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, click here.
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 collected.
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, click here.
What procedures does your hospital offer?
Alvarado Hospital offers two major types of weight-loss procedures for qualifying patients:
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, click here.
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?
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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 (800) 258-2723
What have you got to lose, but weight. To learn more about weight-loss surgery at Alvarado Hospital, contact us today!