OCC (plane, hotel, the night before, etc.)?
What was your first impression walking in the door at OCC?
What surgery did you have?
What was the recovery like?
How much weight have you lost?
What is your best advice for someone else considering bariatric surgery?
What is one of your favorite stories you have encountered being a coordinator at OCC?
What is your favorite thing about working for OCC?
I didn’t struggle with my weight as a child nor a young adult. It started at around 38. Then everything changed.
I weighed more than 300 lbs.
I heard a lot of all the benefits you could get with weight loss surgery.
All diets and some exercise.
My overall health for later years.
In the beginning, my friends and family all asked me not to get the surgery, but afterward, they were all supportive.
Super strict pre-op diet, I was very committed. I lost 30 pounds in two weeks.
All smooth and everybody was very friendly, and you could tell they were very sympathetic.
Very clean and modern. Everybody was very friendly (like in the movies).
The next morning, we drove to a mall in Carlsbad. Everything went very smoothly, and I walked the gas out. Then we went to the movie theater the day after. It was an incredibly smooth recovery. Back at home, it was very easy, and I started losing all the excess weight day by day.
I have lost 115 lbs.
Don’t wait to do it for too long. The only regret I have is not having it earlier. Also don’t buy so many clothes when you start losing weight. They will be too big in a short time. Wait for your final weight before you go shopping.
I love when a patient refers to us as all their family members. We become a family business!
The quality of the people, I love it.