Bariatric Surgery and Metabolic Weight Loss Center
There are many causes for obesity. In truth, eating too many calories is not everyone’s problem. Many individuals that are struggling with obesity have a “metabolic disorder,” meaning that their bodies are accustomed to functioning by burning only a few calories every day. As a result, losing weight and keeping the weight off becomes very challenging. Oftentimes, the extra weight and fat on the body can lead to other health conditions such as heart disease, chronic back pain and sleep apnea, among others.
Fortunately, there are safe and effective interventions to help those who are combating obesity. Providence Saint John’s can help. Our Bariatric Surgery and Metabolic Weight Loss Center offers:
- Nationally recognized, board-certified surgeons that thrive on physician-patient relationships and personal connection
- Cutting-edge robotic procedures that address various gastrointestinal disorders and obesity-related conditions
- Minimally invasive techniques that lead to reduced pain, faster recoveries and improved patient outcomes
- A multidisciplinary support team of specialty trained dietitians, psychologists and staff
- Treatment for obesity-associated conditions to improve patients’ overall health and wellness
- A seamless process that includes extensive education, support and care before and after surgery
- Free support groups
According to guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if at least one of the following applies to you:
- You weigh 100 or more pounds over ideal body weight
- Your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 40, or greater than 35 if you also have a serious weight-related health condition such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea or hypertension
- You have weight-related problems and restrictions in mobility, work and performance of family responsibilities
This tool is for adults and is not intended to replace evaluation by a healthcare professional.
Providence Saint John’s Bariatric Surgery and Metabolic Weight Loss Center’s surgical prerequisites also include the following:
- You must be between 18 and 65 years old
- You must have no history of drug or alcohol abuse within the past three years
- You must be a non-smoker
- You must undergo a medical evaluation and workup to ensure that you are in the best possible condition prior to surgery
- You must undergo a psychiatric evaluation for stability and demonstrate a clear understanding of the procedure, responsibilities, reasonable outcomes and post-surgical expectations and guidelines
- You must undergo a series of dietary education classes and complete all classes prior to your surgery date
- You must demonstrate a commitment and readiness for a lifestyle change before surgery by modifying behavior and eating habits to ensure successful, long-term weight loss
- You must be willing to participate fully in our multidisciplinary bariatric program
- You must agree to long-term follow up with your bariatric surgeon after your weight loss surgery
Today there are more options than ever for weight loss. At Providence Saint John’s we offer several surgical and non-surgical procedures to help you achieve excellent results and improve your overall health.
The need for revisions for bariatric surgery can vary based on the patient’s personal outcomes and the initial bariatric procedures. Sometimes patients need a revision to better meet their weight loss goals or to address complications from a procedure.
No matter what bariatric procedure you tried the first time, or what surgeon you worked with, we are happy to talk with you and help you understand your options for revisional treatment.
One of the most successful treatments for obesity is weight-loss surgery or bariatric surgery. However, bariatric surgery is not the right choice for everyone. In general, these surgeries are offered to people who have tried to lose weight and keep the weight off but have not succeeded. A strong commitment to change in lifestyle is also necessary to have long term success after bariatric surgery.
Watch our video series or attend a seminar to see if surgery is right for you.
If you’ve already attended a seminar or watched the video series and would like to learn more, schedule your consultation today. During the appointment, you will have the chance to meet our board-certified bariatric surgeons and ask questions.
Once your surgery date is scheduled, there are a few steps that happen in parallel. This includes:
- Meeting with our expert dietician and beginning a supervised diet program. During this program, you will learn to build healthy food habits to aid your weight loss.
- A readiness assessment is conducted when you meet with one of our psychologists, who will make sure you are mentally ready to move forward with the surgery and ensure you have a support system in place.
- Attend a support group
- Schedule an endoscopy, a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person's digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, your surgeon will be able to view pictures of your digestive tract on a color TV monitor. This helps your surgeon develop a game plan tailored to your specific needs.
Depending on the type of procedure you and your surgeon have selected, your surgery will take between one and three hours. We help you through the first days of recovery, encouraging you to get up and walk as soon as possible.
You can expect to follow a liquid diet. Most patients stay in the hospital for one to two days, depending on their procedure and recovery.
Following up with our team is essential to your safety and long-term success. You will have several follow-up appointments with your surgeon in the first year, and lifelong appointments once a year thereafter. You will also continue to meet with your support group regularly and connect with your dietician once or twice a year.
Each of the bariatric professionals and specialists on your team understands the challenges of weight loss. We work with you to make sure your weight loss program is comfortable, efficient and tailored to your needs.
Our core team includes:
- Bariatric surgical specialists
- Registered Nurses
- Nurse Practitioners
- Physician Assistants
- Bariatric Patient Navigator
- Bariatric Program Coordinator
Team members pictured (from left to right): Olga Belik, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist); Cecilia Boveda Pearse, MSN, RN, FNP-BC (Bariatric Program Coordinator); Lydia Kim, Psy.D. (Clinical Psychologist); Anabelle Ahdoot, MS, RD, CDE (Registered Dietician)
Attending a support group helps provide insight and real-world experiences from others like you. Our support groups are specifically designed for patients at any stage of the bariatric surgery process, including those who are still considering surgery or are post-operative. Bringing loved ones to support group builds understanding of your journey.
Bariatric support groups are held on the last Thursday of each month