Life-changing weight loss

Register for a seminar or watch our on-demand videos.

Call us at 310-303-5613 or request a consultation with our expert care team.

More energy. Better health. Greater well-being.

There’s so much to gain from losing the weight. We can help you achieve it.

The Bariatric Wellness Centers at both San Pedro and Torrance offer comprehensive surgical and non-surgical weight loss programs tailored to your personal health, goals and preferences. Our positive approach to weight loss is holistic, which means that we provide ongoing physical, nutritional, emotional and spiritual support to help you realize the health gains you deserve.

Your journey to weight loss is important to us.

Virtual Care
Register for a free virtual seminar

Our free live virtual weight loss surgery seminars are led by experienced medical staff who will cover the basics of the weight loss surgeries we offer, answer your questions and help you understand your options.

Seminars are held Mondays from 7:30 - 8 p.m.

Watch the on-demand videos
You can watch our free on-demand video series at your convenience. You will learn what to expect from weight loss surgery, how to identify whether you are a candidate, and how our weight loss surgery program may change your life.

If you’ve already attended a seminar or watched the on-demand video series, call us at 310-303-5613 or complete the online form to schedule your consultation.

According to guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if at least one of these 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 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea or hypertension
  • You have weight-related problems and restrictions in mobility, work and performance of family responsibilities

At Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance, we offer both surgical and non-surgical approaches to weight loss to help you improve your health and quality of life.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure is the gold standard for weight-loss surgery. It works by restricting food intake and minimizing the absorption of calories. Studies show that after five years, nearly three-quarters of Roux-en-Y patients have maintained a 70% loss of their excess weight. Additionally, within one year of surgery, more than 95% of weight-related health problems are relieved, including:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea
Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is considered a restrictive and mildly metabolic operation. Performed laparoscopically, two-thirds of the stomach is cut away and removed, leaving a narrow, banana-shaped stomach. The new, smaller stomach aids in portion control and reduces hunger. Weight loss with the sleeve is gradual, but still occurs at a faster rate than with the adjustable gastric band. Expected excess weight loss is about 60% at year 1. Five-year data suggests that most patients that adhere to the recommended lifestyle will maintain their weight loss.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Band

The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (lap-band) is a purely restrictive procedure. It involves placing a silastic (plastic) band around the top portion of the stomach so that the stomach acts as if it has been reduced in size. The goal is portion control. The band’s tightness around the stomach is adjusted by adding or removing fluid from a balloon on the inside of the band.

While many bariatric patients are successful with their initial weight loss procedure, a small percentage of patients may have less than optimal weight loss, a significant amount of weight regain or complications from the initial bariatric surgery. For safe and successful revisional surgeries, the highest level of expertise is required and available through our program.  

Common revisional surgeries include:

  • Removal of lap band and conversion to other procedure such as sleeve or bypass 
  • Gastric bypass revision
  • Conversion from sleeve to bypass

Whether you choose a surgical or non-surgical weight loss program, you’ll receive education, nutritional guidance, counseling and lifelong follow-up support. Our services include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Gastric banding (lap band)
    • Vertical sleeve gastrectomy
    • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Body contouring
  • Revisional procedures
  • Medically supervised weight management programs
  • Personalized exercise programs
  • Consultation with registered dieticians
  • Counseling with psychologists who specialize in weight loss
  • Support groups before and after surgery

Most insurance plans accepted.

Each of the bariatric professionals and specialists on your team understands the challenges of unhealthy weight. 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
  • Dietitians
  • Psychologists
  • Registered nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Technicians

You are one step closer on your journey to weight loss. To be prepared for what’s to come, all bariatric surgery patients are required to attend two support groups prior to surgery. Viewing this video series will count as attendance at one support group.

Upcoming classes and events
  • Sheet Pan Tofu Demo
  • Moroccan Inspired Chicken and Chickpea Stew
  • Lentil Quinoa Soup
  • Egg Muffin Cups

Awards and Accreditation

  • Comprehensive accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program®
  • Recognized by Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross as a Blue Distinction® Center for Bariatric Surgery, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show a commitment to delivering high quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

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Patient Testimonials and Resources

Cristianne lost 80 pounds with help and support from the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance Bariatric Wellness Center.
Claudia lost 151 pounds with help and support from the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance Bariatric Wellness Center.
Jessica reached her weight loss goals with help and support from the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance Bariatric Wellness Center.
Erika Brown lost 73 pounds with help and support from the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance Bariatric Wellness Center.