About us

The Obesity Clinic is conformed by a group of professionals dedicated to the treatment of severe and morbid obesity through bariatric surgery, with the support of several specialties that participate in the preoperatory and postoperatory processes.
We are located at Fundación Valle del Lili in Cali, Colombia, a modern hospital designed for highly complex medicine and surgeries (bariatric, organ transplantation, cardiovascular, neurosurgery, oncology unit, among others). The clinic has advanced technology and a highly qualified human team for the practice of the different bariatric procedures.

What is their experience in the obesity clinic?

Drs José Pablo Vélez and Rafael H. Arias have performed more than eight hundred (800) bariatric surgical procedures at Fundación Valle del Lili and are pioneers in the development of laparoscopic bariatric surgery in Colombia. Our Obesity Clinic ia referral site for patients with severe and morbid obesity with severe health complications associated to their weight problem that need bariatric surgery to improve their quality of life.

Fundación Valle del Lili has a complete team of professionals in all the areas related to the care of the obese patient, including modern intensive care units with wide experience on the management of this type of patients. This fact has allowed us to successfully accomplish bariatric surgeries on patients with serious concomitant diseases, with a low incidence of complications, similar to that observed in the best international bariatric surgery centers.

Among our patients are a big number of diabetics, patients with hypertension, coronary disease, kidney transplantation, patients with multiple previous surgeries, young and old. They are carefully prepared for surgery and are closely followed in the postoperative period, achieving excellent results with low complication rates.

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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