Meet the Surgeons

Two bariatric surgeons practice and participate in all the surgical procedures for obesity, assisted by general surgeons. The coordinating surgeon of the Obesity Clinic is Dr. José Pablo Vélez. Teaming up with Dr. Vélez is Dr. Rafael H. Arias, also a bariatric surgeon. Both of them are members of the American Society for Bariatric Surgeons, a scientific association that involves bariatric surgeons who follow high quality standards.

The bariatric surgeons have the collaboration of a group of four general surgeons that assist them during the procedures and make up the remaining surgical team. Drs. Vélez and Arias have had advanced laparoscopic training and bariatric laparoscopic surgery instruction in the United States, Mexico and Brazil. Underneath you will find a brief curriculum of both surgeons.

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

If you suffer from obesity, these are the benefits that can be achieved through bariatric surgery, and commitment to weight loss:

- Loss of 70% or more of the excess body weight. This loss usually occurs during the first 18 months following surgery.

- Improvement of conditions associated with obesity, including type II diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and joint problems, among others.

- Eliminate discomfort and body aches which contribute to facilitate mobility

- Improved ability to do physical activity

- Provides a new look that increases self-esteem .

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Dr. José Pablo

Obesity Clinic Chief Surgeon, specialized in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Velez has more than 10 years of experience in laparoscopic bariatric surgery, he is a pioneer in Colombia in this kind of procedures.

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