Gigi11

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  1. I read your post and wondered if you got any replies? I haven't booked a date yet but am looking into December.  It seems there isn't much info on this forum and I'd love to read a real recent experience as I keep going back on my decision because I'm afraid mostly of complications as my insurance won't cover anything related to surgery not done thru insurance which worries me.

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      I just had surgery 6 days ago and OCC is everything that it promises.  The Center meets US standards and is Joint Commission Accredited as well as a Center for Surgical Excellence.  Those are not easy accreditations to come by and I am a nurse so I scrutinized the care.  There are many doctors who work there: surgeons, cardiologists as well as qualified nursing staff  and a nutritionist who were very caring.  Everyone spoke fluent English.  The Center is clean and well run.  They communicated well from the moment I scheduled the surgery to ensure that I was picked up at the San Diego airport smoothly, knew my times to be at the Center, and for follow up care.  I had very little discomfort and did well with just anti-inflammatory meds.  On post-op day 3, I went back to the Center to have a barium swallow study to ensure that my sleeve was patent and there were no issues.  When they took us back to the border, we were given a letter so we would not have to wait in line and could go through the express line.  That, alone, probably saved us 1-2 hours of standing in line!  Last but not least, I made some new friends at OCC who will follow me along my journey.  I feel good.  I am still on a full liquid diet but I am not hungry (eating a lot of soup and drinkable yogurt).  You will not regret the decision to have the surgery.  I also went into the surgery with a BMI of 33.5 which is why my insurance would not pay for it.  I am excited for my future and to feel healthier/ buy smaller clothes!!!   I hope this helped.

  2. Just going through some old blogs. Wondering how your weight loss is going now that it's been a few months. Hope the weight loss kicked in. Very curious to hear how you are today. Thanks.
  3. I am seriously considering gastric sleeve surgery at OCC with Dr Ortiz. I do not qualify in the US because my Bmi is 31, although it might as well be 51. I am so uncomfortable in my own skin and have been for 20 yrs. Exercise, dieting, food logging and everything in between isn't getting me out of the obese category and I'm so tired of it. I have so many questions and hope that some o you can help with the answers. Here are some of them: In your opinion, Does the hospital/clinic at OCC abide by the same standards as found in the US? Do you know if the facility is inspected making sure it's up to par? How do I know that I will be getting the gastric sleeve that was agreed upon and with the correct closure? Following surgery how can they tell if there is no leakage? X-ray? Ultrasound? Occ and Dr Ortiz have an outstanding marketing website but how do I know that they are legitimate from 3,000 miles away? Is the sleeve safe for older women? I am 58 yrs old and all I see are older blogs from much younger females. Does the staff speak English? What happens if my lab work doesn't pass the day before surgery? Not likely, but wondering How many days should I plan for the entire process? How is the Marriot hotel that my husband will be staying in. Is it worn and old? As you can see I'm a bit narotic and my daughters are not so happy with me looking into Tijuana. I appreciate your thoughts and responses. It is such a big decision. Thank you, Gigi
  4. I am seriously considering surgery at OCC because I do not qualify in the US. My Bmi is 31, however it might as well be 51. I am so uncomfortable in my own skin that I need to do something. Excercise, dieting and food logging isn't getting me out of the obese category! My questions: Does the hospital at OCC abide by the same or similar standards as US hospitals? Is it inspected by a team to make certain that it's up to par? How often? How do I know I will be getting the gastric sleeve that was agreed upon? Following surgery, how can they tell if there is no leakage? OCC's & Dr. Ariel Ortiz have outstanding marketing. How do I know for sure that they are legitimate? Is the sleeve surgery safe for older females? I am 58 and I see blogs from much younger people. Does the staff speak English ? What happens if my pre-op lab work doesn't pass the day before surgery? How many days should I plan for surgery before flying home? I appreciate your responses. Gigi
  5. Many people post pre-op about their concerns, but then do not post following surgery to hear how everything went both physically & emotionally. Would appreciate knowing how you are doing following surgery in 2016. Thank you
  6. I am seriously considering surgery at OCC because I do not qualify in the US. My Bmi is 31, however it might as well be 51. I am so uncomfortable in my own skin that I need to do something. Excercise, dieting and food logging isn't getting me out of the obese category! My questions: Does the hospital at OCC abide by the same or similar standards as US hospitals? Is it inspected by a team to make certain that it's up to par? How often? How do I know I will be getting the gastric sleeve that was agreed upon? Following surgery, how can they tell if there is no leakage? OCC's & Dr. Ariel Ortiz have outstanding marketing. How do I know for sure that they are legitimate? Is the sleeve surgery safe for older females? I am 58 and I see blogs from much younger people. Does the staff speak English ? What happens if my pre-op lab work doesn't pass the day before surgery? How many days should I plan for surgery before flying home? I appreciate your responses.