Surgical Weight Loss Program
Weight Loss Surgery at Alvarado Hospital
Are you struggling with severe obesity or know someone who is? Having a
body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more often leads to health conditions that
make many daily tasks difficult. Alvarado's Surgical Weight-Loss Program
may be able to help! To determine your BMI,
MBSAQIP Accredited Center of Excellence
Alvarado Hospital is an accredited center by the Metabolic and Bariatric
Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. This designation
is recognized by many insurance companies for weight-loss surgery as it meets
the highest standards of quality and safety.
To earn this designation, the Surgical Weight-Loss Program underwent a
series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program's
surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes were
Choosing a Surgical Weight-Loss Program
Alvarado Hospital has one of the most respected weight-loss programs in
Southern California. When choosing a surgical weight-loss program, consider
the following services we offer:
- Dedicated, specially trained surgeons and nurses
- Comprehensive follow-up care program
- Access to your surgeons' statistics (complication rate, etc.)
Support groups and counseling
Do I qualify for weight-loss surgery?
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lowered the weight requirements
for patients seeking weight-loss surgery.
You may be eligible for weight-loss surgery if:
For additional information about qualifying for bariatric surgery,
What procedures does your hospital offer?
Alvarado Hospital offers two major types of weight-loss procedures for
The Gastric Banding Procedure
Lap-Band (gastric banding) surgery is a minimally invasive treatment option
for those living with obesity. It is the least invasive and only adjustable
surgical treatment for obesity. The Lap-Band works by reducing the stomach's
capacity, restricting the amount of food that an individual can consume
before feeling discomfort. Surgeons use laparoscopic techniques, which
include small incisions and long-shafted instruments, to implant an inflatable
silicone band into the patient's abdomen.
The band is fastened around the upper part of the stomach, which essentially
creates a new, smaller stomach, which limits and controls the amount of
food the patient can eat. This procedure also includes the creation of
a small outlet that slows the stomach's emptying process into the
residual stomach and intestines. Patients who undergo the Lap-Band procedure
tend to feel full faster, making weight loss easier.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y
Another minimally invasive weight-loss option is gastric bypass. A majority
of weight-loss surgery patients in the U.S. undergo this type of procedure
because it helps patients lose more weight and may treat diabetes more
effectively than other techniques. Similar to gastric banding, surgeons
create a small stomach pouch. The rest of the stomach remains where it
is, but is separated from the new, smaller stomach pouch. The small stomach
is then connected to the jejunum, which is the first part of the small
intestine. This is where the body digests food.
To watch a video that discusses the difference between gastric bypass and banding,
Alvarado Hospital offers
free seminars on gastric banding and bypass.
Click here to learn more.
What questions should I ask when choosing a bariatric surgeon?
When looking for the right bariatric surgeon for you, it may be helpful
to ask questions like:
- How many years have you been in bariatric practice?
- How many bariatric cases have you performed?
- Are you fully trained and dedicated to bariatric surgery?
- What is your complication rate?
- What is your mortality rate?
- What is the average weight loss of your patients?
- Do you patients maintain weight loss?
Click here to download our informational flier.
Alvarado's Physician Referral Service can help you find an experienced
bariatric surgeon who meets your needs. To find a bariatric surgeon, simply
click on the
Physician Finder or call (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723) and allow one of our friendly customer
service representatives to assist you. You may also call our bariatric
program coordinator at (619) 229-3340.
Alvarado Advantage Club
You are invited to join the free
Alvarado Advantage Club. Members receive a variety of benefits, including VIP parking and priority
for a private room when available; 10% discount at the Alvarado Gift Shop,
Cafe and Gourmet Coffee Cart; 10% discount at the Alvarado Medical Plaza
Pharmacy; first notification of special events and classes; hotel discounts;
and much, much more! To learn more or to register online,
click here. To register through one of our customer service representatives, call
What have you got to lose, but weight. To learn more about weight-loss
surgery at Alvarado Hospital, contact us today!