Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric Surgery Team: 626-898-8788
Obesity has been officially classified as a disease by the American Medical
Association (AMA). If you are 100 pounds over your recommended weight
(which varies depending on age, weight, and body type) you are at an increased
risk of numerous health conditions including diabetes and heart disease.
Losing weight through traditional means can be a lengthy and difficult
process, and the longer it takes, the more your risk factors increase.
Bariatric surgery is a convenient way to jumpstart weight loss so you
can reach a new weight faster and begin a healthier lifestyle.
Methodist Hospital of Southern California is designated by Blue Cross and
Blue Shield as a
Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, signifying that our bariatric program meets nationally established criteria
by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely
There are a few different options for weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic
gastric band, gastrectomy, and the very common gastric bypass procedure.
Which operation is right for you depends on a variety of factors. Our
team can help you determine which procedure is most suited for your situation.
An Important Medical Procedure
Weight loss surgery is by no means a merely cosmetic operation. Losing
weight makes a tremendous improvement in your health and make it easier
to participate in athletic activities that will keep weight down after
the surgery. We help patients create a steady, evidence-backed diet that
will be most beneficial to their weight goals after undergoing bariatric surgery.
Benefits of having your bariatric surgery at Methodist Hospital of Southern
- We have more than 20 years of experience in bariatric surgery
- We have performed more than 2,000 bariatric procedures
- Our services include laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy,
laparoscopic revision and lap band removal, and conversion to sleeve gastrectomy
or gastric bypass
- We feature a surgical floor dedicated to bariatric patients
- Our staff is experienced, caring and dedicated
- We use highly technical, safe equipment
- We have dedicated bariatric coordinators
- We accept most insurances, and our physicians are contracted with many
types of insurance
Though there are minor risks involved in bariatric surgery, most operations
proceed without complication. The health benefits far outweigh the minor
surgical risks for patients dealing with obesity, and our experienced
team will only perform an operation if we believe a patient's condition
can significantly improve.
Learn about Maria Koeppel's journey
To learn more about Weight Loss Surgery, contact the Methodist Hospital
experts today at 626-898-8788.