OCC guides you through five years of post-op care through our app, online support groups, and U.S.-based on-call patient coordinators. After your bariatric surgery, you become part of our family. From consultation and surgery to a lifetime of support and assistance, you’re a member of the #OCCFamily. 

Weight loss management after surgery: We take it to the next level.

With over 26,000 operations performed and countless innovations, we have perfected the management of weight loss that comes after bariatric surgery. 

There are several phases of weight management. Each step has its objectives and specific recommendations. It is best to focus on each stage as you progress into weight stabilization.

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Phases of post-op nutritional support

In each phase, we provide you with food and supplement criteria as well as lifestyle and dietary behavior recommendations.

The post-operative nutrition care has three distinct phases:

  • Recovery (surgery day – 40 days post-op)
  • Extreme weight loss (40 days to 9 months)
  • Weight stabilization (9 months and life after that)

Post-op recovery steps at OCC: 5 years of support for every patient.

  • Stage one: The six-week recovery process has four different diet stages. This stage consists of preventing complications, helping meet nutrient needs, diet progression, and adequate recovery.
  • Stage two: Starting with recovery and continuing into the first nine months, it is critical to meet fluid and nutritional needs through nutrient-dense and minimally processed foods. Nutrients provide energy, prevent muscle breakdown, repair aggravated organs, facilitate the elimination of stored toxins, and modulate metabolism. The result is fat loss. Thus, at this stage, we emphasize the need to provide essential nutrients through food and supplements to restore health.
  • Stage three: At nine months from surgery, for continuing weight loss (fat loss) and weight stabilization, we will make an emphasis on food and supplement choices, physical activity, and mindful eating. During the first year after weight loss or metabolic surgery, many obesity-related comorbid conditions may resolve or improve, and most of the weight will come off. This stage’s objective is to use the operation as a tool to make lasting dietary changes that will improve the quality of life.
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Nutrition and chronic diseases

Nutrition is a known factor contributing to chronic disease. The alterations in diet after surgery will have strong positive effects on your health throughout every phase of your life. At OCC, we are committed to reversing chronic conditions related to diet. We work with you to implement dietary changes in a step-by-step approach that will profoundly influence your wellbeing.

Obesity Control Center: Nutrition and support for life

Your success is our success. Hence, once an OCC patient, always an OCC patient. You’re a member of the #OCCFamily for life.

Addressing the underlying causes of obesity 

Weight loss surgery at Obesity Control Center will change how your stomach, gut hormones, and metabolic pathways work. Since obesity is a complicated condition of weight regulation and the causes of obesity vary, surgery outcomes also vary. 

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Bariatric surgery is the most effective way to achieve significant and durable weight loss and can lead to an end to many obesity-related diseases.

(BMJ, ASMBS 2013).

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Bariatric surgery and metabolic function go hand in hand.

Keep in mind that bariatric surgical procedures are considered both weight-loss and metabolic surgeries. They not only lead to significant weight loss but also influence diseases caused by obesity. Some patients may resolve their diabetes before losing weight. Other patients may lose weight immediately upon surgery before showing some degree of diabetes resolution. In either case, the outcomes are both positive.

Replenishing vitamins and minerals

The preoperative nutritional plan replenishes vitamin and mineral deficits that contribute to helping a compromised nutritional status and modulates the inflammatory response to surgery. In the immediate post-operative stage, the use of specific nutrients for wound healing has demonstrated a decrease in wound complication risks. In the long-term, the nutritional plan is critical to successful post-operative weight loss, reduced obesity-related health risks, and for weight maintenance.

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Nutritional support for long-term success in weight loss.

While each person may have different health objectives, the OCC’s nutritional intervention is not limited to helping the patient meet weight-loss goals. Dietary supplementation can maximize the overall health results for long-term success. The weight-loss journey is a healing process. Nutrition is coming to the forefront as the fundamental way to heal the body.

A comprehensive evidence-based medicine and nutrition therapy program

The lessons learned from our patients’ journeys, our own experience as health providers, and our expertise in evidence-based medicine and nutrition therapies have been put together into the OCC comprehensive medical and nutritional education program. 

Our five-year follow-up program at OCC

From the moment you become our patient, you will have access to the OCC program, before and after surgery. It is a five-year-long program which includes online videos, support groups, individualized email coaching, phone consults, follow-up assessments, etc. We help and support our patients for as long as they need our expertise. Your success is our success. Hence, once an OCC patient, always an OCC patient. You’re a member of the #OCCFamily for life.

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The OCC app

Real-time reporting, 24/7
Obesity Control Center offers ongoing support with our proprietary app. We help our patients stay on track and achieve their health and weight loss goals. We really are with you every step of the way! The app has a range of features:

  • Smart scale sync
  • Weight loss tracking
  • Pre- and post-surgery care/alerts
  • Nutritional surveillance
  • Food log/barcode scanner
  • Sleep pattern tracking
  • Water intake log
  • Calorie intake/ calorie expenditure
  • Pedometer
  • Before and after gallery
  • OCC Social Community/social media enabled

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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