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  1. Don't miss out on OCC Webinars - featuring Dr. Ariel Ortiz and special guests that will help you #stayhealthy as you #stayhome. Hear from the experts on how to stay active, eat right, boost your immune system, get updated on the newest information on bariatric (weight loss) surgery, healthy habits, how to eat to stay well, and not just survive, but learn how to THRIVE! OCC Webinars start at 1pm PST You can register here to get all the updates and links to our new OCC Webinars https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1815857683875/WN_EHadwxekSleEAWeOwHG5vQ Topic
  2. Great Live today from International Bariatric Club - featuring the world experts in bariatric surgery (including our own Dr. Ariel Ortiz!) You can watch it again here - at in the last 10 minute so of the video - they discuss how weight loss surgery could be the only way to help those at higher risk due to metabolic disease that bariatric surgery can help resolve so that your risk of COVID-19 is reduced https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiKd5sw0qfI LIVEStream in FB: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalBariatricClub/ and stay tuned to the OCC Fac
  3. Hi OCC Family - Dr. Ortiz needs your help! Online reviews are becoming increasingly important, and we would greatly appreciate if you could share your experience on yelp here https://www.yelp.com/biz/obesity-control-center-tijuana. Some tricks to help ensure your review 'sticks' are to review a few other businesses as well, make sure you have a profile picture, and add a few friends on yelp. If you really want a gold star, don't click on the yelp link, instead go to yelp.com, search for us, and leave a review from there. Thank you so much in advance for your time!
  4. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/obesity-control-center-achieves-global-healthcare-accreditation-300948526.html Press Release - OCC gains yet another Certification - details at link above!
  5. Dear Patient, We know there has been a lot of information on the news about the border crossing between Mexico and California. While there have been several reports about closed borders we have only seen one incident when the San Ysidro border crossing was closed temporarily. Since we rarely use the San Ysidro border to cross back in to the US, this hasn't been an issue for any of our patients. We always allow ample time to prepare for any delays at the border. We would rather get you back to the airport early for your return flight then risk you missing a flight. There have not been
  6. Hi Newleaf, we don't generally give 3 weeks off after surgery since most can return to work about a week after surgery. But if you have a job that requires lifting or strenuous activiies and your job can't be modified, then our doctors can evaluate for more time off. We fill out FMLA paperwork all the time. Once you've booked your surgery and paid your $500 deposit to hold your date, then you can send us your FMLA paperwork! For more information email coordinators@obesitycontrolcenter.com
  7. If you were to meet me, not having known me in my past... you would probably never guess that I used to be a fat girl. People are always surprised when I tell them, or when they see a picture of me pre 2006. People who have known me a long time do forget how much space I used to take up in a room! I showed my mom my "before" picture from the OCC Facebook page... and she said "that's not you!" she couldn't believe it because her mind has made that switch... this is Lori... this is the space she fills in a room... this is what she looks like. And I think that's true for most people in my li
  8. Its been a long time since I posted. We are so active over on Facebook these days where interaction occurs immediately, that blogs just aren't what they used to be... But I intend to start posting here more, because the information is easy to find and more permanent, so I want to start updating here more. I get a lot of private messages from people asking how i've done with my sleeve, how i've REALLY done long term... i think so many things have failed for us over the years, that we are afraid to believe that this could really work and be long lasting. I had an appointment yesterday with
  9. Mexico has required FMM forms for traveling to Mexico by air for a long time, technically it was required for land travel into Mexico but was not being enforced. Lately the Mexican government has been enforcing this rule. When traveling to OCC for any reason, please make sure you have your Passport or Passport Card, plus have a stamped copy of the FMM form with you - you'll need to stop at customs coming into Mexico to have this stamped even if you are driving yourself, or walking across the border. The OCC Driver always stops at Customs and patients go through customs, but make sure you as
  10. We have a 5 year follow up program that includes phone calls from our team, follow up emails. A 24/7 doctor line that you can call or have your physician call with any questions. Most primary care physicians in the US are happy to do the follow up care you'll need which is really just annual physicals and blood work ups. If any of your follow up's with us suggest you need some testing done, we will let you know what that is and you can ask your US doctor to order it or return to us. I have been sleeved for over 4 years now and have never had any testing done that my insurance didn't cove
  11. Our stomach has the ability to stretch out as a result of food intake. Folds of tissue within the stomach expand and contract in response to food input. After a sleeve or plication weight loss surgery, stretching of the new pouch occurs naturally. This process happens until the pouch matures to its natural size. However, some patients may have overstretched out their pouch with or without observable symptoms. Band and bypass patients may have stretched out their pouch with and without observable symptoms because of two possible causes: either the band is too tight, or there is an und
  12. So many great OCC Stories....We Invite you to share your OCC story others!!!! THE OCC BEFORE AND AFTER CONTEST! Share your Story and Win! https://obesitycontrolcenter.com/before-and-after-contest/ The OCC Testimonial & Spokesperson of the Year Award... Is the way we thank to you for sharing your life changing experience with others.
