Atlanta, GA Bariatric Surgery Seminar – 2018


Bariatric Informational Seminar - Mexico Bariatric Center - Atlanta Jan 2018

Seminar Information

Obesity is a significant risk factor with clearly established health conditions, including increased exposure to heart disease, hypertension, cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, joint disorder, sleep apnea, and socioeconomic and psychosocial disadvantage. When obesity gets in the way of daily living, bariatric surgery can be the best option.

At the forefront of the fight against obesity, Mexico Bariatric Center® hosted the Atlanta, GA Bariatric Surgery seminar on January 20, 2018. Both guests and bariatric patients that attended met the CEO/Founder of Mexico Bariatric Center, Ron Elli, Ph.D. Another special guest at the Atlanta, GA Bariatric Surgery seminar was one of our board-certified bariatric surgeons.

Mexico Bariatric Center shared their minimally invasive surgical procedures and the benefits bariatric surgery has on patients. Bariatric surgery provides a vast array of health benefits that reduce the risk of serious medical problems and comorbidities.

At the Atlanta, GA Bariatric Surgery seminar, guests learned everything about weight loss surgery procedures,

  • Gastric Sleeve (VSG)
  • Mini Sleeve
  • Single Incision Gastric Sleeve
  • RNY Gastric Bypass and Mini Gastric Bypass
  • Duodenal Switch and SADi-S
  • Gastric Revision Surgery
  • Gastric Reversal Surgery
  • Gastric Banding (Lap-Band)
  • Gastric Balloon
  • Endoscopic Bariatrics
  • BariClip

Sharing the influence bariatric surgery has on expected results, risks, lifestyle changes, and success rates. Bariatric surgery candidates had an opportunity to ask questions about the procedures as well as travel to Mexico. MBC also offered special promotional offers at this event for those who attended.

Special Promotional Offers Included

  • $15 Amazon gift card vouchers to select attendees.
  • Former patients were given the chance to receive a $100 gift card for every guest they brought as long as they booked a surgery date on the spot and completed their surgery within 60 days of the event.
  • One lucky winner received a discounted gastric sleeve surgery package* at the end of this seminar upon having their name pulled in a special drawing.

Former bariatric patients from Mexico Bariatric Center shared their weight loss surgery testimonials and the impact bariatric surgery has had on their lives. This was an emotional turning point for all event attendees and staff.

Seminar Photos

CEO, Ron Elli, Ph.D. discussing bariatric surgery in Tijuana
CEO, Ron Elli, Ph.D. discussing
bariatric surgery in Tijuana.
Ron Elli, Ph.D. and Dr. Cabrera during the Q&A session
Ron Elli, Ph.D. and bariatric surgeon
during the Q&A session.
Former patients of MBC who spoke at the Atlanta seminar - Atlanta, GA Bariatric Surgery Seminar
Former patients of MBC who
spoke at the Atlanta seminar.

Seminar Videos

Seminar Patient Success  [UPDATED Nov 2021]

Rena and her husband attended the Atlanta seminar in 2018 with the recommendation of their friend, Lance (the past patient of MBC). She met Dr. Ron in the seminar and signed up to undergo VSG surgery with Dr. Lousisiana Valenzuela. She is 167lbs down in 3 years!!!

Rena D Atlanta Seminar Patient with Mexico Bariatric Center

  • VSG in May 2018
  • Revision from sleeve to DS in June 2021!
  • I’m at 282lbs currently! I’ve still got 30+ lbs to lose… No particular goal, anything under 250 would suffice!
  • 5’9” – HW: 459 – VSG SW: 428 – Lowest VSG weight: 309 – DS SW: 325 – DS CW: 282

I’m just thankful to be where I am! Thank you MBC, all staff, my surgery sisters, and all of you for this amazing journey!!

About Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and became the unofficial capital of the “New South” after the city was burned to the ground during American Civil War in 1837. The city made a major contribution to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Atlanta Georgia Building Atlanta has the eighth-largest economy in the U.S. and is ranked 17th in the world. The city hosts the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, such as Delta Air Lines, AT&T Mobility, Coca-Cola, CNN, The Home Depot, SunTrust Bank, Porsche North America, Equifax, Invesco, and UPS. It has become a major hub for film and television production. Atlanta has one of the highest educated workforces in the nation as well as top colleges like the Georgia School of Technology (Georgia Tech). Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the world’s busiest passenger airports, is a driving force behind much of the region’s success.

Atlanta is home to four professional team sports:

  1. The Major League Baseball (MLB) Atlanta Braves
  2. The National Basketball Association (NBA) Atlanta Hawks
  3. The National Football League (NFL) Atlanta Falcons
  4. Major League Soccer (MLS) Atlanta United FC

Atlanta has numerous parks, including:

  • Piedmont Park is Atlanta’s most iconic lush space located in Midtown.
  • Centennial Olympic Park is the legacy of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
  • Woodruff Park is connected to the campus of Georgia State University.
  • Grant Park is house to Zoo Atlanta.
  • Chastain Park is home to an amphitheater used for live music concerts.

Midtown Atlanta

Located between downtown Atlanta and the Buckhead area, Midtown is a vibrant arts hub. It is comprised of businesses, residential neighborhoods, hotels, restaurants, cultural attractions, retail shops, green spaces, and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. Each year more than six million tourists visit the Midtown area to shop in one of the kind local boutiques, dine in the more than 140 restaurants, and delve into the robust art scene.

Bank of America Plaza – The Bank of America Plaza is the tallest building in Atlanta and the entire Southeast, standing at over 1,000-feet in height. At the top of the building is a gold pyramid that illuminates with a brilliant glow within the night sky, making it an easy and captivating structure for anyone to behold.

Piedmont Park – Midtown centerpiece, Piedmont Park Conservancy is a 189-acre urban green space established in 1887. The park has a running track, two soccer fields, two softball fields, and sand volleyball courts. The guests can enjoy swimming at the Aquatic Center or feed the ducks at Lake Claire.

Piedmont Park Atlanta Georgia

High Museum of Art – High Museum of Art and Woodruff Arts Center host Internationally renowned art exhibitions, musical concerts, and theatrical plays. These facilities provide art awareness programs for school-aged children, educators families, and veterans.

CNN’s Global Headquarters – You can take a guided tour of the CNN studios, the television network which pioneered 24-hour news. Get an up-close look at main newsrooms and studios for several of CNN’s news channels and witness global news in the making. CNN produces documentaries like The Kennedys American Dynasties.

World of Coca-Cola – Travel along a bottling line and through the 125-year history of a company that produces over a billion gallons of cola every year. Interact with multiple exhibits and sample more than 100 different beverages.

Georgia Aquarium – Right next door to Coca-Cola, you find Georgia Aquarium. It is the largest aquarium in the world with over 10 million gallons of water and more than a hundred thousand animals. It is one of only a handful of places in the world where you can swim or scuba dive with whales and sharks. Guests can also swim with dolphins and get up close and personal with sea otters and penguins.

Georgia Aquarium Atlanta_

Mercedes-Benz Stadium – World-class sports and entertainment facility, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the official stadium of the Atlanta Falcons NFL and the Atlanta United FC of MLS. It is a multi-purpose stadium with a retractable roof. The fans park free if they drive a Mercedes!

Mercedes-Benz Stadium Georgia Atlanta
Georgia Obesity Rate - Atlanta, GA Bariatric Surgery Seminar

Atlanta, GA Obesity Statistics 2016

According to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, Georgia ranks at 20th place in the highest obesity rate in the United States.

Current Adult Obesity Rate (as of 2016)


Obesity-Related Health Issues


12.1% (Ranked 8/51)


36.2% (Ranked 9/51)

Heart Disease

Cases in 2010


Expected by 2030



Cases in 2010


Expected by 2030


Obesity-Related Cancer

Cases in 2010


Expected in 2030