  13. Yes my lovies, I finally did it. I had that arm lift I have been waiting for... I've always had large arms, I am of mostly Norwegian, German, and Irish descent... and we are known for thicker arms, and I for sure got that from my Norwegian Grandma. It had come to the point that when i was working out (or waving to someone) that my upper arms kept up the motion long after I had stopped... It was also causing some pain and friction during my workouts. I was going in to have a fix to a breast lift from years ago and since I had to have surgery anyway - I decided to just go for it and have my
  14. I thought I would share this post about hair lost after surgery from the OCC Nutritional Team. Many patients experience early postoperative hair loss, which is mainly due to telogen effluvium, an alteration in the normal hair cycle, a dormant or resting stage, that results from emotional or physical stress (i.e. surgery). This event is unrelated to protein malnutrition or vitamin and mineral deficiencies which is a common misconception. Hair loss experienced 3-5 months after surgery, ​ ​is more often due to the stress of the surgery and the extreme weight loss; in these cases, hair wi
  15. Ready to be surprised by our newest product? We are pleased to announce that we have launched a new and unique product: Enhanced Bariatric Nutritional (EBN) Protein Shake We are very excited with its new and enhanced nutritional qualities, and we know you will be too! In one serving, you'll get the best of VITALEPH´s previous protein shake plus 4 additional benefits: The best taste available. After 10 months of sampling for texture and taste, we are proud to offer a medically graded protein
  16. that is so sweet, thank you! I am excited for you, its a whole new world out there, I hadn't realized how much I was hiding, until I wasn't! Keep me posted on your progress
  17. Vitaleph Designer Nutrition is back in stock... remember, The American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery has determined that ALL Weightloss Surgery patients should be on Bariatric Vitamins and Supplements, for life! So lets stay well as we lose weight, and keep it off! www.vitaleph.com if you have any questions about your pre-op or post-op supplements email nutritionist@obesitycontrolcenter.com
  18. CELEBRATE Good Times C'mon.... let's celebrate! woohoooooooo 3 years ago I had by Sleeve surgery - my band to sleeve revision surgery. I can tell you I haven't regretted it for a single solitary second! I still love my sleeve. I love what is has allowed me to do... I'm at a healthy weight, my cholesterol is 115... 9 years ago it was over 240. I feel great and... ok ok... i get to buy clothes off the really cute rack... usually in a small or medium. If you've read my blog you know I had my band surgery back in 2006, and I did well with it for quite awhile... then I got derailed throug
  19. Hello everyone. I am this close to hitting 50,000 views on my blog and I would love a little help from my forum peeps. If you haven't read my newest blog post, or have missed some or all of my previous entries, would you please take a peek... share with a friend who is considering the journey, or even post to your facebook or twitter. You can post the link to your social media or even email it to someone that is contemplating surgery. http://www.occforum.com/blog/332-loris-blog/ I'm also happy to answer any questions! You can email Lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com for more info! Thanks!
  20. A simple quote... but wow... super powerful. I was reading though some things today, super busy at work, but this really caught my eye. I think in my head, sometimes, I still put myself down for resorting to weight loss surgery, like i gave up. Why do i do this to myself? When i know that 95% of people that try to lose more then 50 pounds on their own will fill. They either won't reach their goal, or even worse (and I had been there many many times) they will hit that goal... and slowly but surely the weight creeps back on... usually bringing some of its friends along. Then each
  21. Response from our OCC Nutritionist, Lucia: You are absolutely right...there is a beast, it is primal instinct and that is why I call it "our crocodile", it feeds from sugars! see...sugars produce hormones that signal the same centers as cocaine and heroine at the brain and keeps you wanting for more, overtime, you need more sugar (same as with drugs) to have the same reward center stimulus. Most people will think is their lack of will and hurt themselves with negative and guilty thoughts, the truth is that your body is being kidnapped by your hormones. To keep the crocodile at ease
  22. I think that is what we need - that pause button whatever that is, we each need to figure out what that is for us - that mirror - so we look inside ourselves for that few seconds or minutes, take a deep breath, and learn to read our feelings... and decide, are we truly hungry, or is it something else... and instead of feeding our bellies... feed what that need really is. Thanks emullins!!! great share!
  23. Head hunger... we all deal with it but why.... what is this beast and why is he constantly knocking at my door...errr stomach.... head - whatever - it feels the same! I battle this beast too often. Why is that? We all know this beast too well... or maybe that's the problem, maybe we don't know him. What is really causing this "hunger"... are we bored? Do we feel we "deserve" to eat more food... are we hiding from something... trying to soothe something... trying to fill a void. Are we food addicts? Give a girl a break! I have found myself battling this beast daily since Christmas - I
  24. Before/After photo contest on the OCC Facebook page! Open to all OCC Bariatric surgery patients! Hurry, ends soon! Make sure to like our Facebook page and then submit your before/after pictures to our Facebook Message Inbox! Entries due by March 6th then contest will run from March 7th to March 15th (most "likes" wins) and winner announced March 16th. https://www.facebook.com/OCCMedicalCenter/photos/a.10151125075299135.439007.74049904134/10152703620609135/?type=1&theater https://www.facebook.com/OCCMedicalCenter and as always we would LOVE to see you post your before/after photo's
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